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Smart Moves: The Best Time of Year to Find Your New Home

Packing up and settling in somewhere new is a big move. Without careful planning, you may miss big opportunities to get the abode of your dreams or save major dollars. So when is the best time of the year to start looking for your new dwelling?

First, outline your goals for your new home and decide what is most important to you — this will influence when you should start shopping. There are two key factors that typically influence movers to select one time of year vs. another: Those who wish to have a selection of homes, or those who are looking for the best deal.

Seeking Selection
If you’re looking for options, move when the masses move: May through September. Families often move when kids are on summer vacation, and college students are shifting their living situations as well; so there are usually more options available. Plus, nice weather is ideal for the actual move day. However, because so many others have the same plan, prices may be higher due to increased demand. If you plan on hiring a moving company for move-in day, secure the date a few months in advance to ensure their availability.

Desiring Deals
Find the best deals during fall and winter. Although you might not have the same selection as the warm summer months, you will have less competition to get the place you want. During this time, property managers and landlords are looking to fill their vacant properties. For even better savings, browse areas with new properties that need to be filled. In addition to finding better deals during this non-peak moving season, securing a moving company should be a breeze at this time.

Your personal circumstances are ultimately going to influence the best time for your move. Families are most likely best moving in the summer so kids have time to settle in before the school year begins. If you have flexibility, the non-peak season may be your best route to saving money on your dream destination.

How to Give Notice

    1. Read your lease.
    Check your lease to see when it ends, and look for any additional terms that may affect you. Your lease should list how to give notice of leaving, the return of your deposit, and how damage and cleaning fees will be addressed.
    2. Put your notice in writing.
    First, draft your notice in writing with your exact move-out date — this is called an “Intent to Vacate” letter. When you send it to your landlord or property manager’s office, be sure to have the letter signed for delivery so you have its arrival on record. For extra consideration, talk to your landlord in person about your intent to move. This may also clear up any questions regarding your lease.

Move-in Day
Be sure to check the forecast and avoid moving during severe weather if possible. A universal rule is to avoid scheduling your move-in day around the holidays. Not only will it be more difficult to find others to help, there also will be more cars on the road, making your move slow.

After you’ve settled in your new home, talk to your local Madison Mutual agent today to review your homeowners insurance policy. Renters, we have policies built for you as well! Contact an agent close to you to see how we can help protect your abode.