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Moving to a new home can disrupt your routine at any time, but some times of the year are better than others for relocating to a new home. You'll get the most from the experience and enjoy a more seamless move if you plan things for the right time of year and allow yourself enough time to complete the process. The best timing for one family may be completely different than the ideal timing for another. Here's how to tell which times of year are best for your family.
Families with School Aged Kids
Unless your move will be within the same school district, your kids will likely have to change schools. Because of this and the adjustment time needed to fit into a new classroom, most families time moves to coincide with summer vacation. This ensures your children have a chance to get comfortable in the new home and neighborhood before plunging into a new school as well. According to experts at Parents magazine, moving during the holidays or a similar long break can work as well, as it will give your kids a chance to make friends right away.
Singles -- Moving on your Own
Your best time to move will be independent of the school year (though you might find more homes on the market to choose from while school is in session). Choose a time that aligns with a down time in your industry or at your workplace -- long weekends or industry-wide holidays can help you make the most of your time off and give you the most time to settle in your new place.
Retirees -- Moving Out of the Empty Nest
If you no longer have kids at home, you won't be constrained by the local school schedule -- you may actually find that shopping while school is in session puts you at an advantage, as families are more likely to wait until spring or summer to begin shopping. If you are moving locally, planning your move around family helpers can work; if you are hiring movers, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to picking the right time. If you live in an area with harsh winters or overly hot summers, avoiding these times may make it more comfortable to settle into your new place and begin caring for the property -- beyond that, the choice is yours.
Make the Most of your Moving Time
No matter when you decide to move, planning ahead and preparing early will help you make the most of the process. You'll love settling into your new home when you are not stressed by a looming school deadline or other significant milestone and get the best possible start in your new home.