Summer is without a doubt the busiest season for moving. However, moving during this time of year comes with positives and negatives. We’re going to give you both, along with a few helpful tips that will make moving in the summer a breeze!
1. The real estate market is up during the summer
If you’re looking to sell your home, the summer is the perfect time to list. Making a profit from your current home will be essential to ensuring that you have an easy and budget-friendly summer move!
2. The timing aligns with the patterns of common life events
Many moves occur during summer because the timing correlates with major life changes. Kids go on summer vacation, grads move from their college towns, newlyweds move in together because it’s wedding season, and so on.
3. The weather
If you live in an extremely cold climate, the summer is probably the best time of year for you to move. Trying to get settled into your new home while dealing with snow, ice, and chilly weather is no bueno.
THE CONS (& HOW TO COMBAT THEM)
1. The rental market peaks in the summer
Unlike for sellers, the summer is not an ideal time to look for a new place if you’re renting. Because the demand is so high, apartments raise the rates on leases significantly.
Solution: Start looking for your apartment two months out
You will be able to put in your application as soon as tenants give their 60 days notice, or snag new apartments as soon as they go on the market. Depending on when you start looking you may be able to avoid peak summer rental prices.
2. Professional movers may be more expensive during the summer
Also due to the demand, the cost of moving fluctuates year-round and is typically higher during the summertime. You’ll need to budget more if you want to hire pros to handle your summer move. If you’re on the fence on whether to hire movers consult our guide.
Solution: Be fully packed when your movers arrive
Even though rates for movers will likely be higher in the summer, the best way to keep your bill low is to be fully packed and ready to go when your movers arrive. Having loose items will only make your move slower and your final bill higher due to the fact that most movers have an hourly rate. If you need tips on packing, check out our handy guide!
3. The weather
If you live in a hot climate, like Texas, moving in the summer won’t provide you with any type of relief. Moving during the height of the summer gets pretty rough, especially when you’re moving during the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.
Solution: Stay hydrated, and move in the morning
The summer heat is a hard one to combat. The best that you can do is to stay hydrated and, if possible, start your move in the early morning so that you avoid the hottest part of the day.
Moving in the summer has its pros and its cons. However, if you plan accordingly and are prepared for your move you can successfully combat the negative aspects and enjoy the positives!