Moving During Winter – Pros and Cons

So your decision to sell your home in the off-season paid off, and now all you have to do is prepare for your upcoming move to your new living space – in the middle of winter. 

While winter moves aren’t always ideal, depending on your individual situation, there are some factors that could potentially make the timing work and actually be a benefit to you. Here are some of those upsides – and downsides – that can help you make a plan to ensure your move during cold-weather seasons is as stress-free as possible. 

Advantages

Lower Moving Costs

With fewer people moving in winter, prices tend to reflect that lack of demand, reducing your moving costs. If you’re looking to save some money after purchasing your home, moving during the off-season may be a plus for you and save you money on your move. 

Flexible Scheduling

Winter tends to be a slower season for movers, and unlike in spring and summer months when movers tend to be booked quickly, you may have more of an opportunity to choose the date that’s right for you to move, or to adjust your date or time if needed. With all the stress that goes along with a move, it can definitely be beneficial to have that flexibility available for your moving date.

More Attention from Movers

Make repairs to any loose bricks or hazards that may be on your walkways, as they may become less visible with any sort of ground cover (think leaves, sticks, etc.). Check your HVAC system and make sure you don’t need a tune-up before the winter season. Check your roof and make sure there aren’t any leaks. Falling leaves can clog up your gutters which can lead to flooding outside and inside your home, so make sure you are cleaning them on a regular basis.

Disadvantages

Weather Conditions

The primary reason that moving during the winter isn’t ideal is because of inclement weather that can affect your move. If you live in an area where it snows, or where the roads and walkways can become icy or slippery, there is more potential to slip while carrying or moving heavy boxes or to have difficulty driving a moving truck on slippery roads.

Holiday Schedules

‘Tis the season – it may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the time of year for holiday hours and/or closings, which can definitely affect schedules and your planned moving day, causing delays for when you were looking to be in your new home.

Disrupting the School Year

If you have school-aged children, moving during the school year can be challenging. Whether their virtual learning space is being moved and changed in the middle of their school year or getting used to a new route to in-person school, there can be lots of disruption for children in school during a winter move. 

Whether you choose to move in the chill of winter or on a sunny day in summer, make sure you choose a reputable moving company to help make your move into your new home. When you buy or sell with HUNT, you can take advantage of your full access to our HUNT Homeowners Club, including our preferred moving vendors, so you can enjoy peace of mind during your move no matter what the season.