Do Moving Companies Charge More On The Weekend?

The rates a moving company charges are based upon their practices. In most situations, it is cheaper to move during the week than on the weekend. There is solid reasoning behind this, which, once you think about it, will make more sense and may make you want to take advantage of the discount.

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Keep in mind that the only way to get an accurate quote is to call a moving company like Three Men and A Truck and speak to a moving specialist.


Choosing a Weekday Move

As a general rule, most moving companies are less busy during the week. Choosing to utilize their services on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, can mean that your rate may drastically go down from quoting a Saturday.

Often times, weekends are so busy for moving companies that they may have to outsource for workers and trucks. The situation adds more to the operational costs, which are then divided among the customers who needed to move during those busier times.

The same philosophy applies to summer months versus the fall months. People are more likely to book moving companies during warmer weather than they are in the fall. If you have the opportunity to move during lower volume times, rates are going to be a lot cheaper.

Other Pros of Weekday Moves

Besides the idea of spending less on moving costs, moving during the week helps complete the move without additional stress. Your children will most likely be in school during the week, which will make it easier for you to move and unpack without distraction from them.

If you find that your utilities are not hooked up, or you run into any other issues, the companies are open during the week. You are more likely to get an appointment to have things fixed during the week than during a weekend move.

The Cons of Weekday Moves

It wouldn’t be fair just to list the pros of a weekday move, especially when we know that there is a downside to it.

If you choose to move during the week, you will likely have to miss work. It may not be an issue if you have vacation time available or an understanding boss, but you can expect to miss at least one day during the moving process.

A lot of people choose to call upon their friends and family to help them with packing and unpacking. Point of a house warming party, right? But most of these people will be working during the week, so it may not be feasible for you to have that extra help during a weekday move.

Choosing a Weekend Move

The reality of the moving world is that most people decide to move on a weekend. The weekend is just a more convenient time for people in general. During the weekend, more people are often available to help with the move. No one will have to miss work like they would on a weekday move.

Rush hour traffic will be a non-problem for the movers on the weekend. Fighting traffic in a large truck is not easy, so the likely hood of having delays due to traffic will be less likely on the weekend.

Your children will be able to help with the move. It may be important for them to unpack their own room and put things in the place they want them. They also won’t have to worry about missing school this way.

Cons of a Weekend Move

The weekend is the busiest time for a moving company. You can expect that you will pay a higher rate for a weekend move, not necessarily unreasonable, but still a little higher than that mid-week move would have cost you.

If you do not call far enough in advance, you may not be able to get the time slot you want on the weekend you plan on moving. Most moving company’s schedules fill up first on the weekends, which can make moving when you want to a little more complicated.

Moving on a weekend also means that Monday is right around the corner. Weekend moves mean that you may not get a lot of time to get your unpacking and sorting done before you have to return to work. We can all identify that when you move, if it’s not unpacked promptly, chances are it will be drawn out for weeks.

So When Should I Move?

Take the suggestions your moving specialist gives you and consider them. Most moving companies are going to tell you when the best moving time and date will be for your specific situation. Believe it or not, there is a “good” time to move. Most movers will offer this up, because not only will it be convenient for you, it is convenient for them too.

  • Moving in the morning
    • If you are moving during warm months, it is cooler first thing in the morning. In a time frame between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., the sun hasn’t started beating down on the moving crew, and your items are also not receiving damage from the sun.
  • Less traffic
    • If you decide for a weekday move, the traffic at that time of morning will be slim to none. The morning work commuters will already be at work, not to mention it is before any lunch rushes.
  • All-day to unpack
    • The later your move, the more stressful it becomes to get essentials set up before bedtime. This is especially true when you have children. By moving at the start of the day, you have the entire afternoon and evening to get yourself situated, even if you don’t get everything unpacked all at one time.

When you get your quotes from various moving companies, make sure you get their opinions on when the best time for them to move you is. The better it is for them, the cheaper it will be for you.

Go With Your Gut

Always remember that you have the final say in who you choose for your moving company of choice. Your quote is your ticket to a stress-free move. Make sure you get what you need and what you want. Three Men and A Truck have worked in the industry long enough to know that the client’s satisfaction should always be first.

We strive to make sure that you are happy with the dates and times for your move. We understand that sometimes things happen, and a move is sudden, we don’t hold that against you. We will work with you to give you the best price for your move. Our rates are fair and competitive.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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