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Why Move in the Summer?

April 10, 2013 | Diane Schmidt

There is no doubt that summer is the prime time for moving. Why do people insist on moving in the summer? There are of course many reasons. But is summer really a good time to move? Are there other better times? Are there times in the year when you should not move?!

These are the most popular reasons people choose to move in the summer:

The Weather: Winter just makes everything harder, when it comes to moving. If you are "lucky" enough to have to move in a cold clime during winter, you will surely understand the challenges. Icy walkways, slipping and sliding on the roads, dealing with snow banks when trying to pull up close to the curb etc. And of course, the freezing hands and feet while lugging item after item to and fro. Moving when the weather is balmy is certainly far more palatable.

Yard Sale: Besides moving season, summer is also garage sale season. It is just a North American thing - people love to go to garage sales in the summer, so it's the perfect time to Host A Yard Sale. Why not make some money while getting rid of unwanted items? It will surely help with the expense of moving.

Real Estate Season: Summer (and into fall) is also when houses start to sell. Selling and moving are two sides to the same coin. You sell, so you move. Or you decide to move, and so it's time to sell. However it turns out, the stats are there to prove that houses (and people)move during this season.

Kids and School: It's all about timing. The school year starts in fall, so if there is moving to be done, you want to have all your ducks in a row before the new school year starts. Don't forget you need to budget time to Research Good Schools ahead of time, so summer is when you want to move to your new location. Also, it is less disruptive to move in the summer when the kids are out of school. Moving in the middle of term is unsettling.

Just Tied the Knot: You guessed it. Summer is also wedding season. Again, weather and the school term have something to do with why people just seem to get married in the summer months. Many new couples join the moving throng and move into a new home after their wedding.

Moving for Work: People find seasonal work in the summer, and some of them may be forced to relocate, if only temporarily. Nevertheless, those who do move join the mass migration that occurs in summer.

Kids Moving to College: Summer is also the time when college-age kids Move Out of Home to Go to College, perhaps in another state. Even high-school graduates who decide not to go to college, or to take a year off, are also moving out of home in the summer.

With all the reasons for moving in the summer, it is not surprising to find the volume of moving that takes place during this peak season. So don't forget that if you do have to move during this busy season, to allow for the fact that movers and trucks will be in demand. My sister moved one summer and had a terrible time finding an available mover. Fortunately for her, she has a sister in me (ahem!)who knows a trick or two about moving. I suggested she get in touch with the person she was buying the house from and see who she was using for the move. Turns out the movers were quite happy to have two jobs dove-tail so neatly at once, and agreed to take my sister's move on.

But if you are one who shuns the crowds, then summer is not the time for you to move. If your schedule for moving allows for some flexibility, you may find that there are Other Ideal Times in the Year for Moving for you.

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