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Moving Tips: Avoid moving during busy time periods

Traveling at night may make the move easier.

Traveling at night may make the move easier.

Going from your former home to a new home can make for a hectic time, no matter where or when you are traveling. Those who pick certain times of the year to move can not only make their trip difficult, but it can also make the act of moving in and out of homes or apartments more difficult.

Keep in mind, if you have an apartment and your building has a designated moving time every year, this could make the process much more difficult. You will likely have to be backed up from using the hallways, elevators and stairs if others are moving. This could be unavoidable, but it may be a good idea to schedule a time for you to give your boxes to your moving company a few days before the designated moving time. This could have a significant effect on the speed of your move.

While on the road, you may want to avoid holiday weekends altogether, even if this is typically more convenient. If a holiday is coming up, be aware that many people are trying to not only travel, but some may have the same idea that you do, to move. This could leave some significant issues with traffic and just make for a rough weekend. Moving a few days before or after may be better, if that is possible.

If you are moving to a city, be mindful that some have busy time periods, even if it is not a holiday. Cities with a large number of students are typically cramped during a few days of the academic year, especially during the first and last weeks of school. Research the city you are moving to, as it could make it easier on both you and your moving company by avoiding these areas and time periods.

Finally, try to travel during slower hours on the roads, as this will get you to your destination quickly and without significant issues. If you can, travel at night, well after rush hour ends. If this is not possible, traveling right after the morning rush hour period ends can help ease your trip.

The more you plan your trip in advance, the more you will put yourself in a position to have a low-stress situation for both packing and traveling, which will make your moving experience easier.