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Should You Move in Winter? Pros & Cons of a Winter Move

January 24, 2020

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Are you considering (or possibly stuck) moving in the winter? Moving can be stressful, but trying to load and unload boxes and furniture in sub zero temperatures makes it even less desirable.

Hiring professional movers will definitely make your life easier during a cold weather move. But is moving in winter your best option?

Let’s explore the pros and cons of a winter move.

Disadvantages of Moving in Winter

There are plenty of reasons not to move in the winter. The weather is colder, walkways harder to maintain, and all you want to do is stay inside with a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa. But what are some of the main reasons to avoid moving in the coldest months of the year?

Inclement Weather

One of the biggest reasons people avoid a winter move is because no one wants to move when the ground is covered in snow and ice. Moving in the winter can be flat out unsafe. There is real potential for slipping on a patch of ice when carrying a heavy box or driving a large moving truck.

If you’re planning a winter move, especially a long distance move, it’s essential to hire professional movers to ensure your safety.

Missing the Holidays

The best part of winter is, of course, celebrating the holidays with family and friends. So why risk having to change your plans? You could miss the most wonderful time of the year because you’re stressed about moving and making sure all your ducks are in a row.

Moving During the School Year

This applies to both teachers and those with school age children. Moving during the school year means that you’re adding a major disruption to your and your family’s lives during one of the busiest times of the year.

Benefits of Moving in Winter

Some people may say there are no pros to moving in the winter, but there are plenty of fiscally positive reasons to move in the winter. If you’re looking to save money and convenience isn’t your top priority, there are plenty of reasons to consider a winter move.

Flexible Moving Dates

Since winter is a less popular time for moving, you’ll have your pick of move in dates. With how stressful moving can be, it’s a huge plus to have the opportunity to pick and choose exactly when you get to move. Also, if you need to change your date or time for some reason, you're much more likely to be able to do so.

Less Competition

Fewer people are looking to buy homes or move in the winter, so competition will be sparse when looking to purchase a home. You’re also likely to pay at least 10% less than you would for the same home in the spring or summer — strictly because you decided to move in the winter!

Enjoy Your Summer

Let’s be real — it's a bummer to miss out on what most people (especially Minnesotans) consider the best season of the year for something as stressful as moving. Why waste beautiful weather stuck packing, moving, and unpacking? Use the winter for what it’s for — getting settled inside your cozy new home.

It’s Your Call

Ultimately, barring uncontrollable events, it’s completely up to you when you want to move. You must weigh the pros and cons to decide when/how moving will benefit you the most.

For a complete guide to moving in the winter in Minneapolis, check out our winter moving guide.

Use Minnesota's Most Trusted Movers

Here's one last perk of winter moves: Winter isn’t a traditionally busy season for moving companies, so you’ll also have your pick of the best moving companies!

The professional, certified movers at AAA Movers are experienced in moving at all times of the year. Save yourself stress and risk of injury — hire pros who will ensure a stress-free move to your next home! Get a free online quote today.

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