Everybody who moves wants to find ways to cut costs. One definite way to do this is to schedule a move at a time when professional movers work with fewer clients – namely, during the middle of the week.
This might be tricky for some. Work, school and personal schedules might prevent moving on a weekday. But if you do have the chance, think about arranging your move on a Tuesday through Thursday, when less people are moving.
Pros of Moving During The Week
Many professional moving companies will have different rates depending on the day of the week. Get clear on what their charges are, and you may find that weekday moves end up saving you money.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some moving companies will even change their rates depending on the time of month, and the time of year! We believe keeping the same low rate all year round is the most trustworthy way to go.
As you can imagine, Saturdays fill up quickly and well in advance for moving companies, while weekdays generally have more openings. This allows you to schedule the move at a time that works best for you at a lower cost.
Less Stress For Parents
This is a big advantage if you’re moving locally! By moving in the morning of a weekday, you can get the job done while the kids are all at school. It’s even more advantageous if you have a young child who can be at daycare while you make the move.
Fewer Distractions and Delays
Also, moving on a Saturday means moving when everyone is out and about, leading to high traffic congestion and a longer move time. Neighbors also will be at home, and a lot of them may want to come by and have a chat as you try to move! Moving on a weekday between the morning and evening rush hours, and while most people are at work, means dealing with fewer distractions and delays.
Access to Utilities
Of course, you will have called ahead to set up utilities as part of your moving plan. But if you arrive at your new home and something doesn’t work, you have a much better chance of getting someone out to repair it during the week than on a Saturday or Sunday.
Cons of Moving On a Weekday
Can’t Take Off Work
In some cases, it’s impossible to take off work during the day you need to move because of an inflexible work schedule. Or, if you are not in a salaried position, the money lost from not working is not offset by the lower moving cost.
Unable to Disrupt School
Moving during a weekend is a pro if you have kids in school and are moving across a city or to a nearby area, but it’s the opposite if you are moving a long distance. While it’s possible to move during the school week, it’s extra stress for the kids that may not be worth the cost savings.
Limited Options For Help
If you are relying on friends or family to help with some aspect of your move, your options will be severely limited making the move during a weekday. However, if you use a professional moving service, this should not really be an issue.
Moving during the weekday is an easy way to lower your moving costs if it fits with you and your family’s schedule, as well as when you plan to close on your house. You owe it to yourself to at least consider this cost-saving option.