Is It Cheaper To Move On a Weekday?

Is It Cheaper To Move On a Weekday

If you have ever wondered if it is cheaper to move on a weekday, you’re not alone, so have we. We did the research to help you (and ourselves to be honest) find all the answers you need.

Thousands of people move each week. It could be that you are moving into a new apartment down the street, or traveling across the country to the house of your dreams. Everyone moves at some point in their lives.

Moving comes with many expenses.

You have to pay deposits, buy packing supplies, take time off from work, and of course, you will have to hire movers to help. These things can add up very quickly, which will have you looking for the best deals and easiest ways to save money when it is time to move.

In this article we compare the cost of moving during the week, compared to moving during the weekend to see which one is cheaper and if it will benefit you to choose one over the other.

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Moving During The Week

Moving During the Week

Most people don’t choose to move during the week even though they can be some of the best days of the week to move. Weekday moving could be an advantage to you if you have the ability to move from Monday through Thursday.

Weekday Moving Rates

Moving on a weekday could mean more money in your pocket when it comes to moving company rates.

Weekday moving rates are typically lower than weekend rates. This is a great advantage because moving can be costly, and if you have a lot of things that need to be moved to your new place, it can add up very quickly.

It helps to look for moving companies that will honor a lower week-day rate if you want to move on a budget.

Week Day Availability

Moving during the week is beneficial because there are more movers available to help move you.

A higher supply of available movers and a lower demand for them, allows you to have a wider supply of companies willing to negotiate rates.

This gives you peace of mind knowing that movers are always going to be available and you can try to get the best deal to keep more money in your pocket.

Week Day Privilege

Moving on a weekday has many privileges that help save money. And if you are reading this article, I assume that keeping as much money for yourself as possible is your ultimate goal!

One week-day privilege is for people who are parents. If you move during the week, there is a higher likelihood that your children will be in school and you won’t have to spend extra money on a babysitter to keep them out of the way.

We all know how the little ones love to “help” with everything, and moving is something that should be kid-free for their safety, and those who are helping you move.

Another week-day privilege is less traffic.

Most people will be at work between 9-5 which allows you the full day to go back and forth moving things without too many people on the roads holding you up, wasting precious hours. An hour in traffic is an hour paid to the movers. Those can add up very quickly.

That’s why making sure to schedule the best time of day to move can be just as important as what day of the week to move.

This weekday privilege may sound silly to some, but hear me out on this one.

Most people during the week are at work or busy working from home. This privilege means that fewer nosy neighbors are trying to see who and what you are doing. It also keeps too many people from interrupting you and your movers.

Every interruption is more money needed so that you can pay your movers.

The last week-day privilege is the ability to have your utilities turned on while you are in and out that day.

If you work during the week and had to take the day off during the week to move, it helps that you can double up the things that need to be completed in order to save yourself from taking another day off.

Moving During The Weekend

Moving During the Weekend

If you aren’t convinced that moving during the week is cheaper, let’s compare a week-day move to a weekend move. We will discuss the same topics as above, but on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Weekend Moving Rates

More people choose the weekend to move than a week-day because movers are swamped with clients, they charge a premium rate to their customers. If you choose to move on a weekend, be prepared to pay higher rates for your move.

Weekend Availability

As we just read, more people choose the weekend to move. Since many people are off of work they have this short window to move without needing to request off from work. The more people who need moving assistance, the fewer movers available to help.

Companies that have fewer movers available, not only affect the price of the movers but also affect which company you can choose to use.

It also creates scheduling hassles and short windows of availability. If you need to move within a week, finding an available mover or such short notice may be impossible, especially for a weekend move.

Weekend Privilege

While there are higher costs and fewer available movers for weekend moves, there are a few weekend privileges that may help alleviate the cost of moving.

One weekend privilege is for those who already have the weekend off from work. If you don’t work on the weekends, you won’t have to take time off or lose money from not being able to work that day.

Another weekend privilege is that you will have more availability from friends and family to help you move.

While some friends and family will charge you for their help, some may not. This helps keep some extra money for you, which could go toward buying everyone a round of drinks and dinner (Here’s what to feed your friends who help you move)!

Final Thoughts

If you want a discounted moving rate, moving during the week will be in your best interest.

But, if you have to lose money by taking the day off of work, this may be counterproductive. Choose a moving day that reflects your needs and works with your life to save you the most money.

If you found this article helpful you might also enjoy our tips on choosing the best time of the month to move.


I've been a college coach for going on 20 years now and that career has led Jen and I on quite the journey. We've lived in 7 different states and have moved a dozen different times. We've learned A LOT over the course of all those moves and we want to pass on our knowledge to help others going through the moving process.

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