The spring semester is coming to a close soon and while most of our focus will be on acing our finals and bringing up that GPA, it’s also time to think about summer plans. If you are making a transition out of student housing, the bulk of your time and stress is dedicated to your new summer living situation. While you may only move a few times during your college career, we’ve become experts on it and to make it simple for you, we’ve broken down the process into six easy steps.
1) Separate shared items with roommates
“Sooo…who’s taking the TV?”
If you and your roommates are not living together when school resumes, decide which items you will be responsible for. If all of you pitched in on the TV, figure out who is taking it and come up with a fair way to split the cost. Also, figure out with your new roommates who is bringing the microwave, toaster, vacuum, etc.
2) For your items, decide what you will be taking and what can be disposed
“To throw away or not to throw away?”
After an entire school year, many items amass a good bit of wear and tear. For instance, you might have bought a used easy chair back in September, but ask yourself if it is worth moving and keeping for next year. If items have become defective to the point that it affects their functionality, it’s probably a good idea to put it on the curb. Less stuff is less hassle. Chances are those items that are on the fence will have been completely forgotten by the end of August.
3) Decide what items you are going to take home and what can stay near school
“ Aren’t I going to bring this back next year anyways?”
Where are you heading this summer? Are you going home? If so, you probably don’t need any kitchen materials (pots, plates, silverware, etc.) Also, why lug furniture back and forth if it’s going to be with you again in August? Many people store their seasonal items. You probably won’t need your Northface and other winter clothes until October (fingers crossed in Pittsburgh).
Not sure if it’s an essential? Walk through a typical day or week from when you wake up until when you go to bed. Take those items that you see yourself using when acting out your day, mostly everything else can be put away.
4) Choose an option to store your items for the summer
“See ya in the fall!”
There are definitely a few alternatives here. Is a friend staying on campus for the summer and does he/she have an empty basement? If you’re staying in the same house, you may be able to sublet your place so your stuff will still be used but secured.
If these alternatives aren’t for you, self storage is a great option that is more reasonably priced than you may think. Maybe storage companies anticipate many students moving at the end of the school year and use this to your advantage! There are plenty of great deals out there.
Also, consider renting a larger sized unit with a friend and split the cost. STORExpress allows you to put multiple names on a contract which dictates who can enter the storage space, so you won’t have to wait for your friend if you needed something from your unit.
5) Figure out how you are going to transport your items
So you picked out a storage facility and got a great deal for the next few months but now for the part that everyone dreads–the actual move. You might have that friend who has a car on campus but it’s hard to move an entire house in a Honda Accord.
Renting a moving truck is an option but consider checking the sizes of trucks before deciding. Many people guesstimate too often with trucks, either get a truck too small and making multiple trips or overpay for a truck with way more space than needed. Look for storage facilities that offer truck rentals along with renting a storage unit. STORExpress even gives you one for free!
6) Start planning in advance
“Perfect prior planning prevents poor performance!”
Because there are a thousand Pittsburghers doing the same move as you, remember to start early. Look into preleasing a unit to scoop it up before anyone else because they go fast! Be sure to determine who is paying the bills for your old housing and for your new housing in advance. You don’t want to store a 50 inch plasma TV only to have the cable company make you wait three weeks to use it!
Follow these steps and be ready in time for your move out weekend. It’s going to come sooner than you think! Cheers and good luck!