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Big moving day approaches

October 1 is the second-busiest moving day of the year in many cities.

October 1 is the second-busiest moving day of the year in many cities.

After May 1, the first day of October is regarded as the busiest moving day in Chicago, New City Moving sales manager Sarah-Jayne Ashenhurst tells the Chicago RedEye. But Chicago isn't the only U.S. city with a busy weekend ahead. 

People around the country are prepping for relocation, and moving trucks may be a common sight over the weekend, especially in New York City and the Windy City. The first day of May and October became a popular moving day for many due to English and Dutch heritage, as well as local laws. In those countries, Michaelmas Day on September 29 or Old Michaelmas Day on October 10 was also a time when farmhands would change employment.

"You have a lot of people who have fall leases coming up," Ashenhurst told the RedEye. "October 1 is the day for people who have been hanging on for a while to get out."

She told the newspaper her company has been booked solid for three weeks.

It wasn't until 1911 that the Cook County real estate board allowed leases to be made at any time of the year. Despite that 100-year-old ordinance, May and October remain the busiest times to move in Chicago.