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How move-in day in Boston this year could be different from last year

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 30, 2012 05:12 PM

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In the Boston area, about four in every five rental properties listed on the market during mid-summer are available for move-in during the first two weeks of September, according to a report by rental property index company RentJuice.

In metro Boston, where two-thirds of the housing stock is rental units, the ratio of early September move-ins was found to be a couple percentage points higher, at 81 percent, the report found.

At a staggering 98.2 percent, Allston claimed the highest proportion of rentals that were on the market as of last summer and listed as being available for move in between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14.

With such a large number of people on the move, early September is bound to coincide with some chaotic traffic, parking and trash collection in and around Boston.

But, the conditions can vary, at least slightly, from year to year.

Last year, move-in day was preceded by Tropical Storm Irene, which hit the Bay State on Aug. 28 and led to some frustrating delays in the availability of rental moving trucks.

This year, no stormy weather is expected before or during the busiest two moving days, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Some weakened remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could hit the area as early as Tues. Sept. 4, but by and large the area will be soaked only in sun.

This year will be hotter than last year by about 10 degrees, with temperatures forecasted to be in the low 90’s for Fri., Aug. 31 and in the mid-80s for Sat., Sept. 1. But, the humidity is expected to be slightly less than a year ago.

With the Boston Red Sox playing out of town for the next week, traffic and parking in and around the Fenway area should benefit. The Sox were last at Fenway Park on Mon., Aug. 27 and will not return home until Fri. Sept. 7.

Last year was different. The Sox hosted their arch-rival New York Yankees during the busiest move-in stretch, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. The next day, they started a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

For the past two years, the move-in period has coincided closely with Labor Day. Last year, Sept. 1 fell on the Thursday prior to the Monday holiday, this year, Sept. 1 will be the Saturday beforehand.

For more information about city traffic and parking bans for the move-in period, click here. To read details about plans for the MBTA to run on a revised schedule on Labor Day, click here.

To read and see more about the city’s busiest move-in scene in Allston, click here and here.

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