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Seven Reasons That Summer is the Best Time to Move

Posted by Carrington Real Estate Services on May 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Moving_CoupleNot everyone is fortunate enough to choose when they move. For many people, it is simply a waiting game. They can’t move until they either sell their current house or close on a new home. Moving is almost always secondary to the buying or selling.

However, if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to choose when you are going to move, there is absolutely no question that the summer season is the best time to do so.

Regardless of your family’s situation, just about everyone is better off to move sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And that is exactly why summer is the most popular time to move.

Let’s take a closer look at seven key reasons why so many people are better off making their big moves during the summer months:

The Weather

This first reason is pretty much a no-brainer, especially if you live in a state where snow is a possibility. While the summer heat can make moving slightly uncomfortable, cold weather and icy roads can make winter moves completely unbearable…or even impossible.

You will definitely work up more of a sweat moving in the summer, but you also won’t slip on any ice while carrying boxes into your new house.

Peak Real Estate Season

Another obvious reason that many people prefer to move in the summer is that it is busiest time of the year for real estate transactions.

You might have some flexibility in buying a new home or selling your current house, but if you haven’t figured out the other side of that equation just yet there will be many more options open to you during the summer months.

School is Out

The most popular reason for moving during the summer for families with kids is that the move will not disturb their school year. Many parents choose to wait until summer vacation to uproot their families, even if the new residence is nearby.

Moving can be a big adjustment for many children, so you will want to give them plenty of time to acclimate to their new surroundings.

Work Schedules

In many occupations, the summer months allow for much more flexibility in the work schedule. This is also the time where many military families are transferred.

If your job is a little slower in the summer months, that might be all the reason you need to schedule your move in the summer. It also won’t hurt to point out to your boss how you are “moving with the company in mind.”

Yard Sale Season

You probably aren’t going to want to take all of the things you have accumulated over the years with you to your new residence. Another benefit of moving during the summer is that summer is also yard sale season.

If you plan ahead, you can hold a yard sale and sell all of the items you don’t want to take with you right before the big move!


Summer is also the time of year when many newlyweds are returning from their honeymoons and setting out to start their new life together.

With newlyweds, the summer move is more of a function of the wedding date than the season, but much of the same logic about the weather and work schedules still applies.

Meeting New Neighbors

Once your move is complete, you are going to want to meet your new neighbors. Summer moves are great in this case because you can simply invite your neighbors over to your new home for a summer cookout!

This is a great way to meet some of your new neighbors while at the same time showing off your BBQ skills!

Just as you should have a professional agent working with you to buy and sell real estate, you should also consider hiring professional movers to handle the heavy lifting (literally!) for you. This will make your life much easier and your move will be less overwhelming.

Even the professionals will tell you that moving during the summer is filled with advantages. Contact a local Carrington Real Estate Services agent today to lineup your summer real estate plans.

Topics: Seller Resources


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