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8 Tips to make moving day easier!

Updated: Mar 28

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Moving day can be both exciting and overwhelming for college students moving into their new off-campus place. Here are some tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

1. Make a checklist:

Make a checklist of everything you need to bring with you on move-in day. This can include essentials like bedding, kitchen supplies, and cleaning supplies, as well as items like lamps, curtains, and décor to make your new place feel like home.

2. Pack an essentials bag:

Pack a separate bag or box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, and any medications you may need. This will ensure that you have everything you need for the first night in your new place without having to dig through boxes. Packing lunch and dinner will help you save money, time and relax after moving in everything.

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3. Measure your furniture:

Before moving day, measure the dimensions of your furniture and compare them to the dimensions of the rooms in your new place. This will help you plan where to put everything and ensure that your furniture will fit.

4. Label your boxes:

Label your boxes with the contents and the room they belong in. This will make it easier to unpack and find what you need once you're settled in. Start by unboxing your kitchen and bedroom boxes as these will be the most essential.

5. Arrange for transportation:

Make sure you have a plan for how you will transport your belongings to your new place. This can include renting a truck, hiring a moving company, or enlisting the help of your friends and family.

6. Coordinate with roommates:

If you have roommates, coordinate with them to make sure everyone's move-in times are coordinated. This will help ensure that everyone can help each other move in and avoid any delays.

7. Take pictures:

Before you move your furniture in, take pictures of the condition of the place. This will help in case of any damage or disputes with the landlord. Otherwise these damages will be covered by your security deposit.

8. Meet your neighbors:

Once you're settled in, take some time to introduce yourself to your neighbors. This can help you feel more connected to your new community and may even lead to new friendships and being looped in on important neighborhood updates.

In conclusion, moving day can be a stressful and busy time for college students moving into their new off-campus place. Remember that while things may not go as planned, it's important to be flexible and take a deep breath. You're officially on your way to your new home!

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