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Finding the best time to move can be a little overwhelming depending on a number of different factors – some even out of your control. Inclement weather, moving costs, work, or school schedules, and many more situations can make any move stressful. But in terms of convenience and cost, planning on when you move is just as important as how and where you move! 

Here are a few things to consider when planning the best time to move into a new home:

Moving During the Middle of the Month is Easier

Many people move out of the homes at the beginning or end of a month, which can make booking a moving truck or hiring a professional more challenging. Moving in the middle of the month can give you much more flexibility with scheduling.

Avoid Moving on the Weekend

For an easier move, the best days of the week to move are between Monday and Thursday. There is typically less traffic on the streets which makes parking a moving truck, or personal vehicle to load and unload moving boxes much easier.

Start Your Move in the Morning

Getting a head start early in the morning is the best way to plan a home move. People tend to have more energy at the beginning of the day and you will have more time to be able to unload, unpack, and settle into your new home.

Peak Moving Season in Sonoma County

Whether you are relocating locally or planning a long-distance move, the busiest time to move is between June through September. Not only is the Summer peak moving season for Sonoma County, but also in most parts of the county. In fact, 70% of people in the U.S move homes between Memorial Day and Labor Day!

 Scheduling a professional mover in advance will be essential to making your moving day as smooth as possible. But many moving companies can be booked out for several months in advance, especially during peak season.

The Pros and Cons of Moving in Different Seasons

No matter what time of year you are moving you’ll always want to plan ahead as much as possible. Different seasons all come with different benefits, and challenges to take into consideration when planning a move.


Pro: Summer isn’t the most popular season to move for no reason. People tend to have better success in selling their homes in the summer months. If you have kids, it can be an ideal time to move so they don’t miss any school time. 

Con: Scheduling a professional mover or truck rental in advance will be essential to making your moving day as smooth as possible. But many moving companies can be booked out for several months in advance, especially during peak season.


Pro: By fall, peak moving season has pretty much ended. Making September through November a slower time of year for many professional moving companies, so scheduling can be more flexible. 

Con: Most kids’ school years will be in full swing come fall time, so this could add some stress to a move.


Pro: For many moving companies December through March are their slowest times of the year, which can benefit a lot of last-minute home movers. 

Con: The weather is harsher during winter months, and the holidays can distract from getting ready for a big move. 


Pro: Many people are motivated to do some annual spring cleaning which is a great way to prepare your home for a move. 

Con: April through May is a beautiful time of year, but Sonoma County is no stranger to spring showers, so watch your weather forecast. It is not uncommon for the moving season to pick-up early in the spring time, so make sure you plan accordingly.

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