Moving Out of A College Dorm Stress-Free

Moving is never easy, but moving home after college can be especially stressful because you often have two rooms to consider — your dorm room and your bedroom back home.

Thankfully, we have a few ideas that will make your move much easier.

Make a checklist

Before you pack up any storage boxes, make a list, prioritizing tasks by date or importance. Don’t forget to include:

  • Donating or tossing out unnecessary items
  • Organizing items you wish to keep.
  • Storing items that you wish to keep nearby.
  • Researching moving companies you might use to make the job easier.
  • Purchasing items you need to help your move (e.g., storage boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • Confirming any small tasks you need to complete before you move, such as turning in your dorm keys, checking the dorm schedule for move out dates, etc.

Organize your dorm

The next step is to organize your dorm room. This makes the moving process much simpler for you and anyone you enlist to help.

As you tidy your belongings, keep a box handy for donations and a garbage bag nearby for cleanup.

Pack it all up

Call a college moving company to purchase boxes, tape and other necessities. As you’re packing, organize your boxes and bags so they’re easier to locate later.

Use a color-coded system to improve organization. For example, your clothes might go in a pink-labeled box and your toiletries in a blue one. You can use colored markers, masking tape or even different colored trash bags for your system.

Moving day

Moving day is easily the most exhausting part of the process, especially in this Texas heat. Create a timetable with a list of tasks to keep all your helpers on track. Otherwise, this can easily become a multi-day event if you fall behind schedule.

Moving out of a college dorm in Texas isn’t always a fun task, but these tips should make it much more bearable. Just stick to the plan, and you’ll be back home in no time.

If you want to greatly simplify the actual move, consider hiring college movers such as Dependable Relo. They’re much faster and more efficient than attempting to move yourself.

Contact Dependable Relo and Moving today and get back home stress free and safely.

Keep Your Cool: How To Easily Move In The Summer

With the family at home and students everywhere packing up for a new semester at college, summer has quickly become a busy season for moving, despite the rising temperatures.

Before you brave the high heats in Texas, make sure to keep the following in mind to make the move as easy as possible.

Prepare for the move

  • Keep important documents easily accessible such as school records you might need upon arriving to your new home.
  • Pack everything into categories, making moving much easier. Separating your belongings into priority objects like clothes and cooking supplies will allow you to unpack what you need upon arriving. It will also give you a chance to see what you can easily give away to friends or give to charity.
  • Set up your utilities before you arrive to have lights and cool air from your AC as you arrive. Getting the utilities taken care of beforehand will make it easier and avoid any sleepless nights in the heat.
  • Pack objects that could be affected by heat elsewhere due to the high heats. Vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, as well as candles could be damaged, so packing them separately or in your vehicle will allow for less of an issue upon arriving.
  • Plan ahead for your kids and pets by keeping them cool in a separate room or asking a friend to watch them so that you can take care of the packing fast.

Avoid the Texas heat when moving

  • Check the weather the day of the move for higher than expected temperatures. Moving heavy furniture like sofas, beds, and electronics in the high heat could result in heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
  • Consider changing the day of the move for a later date if the temperature will be high to ensure you’re not placing yourself in harm’s way.
  • Move in the early morning or evening to take advantage of the lower temperatures. Less heat also means that vehicles are less likely to overheat.
  • Protect yourself from the heat by using sunscreen lotions as well as wearing loose, light-colored clothing to avoid any risk of overheating.
  • Hydrate and keep yourself nourished by drinking cold water or beverages with electrolytes as well as snacks that are non-perishable. Granola, fruit bars, and mixed nuts are solid options that will keep you full of energy.

Moving companies are here to help you

Having to move boxes by yourself can be overwhelming, and having to do so with the high temperatures could be dangerous. The best option is to use the help of a moving company to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Schedule a moving company early due to the high demand. Booking your movers as soon as possible could help reduce costs as well as taking the stress out of your move.
  • Moving on a weekday makes it easier to avoid the rush of moving and is usually a solid choice for moving companies to schedule a move that works best for you. Weekends and holidays tend to be the busiest days of the year.
  • Gather your moving supplies early if you will be packing up most of your belongings. Some of the supplies such as boxes and packing tape might be a bit hard to come by, so make a list of the supplies you will need beforehand.

Ready to move? Contact Dependable Relo Moving today to begin or request a quote to get a head start.

How to Get Your Security Deposit Returned When Moving Out

When you move into a rental apartment, you’ll likely have to pay a security deposit to cover possible damage to the apartment. It’s important to start thinking about protecting your security deposit from the day you move into an apartment to save time and money when you decide to leave for a new home.

Here are some tips to help you get your security deposit returned after moving out.

Read your rental agreement

Take the time to read your rental agreement thoroughly and carefully. Once you sign it, the terms are legally binding. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your landlord for clarification. Once you’ve signed the rental agreement, make a copy and store it in a safe place.

Take photographs before moving in and out

At the beginning of your tenancy, take photographs of each room within your apartment, clearly showing any existing damage or wear and tear. Make sure your photographs are taken in good lighting at a high resolution and contain a time and date stamp. Repeat the process before moving out.

Fill out an apartment rental inspection checklist

Your landlord may ask you to fill out an apartment rental inspection checklist on the day you move in. Use this checklist to create a record of every item in the apartment and the item’s state and condition. Once you’re satisfied with your completed checklist, ask your landlord to sign it and retain a copy for future reference. If you don’t receive a checklist, be sure to ask for one or create one yourself.

Report damages as they occur

Your rental agreement may require you to report damages as they occur. Failure to report damage may result in security deposit deductions. If you need to report damage, it’s best to report it in writing. Keep a record of all contact with your landlord so you can prove you reported the damage.

Maintain the apartment in good condition

You’ll need to leave the apartment and its contents in good condition at the end of your tenancy. This may require you to repair any minor damage you’ve caused and repair or replace any items damaged beyond fair wear and tear. You may also be required to deep clean the apartment prior to moving out.

Moving out of an apartment can be hard work, but getting a security deposit refund shouldn’t be. By following our simple tips, you can get your security deposit returned at the end of your tenancy.

If you’re moving to a new living space, don’t forget to contact Dependable Relo. We’ll help you make a smooth transition from your current home to your new one.