Pro Planning Tips for an Easy College Move
Tragically, summer has raced by. Whether you spent your summer relaxing on the beach, exploring a new city abroad, working to make some extra money or kicking back at home, the time has come to prepare for the school year.
For those of you entering your freshman year at college, September will be a time of massive change. After being at the top of the food chain in high school, you’ll start again in a new place. You’ll say goodbye to old friends and prepare to meet new ones. And you’ll begin the journey of learning that will help you discover what you want to do, who you want to become, and what path you’ll pave for your future.
Moving to a New City for College.
Starting college is an incredibly exciting time, especially if you have been accepted to a school in a different town, city or state! But despite the excitement of starting a new chapter and embarking on your college experience, moving can still be overwhelming and even stressful.
So what can you do to make your move to college as easy and stress-free as possible?
Here are some professional moving tips from the All Jersey Moving & Storage team, your college moving experts on the East Coast.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute.
No one wants to be stressing about organizing a last minute move a few weeks or even days before classes begin. You want to arrive on time, unpack and get settled so you can explore your new campus, get to know your new roommates, and get settled before classes begin.
In order to do that, you need to schedule your move to college well in advance. Remember, the end of the summer is a busy time of year for professional moving companies experienced in small moves to college campuses. Don’t assume that your moving company of choice will be available at the last minute. Secure them for your preferred moving date as soon as you can so you can settle in and adjust to student life on campus.
When Hiring a Moving Company, Do Your Research!
Set aside time today to research reputable moving companies in your area with experience in small moves. Ask people you know for recommendations and check reviews and testimonials online. All Jersey Moving & Storage is one of only about 15 movers in New Jersey to be granted the "Circle of Excellence" designation by the New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association. We’re also endorsed by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Be sure to find out how long your movers have been in business – we’ve been serving the community since 1992.
Why a DIY Move Doesn’t Pay.
We don’t have to tell you that moving to college involves numerous expenses. There’s the (often astronomical) cost of tuition, rent, food, books, a bus pass or gas and insurance payments…the list can feel endless. One way you may think you can save some money is by moving on your own. You might assume there’s no skill involved in filling and moving boxes and that packing up your car or renting a van is the smart and economical way to go. If you’re in good shape or have friends or family willing to lend a hand in exchange for pizza and beer, it can be tempting to skip out on professional movers.
Yes, professional moving comes at a cost, but the investment in a reputable and reasonably priced moving company is well worth it. In fact, there are numerous reasons why a do-it-yourself move doesn’t pay in the long run.
First of all, a DIY move can be expensive. Inexperienced movers don’t have the training nor the experience necessary to properly pack and safely transport your furniture and belongings. They can damage your furniture, home, elevator, walls, stairwells or new residence in the process, which can be extremely costly. Without an insured professional mover, you put yourself at risk of having no recourse for damage to your home or belongings. You also likely don’t have personal liability insurance to cover the medical costs you could incur if a friend or family member were to sustain an injury during the move. A professional company like All Jersey Moving & Storage is licensed and insured. We only use professionally trained bonded staff which minimizes injuries, breakages and theft.
Another reason to avoid a DIY move is that it can be extremely stressful and cost valuable time. Professional movers know how to avoid aggravating and costly moving mishaps that you are likely to encounter with inexperienced movers. The All Jersey Moving & Storage team works quickly and inefficiently to execute your move so that you can get settled in your new home, explore your campus and spend time with friends. We have the expertise necessary to ensure the move is seamless and your belongings arrive in the same condition they were in before they were packed. Our team also has the necessary equipment to secure your furniture and belongings during the move, including dollies, furniture pads, straps and more. We been undertaking moves to colleges within the New Jersey area and along the East Coast for decades and know many college campuses well.
Use a Moving Company Seasoned in Student Moving.
Using a moving company that's very familiar with the area you will be living in adds an extra layer of security and ensures a speedier move. All Jersey Moving & Storage specializes in assisting students with small moves into dormitories, apartments and homes on or near their college campus. In addition to relatively short distance moves across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, we also provide expedited service on long distance moves within a 500-mile radius, up and down the East Coast including all points between Maine and the Carolinas. Contact us for a free moving estimate.
How Not to End Up Shocked by Your Moving Bill.
When searching for a professional moving company, be sure to get a written estimate. Professional moving companies like All Jersey Moving & Storage provide an itemized inventory and stand by their quote. Alarm bells should go off if your moving company doesn't provide you with a written estimate and an itemized inventory, not to mention a contract that needs to be signed by both parties if you choose to proceed with them. Companies can't be held to anything they haven't put in writing! All New Jersey licensed movers are required to provide a contract at least 24 hours in advance of moving day. It's a major red flag if your mover wants you to sign the paperwork on moving day.
Beware of rogue movers who are vague and don’t ask for details when providing an estimate. Also be weary of movers that require payment in cash only. When you pay with cash, you can't really protect yourself against moving scam artists. If you pay by credit card, you can report the movers to your credit card company if something goes wrong. You can stop payment with a check; but, with dollar bills you're out of luck. You may also simply not want to walk around with that kind of hard cash.
Pack Now, Party Later
- decide what to take and what to leave behind
- get the proper moving boxes and supplies
- create an organized label system
Think about What You’ll Do with Your Belongings over Summer Break?
Navigating a Last Minute Move.
At All Jersey Moving & Storage, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible to ensure we can execute your move on the date most convenient to you. However, we understand that life is busy and unpredictable. Whether you’ve been on vacation, busy with work or simply haven’t gotten around to scheduling your move yet, don’t panic. We do everything possible to accommodate last minute moving and weekend moving requests whenever we can. If you are down to the wire, contact us today to see if we can fit you in.
If your professional moving company of choice isn’t available on your preferred moving date, try to be flexible and arrange an alternative date if at all possible. Do everything in your power to avoid using an inexperienced, uninsured mover. It can cost you greatly, both financially and in terms of the extreme aggravation it can cause if things don’t go smoothly.
Storage Services for Students Over Summer Break
Countless college students change their residence before the next year of school begins. Some move out of dormitories while others move to new houses or apartments with new friends. All Jersey Moving & Storage can assist you with these short distance moves so that you can relax and enjoy a well-deserved summer break.
If you have to keep your belongings in storage before your new home is move-in ready, we can assist with that as well. All Jersey Moving & Storage offers reliable and convenient short-term and long-term containerized storage. At our storage facility, our top priority is ensuring that your items are safe and protected, from the time they arrive to the moment they are delivered to your new dorm, home or apartment. When college ends, we can also securely store your items until you determine your “next destination”.
Schedule Your College Move Today.
The most reputable and expereinced professional movers book up quickly. Don’t wait another day to schedule your move! Once you find and secure a professional and competitively priced moving company, you’ll be one step closer to kicking off an incredible college experience.
Contact us now for a free no obligation quote on your college move. And congrats on this exciting new chapter! The best is yet to come.