It comes as a surprise to many people that there is technically a “moving season”, but almost half of all moves occur during the short few months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Knowing this, what should you expect if you’re planning to move during moving season? Here’s a few tips that should prove useful.
End of Month Gets Busy
The end of the month is always busy for moving companies due to leases being up, but during moving season they are even more notoriously busy. Also, weekends tend to be busier than weekdays. Scheduling your move in the middle of the month, preferably on a weekday, will allow for greater equipment availability in more locations. Prices do tend to be a bit lower as well because of the lower demand on slower days.
Movers Will Be Busy As Well
You should know to get in touch with your movers ahead of time as well, as moving season is their busiest time of year. Moving Help makes it easy to find movers in your area, and can help in a pinch if you forgot to find some in advance, or realize at the last minute that you can’t lift that giant wooden wardrobe in the bedroom!
Call to Confirm Your Equipment is Ready
Many times people who are renting moving equipment have last minute changes in plans. For instance, perhaps moving from one state to another took them a couple days longer than they expected, which means that the equipment will not be back in time for the next reservation. During moving season it’s harder to find extra equipment to make up for instances like this because of the large number of people moving all at once. Luckily, U-Haul has a $50 Reservation Guarantee which ensures the size, location and time specified on your reservation. That being said, it’s still good practice to call ahead before you leave to pick up your equipment to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Know Your Options
During moving season, customer service can get pretty busy at times. If you need to speak with customer service and don’t have time to wait for a phone representative, there are other options available to you. U-Haul has social media reps available to talk 24/7 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. They also have live chat reps that you can talk to via their website. Last but not least, if your question isn’t urgent you can always email them as well.
You Can Skip the Rush
By having moving containers delivered to your residence, you don’t even have to leave your home to get everything packed up and ready to go. U-Haul will even come pick the container up for you and deliver it to where you’re moving as well. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Do you have any tips when it comes to moving season? Tell us in the comments!