Timing your move is crucial, so before you pick your date, consider the below factors:  

Cost. There are specific days which are more expensive – this is when the movers are busier, and thus moving costs could go up with as much as 20%.

-  Busy periods include weekends, holidays, and summer months in general. The summer months (May to mid-September) are “peak season” for movers. Schedule summertime moves as far in advance as possible.

-  Throughout the year, the end of the month is a busy time for movers, because of the expiration of leases and preferred closing dates.

-  Moving companies are able to generously increase discount rates during the winter months when things slow down. So if cost is your number one issue, it is wise to choose a move date between the months of September and April.

Your needs. Obviously, the most important factor in deciding when to schedule your move is related to your needs. Would you prefer to wait until your child finishes school? Is this a personal move or a company paid move? Will you need temporary storage?

Movers availability. Usually, dependable movers have tight schedules, so you should plan your estimate at least three weeks prior to your planned move date. You may be able find movers in the last minute but there is no guarantee that as a customer you will be satisfied with the services you get.

Time of the day. Besides specifying a move-out date, consider what time of the day to move. You should start your move early in the morning. You never know if the movers will get stuck in traffic, or if the relocation is going to take more time than expected.   

Rent. If you are renting, review your contract. You may need to send a month’s notice and get the landlord’s approval before you leave. Often times, rental contracts cover a certain period of time and if you wish to leave sooner than the agreed upon date, you have to pay the rents until the contract expires or find a new tenant to take over the lease.