Pros and Cons of Moving in the Fall

Moving to a new homwBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving, at any time of year, can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Moving in the fall offers its own unique benefits and challenges. Many families have found that relocating in the fall results in a smoother, more pleasant transition; others, due to special circumstances, decide to wait until a better time. As professional movers, we would like to share with you some pros and cons of relocating during the autumn season:

Pros:

1. The weather is typically nice

If you decide to move during summer, you will likely have to deal with high temperatures and humidity. In other words, you will sweat a lot as you load and unload your belongings. On the other hand, winter weather conditions can make moving cold, miserable, and even dangerous.

The fall is a good time to move because you avoid extremes of hot or cold. Autumn temperatures are generally pleasant, and you likely will not have to worry about snowy or icy driving conditions.

2. Professional movers may have lower rates and more availability

Summer is usually the peak season for moving. Since autumn comes after peak season, you may be able to get a better deal when hiring a moving company. Moreover, the moving company will be in a better position to accommodate your moving dates, since their calendar is not as full.

3. Home prices may be lower after peak moving season

Another advantage of moving during the autumn is that the costs of buying a new home may be lower than at other times of the year. If you plan on buying a home, you may be able to get a bargain on your new residence.

Cons:

1. It may be harder to sell your home

If you do not currently rent and have not sold your home yet, then fall may be a tough time of the year to get a buyer to close on it — at least for the price you want. There could be several reasons for this. For example, a lot of families do not want to relocate during the fall because it is the start of the school year, and they do not want to abruptly uproot their children. Moreover, potential homebuyers who work in the educational sector are going back to work and may not have the time or inclination to continue their search.

2. It may be hard to "settle into" a new home right before the holidays

Many people are consumed by the holidays, either on a personal or a business level. Relocating to a new place can be stressful at any time but may be doubly so right before the most hectic time of the year (at least for many individuals). In addition, if you have children, you'll have to really coordinate the move so that they can transition into a new environment with minimum stress — and autumn may not be the best time to make that happen.

3. The weather may be unpredictable

Fall weather is generally pleasant, and free of extremes in temperature or humidity. However, there is still an element of unpredictability regarding autumn weather patterns. For instance, if you are relocating to or from a northern climate, there is always the possibility that an unexpected snowstorm will hit at the end of fall — perhaps in November, or even October! There is also the chance that you will have to deal with a sudden heat wave, or abrupt drops in temperature.

Of course, whether you decide to move in the fall or not, you should always consider enlisting the help of professional movers to make your transition as seamless as possible. If you are looking for a reputable moving company to help you with your relocation, reach out to the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today. We would be glad to assist!

 

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