When is the Best Time to Rent an Apartment?

Best Time to Move in DC It is no secret that people are more inclined to move during the summer months. Summer has the allure of warm weather and venturing outside doesn’t require boots or gloves. The best time to rent an apartment is during the off-season, which is in the winter months. This may not be as enticing, but it can be extremely beneficial.

Discounts and Special Incentives

Apartment communities will offer discounted rates or special incentives to generate interest in the off-season. In order to fill vacancies in the winter, many apartment communities will offer a free month of rent or considerably discounted rates. Waiving the application fee, including additional amenities at no extra cost, and offering substantial referral bonuses are other incentives you may be able to take advantage of during the winter months.

Fewer Renters are in the Market for an Apartment

Another benefit to signing a lease in the winter is that you have less competition from other renters. During the summer months, there are tons of renters applying for the same apartments. This can force you to make a rushed decision to avoid missing an opportunity.

Easier to Find Help Moving

Moving companies experience the same seasonal ebbs and flows in business as apartment communities. This means they will have more flexibility to work around your schedule in the winter. Plus, they may charge you lower rates than they would in the busy summer months. Looking to recruit your friends instead? Enlisting their help on a weekend in early December will be an easier task than convincing them to give up a weekend in July during vacation season.

Better Deals on Furniture

If you need to purchase new furniture for your new apartment, you will get better prices in December or January. Holiday specials make December a great time to purchase furniture. January may be an even better time because stores are trying to clear out their inventory to make room for new models, which are released in February.

Although moving in the summer does not present the same weather challenges, it can be disadvantageous. Signing a new apartment lease in the winter may make for a chilly moving weekend, but it is worth the hundreds of dollars you will save.

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