How Moving in the Winter Can Save You Money

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How Moving in the Winter Can Save You Money

Staff Writer · Dec 23, 2010

Moving in the winter is often an unattractive prospect to those who live in climates where temperatures drop and snow and ice coat the roads. However, when it comes to saving money, winter is the best time to pack up and move.

Less Competition for Moving Companies

While everyone else is too cold to try moving in winter, you’ll have less competition when it comes to booking moving companies’ assistance. You’ll need to give less advanced notice and may be able to easily book your first choice when it comes to size of the moving trucks or pods. If you’re going to have assistance from the movers at the company, booking when fewer people move is especially important if you hope to book the employees’ limited time on short notice. This also means that you won’t have to pay extra for a rush job, which saves you money.

Movers’ Prices Are More Competitive

Because moving companies have fewer clientele during the winter, they’re more likely to lower prices in order to attract customers. You’re likely to find lower prices, limited time sales and potentially bonus offers as well during the winter months. Spring, summer and fall have fewer deals because movers have enough customers to keep them busy. If you can stand moving in the cold and potentially snowy weather, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Apartments Offer Move-In Deals

If you’re moving into an apartment, you’ll find it easier to save money by planning your move in the winter months. Because of the slight inconvenience of making a move in the colder months, apartment landlords have a more difficult time finding tenants for vacant apartments. In order to entice people to move into those empty apartments, landlords are more likely to offer move-in specials, such as a bonus month’s rent free, utilities included in rent price or less deposit needed upfront.

Take advantage of these move-in deals when they’re offered in the winter and there are fewer potential tenants competing with you for the apartments. Sometimes having a less impressive credit or income history is overlooked when you don’t have much competition for an apartment.

You Have Less Competition for Moving Supplies

Asking friends, family and stores for boxes that you can use to pack your belongings is a simple way to cut back on the costs of moving. You may be able to get free packing materials as well.

However, if you ask friends, family and stores for access to these materials (that would otherwise be thrown out) during the warmer months, you may find that they have no materials to give. More people are seeking free moving supplies in the spring, summer and fall, but you’ll have less competition for these supplies during the winter.

Don’t forget that your friends and family may be likely to have more boxes on hand during the holiday season as well if they enjoy ordering holiday gifts online.

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