Get Ready To Move This Spring Or Summer

Spring and Summer are prime moving seasons. Everything is conspiring to get you moving in more ways than you can imagine. First of all, you are tired from being cooped up all winter. Now you want to do stuff. The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, even the clocks are springing forward. And invariably, this is also the time that the housing market starts to spring into action. So take a look at this guide to moving in spring and summer. We’ll walk you through preparing to move, selling and buying homes, spring cleaning and everything else that will get you moving this season.

When is the Best Time to Move?

Moving anytime of year is difficult, but if you have a flexible schedule and are not on a specific timeline, there are several factors to consider when deciding when to move. Keep in mind that these factors could also be part of a negotiation deal with your employer if you are being relocated or if starting a new position.

The Ideal Time

If you could choose any time of the year to move, I’d suggest spring or late fall – times when it’ll be easier to find and hire movers and when rental companies are not charging the highest rates. In addition, weekend rates tend to be highest, both for truck rental agencies and moving companies. The times to avoid are weekends, the first of each month and summer, when moving is at its peak. Of course, most of us have other considerations, such as kids, spouses, jobs, school and a myriad of other reasons why picking our move date is difficult. Here are some considerations that most people face.

School Calendar

If you have children at home, it is best to work around the school calendar.

Summer is an ideal time, as children have completed another grade and have said their goodbyes to school friends. Planning to move directly following the end of school, however, does not give your child time to adapt to the idea of moving, to say goodbye to neighborhood friends and their home. When setting the date, allow a few weeks at the new destination for children to unpack and meet new neighborhood friends. They will be better prepared for the school year if they have time to make their new house their home. Too much change can be detrimental to performance and emotional well-being.

What works best for your children, also works best for you. As part of the settling in process, take a few days for you and your child to check out the new school, meet some teachers and find appropriate transportation. Both you and your child will be better prepared, leading to a smoother transition.

Holidays and Special Occasions

When possible, avoid moving before major holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Rammadon, since part of such holidays is being with family and friends. Birthdays, anniversaries and other family events can also be difficult. Give yourself enough time in your new place before the holiday season begins to allow for you to meet new people and feel a sense of community. Better yet, save your move for immediate following a holiday. Holidays provide a perfect opportunity for goodbyes and final get-togethers.

Seasonal Considerations

Most people would agree that summer is the best time to move. Children are out of school, the weather is almost guaranteed to be perfect and friends are available to help. If this is your ideal time to move, make sure you check moving company schedules and rates before confirming your move date. Most companies have peak times and will charge higher rates accordingly. Also, if you are planning to move at peak times, you will need to be better organized to ensure that a moving company or a moving truck is available for the date and times you require. Keep in mind that the level of service often changes between the summer months, when students replace full-time experienced movers, and off-season.

As much as summer could cost you more, winter, as common sense indicates, is also not an ideal time to move. Travel is difficult, both for you and your family, along with the moving company. Items kept overnight in a truck under freezing conditions may result in damaged goods. If you are moving from one climate to another, water damage may occur when the mode of transport that is moving your household items travels from a cold environment to a warmer climate. Freezing and thawing causes the most damage if items are not properly sealed.

Know What You Can’t Pack When Moving

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When you’re planning a move and are hiring movers, there are some things you shouldn’t pack and move with you. Most moving companies will have a list of items that they won’t move, most of which are dangerous goods and should be properly disposed of before you move.

Some items can be moved but must be properly packed. To be sure that you’re not moving anything that you shouldn’t be, make sure you ask the moving company before you start preparing items for shipment to make sure they’re packed and stored and ready to move without any risk or safety issue. And even if you’re moving yourself, you may want to take extra care in packing certain items, especially if you’re moving a long distance.

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods include any material that is flammable, corrosive or explosive. Dangerous goods are considered unstable and illegal to move. If you have dangerous goods, call your local recycling pickup service, fire station or the closest EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office to find out how you can properly dispose of these items.

Or ask a neighbor or friend if they could use it.

While this list is fairly exhaustive, make sure you ask your mover for a full list as some movers might move specific items if properly packed and marked or labeled.  For instance, some movers will carry your full propane tanks while other companies will refuse to move them. Best to ask to ensure there aren’t any surprises on moving day.

  • Acid
  • Sterno
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Motor Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Fertilizer
  • Paints
  • Car Batteries
  • Matches
  • Nail Polish & Remover
  • Ammunition
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Aerosols
  • Kerosene
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Fireworks
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint Thinner
  • Batteries
  • Loaded Weapons
  • Weed Killer
  • Ammonia
  • Lamp Oil
  • Propane
  • Cleaning Fluid


While perishables aren’t dangerous, they can make a mess and cause damage to other items if not packed and stored properly. If your move is local, proper packing and storage can enable you to take perishables with you. Just be careful with meat, eggs and dairy products. Spoiling can happen quickly even in colder temperatures.

If your move is to a new home far away, requiring a long distance move, dispose of all perishables. You may also want to find a new home for your plants especially if you’re moving to another stateor to another country.

Again, ask your movers about plants and how best to pack them if they agree to move them to your new home. You should also be aware of rules about moving to a new state. Often when I move, I take my plants with me in my car which means I can ensure they’re packed properly and get to my new home without too many problems.

Items of High Value

Now high-value doesn’t necessarily mean it has a high price value, rather it is sentimental or a “can’t live without” item. I like to think of them as the “can’t live without them” stuff, things that you might grab if racing out of fire. As an aside, if we’re moving any distance, I photocopy all important documents such as any identification, licenses, insurance records, etc… Just in case.

So when you’re packing, think twice about shipping the following items with the moving company:

  • Personal Files (marriage license, passport, birth certificate, wills, insurance papers)
  • Home Movies or Personal Video Tapes
  • Address Books
  • Flight Tickets
  • Financial Statements
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Car Keys, house keys, safety box keys
  • Deeds
  • Tax Records
  • School Records
  • Check Books
  • Jewelry
  • Collections (art, coins, stamps, etc…)
  • Letters
  • Stocks
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Back-up Disks
  • Medicine
  • Children’s artwork