you moving? Summertime is traditionally
the busiest time of the year that people move, and some believe this year is
busier than the last few years due to the recovering housing market.
Bisney, spokesperson for the American Moving and Storage Association said, “Demand for residential moving services was down by
almost a third during the recession.”
Now as the market is moving and
prices are rising, people require moving services again; there are some ways to
ensure savings when requiring the need for moving services.
Here are a few things to avoid if
at all possible when moving in peak times:
1. Avoid moving on the 1st or last day of the
month. The competition for moving
vehicles and movers is much steeper.
Often, times overbooked.
2. Moving on the 15th of the month is a good
idea however still very competitive as many people seem to attempt the same
Things that will help you save on
1. If possible, schedule your move after the 1st
and before the 15th of the month.
Prices are lower and availability is virtually a sure thing. Other discounts may be available as well
involving packing or additional man-power to get the job done faster.
2. A midweek move is best as the weekends are definitely
the most popular.
3. If your lease ends in an off season month, like October
or January, rates will most surely be lower as this is not the peak time of the
year and companies are looking to keep their crews busy, so price negotiation
will be an opportunity.
4. John Bisney says to book your move at least 1 month
advance, “It’s not something to
put off to the last minute.” When that
happens, you find that people start getting desperate, and that’s when they get
hooked up with the wrong people.”
5. Always get a flat rate.
Avoid being charged by the hour, and get it in writing.
Speaking from experience, I hired
a moving company only 1 week in advance; as a result, the moving crew did not
show up at all due to being over booked.
Imagine the frustration when everything is packed and ready to go and no
one shows up. After a flurry of phone
calls to customer service and supervisors, I finally rented my own cargo van
and a few friends were able to help.
Unfortunately, a move that was scheduled at 7am, delayed me to early
afternoon, and by the time I got a moving vehicle, the move lasted until almost
According to Ask.com,
moving ranks in one of the top most stressful life events next to death,
illness, and loss of job.