Everyone knows that we don't always get to choose when we have to pick up our things and move. Depending on where you're moving, certain seasons can increase the risk of delays or complications during your move, like delays caused by snowstorms.
The questions most people seem to have though is, "When is the cheapest time to move?". Pricing can change for most moving companies depending on the time of the year, or even the time of the month, depending on how busy they are at the time. In the moving industry, we typically separate our year into a non-peak and a peak season, each taking up about half the year.
The non-peak season is just the typically slower months, with the slowest months in the middle of winter. Most moving companies will lower their rates (or at least be willing to negotiate) in order to keep their trucks running and on the road through the slow season. These months will be the cheapest time of year for anyone to move and can sometimes be significantly cheaper, especially for long distance moves.
The peak season is the busiest time of year for moving companies and usually starts around April and goes through the summer. Most moving companies have more requests for moves than they can possible do, so will often raise their rates due to the increased demand. The peak season is busy for a reason; many people have kids and would rather not change schools during the middle of the school year. The weather also plays an important role in making the summer months the busiest time of year for moving companies, and the most expensive time of year to move. Generally favorable weather also makes moving during the summer preferable for most people. Nobody wants to move in the rain.
If you're lucky enough to be flexible about your move date, consider moving during the slower months for moving companies. You might just find yourself with a little extra cash for yourself in your move budget.