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Moving in Peak Season And Need To Save Money?
August 5th, 2013 3:27 PM

Are 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.

John 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 strategy. 

Things that will help you save on moving expenses:

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 10pm.

According to Ask.com, moving ranks in one of the top most stressful life events next to death, illness, and loss of job. 


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