Relocating can be exciting but getting things in order for the move can also be exhausting, complicated and overwhelming. However, moving doesn’t have to be a stressful and tedious process if you plan ahead. Booking a moving company should be one of the top priorities of the planning process. But how far in advance should you book a mover for a local move? Are there any factors that may impact on how soon you should schedule a local moving company?
Best Time to Book A Local Mover: 2 to 4 Weeks in Advance
If you’re planning for a local move in Chicago, the best time to book a local moving company is 2 to 4 weeks before your expected move date. So it is a good idea to start planning for your move several weeks in advance so that you have enough time to gather moving estimates from various moving companies and make an informed decision on which mover to book.
Book Your Move As Soon As You Can
While the general rule of thumb is to book a local mover 2 to 4 weeks in advance, scheduling your move as soon as possible has several benefits. The biggest advantage to booking early is that you have a wide range of local moving companies to choose from. You will have time to gather estimates from various local movers so that you can determine which option is the best for you.
Some of the other advantages to booking your move early includes increased likelihood of getting the dates you desire, having a solid target on when to start packing for a move, and lower costs as some local moving companies reward proactive clients with better rates.
Time of Year Matters
The time of the year you decide to move in Chicago can greatly impact when to book a moving company. During the winter, preparing to move can be tedious due to Chicago’s extreme cold and snowfall conditions. However this also means less people plan to move during winter, which makes the availability and cost of professional local movers more favorable.
Summer is the peak season for moving. So if you plan to move between May and September then you should expect more competition when trying to book for a local moving company. This is largely due to better weather conditions and families typically prefer to move when kids are out of school. The increase in demand for moving companies during the summer season means that costs are usually higher and you should book a mover as early as possible.
The Pitfalls of Booking a Last Minute Move
You should never intentionally book a local moving company last minute. Even if you are faced with an emergency relocation or last minute move, the first step in your plan is to start calling moving companies as soon as possible. The shorter your timeframe to the moving deadline, the fewer your options for finding an appropriate moving company, especially during the moving peak season between May and September. Leaving too little time will also mean you will become desperate and may overlook some critical considerations, such as evaluating the reputation of the mover and whether they have the required licensing.