Last year was the first time in the last 20+, where local moving in the Puget Sound area had major capacity issues May thru September. Local moving in 2015 will have, at minimum, the same issues. Some of the movers already have days blocked out toward the end April.
How can a broker help their clients? - Referring clients to moving companies like moving link and by giving them a few helpful hints:
1. Having them start to find a mover early. Even before the residence is listed! This also helps with their budgeting decision & activating their staging plans.
2. The client should target having a commitment with a mover in place 30 days before they want to move. It is much easier to move service dates than trying get on a mover's already crowded calendar.
3. Try to stay away from moving during the last week of the month - as much as 30% higher rates! It is supply and demand.
4. Be flexible with move dates - "Can you move on Thursday rather than Friday? or on a Saturday at regular rates?"
As always, please fell free to contact me with any questions or needs, Im here to help!