How Far in Advance Should I Schedule Movers?

Moving to a new place and having to transport all your personal belongings to another house is stressful, whether you are moving interstate or across the country. Not only do you have to organize your job, school, vacation plans and finances to accommodate the new move, but it’s also quite impactful to decide what you’re taking with and how you will get it from point A to point B.

When it comes to planning, being cautious, and scheduling early is best if you want a hassle-free move. Hiring professionals to transport your things is preferable to doing it yourself, for several reasons. If you have decided to use a moving company for it, do know that you should schedule the service as soon as you can.

When Is the Best Time to Schedule a Move?

First of all, you need to decide when the move is going to happen. The busiest season for movers is summer, and most people move during the weekend and often at the beginning or end of a month. Knowing this, you can get better prices and more offers during the off-season when movers aren’t so busy.

Unfortunately, we don’t always control when the move is going to take place, especially when moving for a job or because of an unexpected event. But if you can control any of the variables above (season, time of the month, day of the week), choose the less busy times.

Ultimately, choosing the right time for moving house depends on your personal reasons as well. If summer is best for you to move, you can still do it and get great service. You will just need to schedule your move early on, giving the movers time to prepare everything.

How Far in Advance Should I Schedule Movers?

During the peak season, most movers recommend booking your move at least 4 weeks before the date. When off-season, you can get things done by booking the move 1-2 weeks ahead but never intentionally leave it to the last minute. It’s always better to do it as early as you can.

The recommended scheduling time also depends on how complex the move will be. If you have a lot of stuff or special items like voluminous, heavyweight, or fragile objects (pianos, wine collections, antique furniture, etc.), do it as early as you can and let the movers know what they will need to transport.

Also, long-distance moves should be booked at least 1-2 months in advance, whereas local moves might not need to be planned so far ahead.

Even if your moving date happens to be off-season, and you have the liberty to choose to move on a weekday around the middle of the month, don’t leave it to the last minute, Good moving companies will still be busy, and they might not have the same availability if you contact them days before the actual move.

Why Is Early Planning Better Than a Last-Minute Move?

Booking your move in advance will eliminate the extra fees that are usually added for last-minute moves. You will be treated as a priority if you have scheduled your move early on, and you will be more relaxed knowing that everything is set even before you have to start packing.

Maybe scheduling too far ahead is not a possibility. The main point is to not delay it for reasons that you can control. When you find out the moving date, start the booking process, and contact moving companies. Early booking gives you more options when it comes to prices, availability, and meeting all your requirements.

Just to be clear: having to move urgently, which makes it impossible for you to give notice early on, doesn’t mean that you won’t find a professional mover who can help. But do expect limited services and possibly an emergency fee that will add to the price.

Contact Us for a Smooth Move

Three Men and a Truck highly recommends scheduling your move at least 4 weeks before the date. This gives us enough time to book the move on the exact date you need it, reserve all the needed equipment for your specific items, and offer the best prices and services you can get.

Get a free quote by filling the form on our website or calling us, and one of our agents will contact you in a matter of minutes. Once you have scheduled a move with us, you can rest assured that we will deliver your items safely, fast and within the agreed parameters.

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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