When it comes to college, there’s a lot to be excited for. It’s one of those first really big steps into independence that people look forward to for their whole lives. While it may not be for everyone, a college education is expected for a great deal of careers, and helps individuals grow as people. When in comes to moving during college, though,there are a lot of factors that come into play. Keep these factors in mind and you can work for a much more stress-free move!
First, there are a lot of location options for students. Living on campus comes with some great benefits. Proximity to class, dining hall plans, and campus events are just a few. However, there are many reasons not to opt for campus housing. Sometimes it’s cheaper to room off campus, sometimes you’d rather be closer to work or family, and sometimes you just would rather live with (just) your friends. All of these are valid options.
If you’re interested in looking for off campus housing, there should be various resources at your disposal. At my university, there were dorms in a more apartment style on campus, and later they built an apartment complex with very strong affiliations with the school. This provided an option for students who wanted to live in an area with a lot of other students but didn’t want to necessarily live right on campus (it was close instead to a campus parking lot that shuttled to the school). Ultimately, I myself spent one year in campus housing and moved to apartments directly afterwards because it was much cheaper in our area, but in cities like DC this is not always the case!
When moving, things can get tricky. I understand the concerns of movers being expensive–trust me, I really, really do. I moved maybe 10 times during college due to many strange circumstances. At the time, I never hired a mover. Having seen smooth, professional moves while growing up a military brat, I knew moves could be quick and efficient. I just never had the experience myself. Moving requires a lot of organizational skills that I as a young student did not have. Once, a roommate told me the wrong move out date and called me at 6 pm to say that I had to have everything (including her things) out by that night. I was really upset with her for a long time, but really, I clearly should have known our lease myself! Definitely know your lease, and plan as far in advance as you can!
If you have that one friend with the big car or truck, lucky you! This could be instrumental in your move, because moving large furniture isn’t easy. However, if you do have this friend, be aware: they know you’re using them for their car. Everyone else who knows this person is asking for moving help in exchange for pizza and beer. Sometimes this is ok, if you’re close to them! Sometimes, they get really upset. I was lucky enough once or twice to have someone like this volunteer to help without prompting. The same guys who offered to help me would complain whenever someone else insisted–or worse, demanded–that they help with some never before mentioned move. If a friend does help, really do appreciate it and thank them the best you can. Don’t forget to pitch in for gas!
If your friends are flakes like mine often were, it may be time to just bite the bullet and hiring a moving company. If you’re worried about cost, there are ways you can bring down the price. Most moving companies, like ours, offer lower rates for a weekday move. Similarly, moving in the middle of the month would be less expensive than moving at the beginning or end of the month, when moving companies are busiest. If it’s possible to move smaller items on your own, this could also cut the costs. However, most companies do have minimums, so often you will have to pay for a set number of hours no matter how small your move. Splitting the cost with a roommate is often a good idea. If you’re particularly charismatic, you may be able to impress your parents enough with your organizational skills that they may help as well!
Another option is to consider a labor only move–get help loading or unloading a truck that you rent yourself. Depending on the date and the cost of the truck rental, this could also be a great way to save time and money. You may love your friends, but chances are they aren’t the most efficient at packing a truck. Hiring movers (especially to load!) will save you time, which, when renting a truck, saves you money.
Whether or not you choose to go to college, live on on off campus, or move with or without movers, getting organized is a big part of your 20s. Trials like these, as frustrating as they can be, will help you prepare for the (equally frustrating) future. Just remember that it’s ok to ask for help, either from your friends or from companies like ours. You’re going to do great! And if not, you’ll have a few fantastic stories.
Stage 1: Denial
This is no problem. I moved as a kid, and it was fine. I’ll just throw my clothes in some trash bags and call up some friends. Who was that guy in Poli Sci? With the pick up truck? I think I have his name somewhere…
Stage 2: Anger
Why do people have to make this so complicated? Do I seriously need to hire a carpet cleaner? How am I going to have time for cleaning if I need to be out the day that I need to move into the new place? I better get my deposit back!
Stage 3: Bargaining
Heeeeeey… Paul? It’s me! From Poli Sci! You know, sophomore year of college? Do you still have a pickup truck? Do you want some pizza for, say, a measly 6 hours of manual labor? … What do you mean your name is Taylor?
Stage 4: Depression
That’s it. There’s no way I’m packing, moving, and not having a brain aneurysm at the same time. There’s way too much to do and I can’t even get myself to start. You know what…I’m going to go take a nap. Take a nap and think about all the life choices that pointed me to this terrible moment.
Stage 5: Acceptance
This is too much for me to handle while work/school/Overwatch/all seven seasons of Golden Girls also exist. I’ve got a little extra cash to spare and I’d rather spend my time looking forward to my new place instead of crying while trying to google how to pack dishes. Time to get an estimate.
Start planning your move today with Bookstore Movers Free Estimate Form and spare yourself some grief!
Here at Bookstore Movers, we love words. In fact, we’re soi-disant lexicon aficionados. Words move us, so to say. And we’d like to move you. Thus, here is a catalog of terms to describe what your move would be like with Bookstore Movers.
Efficacious: Successful in producing a desired or intended result. It may not be the most poetic or romantic way to describe it, but a move with Bookstore Movers is, in fact, very effective. If possible, your possessions will be physically moved, absolutely guaranteed. It’s kinda what we do.
Intrepid: Having no fear, very brave or bold. It may be an exaggeration to say that we have no fear, but I’d definitely say that we are brave and bold. We have a healthy amount of fear, and we do have our limits (I’m looking at you, grand pianos!) but as we grow as a company and experience more, we only get bolder. More importantly, when you use our services, you should be 100% fear free because we’ve got your back.
Perspicacious: Having a ready insight into and understanding of things. We’ve got years of experience and we know just how to help you. Our movers are well-trained, prepped, and ready to help. Our operations team has seen just about everything (Feel free to take that as a challenge!). We didn’t get voted Best Movers 7 years in a row for nothing!
Sagacious: Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment. Our admin team, those lovely folks you kind of think may be at least partly robotic, are crazy-good at estimates. In fact, they tend to be right while estimating times more often than our actual movers–just don’t ask them to move anything larger than their laptops.
Fulgurant: Flashing like lightning; brilliant. Maybe this is a stretch, but we do take pride in how fast we respond to emails. We see it, we respond, and FLASH: you’ve got mail.
Puissant: Mighty, or having great power or influence. Our movers lift for a living, so they have both the strength and the know-how. They actually complete roughly 10 to 12 Herculean labors during training, ranging from loading a storage pod to slaying the nine-headed hydra.
Celeripedean: Swift-footed. Our movers are fast and efficient, like a mix between wing-sandaled Hermes and super-buff Hercules. And maybe, like, some Helios since he pulled the sun across the sky. He was pretty much a mythical mover with a much stranger truck.
Doughty: Brave and persistent. Yes, this word applies to our movers, always facing new challenges and working through them. Also, our operations and admin teams, working side by side to offer the best customer service we can. But also it apply to me, personally, right now, trying desperately to sell this move to you. C’mon. Do it.
Sempiternal: Eternal and unchanging. Now, we here at Bookstore Movers are always in flux. We’re constantly changing–growing as a company, adding more trucks, hiring more amazing people. But some things never change. We will always strive to provide amazing service. We have a commitment to excellence and a reputation to back it up. We are here to make things easier on you, and that will never, ever change.
So what’s the epimyth here? We here at BSM are here to help, whether it be with a move (hopefully!) or with learning a few new words that I myself may have had to google to double-check the meanings. You may also learned that we are often a sesquipedal people prone to long and goofy tangents, but that’s just another sempiternal fact of Bookstore Movers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Rural Dog Rescue – This local rescue group is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked and most at risk of being euthanized such as the hounds, the black dogs, the seniors and those with medical needs. There are many donation options and RDR is always in need of volunteers who can foster and help with events. And of course if you are looking to adopt a new furry family member, this organization is a great place to start your search!
Capitol Hill Restoration Society – Founded 60 years ago to help preserve and protect the historic neighborhood’s architectural and residential character, it is now the largest civic association on Capitol Hill, and one of the largest in the District of Columbia. CHRS continues to play a key role in maintaining the integrity, history and appeal of the neighborhood which has been a diverse community for more than 200 years, and is always in need of volunteers to assist with their annual house tour fundraiser and other events, write for the newsletter and provide website support.
It’s the perfect time of year to be thankful. Now, we here at Bookstore Movers do advocate being thankful year round, but we can’t help but get all wrapped up in the holiday season–ha. Wrap. I, for one, am a huge holiday fanatic. I’d like to present, unabashedly, an incomplete list of what we are thankful for:
-Coffee: We wouldn’t be here in the morning without it. Quick estimate in the morning? Thanks coffee.
-Delicious meals: Just in time for Turkey Day! Whether you have traditional stuffing (yum) or mofongo (yuuuum), delicious meals are a huge perk of the season
-That there’s not Christmas music playing in the office: Apparently some people just aren’t ready.
-That I’m not at the office and can play Christmas music: They can fight me.
-Holidays: I’m a sucker for them. Fall and winter are rife with holidays! Halloween? Done. Thanksgiving? On that. Christmas? Of course! Hannukah? For sure! New Years? The best! Tres Reyes? You better believe it! You just watch my holiday flow.
-Friends and Family: This answer is on every thankful list because it’s always true, and we have so many friends and family to be thankful for here. Some of us are lucky enough to be working with their family through BSM. Others are even luckier that they aren’t working with their family. In either case, we are always working with our friends, and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that.
-Our clients: You make this all possible. This is not an exaggeration. Our clients, especially our repeat clients, not only give us work for one day, they spread the word through reviews and referrals that allow us to gain more work. Not only do they trust us with their moves, they then trust us with their friends and family by suggesting us to others, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
You give us the opportunity to deliver turkeys and Christmas trees to families, to help schools move books, and to get out in the community in general and do some good.
We appreciate everything you do. You allow this local company to exist and flourish. So, thank you. Yes, you, with the bright eyes and perfect hair or lack thereof! We’re thankful for you this year, and we hope you’re surrounded by good food and great friends, with a grateful heart and a full stomach. You deserve it.