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5 Tips For College Students Planning To Move Home

by Bruce Lawson

Exam time is over in your final year at college and it's time to face the big, bad world! This can be both an exciting and a stressful time for many students, particularly if you're moving between states to take up your new job. As such, you'll want to make the transition as smooth as possible, without any hiccups and with the least amount of pressure possible. As a student for the past few years, it's possible you're not the most organized when it comes to logistics, so consider the points below when moving apartment. 

Cancel and Settle All Bills

First thing's first, make sure to cancel all of your energy bills before starting to sort out all of the logistics. This is the easiest task to carry out, but can often be overlooked among the stress and excitement of moving home. However, failing to settle and cancel your gas and electricity bills can prove to be very, very costly. This is because when you move home, your bills will accrue interest and late payment fees which will continue to build as you won't be receiving the letters. 

If you're sharing your apartment or house with other students, you need to make sure someone in the house is designated the responsibility of settling the bills otherwise nobody will do it. Make a note of all of your readings on moving day and request your final bill (making sure to forward it to another address!) and make sure all of your roommates have paid their share. 

Set Up Your New Utilities

Whilst you're focusing on settling your accounts, you should organize your utilities for your new home. If you done this when you first moved out, you'll know that it can be a bit of a headache at first, especially with phone lines and internet that can take weeks if not months to be installed. 

Once you have your new address, get your new roommates together and set up your phone line and internet at least one month before moving day. Everything else, such as electricity and heating, can be set up once you've moved in. 

Defrost Your Freezer

Another critical point to check off (and one that is easily forgotten!) is defrosting your freezer and getting rid of all the food within. As a student, you've likely become accustomed to take-outs and fast food (and rightly so!), however now it's time to use up those three-month old frozen fries and chicken nuggets dwelling in the depths of your freezer. 

Once you've gotten through all of the contents of your fridge and freezer, it's time to turn it off and allow it to defrost. Be careful however - you'll need to place a towel on the floor and keep the doors open to avoid any puddles forming that may affect receiving your deposit. 

Start Packing!

Some people love it, others hate it, but either way - it's time to get the boxes filled. Everyone has their own philosophies when it comes to packing, which highlights how fine of an art it really is. Whatever your theories are, there's a few key concepts that should be adhered to: 

  • Start sorting your belongings into groups early on, and resist the temptation to hold on to items of personal attachment that you really don't need anymore. 
  • Find some sturdy boxes to transport your belongings. Particularly, try to source high-quality boxes that won't fall apart at the seam!
  • Color code your boxes depending on which room they belong to. This allows removal men to place the boxes in the appropriate room come moving day. 
  • Don't overfill your containers! Remember, these boxes also have to be lifted. Removal men are fully trained at doing so, but they're not superhuman so please be considerate. 

Sort Transportation

Whether you're moving into your new apartment right away, shacking up with a friend or even returning home for a while, you'll need to decide how to get your stuff from A to B. 

With a bit of luck, your family and friends will help you out. If you're not able to beg or bribe a loved one to help, don't worry - there are other options! The simplest and most stress free option is to discover more here and hire a moving company who will do all of the work for you. If you own any of the furniture or appliances in your current apartment, then this would likely be the best option. There are probably a lot of moving companies in your area, so do a bit of research before hiring to ensure you're choosing the most professional, most efficient service.