Moving is the worst. But for those who can be flexible in scheduling their move, choosing the right season to relocate can make the whole experience smoother. So which time of the year is most preferable?
For renters and buyers looking to move in the near future, the longer, sunnier days of summer are really ideal—and we'll tell you why. So if you find yourself planning a move soon, don't sign on the dotted line or book a moving company without considering the following reasons first.
1. Long days with plenty of sun
The weather conditions in the winter can make moving difficult. But warm weather means you won't have to deal with snow or cold, which can make a move difficult or uncomfortable.
“Warmer weather means longer days and more daylight that gives you more time to move in and out of a home. This is especially helpful for those who are not hiring a moving company and will be doing the heavy lifting themselves,” says Kim Starks, associate broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Warwick, NY.
2. Children are not in school
For those with families, moving in summer means no disruption of the school year or daily routine for the children. Plus, you won't have to plan your move around a school schedule, and you'll have extra hands on deck to help you out with the move.
“Given that school-age children are on summer break from school, families will benefit from moving in the summertime," says Starks. "Disrupting the school year with a major move can be difficult, not only with all the school activities, but also with after-school activities and sports activities."
3. There are yard sales galore
Summer also brings more neighborhood yard sales, which can be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you can team up with neighbors and share the task of promoting the yard sale and bringing in foot traffic. As a buyer, you will have more yard sales to peruse for any items you need.
Plus, yard sales can be a great way to reduce the amount of stuff you have to move—and who doesn’t like the extra cash?
For homeowners in a hurry to move, yard sales can even help you nab a buyer, says Jami Harich, of Avery Hess Realtors® in Fredericksburg, VA.
“I once had a buyer come into my office explaining that they had just been to a yard sale and they liked the house so much that they wanted to make a cash offer on it,” Harich says.
4. The selling season peaks in summer
The summer housing market heats up for sellers, so if you're antsy to move, you'll probably have an easier time finding a new place and getting out of your current house.
Todd Teta, chief product officer for ATTOM Data Solutions, says there are more buyers in the market in the spring and summer, with June topping the list as the best month to sell, based on seller premiums. He says that sellers could see premiums of 10% or more in the summer.