Summer Moving: Pros and Cons
Most Americans move between May and September. There are a few reasons why, but as we covered in our last blog post, choosing your moving date shouldn’t be a blind decision. You can save yourself time, money, and stress by carefully selecting a moving date that works best for you. Our previous post covered the best time of day, time of week, and time of month to move. In part one of this two-part series, we’ll be covering the best time of year to move. There are arguments to be made for both moving in the summer – during peak season – and for moving in the winter. Today, we’ll be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of moving during the summer.
Whenever you choose to move, Middel Realty has move-in ready rental homes available in prime Fort Collins locations. We pride ourselves on maintaining high-quality, single-family homes and providing unmatched customer service to our tenants. If you want to find a rental property you love, and a great property management company to go along with it, choose Middel Realty. Explore our current listings and contact us today for more information!
Lots of Options
Many leases start and end between late spring and early fall, which is one of the reasons that May through September is peak moving time. Lease turnover means that there are plenty of properties opening up from previous tenants. You’ll have a lot of homes to choose from, so you will be more able to find the home that you truly want. There is an especially large rate of turnover in college towns like Fort Collins, with a significant portion of the student population relocating every spring and fall.
Another reason most people move during the summer is because it lines up best with their schedule. If you have kids, it can be easiest to move while they are out of school for the summer. You don’t have to schedule packing and moving activities around homework or soccer practice and your kids can spend the school year focused on doing well rather than a big life change like moving. The freedom of summer also gives them the opportunity to say goodbye to old friends before moving and make new ones before starting at a new school. Relocating right before the school year starts or right after it ends can be jarring, making it harder for kids to adjust.
Especially if you live in a place like Colorado, which can experience fierce winter weather, summer offers much better conditions for moving. You can enjoy the sunshine as you scout out possible new homes and explore open houses. You can also avoid freezing temperatures and snow when it comes to actually moving your belongings from one place to another. Not only can winter weather be inconvenient, it could also make your move more dangerous. It’s a much better idea to haul big items like a dresser or couch when there isn’t ice on the ground.
The fact that most leases end in the spring means that many properties become available in the summer, but it also means that there are a lot more renters looking for a new place to stay. You have the chance to find the perfect rental home, but you may have to fight other potential tenants who think it’s their perfect rental home, too. Avoiding peak moving season thins out the competition and gives you more leverage as a potential renter, which we will discuss more in part two of this series.
High Demand, High Cost
The convenience of moving during the summer comes with a cost: almost every service and expense involved with moving is going to be more expensive. Hoping to negotiate your rent? You probably won’t get far. There will likely be plenty of renters lined up behind you, ready to snatch up the same property for the landlord’s asking price. Want to hire a moving company? Rent a truck? Moving during peak season means there is a high demand for these goods and services, and the companies can charge more than they would during the slow winter season.
You don’t always have the option to choose when you move, but if the date is flexible, deciding whether you want to move in the summer or winter can be worth your time. If you have kids in school or you have a lot of heavy furniture to move, moving during the summer is probably worth the extra cost. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider moving in the winter. Look for part two of this series to learn the advantages or disadvantages of winter moving and contact Middel Realty to find high-quality rental homes at any time of year. We have been in the Fort Collins real estate market for more than 40 years, and we take pride in maintaining beautiful rental properties and providing exceptional customer service. Explore our current rental options and call us today to get started!