Timing is everything, especially when it comes to relocating employees. For the best possible experience for you, and your employee, selecting a move date during less busy times of the year for moving whenever possible is the best strategy. Our 2020 Best Times to Move calendar is a great resource for busy mobility professionals in planning relocations.
In addition to a move needing to be well-planned, it should also be well-timed to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Certain times of the year are more popular for moving than others. Knowing which days are most in demand can help you schedule your moves for days that have more availability of moving providers, trucking capacity, and other related moving services. To help you do just that, northAmerican® Van Lines has created its 2020 best times to move calendar
complete with tips, reminders, and color-coded date ranges that categorize moving times as ideal, busy, and busiest. Whether your employees are moving via a full-service corporate relocation program or a lump sum, keeping timing in mind can help make a move both more cost-effective and less challenging.
Regardless of the relocation program being used, moving during the most high-demand times of the year can mean longer waits for other related services the relocating employee may need throughout the moving process. Scheduling appointments for gas, electric, cable, and Internet service may take longer if the respective providers are dealing with an influx of activation or installation requests. For employees who are purchasing and/or selling a home during these periods, appraisals, inspections and other parts of the escrow process may also be overburdened, potentially pushing out their close date(s). The possibility of experiencing such delays increases depending on the current, national migration patterns. In cities or states that are receiving a great deal of new residents, these delays may be even more likely.
To learn more about the country’s current migration patterns and to compare them to your company’s relocation plans, take a look at our "US Migration – Changes & Trends, Reasons & Theories" blog post.
When it comes to costs, those who are moving using a full-service relocation program will not see an increase in the price of a given households good move as they are locked in on pricing for the year. However, relocating employees using a lump sum for their move may be subject to price increases during these busier times. It is also important to take into account that our country is in the midst of a significant driver shortage, further lowering the total availability of truck capacity. As a result, many people are encountering difficulty in finding and securing household goods transport, especially during peak moving dates. This means that relocating employees using a lump sum are competing with other consumers, making the timing of relocation even more paramount for relocating employees utilizing a lump sum amount for their household goods moves.
You can learn more about the country’s current driver shortage by watching our Truck Driver Shortage and Corporate Relocation video on our Resources page.
Key Takeaways from northAmerican’s 2020 Corporate Moving Calendar
According to the northAmerican 2020 Corporate Moving Calendar, these are the BUSIEST times to move:
- May 14th - May30th
- June 9th - July 4th
- July 12th - August 4th
- August 19th - September 4th
. . . And the following are BUSY time to move:
- May 3rd - May 13th
- June 1st - June 8th
- July 5th - July 11th
- August 5th - August 18th
- September 5th - September 30th
- November 13th - November 20th
- December 8th - December 31st
If employees are relocating in the summer, be sure their move is scheduled as far in advance as possible.
Fall is a great time to review existing relocation policies and make changes.
Employees should plan on personally moving valuables and important documents.
The employee or a family member must be present during pack, load and delivery.
Employees should advise movers of any and all special circumstances which may impact the move.
Be sure employees alert movers to narrow roadways and long driveways.
If the employee lives in a gated community, they should inform the driver of any possible restrictions on trucks, parking and passage in place that may impact the driver gaining access to their home.
Sidewalks and driveways should be clear of snow and ice on moving day. To learn more about moving in winter, read our Guide to Winter Moves.
Employees can lower their moving costs by donating and selling any unwanted items.
Encourage employees to familiarize themselves with items that are not safe or permissible to move. Find out more about what those items are by reading our Guide for What Can't be Moved.
For a stress-free move, offer employees a full-service moving benefit.
Contact northAmerican by November 2020 to assist with 2021 relocation planning, and as soon as possible for any moves planned for 2020.
Planning your 2020 employee relocations around busier times is a great start, but did you know that working with a relocation provider can offer a wealth of benefits including securing trucking capacity and improved pricing? If you are not currently working with a corporate relocation company, we now offer a way for you to try us before you sign a contract. Business Class by northAmerican Van Lines allows you to experience our award-winning service without the commitment. Contact Bobbi.Maniglia@northamerican.com to get your company in Business Class today!