Moving to and from college can really take a bite out of your limited budget if you’re not careful. But with careful planning, a few tricks in your back pocket, and a professional and reasonable student moving service, you can keep your college moves low key and affordable.
After working with many students over the years, we’ve put together some tips to help you with your moves to and from college.
Communicate with Your Roommates
To begin with, talk with your roommates about moving day. If you’ll all be arriving or departing at the same time, you’ll run into traffic problems. It’s helpful to agree on time slots for loading and unloading your belongings.
Additionally, you’ll want to talk about details like who will pick up the keys from your landlord and how you will get the place cleaned up after you move out. Good communication among roommates will keep you all on the same page and working cooperatively.
Communicate with Your Student Moving Service
If you hire a moving service to help you with your college move, be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your moving service as well. If your plans change at all, or if you end up bringing more or less with you to college, be sure to keep your moving service in the loop.
Since you will probably be moving in to an apartment or dorm room with other people, it’s important to stay organized. Instead of just piling your clothes and books into the back seat of your car, take the time to pack your items in boxes, which can be stacked more efficiently and labeled with your name and the container’s contents.
A box of trash bags can be very useful during a college move. You can toss miscellaneous items into trash bags and then label the trash bags. They also can be helpful for keeping bedding and coats from getting dirty during your move.
Moving is hard work, and you’ll maintain your energy and make friends when you order pizza, bring donuts, or pack along some deli sandwiches. And don’t forget to stay hydrated as you work. Packing, moving, and cleaning is hard work, especially in warm weather, so buy a case of bottled water and encourage anyone who comes to help you to drink often.
Book Your Moving Service Early
Certain times of year are busier than others for moving companies, and the beginning and ending of semesters are certainly busy times. To make sure you book the help you need, call your moving service well ahead of time and get yourself on their schedule.
It’s not just the people who are busy, it’s also the equipment. There are only so many trucks, dollies, and moving blankets. If you want to make sure your move runs smoothly, reserve your equipment early.
Think About Your Next Move
When you’re in college, your next move is never too far away. If you think ahead to the next move, your life will be much easier at the end of the semester. Instead of tossing all of your moving materials each time you move, flatten your boxes and store them somewhere out of the way until you need them again. Keep extra packing tape and packing papers with your boxes and you’ll be ready to go next time you move.
Moving in college can be exciting, and it doesn’t need to be difficult. For more information about a student moving services, or for tips about how to move on a budget, contact us at U.Santini. We have been moving New Yorkers for more than 80 years, and we’d be happy to move you. 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.