Fall is one of the best times to move houses. While the fall season isn’t as frugal as winter, you can avoid both extreme heat and cold weather. Here are five tips for making your fall moves easy and affordable.

1. Choose a mover. With the busiest moving season in your rear view, you’re likely going to get better rates than summer. Moving rates are all about supply and demand. With less people moving after summer’s end your odds of negotiating a lower rate are much higher. Keep in mind most people move toward the end of the month, so if you can, try to move earlier. Ensure that the mover you choose is professional and carries full insurance. Cheaper is not better when it comes to protecting your valuables.

2. Pack wisely. The more organized your packing is the easier life will be on the other end as you try to unpack. Store similar items in containers and label the boxes. This way, when you unload boxes at your new home, you can take the pots and pans straight to the kitchen instead of piling everything in the living room.

You should also fill a box with essentials to keep with you. You might want to set aside an extra set of warm clothes, toilet paper, a toothbrush and some snacks. You’re going to be exhausted by the time you have everything moved in, so having a few important items like this on hand will give you a moment to relax rather than search for what you need.

3. Plan ahead. Moving into your new place will be a hectic time, so make sure you plan ahead. To avoid a chilly home, set up your utilities in advance. It would be extremely frustrating to arrive at your new home and freeze or not be able to see because of no electricity. By setting up all of your utilities ahead of time, you’ll be more able to shop around for the best providers and packages.

4. Clear pathways. Autumn is full of beautifully coloured leaves that are great to look at but cumbersome when trying to move boxes. Keep your broom near the door on moving day. Before anyone starts walking boxes to the car or truck, sweep aside leaves and other debris avoid tracking leaves inside. . This is particularly important if it has rained recently. Leaves can quickly become slick and hazardous for people trying to carry heavy objects.

5. Dress appropriately. The weather is cooler, so set out an outfit that will be comfortable. Even though your movers are doing the heavy lifting you will find that you are busy overseeing things and want to be comfortable. Go with layers. Find something that will keep you warm, but is still light enough for hard work.