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!