What To Do When You Can’t Book Your Preferred Move Date

We can’t stress enough how important it is to book early to secure your preferred move date. Given the industry-wide challenges posed by 2021’s summer moving season, though, odds are you’re here because that wasn’t possible.  

Rather than take on a DIY move, hiring a moving professional likely still makes sense, as it limits stress, saves time and allows an expert to coordinate the intricacies of your move on your behalf. Plus, you can rest assured knowing moving professionals are handling your life’s possessions. 

Can’t get the moving date you want? Here are some options when you know a full-service move is what you want. 

Push back your closing date 

If you’re in the process of selling your home and are unable to get your moving date of choice, it may be possible to work with your realtor to push out the closing date. According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), you wouldn’t be alone since closing delays can occur for multiple reasons and coming to a compromise with a buyer is commonplace. 

Consider renting back 

Provided you’re still in the negotiation phase of your home sale and need to arrange a later move date , renting back the property from the buyer may be an option. That way, you can keep possession of the home for a longer period of time and, typically, pay the buyer the sum of your mortgage payment, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance (PITI). 

Ask about a short-term apartment lease 

Negotiating an apartment lease is bit of an art. That’s particularly true when approaching your landlord or leasing agent about extending your living arrangements on a month-to-month basis, or for less than a full year.  

That said, this can be a hard sell. So, it may help to emphasize what a reliable, responsible tenant you’ve been, reinforcing your commitment to paying rent on time, being a conscientious neighbor and treating the property with respect. 

Look into alternative work arrangements 

In the event you’re moving for work, it may be possible to contact HR to see if modified working arrangements — such as a remote start or a delayed start date — are possible. Knowing that life happens, employers are often willing to be flexible. 

Rather than take on a DIY move, it’s likely hiring moving professional still makes sense, as it limits stress, saves time and allows an expert to coordinate the intricacies of your move on your behalf. Plus, you can rest assured knowing moving professionals are handling your life’s possessions. 

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