Yes, moving during the winter isn't easy – you have to deal with inclement weather and snow, not to mention other situations that may pop up. But there's a reason why some people think moving during the winter is best — it turns out it has tons of benefits!
According to Realtor, here are 3 reasons why moving during the winter might be a good idea:
Reason No. 1: You’ll save money
There’s a certain ebb and flow to the moving business. Things peak in the summer, when the weather warms up, then start to die down in the fall, when the back-to-school grind begins. By winter, the number of moves is down to a trickle.
Reason No. 2: You’ll have less competition
If you live in an urban area, moving during the high season can be a pain in the butt. The last time I tried to move (even with booking a month in advance), my preferred moving company didn’t even have an opening on a Wednesday morning during the entire month I needed to move.
And trying to haul your stuff in and out of self-storage is no picnic, either.
“In the summer, there's often several tenants moving in and out on a given day of the week, so sometimes you may have to maneuver past a few different moving trucks,” Casady says.
But if you move in the winter, all of the not-as-smart-as-you folks won’t be vying for the movers’ attention. You’ll have more freedom to schedule your move when you want—even at the last minute.
Reason No. 3: Your belongings might be safer
Most of the country can reach scorching temperatures in the summer. But the temperatures you feel outside are nothing compared to the temperatures inside a moving truck or your own car trunk.
You can drastically lower your risk of ruining everything you own by packing carefully. But one slip-up could mean goodbye to your fragile record collection or one-of-a-kind oil painting.
That's not all, either. As preppers moving during the winter gives us tons of time to prepare for a move, especially if you're a farmer and most of your work happens during the spring. If money is an issue then moving during the winter may be a good move for you. There's also a lot more time to plan and learn more about prepping during the winter since there's not a lot you can do outdoors if you're two feet under snow.
Now that you know why moving during the winter is a good idea, let's not forget about safety while moving to a new location.
Head to the next page to check out some tips on how to stay safe during a winter move. A few of tips mentioned are life-saving so be sure to learn what they are ahead of time!
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