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Moving Tips for College Students

When moving out of your college dorm or bachelor/bachelorette pad, you may not consider how to make the moving process as seamless as possible. It can be an exciting, yet stressful time. Luckily, we’ve done this a time or two and know how to make the process stress-free!

1. Timing

Timing out your move is crucial to ensure your moving experience is the best. Obtaining quotes from moving companies may take a little bit of time, depending on your circumstances. If you plan to hire movers, be sure to call 2-3 weeks in advance to secure a spot on the schedule since move-in and move-out times are some of the busiest times for most moving companies.

Moving companies keep their schedules booked out 1-3 weeks in advance. Calling last minute may leave you in a bind. If you have good luck, you might be able to find a spot on the mover’s schedule, but it's always better to play it safe.

If you live anywhere with an elevator or loading dock, you might have to reserve a time slot for your movers. It's best to stay ahead of everything and line that up with your moving date and time so that it is seamless.

2. Prepare

The main thing to keep in mind while moving (college or not) is to prepare. Preparing is crucial to any move, but it is important for any college student to figure out what needs to be moved and how to get it ready for the movers.

It's common to share a space with a roomie. So, an excellent place to start would be to separate the items you need to be moved from the items that can be left behind. There are several ways to do this. For example:

  • Divide the room into a “going” side and a “not going” side.

  • Color-coded labeling system.

  • Post-it notes. Stick a bright-colored post-it note on everything going; that way, the movers know which items to load up!

Now that you have prepared all the big ticket items, let's narrow down the smaller stuff. Pack all the small items in boxes and label them accordingly. This can be done with a sharpie or the same post-it note method! If packing isn’t your expertise, Highway Men Moving can help with this process. If you hire movers to pack your belongings, make sure they know exactly what needs to be packed before all of your things are in boxes.

3. Keep it Simple

Whether moving into a new dorm or returning to one, it is easy to overestimate how many things you need to pack. Stick to the essentials and avoid bringing any unnecessary items or trinkets you’ll likely never touch. Pack and keep products such as:

  • Bed sheets (Suggested Size: Twin XL)

  • Pillows

  • Pillowcases

  • Toiletries

  • Clothes. Remember that your space may be limited, so only bring what you think you will wear.

  • Posters

  • Sticky wall mounts and removable adhesive hooks.

  • A sturdy backpack or book bag for everyday use

  • Computer and any necessary supplies/accessories.

When it comes to moving, it’s better to have a few things to pack rather than have more items than you can handle.

4. Budget

If you are rolling on a budget, there are several ways to save time on the clock for your movers. While most expert movers like us provide disassembly and reassembly of furniture, doing this yourself can save your movers time and save you money. The average bed takes 7-18 minutes to disassemble and another 7-18 minutes to reassemble. Wrapping furniture and fragile items (i.e. Dressers, desks, TVs, mirrors) also takes some time.

5. Relax

Now that it's move day, it's time to sit back and watch the magic happen! You did all the legwork for the big day. The movers should be able to sweep in and get the grunt work done. If you are in college and moving, you are either moving in or moving out, which means you shouldn’t be stressing about lifting that heavy box you slammed with your college textbooks. Let Highway Men Moving take the stress out of your move while you gear up for the school season or, even better, summer!

Whenever it comes time for you to make the big move to or from college, Highway Men Moving has your back. We’ll take the stress out of your move so you can focus on your other priorities.

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