Make the College Move Easy—for you and your teen

4 years ago

Summer is coming to an end and soon college students will start moving their stuff into dorms.

Have you asked yourself, “How will I get this all to college? Will it fit in my car or do I need to ship some, if not most of it?”  While it’s tempting to say “We’ll buy everything once we get there,” believe me—don’t do it. It just creates more stress, more arguments, and invariably you’ll forget something because you’re rushing.

When I went to college it took 2 fully packed SUV’s, four people, and six hours to move me in to a dorm room the size of Harry Potter’s closet. I was only a few hours from home and was fortunate enough to fit everything that I wanted to bring with me in my parents’ cars. But, as many kids are choosing to go to college further and further from home, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to get everything there.

So how can you ship furniture, big-screen TVs (with accompanying video game systems, of course) and multiple boxes of clothes, books and assorted odds and ends? There are three options that work for almost every college move: hire a full service moving company, rent a moving truck, or send stuff via UPS/Fed Ex.

For the family who wants a no-hassle move in…finding a long distance mover that specializes in small moves is your best bet. Because a long distance small move specialist will put your furniture, TVs, boxes, or whatever else on a truck with other shipments, it costs a fraction of what a full-load mover would charge. And guess what— it can even cost less than renting a U-Haul truck. Sure, a U-Haul is cheaper at first, but it rarely costs less in the end - not when you consider what you don't save in terms of gas, time and sheer hassle.

But, if you are total Do-It-Yourself(ers)…and your car just isn’t big enough for all the large items and boxes that you need to bring to college this year, rent a moving truck. Renting a truck could be the option for you if you are looking for 1) a family bonding experience and 2) want to make sure that everything arrives on time for move-in day.  Renting a U-Haul is easy— you pick the truck up, you fill it and you drive to college.  As mentioned above though, make sure to keep in mind the pitfalls of this option. You’ll need to pay a rental fee for the truck, make sure that your car is able to actually tow the fully loaded trailer, and you have to account for the cost of gas.

If you only need to send a few small things…Since small move specialists don’t have the option to expedite shipping and you don’t have enough items to fill a rental truck, shipping with UPS is your best option. UPS will ship boxes and can guarantee an exact time of arrival. All you need to do is take the items (make sure they are well-packaged), send them and get them in time for move-in day.

So whether you use a small move specialist, rent a U-Haul or ship with UPS/Fed Ex, remember that movers do go to college - when you need them to. Don’t think you are on your own when it comes to moving your kid, there are many companies out there designed to help you get him/her all settled in, on time and without breaking the bank!

 

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