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Pros and Cons of Moving in the Off-Season

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When preparing for a move, families may wonder whether there’s a time of year that’s more conducive to a successful move than others. The answer to this question can be tricky, as there are advantages and disadvantages that come with any time of year you plan to move, whether it be during the busy summer season or in the dead of winter.

Busier doesn’t always mean better, so families may wish to consider the pros and cons of moving during the off-season (which typically runs from October to May). By understanding what they can expect during an off-season move, families can make a more informed decision about their moving needs.

Advantages of Off-Season Moving

If you’re in the position to choose when you move, doing so in the off-season can provide many benefits. One of the main reasons for moving during the off-season is that moving companies usually have more flexibility to schedule your move. In addition, off-season moves offer the following unique benefits:

  • Reduced traffic means faster delivery.
  • More scheduling flexibility means more options in terms of selecting a moving company.
  • More available discounts and flexible pricing options.
  • Storage facilities cost less during the off-season.
  • The off-season features some of the lowest real estate housing market costs of the year.

An off-season move can save families a significant amount of money, not to mention the reduced hassle associated with finding an available mover. However (as with anything in life) there are special considerations you’ll need to make if you’re planning on moving during the winter season.

Things to Consider When Moving in the Off-Season

While lower prices and increased flexibility may sound appealing, an off-season move can still raise plenty of challenges. For starters, poorer weather conditions can cause unforeseeable headaches during the moving process. Not only that, but the following disadvantages are also commonly experienced during an off-season move:

  • Winter weather can mean increased mud, dirt, and debris tracked inside your home.
  • Dangerous road conditions require increased safety precautions.
  • Moving plans may disrupt holiday gatherings.
  • More work required to ensure utilities are set up at your new home.
  • Fall and winter moves may require your kids to change schools mid-year or disrupt their learning schedule.
  • Low real estate housing market costs mean you’ll have to sell your home for less to remain competitive.

Depending on where your new home is, you may have to reckon with unique weather challenges. For instance, a move to a new home in Vermont during the winter might bring some snowy surprises, since the average snowfall in the state during the winter can be as high as 85 inches annually. However, even this move can be accomplished if the proper precautions are taken, such as installing snow tires on your vehicle, refilling de-icing agents for your windshield, and carrying a window scraper for snow and ice removal.

How Georgetown Moving & Storage Can Help

Whether you choose to move during the spring, summer, fall, or winter, Georgetown Moving & Storage has the expert moving professionals you need to get the job done right. We have experience moving during all times of the year, helping families reach their final destination as safely and as stress-free as possible. When you need assistance moving your family into a new home, don’t hesitate to contact the moving experts at Georgetown Moving & Storage today!

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