Why An Off-Season Move Makes Sense

Couple Unloads Boxes From Moving TruckMost people probably think summertime is the ideal time to move. The weather is predictably nice, and the roads are insanely crowded with other people trying to move. As it turns out, summer may not always be the best time to move. Consumers who want to schedule their move with a moving company at a reasonable time should know that an off-season move is often a safer bet.

  • Availability. Those who pick “rush hour” to move may suffer for it. They wait for the ideal season to schedule with national movers like National Van Lines, Inc. But then to their dismay, the moving company has a full schedule until fall. When customers plan to move in fall, spring or even winter, the movers often have a more open schedule and a great deal more flexibility.
  • Flexibility. Sometimes it is not possible to know precisely when the moving date will be. Selling a home, buying a home, finding a place to live–these activities are complicated with end dates that can fluctuate through every step of the home-buying process. If national and even local movers are booked out several months in advance, people may be stuck finding a rental for a few months or worse, having to do it themselves.
  • Preparation. Even customers who schedule their moves far ahead of time find that the off-season suits them better for the moving process. After all, nothing is more frustrating than going to the moving supply company, only to find that the most common box sizes are repeatedly out-of-stock, as well as other necessities such as packing tape and bubble wrap. In winter, on the other hand, everything for packing will be readily available.
  • Price. Customers may be able to negotiate a lower price for their move during the off-season. Since there is greater availability and flexibility, movers may work with you to hash out a more reasonable price. In addition to labor costs, moving supplies will be in greater supply and you might be able to track down sales on boxes, bubble wrap and tape. Also, don’t forget to ask about a bulk discount on the supplies you’ll buy in greater quantity. Nothing is guaranteed, but it never hurts to ask.

The most sensible decision is to move at the best time. Just as people try to avoid driving during rush hour, planning an off-season move can decrease the stress that is inherent to the process. To schedule a move with National Van Lines, contact a local agent.