The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of moving is chaos, lots of boxes, disrupted daily routines and worst of all, a whole load of stress. But this does not need to be the case. With a little planning and a lot of help from a dependable man and van, you can actually look forward to a move that is organized, efficient and most of all, completely relaxed.
Those who have moved houses a lot in London will tell you that not only do you need to think about how you move, you also need to think about when you make that move. The time you choose to make your move plays a big role in the quality of your move, so to make sure that the whole process runs flawlessly and without a hitch, you need to think through a number of issues, breaking everything down to the best season, months, week, day and time.
Looking at the best season, it is interesting to see that each season has its benefits, so you should choose the season depending on your circumstances. Making the move in winter means you can enjoy the cheapest rates of the year because demand is low, but it is not the best time if you are moving with children. You also need to watch the weather conditions as you do not want to have to deal with snow.
Spring in England is a beautiful blue-sky time, making it an inviting time to move. The rates are not as low as in winter, but during early spring, they are still relatively low.
Summer is when most people choose to move because of the enticing weather. If moving with children, this is the ideal season because they are not in school so you do not run the risk of disrupting their school year. However, you need to be aware that because of the high demand caused by the large number of movers, professional moving companies tend to hire students who are on their summer break to lend a hand.
Fall is a great time because it signifies the beginning of a new life. Fall provides you with the best weather for a move, not too hot and not too cold.
From the above, it is clear that the best months to make the move is between middle of September to end April. This is when demand for the services is low, resulting in rates that are pocket friendly.
You should avoid the first and last weeks of the month. This is because that is when most people move so demand is high, a fact that is reflected in the rates charged. It is also good to note that most leases start at the beginning of the month so the number of movers is higher.
Narrowing it down to the best day of the week, most mover companies will tell you that Monday through to Thursday are the best days. Fewer people move during these days so because demand is low, it is easier for you to negotiate a good rate. This, of course is only possible if you are a freelancer or you can get some time off from work. Moving on a weekday also means that you have the whole weekend to unpack and settle down before the next work week.
The best time of day to move, as most people have found out, is early morning, roughly between 8am and 10am. This is when people are still fresh, have lots of energy and the weather is not too stifling during those hot summer months.
Another thing that one needs to consider is the climate of your intended destination. If you are moving to an area with a different climate from where you currently are, you need to know when the extreme weather seasons are and avoid them. Moving into your new home when the weather is welcoming ensures you start your new phase of life on a positive note.
What we have discussed is the ideal situation, but we all know that this is never the case. In addition to the things mentioned above, we have work to think about, friends and family to say bye to and so many other things that will force us to defer our move from the perfect time.
We can safely, conclude then, that the best time for any of us to move will depend greatly on our current location and intended destination, our budget, the weather, our children and spouse and when we can get the time off work. If we can get all these factors to work together at the same time, then you can be sure of having a move that is relaxed and uncomplicated.