College Move-In Day Can Be Chaotic Or Pleasant; It’s Up To You
The big day is finally here. Your eyes are welling up. Maybe somewhere, in the far corner of your mind, you’re imagining an empty room and mentally arranging your new home gym. In any case, it’s finally time to move your child into college for the very first time. It may not seem like rocket science, but it’s definitely a milestone that you do not want to be entirely unprepared for, either. Here are some ways to make move-in day easier for you — and for your student.
If Possible, Steer Clear Of The Moving Day Chaos
Some colleges only have one or two move-in days for freshmen, and getting caught up in the hundreds or thousands of students moving in may be more or less inevitable. That’s not always the case, however. Carefully communicate with your child’s college to find out when exactly they can move in. If it’s an option, schedule your move-in day Monday through Thursday, when it is least likely to be busy.
Whether you choose a weekday move-in or you’re pretty much confined to the weekend, make sure your child communicates with his or her roommate, too. You don’t want to end up trying to carry in boxes and other large items at the exact same moment your daughter’s roommate is rearranging her furniture and there’s a couch in the dead-center of the room.
Communicate For The Best And Least Expensive Move
Local movers are going to be pretty busy at this time of year. Don’t call them up at the very last minute, and — if you do — don’t have your eyes set on a particular truck size. Decide on the exact level of involvement you expect from a moving company. Moving companies will help pack, load the truck, and drive — but this all comes at an expense. At this time of year, it may be best to rent a truck and possibly local movers to load it. Take care of driving on your own.
Americans ages 18 to 29 are among the most likely to move (two-thirds have moved in the last six years!), and there’s a good reason — college. Roughly 35.6% of movers are 20 to 24 years old, followed closely by the next age bracket, 25 to 29, with 30.7%. Keep your first college move-in day (or your second or third!) a breeze by avoiding the crowds and calling local movers well in advance.