When deciding to move to or in New York, there is a lot of things to consider. You have to pick the right neighborhood, choose an apartment or a house, hire the best movers, pack your belongings. In the middle of all this, it is easy to forget that ‘when’ is just as important as ‘how’. Picking the best time to move is essential. In this article, we will tell you a few secrets not only about seasonality in moving but also what is the best time of the day to move to a new place. Knowing your best and worst time to move will save you money and nerves.
Rent: the colder the better
Rental units tend to increase in price during the spring and summer months. You might know that September is usually the most popular month for students to move to the city for college. It is also the time when recent graduates, or those who switch jobs after summer vacations, start their new job. A landlord is aware of this, too. Hence the rent increase during late spring or summer – when all those mentioned above are looking for a place to move.
And this goes not only for moving to Manhattan. A lot of students prefer renting a place in Queens, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, to be relatively close to the city, but save on rent.
Also, families making a move prefer to wait for the summer, too, so they don’t have to deal with switching schools mid-year.
Summer is busiest
On average, June, July, and August are the peak season for moving companies in New York. Also, remember, that a lot of people plan the move beforehand, and save the date and sign contract with moving companies as early as February for summer moving.
So keep in mind that, when searching for a rental in the summer, you will have a great competition. And if your relocation isn’t time-sensitive, plan your move for late fall and winter months – the rent is lower, movers are not as busy and more likely to give you a better deal or/and better time slot since a lot of renters prefer not to move during holidays.
Day, week, and month
The best time to move is early morning. Especially if you do end up moving in the summer – it is simply cooler outside, and your moving company drivers will thank you for that. Besides, a morning move gives you more time to unpack and settle in the new apartment.
When deciding on your moving date, try to pick mid-week, Monday through Thursday is the best. This is when demand for movers slows down, and as a result, you are more likely to save some money.
Also, the best is to avoid the beginning and end of the month – those are proven to be the busiest for people moving in an out of their rentals. First of the months is usually when landlords prefer to start the lease, so you will have a harder time hiring the best moving company or getting good time slot. Try to stick with the middle of the month, if your rental agreement allows it.
Moving, and especially moving in New York, is not an easy task. But rest assured, scheduling your move on a weekday morning in a winter month will guarantee you saving some nerves and money. Naturally, not all of us are lucky to get the ideal date for moving. So just try to focus on the essentials – finding a great place and choosing the best moving company.