Summer versus Winter: When should You Move?
Selecting the best time of year to move into a new apartment isn’t as clear cut as it may seem—and though a quick search of the Internet would suggest summer is superior, this isn’t always the case. There are a number of pros and cons that go along with each season. Weighing your personal needs against seasonal changes in the rental market will help you choose the perfect time to make your move.
Summer may not be the best time to move for everyone, but it’s certainly the most popular. A number of factors come into play with summer’s popularity, but school and weather are by far the greatest. Obviously, managing the stress of a move is easier when you don’t have to deal with blisteringly cold conditions or carpools, but this time of year also comes with its own unique set of problems.
Pros of a summer move
- Availability: with so many rentals available during the summer, it’s an ideal time to find a perfect apartment in your favorite neighborhood.
- Warm weather: clear skies and safer driving conditions make moving much easier.
- Convenience: the school’s out, so you won’t have to worry about homework or getting yourself and/or your kids to class. Plus, if you’re going to need to enlist the help of friends or family, this is the best time of year. Schedules tend to be more flexible and vacations more readily available during the summer.
Cons of a summer move
- Rent prices: demand for new apartments goes up during the summer, and so do rental prices., so while you might have found your dream home, you’ll probably have to pay a lot more for it if you move at this time.
- Cost of moving: from rental trucks to hiring professional movers, the cost of relocating is typically higher in the summer.
- Warm weather: depending on where you live, warmer weather could be more of a con than a pro. When comfort is a priority, you should skip the scorching heat of summer, and opt to move in cooler months.
If lower rent is more important to you than a luxe lifestyle, winter is the perfect time for finding a new apartment. While it can be more tricky to move in colder weather, the amount you can save might just make the extra hassle worth it.
Pros of a winter move
- Rent prices: prices can drop dramatically during the winter as most of the units available are leftovers that weren’t rented during the summer surge. Rather than lose any more money on the property, owners/landlords will resort to lowering the monthly rent in order to secure a new tenant as quickly as possible.
- Weather: once again, where you live will make all the difference, but trading the sweltering summer months in favor of colder weather conditions can make moving a more comfortable experience.
- Cost of moving: choosing to relocate in an off-peak season means you’ll save money on everything from moving supplies to hiring a professional moving service.
Cons of a winter move
- Availability: during the winter, you’ll find yourself with far fewer apartments to pick from—and, they probably won’t be the most desirable as all of the prime spots were scooped up by the end of summer.
- Weather: with fewer daylight hours and the potential for snow, sleet, and icy streets, safely moving during the winter can be difficult.
So, when should you move? If having an ideal living space in a sought-after neighborhood is your priority, summertime is probably your best bet for relocating. On the other hand, if the location is less important than lower rent, wait until winter to move.