More often than not, when people move, they are moving because of something; a new job, a relationship, or any major life change. Because of this, the time of year in which we move is often set. There are, however, cases in which the timeline is flexible. People move all the time for reasons that allow them to decide exactly when they are ready to go. So, if you are one of the lucky ones who can control your timing, you should know the optimal time to move to your destination. For example, if you are planning a move into a big city, like New York City, it makes a lot of sense to time it appropriately so that it is easier on you, your family and, potentially, your NY movers. So when is the best time of year to move into New York City?
It should come as no surprise that the summer is the busiest time of year for the moving industry. We talk about that all the time. So, we can eliminate May-August right of the bat. Why? Because, city aside, it is harder to book a mover unless you do so far enough in advance (something you should really do as soon as you know you will be moving). If you are able to book a mover during peak season, you will need to make sure that there is a New York moving company with a shuttle available to deliver your items to your apartment. Busy city streets cannot accommodate full-size moving trucks and, well, don’t even get me started on the parking.
Now, providing you have decided not to move during peak season, the best time to move may be spring or fall. Not only will you have a larger selection of movers and rental companies, but you may find that rates that are lower than during the peak summer season. Unfortunately, these seasons, specifically late spring and early fall, tend to be hectic in the city’s rental market as the younger student populations, as well as families with children, are all trying to do the same thing that you are. So, if you do choose to move during the fall or spring, aim for early spring or late fall to avoid the chaos and a more competitive market.
In all honesty, though most people don’t enjoy moving during the winter, the cold season is your best bet for moving into NYC. Since less people are moving in and out of apartments, landlords are more willing to negotiate (This applies to homeowners looking to buy as well). As far as movers go, the winter offers the same benefits as spring and fall, but even more so since even less people are moving at this time. Further, in the winter movers are slower, so costs will be lower. Since cost is a major issue when it comes to anything in New York City, it’s important to find savings anywhere that you can. By moving during a slower season, like the winter, you’ll not only save money on the move, but you may be able to save some money on your new home!
Moving into a large city like New York is difficult no matter when it happens. Having written this, I can put forward and argument for any season (except summer). So, what is my final answer? Early spring or late fall are both good options for moving into New York City, but the winter is your best bet in terms of both the housing market and the moving industry.