Tips for Moving During the Summer
Moving during the summer can seem overwhelming. It’s the busiest time of year for moving because kids are out of school. Both businesses and people tend to flock toward the summer months to pick up and go. However, moving during peak season months doesn’t have to be stressful. With a bit of planning and prepping, you can create a smooth moving experience for you and your family. In this article, we will provide a few tips that will help you plan appropriately for your move. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Why Advance notice is important
If you’re moving during the summer, then you’re moving in the busiest time of year. Rates increase, there is less availability and transit time can be longer, especially for smaller moves. Peak season for the moving industry starts in May and ends in September. Book your move by April to ensure pick up dates and lock in a lower moving cost. Most moving companies require a deposit to reserve a move. However, deposits are refundable if you cancel at least three days before pick up. It’s worth placing a deposit to reserve your move. Also, pick up dates are limited during the summer. Booking your moving date in advance will ensure you will get picked up on your preferred move date.
How long are transit times during the summer?
Transit times vary based on mileage and move size. The more stuff you have, the quicker it will get to your destination. Smaller moves like a one-bedroom apartment will go into a consolidated truck, which can increase the length of time it takes to get to the destination. The reason for the long transit time is due to the other drop-offs in the same truck. The maximum transit time a mover can give is 21 days. If a mover goes above 21 days, they’re legally responsible for paying a fee for each day after that.
Moreover, if you’re moving a full truckload or larger move transit times will be quicker if you’re moving during the summer. The reason is simple. The more a truck is filled up, the fewer steps it needs to make. Keep in mind that every company is different, so it’s recommended that you speak directly with your mover.
Are prices higher during the summer?
Similar to the retail industry, the moving industry has a slow and busy season. Moving during the summer is the busiest time of year for moving so the demand shifts. Movers hike prices up by about twenty-five to thirty percent. However, the good news is that it can be avoided by booking in advance. The peak moving season starts in May and typically ends in September. In order to lock in off-season moving prices, we recommend booking your move in April. You can reserve a date with a deposit that is fully refundable if you decide to cancel, so why not. You should also check out these top 10 long-distance moving tips.
How to pick a mover during the summer
Moving during the summer can be hectic. People have a lot going on and have less time to research a quality mover. Moreover, peak season is the time of year that fly by night scam companies open up shop to prey on customers. Before you proceed with a mover you should always check the DOT SAFER website for license information. Another good tool is Google. Some basic research can go a long way. Check reviews, rating and how long a company has been in business. You can check our moving faq’s page for any questions.