No matter what time of year, moving can be a headache. There’s lists, planning, packing, research, and arrangements to take care of, and sometimes no matter how much you prepare, unforeseen issues still come up. One huge unforeseen factor involved in the moving process is planning a move during peak moving season. Most people usually don’t realize that they’re moving during peak season until they get their moving bill, or until they realize that moving companies are booked solid for months. Avoiding peak season for your move might not be the easiest thing to do; therefore, there are a few things you can do to find the right moving company to handle your move.
What is considered peak season for moving companies?
Moving companies usually consider peak season to be from the beginning of spring to the end of summer. The great majority of moves actually occur between memorial day and labor day, as that’s typically when people take vacation time or plan time off to move. Peak season can present a few concerning challenges to movers, including higher pricing, less availability, and higher volumes of traffic.
Qualities to look for in a moving company
Finding the right moving company to get you through your peak season move can make all the difference. Despite it being peak season, there are still a few important qualities that you must always look for in any moving company; however, during peak season these qualities become especially important for movers.
Moving companies can provide you with a list of references to verify their experience, specific clientele, or capabilities. You can ask for the list of references in addition to going online and seeing what the general public has to say about them.
Usually during peak moving season moving companies will hire a lot more staff to accommodate the busy schedule. This can increase the availability during peak season, allowing them to be more flexible when scheduling your move.
Any good moving company will offer their clients insurance options, will plan ahead for the move by showing up to take measurements of both locations or plan moving paths, and will offer multiple services such as moving specialty items like pianos or providing their clients with storage.
During peak season, prices can sometimes more than double. This is partly because the companies have to hire extra staff in order to compete with other moving companies during peak season. It’s important to do your research ahead of time and find a reasonably-priced company before peak season hits.
How else to prepare for moving season
Peak season can be a doozy, not only for moving company and their staff, but for movers as well. Kids are usually out of school and at home more often, making preparing for a move a little more hectic; the cost of moving can be unaffordable for some; and coordinating your work schedule with the movers schedule while still getting a fair price can all cause added stress when moving during peak season. Here’s what you can do to combat these issues and make your move a little less stressful:
• Stay organized
• Stay flexible
• Research companies early
• Look into storage options
• Find a company you trust
• Try to plan your move around the peak days
By preparing for your move as far in advance as possible, you can avoid issues of availability, unaffordable pricing, and hectic timing. It’s important to find a moving company that you can trust, that you feel will make your moving process go more smoothly.
The moving experts here at Watford Moving & Storage have over two decades of experience helping movers from all over Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas. We know that peak moving season makes it difficult for movers to pull off a smooth, affordable, and successful move; that’s why we vow to all of our clients to remain consistent in our quality of work and affordable pricing every year, all year. If you’d like to know more about our availability for this peak season, please contact us directly—we want to make your moving experience as easy as possible.