Student Moving Tips
Moving into Off-Campus Housing in 3 Easy Steps
If you’re going into your sophomore year at a university, chances are, you’ve had enough of the “social benefits” provided by dorm life and are ready for more independence. Although apartments and houses offer a ton of benefits that dorms do not provide, the process of selecting the right housing and making the move can be difficult. Here are a few tips that will make the process as easy as possible.
- Hunt for off-campus housing before the beginning of the school year.
If you live in a college town like Columbus, students inhabit the majority of nearby housing. To get ahead, start looking way before you are planning on making your move. The location of housing in proximity to where you go to classes is a pretty major. If the housing you are considering is very close to your university, it will be the first to get booked for the upcoming school year. Don’t be left without a place to live and make moves early.
- Inspect the contract.
Many students have a tendency to skim over fine print, these are details you’ll want to study when signing a lease. Ask questions. Will there be a cap on electricity? Are the utilities included in your rent? Are pets allowed? Asking questions and reading the fine print will allow you to make sure you are choosing the housing that provides you with everything on your checklist.
- Note the move-in dates.
Major apartment buildings in college towns are notorious for being a disorganized mess on move-in day. Make sure you know what your move-in date will be ahead of time. This way, you will be able to book your move-in with American Moving and Storage of Ohio ahead of time. If you’re trying to plan your move, chances are, there are thousands of other students trying to do the same. Eliminate the stress involved with leaving your cozy dorm and let us do the job for you.
5 Tips to Have a Stress Free Moving Day
- Don’t bring more than you need.
Consider having a garage sale before your move to clear out items you no longer need. Charitable organizations like Goodwill, Children’s Home Society, and the Salvation Army will also take clothing, furniture, and other household items you no longer need.
- Do all of your packing BEFORE moving day.
There’s so much insanity on moving day that the last thing you want is the added stress of packing last minute.
- Do a quick walk through with the movers before getting started.
Make sure the movers agree on the condition of the furniture before proceeding; take pictures.
- Keep pets & kids away from the movers.
This will protect the movers, your kids/pets, and belongings from any accidents. Your focus should be on the moving process, not distractions.
- Make sure you have a charger.
The last thing you want on moving day is a dead phone. Your movers and family will need to contact you.