The majority of leases in Chicago start and end sometime between the beginning of June and mid-October. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck moving when everyone else does. In fact, there are some substantial benefits to moving in the off-season – especially the late fall and early winter – in Chicago. Curious about why we’re suggesting that you buck the summer moving trend? Here are five reasons we think moving later in the calendar year is the way to go…
1. Cooler Weather
If you’ve spent any time in Chicago in the summer you know that the weather is unpredictable, but that the last few summers have been super hot and humid. The average high temperature for the daytime in Chicago is above 80 degrees – and the average is going up.
2. Dryer Weather
The weather during the summer tends to be rainier than it is between late October and December. July is the wettest month of the year and we all know what summer thunderstorms in Chicago can be like. Who wants their couch being carted around during a tornado warning?
3. Lower moving costs
Because most people move during the summer months, if you plan on hiring movers you’re going to find much better rates in the fall and early winter. And, with less demand for movers, you’re more likely to be able to hire the company you want for the days and times you want.
Furthermore, many movers charge per man / per hour. When you movers are schlepping your furniture up the three floors of stairs to your new apartment, when do you think they’ll be able to move more quickly: when it’s 90 degrees or when it’s 50 degrees? No matter how motivated your team is, they can only do so much when it’s blazing hot. So cooler temps will equate to lower costs in the end for you.
4. Less pressure
While there are fewer apartments out there in the off-season, there are substantially fewer people looking once the summer months – especially past October 1 – are over. This means you will be less pressured to take something you’re not sure of. During the summer, if you hesitate, you’ll lose the apartment of your dreams. But during the fall and winter months there will be fewer people nipping at your heels to see the apartments you’re interested in. You can take the time to make sure you’re making the right decision.
This may be the number one reason you will want to investigate moving after the summer season, whether it’s in November or even January or February. While there are fewer apartments out there in the off-season, there are substantially fewer people looking once the summer months – especially past October 1 – are over. So, on average, rents will be, lower than they are during peak apartment hunting months. Landlords know there are fewer people looking so they have to price accordingly.
5. Lower rents
This may be the number one reason you will want to investigate moving after the summer season, whether it’s in November or even January or February. Because fewer people are looking to start leases in those months, on average, rents will be, lower than they are during peak apartment hunting months. Landlords know there are fewer people looking so they have to price accordingly. Some landlords will give you a year lease at any point in the year. Others may want to try to get you back on a lease that ends at the end of August. But remember that they need to rent their place, so there may be room for negotiation.
…have we convinced you that there’s no need to stick around in a place you don’t like all the way until next summer? If you’re not totally convinced yet, you should check out the rest of the apartments we have available right now at Realty & Mortgage Co. We have some fabulous places in the neighborhoods where you want to live at great prices.
We think seeing what we have to offer will definitely get you moving, so to speak. If you see something you like – or even if you don’t – we get new listings almost every day – please give us a call at 773-549-8300 or fill our an inquiry form on our website and let us know how we can help you.