Moving is a stressful process. You’re always keeping track of where things are going, when things are going, and getting settled in at your new place while making sure the old place is properly cared for. Not only that, but it’s important to consider when and at what time of year the move is happening. As we head into fall, there are several things that homeowners should be aware of if their move-in date happens to fall between October and December. Here’s a quick list for those of you who are in the midst of transition and those who are still considering their options:
- Fall is cheaper. Believe it or not, summer is one of the most popular times to move homes. As kids get out of school and families take time off from work, it’s a natural time of transition. After the summer rush dies down, moving companies and rental trucks are no longer in high demand. This means increased availability, greater flexibility, and more options and opportunity to compare prices. Spend some time finding the best deals on moving essentials.
- School calendars vary. If you have students who attend public school, be sure to keep an eye on the calendar for your new school district. The different districts often have separate schedules that don’t align exactly, so be certain you know which one your family falls under and get plugged in.
- Double-check utilities Be sure that the utilities are connected and activated by the time you arrive on moving day. Light is essential, but heat is also critical during the chilly fall days and cold nights. You don’t want to spend the first few nights in your new house freezing or huddled around a fireplace for warmth.
- Unpack and declutter As you pack, try to prepare for the season ahead. Be sure that your fall clothing and accessories are easily accessible so that they can be unpacked first. Take this opportunity to declutter what you won’t need, especially the things that have accumulated in your home and closet over the summer.
- Protect your flooring. Fall weather brings rain and mud, both of which often hitch a ride on our shoes and end up inside our homes. At the very least, you and your family could track in fallen leaves. Protect your brand-new flooring with plastic, cardboard, or floor mats.
While summer may be the most convenient time to move houses, fall certainly has its benefits. It’s cheaper and easier to find a moving option, and it gives you an opportunity to downsize and declutter. Just be sure to follow these tips and avoid some of the pitfalls that come with this time of year. Follow Talley Properties for more on property management and housing.