A domain I own with a registrar is expiring next month. I want to change registrar. Is there a way of changing registrar exactly on expiration date or the only way is to start (and pay) the transfer procedure? I don't want to let the domain expire even for few minutes.
"... this is because for some domains the current registrar needs to say "this domain can be moved" and then the second registrar has up to a month to say "yes, hand it over".
The thing to do is to renew the domain and then once the date is passed when it would have expired, to transfer to the new registrar. You probably won't get a refund from the first registrar.