Summer is the most popular season to move house in Texas, study finds
Despite the inescapable heat, the summer season is one of the most popular times of year for Texans to pack up and move house. And July has consistently proved to have the most properties available within the past three years, according to a new study by moving experts Moving Feedback (stylized movingfeedback).
The report states there were over 120,000 total new listings on the market for July in Texas between 2020 and 2022, making it the most popular month to move house. August isn't too far behind, with over 117,200 properties available over the same three-year period.
Bearing in mind that it's the month that concludes many academic school years, June came in last with nearly 113,400 available properties on the market.
"The summer months offer more convenience when moving home as the weather is likely to be warm and rental leases start to expire, causing more people to look for properties," the study's author's said. "Many parents will wait until the summer to move house as it will not disrupt their child’s education."
Labor Day in September is seen as the beginning of the "off-season" for movers, with the fall and winter months becoming less busy due to the holiday season. That's when Texans can likely find cheaper rates for moving companies, the study says.
"Holidays can also be a huge factor in moving as offices and companies close around Christmas," writer Harrison Gough said. "This period from November to April is often cheaper than the summer months as people begin to start planning a move. The data from 2023 follows the trend set in previous years, with 384,305 listed properties as of April 30."
The study analyzed listing data from Zillow to uncover the number of properties on Texas' real estate market that were available to buy or rent from 2020 to 2022. Any data from 2023 is incomplete, therefore it was not used for the purpose of the study.