Now that you’ve found a place to call home, you’ll need to select a moving date. Don’t underestimate moving day! A well planned and organized move will take hours, while an unorganized one can turn into a weekend event.
Ask your apartment manager about any restrictions concerning moving hours at your new community and don’t hesitate to talk with the leasing manager too, they are experienced pros and they will be able to assist you with any questions you might have about your move. They may even have some suggestions!
If you’re moving personal items and none of the big stuff like furniture, you’ll probably be able to handle it on your own. But, if you’re going to be moving larger items like a bed, tables, sofa, or a flat screen TV you’re probably going to need a moving rental van or truck. If you are least 18 yrs. old with a valid drivers license, you should qualify. We suggest that you make reservations with a truck rental company a week in advance of your moving date. If you’re planning on moving during the weekend, it might be a good idea to make those reservations a few weeks in advance. Weekends can be get pretty crazy… Always confirm your truck reservation a few days before your actually pick up the truck. We also recommend you make arrangements to pick up your van/truck as early in the morning as possible. 3 or 4 customers in front of you can mean an hours wait!
Most rental centers will provide items you can rent or purchase such as dollies, boxes, blankets, tie-down ropes, tape, bubble wrap and other moving related supplies. These items will be sold at a premium so if you’re interested in saving a little cash, make a list and drop by your local hardware store a week or two before your move. This way you’ll be packed and ready to go on moving day. Speaking of packing, here are some time-saving packing ideas to keep you organized:
Remember, make the best out of your move and have a couple friends help. It’s always more fun when you do things with friends… Even a move! Then show a little love and appreciation by throwing a “move-in” pizza party. Once you’ve arrived at your new place with all your boxes in tow, call a local pizza delivery place and have them deliver a couple of pizzas. As far as drinks go, get a cooler and load up on your favorite beverage. Never underestimate the power of good friends, good food and cold drinks.
Last but not least, save all your receipts. In most instances. moving expenses are tax deductible. And don’t forget to always ask the rental company if they offer student discounts!
Good Luck and we’ll see you on campus!