how far in advance should you book movers

How Far In Advance Should You Book Movers?

The benefits and convenience of booking your movers ahead of time

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How Far In Advance Should You Book Movers?


The sooner the better! One thing for certain about moving is that you need to schedule and book a move date. If you have decided to hire a moving company, or move yourself using a rental truck, bear in mind that you’re not the only one moving, and most reputable moving companies book up very quickly. Below is a guideline to know: How far in advance you should book movers.

Depending on when you’ll be moving, beginning the process as soon as possible is always advised. This allows you to receive multiple quotes and compare options. Giving yourself and your chosen moving company at least 8 weeks notice prior to the targeted move date is advised. Even 12 weeks, especially if you will be moving internationally or during the summer, which is the busiest time of year in the moving industry.

The Benefits Of Scheduling Your Move Date In Advance


  • Booking your move date early, allows you to choose a desired date.
  • Moving rates can change. Having your move date reserved can lock in your price.
  • Having a target date provides peace of mind, so that you can focus on completing other tasks related to the move.

When To Book Your Movers


Booking your movers within the recommended time frames means it is more likely the moving company can meet any requirements you will have for the move. If you will be receiving any additional services, the moving company can factor these into the schedule.

  • Local move – For a local move within the same city, during the summer, 4-8 weeks notice is advised. In winter, spring or fall 2-4 weeks. Anything less, your selection of movers will be limited as most reputable movers book out months in advance.
  • Intrastate move – As there are less moving companies that move within the same state, from one city to another, you want to give your chosen moving company at least 4-10 weeks notice, depending on the season.
  • Interstate move – When moving long distance, across the country during summer, providing your moving company 12 weeks notice is recommended. During the off peak season, 8 weeks notice is sufficient.

Last Minute Move


It might not be possible to have your move date organized and scheduled so far in advance. You might only find out you’re moving on a short notice. In these cases, contact reputable moving companies as soon as you can to receive quotes, do some research and book the company! The closer it is to the moving date, the less availability good moving companies will have. Many good moving companies will do their best to accommodate last minute moves. However, especially during the summer months, often it is not possible. Don’t panic though, there are many moving companies ready to help you. It just means your choices will be far more limited. Having flexibility with dates could mean that you get to move with your preferred moving company.

Having your movers booked in advance allows to focus on getting everything arranged and organized for the scheduled moving date.

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