It is that time of the year again — back to school season, a challenging follow-up to moving season. In August and September, college students are moving back to school, freshmen are hectically planning their dorm move-in for the first time, and recently-moved families try to unpack all of their back-to-school belongings to prepare. Whether you are moving a college student, settling in after your summer-time move, or welcoming new neighbors, we have tips to help you out!
College move-ins are rarely stress-free. Besides moving in at the same time as potentially thousands of other students, you are also dealing with a lot of emotions and an important point in your son or daughter’s life. The key to minimizing stress is to be prepared–and we have you covered with this article.
Everyone wants to have a friendly relationship with their neighbors — to feel comfortable leaving the spare key with them in case you ever get locked out. Start things off positively by bringing them a welcoming housewarming gift.
Moving with kids presents very unique challenges. Children are full of energy and need to stay active, but moving requires organization, precision, and attention. Use these tips to ensure your child does not interfere with the move, has the opportunity to help, and maybe even enjoys it!
A JK employee moved himself, and came back with plenty of tips for others. Whether you are hiring a moving company or moving yourself, these tips can definitely help.
Back to school time is an exciting time in life, but also can be nerve-racking, especially when dealing with unforeseen obstacles. With the above articles, you can minimize mistakes and optimize efficiency so that you can focus on what matters most.
When Josh Will first joined JK, he spent his first month training with and assisting the Residential and Commercial services teams during jobs. Then, he joined one of the drivers and traveled with him to Georgia for a delivery. Josh’s commitment to cooperation has made him an asset at JK. Drivers and crew members can trust that Josh understands any obstacles they may encounter because he has been out on jobs with them. Josh is a true team player.
“When an individual first starts at JK Moving Services, I would tell them to embrace the team atmosphere… Get to know the people around you and get to know their stories. Let that inspire them to grow with the company.”
He perfectly exemplifies one of our enterprise Core Values, Together We Succeed. You can view Josh’s full video below. You can also read a full interview with Josh from our Meet the People of JK series here: Meet Josh Will.
Fall is just around the corner, and school will soon be in session. And if you have college-bound kids, it is nearly time to move them into their new dormitory. Maybe you are moving your first child, maybe you are moving your last and are about to be an empty-nester! Regardless of your situation, there are a few college moving tips to ensure an easier move-in.
Plan ahead and get an early start.
Your college student should connect with their future roommate ahead of time (many incoming college students use Facebook to get in touch before move-in day) to see what shared items–television, mini-fridge, shelves, etc.–they will be bringing, as well as when they will be moving in. Dormitory buildings are often small, so it is a good idea to move in before or after the roommate, not at the same time. Dormitory buildings often do not have air conditioning (pack a desk fan!), so plan to move in the morning to avoid working in the mid-day heat. You should also make sure your college-bound kid’s dorm does not ban certain items, such as microwaves or candles. Parking and elevator lines may also be a nightmare midday, as many parents are trying to move their children in as well; arriving early has its perks!
Sort it out.
Sort items into essentials and non-essentials. As previously noted, dorm rooms are often small, so leaving the non-essentials at home is key to eliminating clutter in the new space. When unpacking, make sure items such as candles, aerosol sprays, and certain electronics are unloaded first as these items can melt, explode, or suffer damage from the extreme heat of being locked in a car.
Resist shopping right away.
It is typical for college-bound teens to stock up on various supplies before moving into their new dorm. However, it might be best to wait. Often, you’ll end up buying things you don’t need or that the roommate already has. This is why planning ahead is so important–knowing which roommate can bring typical shared items makes it much easier to compile a shopping list. Wait until your student has settled in with their roommate so that they have a better grasp of which items are actually needed. Consult resources such as Bed Bath & Beyond’s campus checklist to see what you may or may not need heading into the new school year.
Moving into college can be a stressful experience, but by scheduling and preparing a college-bound move ahead of time using these college moving tips, you and your family can save money, headaches, and time. We wish you and your college-bound kid a stress-free move and a successful school year!
Verena Goetz joined JK last summer as a Global Relocation Coordinator. She had seen the JK trucks all around the Washington, D.C.-area, but it was not until she joined JK that she realized just how many pieces cooperate to form an independent moving company.
“I was very amazed when I first came on board at the size of the operations.” She realized that the company is made up of more than movers. There are long-distance drivers, move coordinators, operations and logistics, and also the training managers that keep our crews’ skills fine-tuned in JK’s training house.
You can see Verena’s full interview by clicking here.
A neighbor should be someone you trust–someone with whom you can leave a spare key or arrange play dates for your kids. But these things do not happen right away. First you need to build a friendly relationship with your neighbor. Start off on the right foot by welcoming them to the neighborhood with some of these housewarming gifts.
A bottle of wine
Everyone knows that moving can be stressful. A bottle of wine can give them something to look forward to after a day of unpacking (and motivate them to get the dishes unpacked).
A small, low-maintenance houseplant
Plants do wonders for human health, such as reduce stress. Giving your neighbor a small houseplant – one that will not require too much maintenance – can brighten their mood during this busy stage of their life.
This can be a basket of fruit from the local farmers’ market, freshly baked bread, or a plate of cookies. If you are making it yourself, just be sure this isn’t your first time. Also, be sure to inform your neighbor of the ingredients in case they have any allergies.
A gift card to a nearby restaurant
This is a good way to help the neighbors learn the area. You can also use it as a conversation starter, and tell them about other local favorites.
A starter tool kit
Every home needs a basic toolkit, especially when the owners begin setting up furniture.
Invite them to join you for dinner, board games, a movie, … whatever! Inviting them to spend time with you and your family shows that you want to get to know them.
Offer to help
Your new neighbors have a lot to unpack as they settle into their new home. Extend an offer to help out. They may politely decline, but knowing you are available if they need an extra hand can mean a lot.
Aaron Shaffer began as a part-time move helper for JK Commercial 15 years ago, when the business unit only contained 20 employees. Now, he is JK Commercial’s Training Manager, responsible for guiding new members of the team and helping existing employees achieve their goals through training and retraining.
“Training helps you build your strengths, helps you look at your weaknesses, and helps you grow with the organization.”
Aaron is passionate about the Commercial Services JK provides, and hopes to continue rising through the ranks at JK Commercial. Watch Aaron’s full story below.