Approximately 40 million people move throughout the year within the United States. There is no time of year that moving companies do not work, except if extreme weather conditions do not permit for moving. The moving industry does however have a peak season, April through September. During this time there is high demand for moving services, especially during the summer months June and July when many families relocate.

When determining when to move, another consideration might be which part of the month, which day of the week, and what time of the day works best. Most moves occur at the end of the month, when leases on rentals end, and can roll over to the beginning of the next month. Weekends are typically the busiest days of the week, as many work during the week. Having flexibility with the day you move could be an advantage. On both moving and delivery day, beginning early in the morning is best. Productivity is at its highest, and in hotter climates it’s cooler in the mornings, making it easier and more efficient to load and unload.

If your move does not need to take place during peak season, the quieter months, October through March might be best for your move. Moving during the slower months can reduce costs, and often provides more options for choosing a day of the week and a time of day that pick up or delivery can be scheduled.

When moving cats to a new home, firstly, it has to be decided how they will be transported. Most common methods of transport are in a car, or by airplane. Either one, they will need to be prepared for their upcoming journey.

moving cross country with petsBefore moving, take your cat to the vet for a full medical check up, and obtain a certificate of health. They must be healthy for long distance travel. You’ll want to confirm all vaccinations are up to date, especially if you’re moving to a different state. Visit the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to view vaccination requirements and registration forms for the state your moving too. You will also want to check with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) if you’ll need to provide proof of immunizations at state crossings. Some cats might suffer from anxiety; discuss this with the vet as they might have travel suggestions.

In the event your cat gets lost while in transit, there is a greater chance you’ll be reunited if the cat is microchipped. If your cat is not microchipped, make sure your contact information is on the collar.

In order for moving day to go smoothly, start preparing the cat ahead of time by having the crate around the house. Leave it open, maybe with a blanket or pillow inside, even a favorite toy. This way they can explore and hopefully feel comfortable in what will be their home for the duration of the move.

Moving to a new home can be an exciting time! It can also become a costly endeavor, whether it’s locally, or long distance to the other side of the country. Knowing how to cut your moving costs can keep the price down, and at the same time be an enjoyable experience.

moving cross countryBefore you begin packing, declutter your home. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you don’t need. It’s also an opportunity to leave some of the larger furniture behind. Think about how you would like your new home to be furnished. Items not being moved can be donated, given to friends and family, or anything of value can be sold. Lighting your load will really have an impact on the price you pay to transport your belongings to your new home.

Obtain estimates from at least three different moving companies and compare quotes. It’s very important to review each company to see what is being offered. Beware of any quote that is priced very low.

Doing your own packing and gathering packing supplies can keep the cost of moving down. Many household items, such as linens and clothing can be used to protect your items, and as padding for boxes. This will save on purchasing paper filling, and keep the number of boxes down. With an online search, used packing materials can be found locally.

Another way to cut costs is to have flexibility with your moving date. Certain times of the year, and times of the month cost less.