Is it better to move home over the weekend?

Collaborative post by another author. Moving home might seem simple enough at first, but pretty soon you’ll find yourself faced with seemingly endless decisions to make. Whether that’s something big like what neighbourhood you choose to move to, or something seemingly menial like what boxes to pack your stuff into, it can quickly become overwhelming. Deciding what time of week to do the move will also have an impact on how the move goes in the end - read on for a brief rundown on the pros and cons of moving over the weekend.

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Pros of Weekend Moves

There are a few reasons why so many people choose to move house over the weekend.

Less traffic

If you’re moving house in a bigger city like London, then you’ll want to think about how much traffic there will be when you’re trying to tackle your move. Whether you’re driving stuff yourself or using a removals service like Bright Movers, the less time you spend on the road, the better. Moving over the weekend means that you get to avoid rush hour - just make sure you don’t accidentally coincide with a big event such as a football match.

Less time off work

When you dream about what you want to use your work holiday for, it’s unlikely that moving house is very high up on that list. Moving house over the weekend means that you have a whole two days to try to get as much done as possible. Even if you end up needing to take another day or two off, you’ll still be saving more time to take off later in the year and actually do something fun.

Cons of Weekend Moves

Moving over the weekend isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though - there are a few downsides.

Decreased service availability

One downside to moving over the weekend is that because everyone else also wants to move then, you’ll find that important services such as childcare and removals services get booked up a lot quicker than they do midweek. Moving during the week might mean that you also get to benefit from reduced rates, if the services you need to use are actively trying to attract more customers.

Increased risks of burnout

Weekends exist for a reason - they’re a crucial time during which most of us recover from our hectic weeks and start to unwind a little. Depending on how demanding your job is, it might simply not be viable to dedicate a whole weekend to something that will likely end up being incredibly draining. You need to make sure that you’re honest with yourself about how much downtime you can afford to lose - it might end up being worth just taking a couple of days holiday in the end.

Clearly, there’s no straightforward answer as to whether it’s better to move over the weekend or during the week. The option that’s best for you will depend on several other factors, which you’ll have to consider based on your personal circumstances.

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