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By Sheryl Santi,
President/Owner of Santi Express

People often think they need to wait for the spring and summer to put their house on the market and move, but if you can be flexible, you might want to give serious thought to moving “off-season.” An off-season move is less stressful and chaotic. And you might be able to negotiate a better deal with your realtor, your attorney and your mover.

There are plenty of buyers out there at off-peak times of the year. You’ll find that they are more motivated since there are fewer houses on the market for them to choose from; moving companies have more available dates; and pricing on interstate moves is more competitive. What’s more, it’s much easier to schedule a closing date when there aren’t hundreds of closings going on. Traditionally, people with children try to plan a move between May 15 and September 30, because they want to schedule around school calendars. But we find that most families tend to move within the same school district, so ­- kids or no kids – the time of year really doesn’t matter. Keep in mind that movers want to keep their employees busy year-round, not just in season, so they can generally offer a better deal – or some incentives – if it’s an off-season move. Think about planning your move between November and April. Want to get more specific? You’ll always have the most flexibility if you can move in the middle of the month, since the beginning and end of any month are the busiest days for movers. Also note that Thursdays and Fridays tend to get booked first. People like to close on a Thursday, move on a Friday, unpack on the weekend and head back to work on Monday. It’s just like the airlines: There is more availability and flexibility on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. That goes for commercial moves too. Most companies like to schedule their move on a Friday so they have less down time, so it’s to your advantage to choose a day earlier in the week.

Unfortunately, we can’t always plan perfectly. Sellers often end up having to move before they have a place to go. Quite a few of our customers find themselves living somewhere short-term and asking us to put their belongings in storage until they can get into their new home. Luckily for them, we can move their belongings temporarily into our climate-controlled warehouse space, and then complete the move for them when they’re ready.

Need to know more? Please call or email me with any questions, for more moving advice, or for an estimate.