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Should You Move Now Or Wait Till Spring?

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Fall is in the air, and soon the weather will turn chilly. If you have plans to move to a new home, you may be wondering if you should do it now or if you should wait until spring returns. The truth is that there are pros and cons to both options. Fall moves are easier for some people, while spring moves are easier on others. Below, you'll find the primary benefits of each option.

Benefits of Moving in the Fall

The kids have just started school.

While taking the kids out of school in the middle of the year is never easy, doing so is easier in the fall than in the spring. Classes have just started, so your kids won't be terribly settled in yet. They can easily catch up on the few weeks they've missed at a new school. If you wait until spring, on the other hand, they will be leaving behind friendships and teachers that they've had for almost a whole school year. Finishing up just the last few weeks at a new school can be tough, especially when it comes to final exams!

There should be less rain.

As the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers." Spring is typically the rainier of the two seasons. While you may get some rain in the fall, it is less likely than in the spring. Moving in the rain can be quite the challenge, especially if you have a lot of water-sensitive items to pack. If you want to reduce your chances of rain as much as possible, fall is the time to move.

You'll be settled in for the holidays.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other winter holidays are just around the corner. If you move now, you should be all settled into your new home by the time the holiday season arrives. Think how fun it will be to host friends and family members in your new abode! Everyone will be in town, so you can more easily have a house-warming party, too!

Benefits of Moving in the Spring

Houses are easier to find.

If you need to buy a new house, spring is the perfect time to move. Many people put their houses on the market in spring, so you'll have more options. It's more fun to look at houses in the spring, too, since the landscaping will be all tidy and everything will be green. Apartments may be easier to find in the spring as well, since college students are not all moving like they do in the fall.

Movers may charge less.

Spring tends to be a slower season for movers. At this point, many people wait until summer to move, leaving prime weekends free for moving companies. You may get a better rate on moving services, and you may even be able to hire a moving company that was too busy to take you as a customer in the fall. 

You can do your spring cleaning at the same time.

Moving and cleaning usually go hand in hand. You clean the house you move out of, and then you clean your new home! If you plan on spring cleaning anyways, you can kill two birds with one stone by moving—and doing your moving-related cleaning—in the springtime. You'll be cleaning all of the winter salt and grime off windows and the like, so your home will start off fresh.

The truth is that both fall and spring are excellent seasons for moving, thanks to mild weather. The right choice depends on the factors discussed above, and also on the intricacies of your own schedule. Contact moving companies in your area for additional advice.