The fall is not as busy for the moving companies as the summer, so they will have more crews and fleets available. Plus, you will have more flexibility in terms of when to schedule your move and be able to negotiate a better deal. Not only are the back-to-school moves over, but the temps are also comfortably mild.
That being said, every season has its moving advantages and disadvantages and comes with its own set of challenges. There are some considerations you should be aware of if you’ve never moved in the fall. And, as with any move during any season, you should prepare and plan for a successful, stress-free move.
The Pros: Reasons Why You Should Consider Moving In The Fall
Fall could be a great time to move for several important reasons. For instance, you’ll likely enjoy mild weather and get better deals on the moving costs (and even on the house if you’re buying one).
Here are some other reasons why fall is a good time to move:
In Oklahoma, you simply can’t beat the comfortable weather in September, October and November. The temperatures are milder than the hot and humid summer months, yet they’re not winter-like and rigid. You won’t be breaking a sweat or freezing, and the roads should be free of snow and ice.
Ready For The Holidays
If you move in the fall, you can unpack and decorate your new place before the holiday season. What could be cozier and more festive than settling in your new house before the holidays and getting to celebrate?
Lower Moving Costs
With peak moving season behind you, movers will be less in demand than they were during the summer months. For those moving during the fall, this drop in demand could mean lower moving costs and cheaper prices. To maximize your savings, we also recommend moving mid-month and mid-week when the rates are lower.
The Cons: Reasons Not To Move In The Fall
Every season has its pros and cons when it comes to moving, and fall is no exception. It has more pros than cons, but the disadvantages of moving in the fall still exist.
If you move during the school year, it might be stressful and challenging for your kids to change schools, and they might miss days or even weeks of school in the process. If you are moving with kids, you might avoid moving in the fall altogether.
Not Being Ready For The Holidays
We’ve listed it as an advantage, and it could be, but if your move is complicated, you might not want to move so close to the season of joy and celebration. Not to mention, you might not want to miss out on hosting seasonal get-togethers, attending parties and family gatherings, or traveling to see loved ones soon after the relocation.
Fall is a great time to move, though it’s not without its unique set of challenges. Decisions on whether or when to move in the fall come down to your own needs, budget, and preferences.
Those trying to save money on a move, should consider moving in the late fall, and those with school-age children might consider opting for a late summertime or early-fall move. Regardless of the season, you’ll likely save money on your move by choosing a mid-week, mid-month date.