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As of yesterday, it is officially spring in the Northern Hemisphere! While it may not truly start to feel like it for another month or so in New Hampshire, we are ready to start thinking about all things spring: including spring moves.

While most of us don’t have much choice when we move (it’s either because of a life change, when new housing became available, or something similar), there are upsides and downsides to moving any time of year. Here are our favorite (and least favorite) things about a springtime move.

It’s a Great Time to Think About Outdoor Spaces

If you love your outdoor landscaping, spring is a great time to move in. As plants start to wake up after their winter naps, you’ll have a good sense of what plants you want to keep and which ones you want to dispense with. It’s a great time to check on any tree damage after winter, and it’s not too late in the year to start setting up a vegetable garden or plant new flowers.

Mud Season

A lot of New Englanders refer to spring as “mud season,” for good reason. Between the grown thawing, any accumulated snow melting, and increased rains, the ground can get pretty yucky. Whether you are packing up stuff in your yard or just trying to take a shortcut across the lawn to the house, mud can make moving dirty, and even dangerous (don’t carry heavy or fragile boxes when you’re walking over mud—just trust us).

No (or at least Less) Ice!

Okay, in New Hampshire NO ice is often too much to expect on any given spring day, but the chances are a lot better than in the winter! While moving in winter doesn’t have to be a nightmare, worrying about falling on ice never made any move better. While occasional snowfalls and ice storms hit in the spring (even after a mild winter like this one), they are less frequent and easier to avoid than ice storms.

Longer Days, but Cooler Weather

Natural light is hugely important for making decisions about paint colors, home decor, and much more; in wintertime, your window to make choices based on natural light is much smaller. On the other hand, while summer has the longest days, it also brings heat, humidity, insects, and much more. Springtime can be a sweet spot with plenty of light but enough chill that you won’t get overheated carrying things around.

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