The summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are peak moving season in WNY. This is the time when professional movers are in the highest demand, with top-rated companies (like Wayfinder) often booked months in advance. It’s important to book your moving date as soon as possible – if you wait until the last minute, you may be unable to book the date and time you want, or get stuck with an unreliable mover!
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What makes summer the busy season for movers?
- Fair weather
We deal with some notoriously bad winters in WNY – with lake effect blizzards, high winds and black ice, it’s definitely the toughest time for moving. Winter can turn loading and unloading a moving truck into a challenge, and icy roads are a major hazard for transportation. Summer brings both warmer weather conditions and longer days, making it easy to complete your move in the scheduled timeframe.
- Summer vacation
Since school is not in session during summer, it’s a convenient time for families with children or teens to plan a move. Relocating to a new school district during the academic year can be disruptive for students, but moving over summer break creates the perfect opportunity for a smooth transition that won’t interrupt the kids’ learning experience or after-school activities.
- Rental leases
In Buffalo and other urban areas, most yearly rental lease contracts end or begin during the summer. You’ll see a lot more housing turnover during this season as renters transition between apartments, moving within or to the city.
- College schedules
Once the spring semester is finished in May, many college students leave their dorms or apartments to head home for the summer, and graduates may move away. This process is reversed in mid-to-late August right before the fall semester starts, with new and returning students. These annual college moves account for a significant amount of peak season activity.
5 Pro tips for moving during peak season
1. Book your moving date ASAP
If you want to move during the busy summer months, planning ahead is key. Contact the moving company at least 3-4 weeks in advance of your desired date, and 2 weeks at the absolute minimum. You don’t want to get stuck with a limited choice of dates. In the high demand of peak season, booking early will also help you secure your first-choice moving company – aim for a reliable mover with a good reputation!
2. Move mid-week, mid-month
Try to schedule your move in the middle of the month on a weekday – moving at the end of the month is usually more expensive, and weekends can also cost more than during the week.
3. Make a moving checklist
Time is of the essence right now, but making a detailed checklist will help keep your move on schedule! Stay organized throughout the moving process – keep track of important dates, paperwork, and tasks that need to be completed so you can be prepared for the big day.
4. Declutter your stuff
Rates for residential moving are based on the weight of the household goods being moved – the more stuff you have, the higher the cost, and you’ll want to save money wherever you can! Go through your belongings and donate, give away, or sell any items you no longer want or need. This will lighten your load on the moving truck and lower the total cost.
5. Prep for the heat
If you plan on moving in summer, don’t get caught off guard by the heat! Summer temps in Western New York tend to range from 70-90 degrees. To stay comfortable on the drive to your new home, pack a few water bottles in your essentials carry-on bag, wear lightweight/light-color clothing, and apply plenty of sunscreen. Don’t plan for the movers to load heat-sensitive items on the truck, especially for long distance moves – bring them in your car with you instead.
Moving over peak season can be a breeze if you plan ahead and hire a team of professionals to handle the heaving lifting! Contact Wayfinder Moving as soon as you can to schedule your move before our summer availability gets booked. Give us a call at (716) 832-6683 and one of our move coordinators will help start your free estimate.