Summer may be the hottest (no pun intended) time of the year to move, but waiting until fall to move can actually be beneficial to your bottom line in a number of ways. From housing prices to moving services and more, here are four ways moving in the fall can save you money.
1. Home prices can be lower. The end of the summer is crunch time for home sellers. The real estate busy season is winding down, the school year is starting, and cold weather is setting in. All of these things mean home sellers who will likely be much more willing to negotiate than they were in the summer, in order to get their property sold before winter slow season.
2. You’ll save on movers. Moving activity peaks in the summer months of June, July, and August, and moving services during these months can often come at a premium. During slower moving months, moving companies may also be more willing to negotiate their prices, and will also likely have a lot more availability that during the summer.
3. You won’t have to deal with summer heat. It’s a lot of work to physically move from one home to another … and when the thermometer tops 90 degrees, it’s almost impossible to pack up and move without running the AC or the ceiling fans around the clock. Wait until temperate fall weather on the other hand, and all you’ll need to do to cool down is open a window.
4. It’s sale season. If you plan your move in the fall, there’s a chance you might be able to decorate it for a song. Or at least a lot less than you would during other times of the year, thanks to the holiday sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Electronic and appliance retailers typically offer their best deals in the months of November and December.