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National Moving Month – May 2023

National Moving Month takes place in May every year, and it marks the beginning of the busiest moving season of the year when house sales continue to increase during the summer months. Moving may be more than just an inconvenience — it can also be a terrifying prospect. You want to secure your belongings and family regardless of size or distance. Moving may be an experience — new house, new locations to discover. Moving may be made less of a chore and more of an adventure. The aim is to move everything to your new house in one piece and quietly by reviewing resources, writing a few lists, and assigning responsibilities.

History of National Moving Month

New Yorkers “are stricken down on the first of May, by a type of madness, which will not allow them to rest till they have relocated their residence,” as one observer put it in 1799. Farmers from New Jersey would travel to Brooklyn to lend out their wagons at exorbitant rates since there weren’t enough carts to handle the volume of business. By 1820, the streets were clogged with carts transporting home possessions, and Moving Day had become ‘pandemonium.’ This was due to a considerable increase in the number of propertyless renters, and the streets were jammed with carts conveying household belongings. The practice was still in use in 1848 when the Tenants League condemned it as a way for landlords to increase rents on a year-to-year basis.

Cartmen were known to charge up to a week’s earnings to have their possessions moved, while truckmen were known to take customers’ belongings to police headquarters if they refused to pay on delivery, charging them for the extra transportation. In 1856, it was reported that the strict adherence to the custom of Moving Day was eroding — with some people moving a few days before or after the regular Day, resulting in a ‘moving week.’ The month of May was declared National Moving Month by Allied in 1997.

May is designated as National Moving Month because it marks the beginning of the busiest period of the year for the real estate business, movers, and many households. With the end of the school year and the beginning of longer, sunny days, the summertime is the most popular for relocating.

National Moving Month timeline

1799
An Individual Observes New Yorkers Move

An individual notes that on May 1, New Yorkers are struck by a form of lunacy, which will not allow them to rest until they have shifted their residence.

1820
Moving Day Becomes Pandemonium

Moving Day becomes mayhem because of a significant rise in the number of propertyless tenants, with the streets clogged up with carts transporting household belongings.

1856
People Start Moving a Few Days Before

Some individuals start moving a few days before or after the usual day, thereby creating a ‘moving week.’

1997
National Moving Month is Born

Allied moving services designate the month of May to be National Moving Month.

National Moving Month FAQs

What is the cheapest month to move?

The Winter months are the most affordable time to relocate since demand is low and moving firms’ timetables are more flexible.

What is the best month to move into an apartment?

Rental prices are typically lowest between October and April —especially immediately after the December holiday season.

Is moving in the summer more expensive?

Summer is a more favorable season to relocate because of the longer days, warmer weather, and safer driving conditions. Nevertheless, this convenience contributes to summer being the most pricey time to move.

National Moving Month Activities

  1. Share on social media

    Use #NationalMovingMonth to post and create awareness about this on social media. It’s a fun way to bring attention to a month of madness.

  2. Hold a garage sale

    Have a garage sale to help eliminate the items you don’t use anymore in your home. These items can make the process of relocation challenging.

  3. Update your mailing address

    Ensure that all your friends, family, and the post office have your current mailing address. This will ensure you from violating the law, protect you from identity thieves, and ensure that you get all of the critical correspondence you need.

5 Interesting Facts About Moving

  1. Individuals relocate 11 times during their lives

    An individual in the United States may anticipate moving 11.7 times in their lifetime, based on present age structures and average rates of change, with no more than one relocation per year allowed under current conditions.

  2. Moving is a stressful experience

    When it comes to stressful events in a person's life, moving ranks third — behind only the death of a family member and divorce.

  3. Friday is the most common day

    In the past, Fridays have been the most popular day of the week for home relocation, with 30 % of all relocations taking place on this day.

  4. Professional movers are cheaper

    Local moving firms may be less expensive in the long run than a do-it-yourself move.

  5. 50% of relocations take place in summer

    Every year, about 40 million Americans relocate, with more than half of those relocations occurring between May and September.

Why We Love National Moving Month

  1. School is out

    School is one of the main reasons people migrate in the summer. No one wants to interrupt their child's academics, and changing schools mid-year may be difficult for youngsters.

  2. Social season

    Moving out of town requires rebuilding your social group, and summer is the perfect time to do it. The nice weather and longer days inspire people to come out.

  3. Good weather

    Summer moving is common since the weather is better. You can escape bad weather and rain.

National Moving Month dates

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2026May 1Friday
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