Like most graduate students you're probably eager to strike out and carve out a career for yourself. A lot of college grads either move back to their hometown but most seek career opportunities in a new city. Under ordinary circumstances acquiring moving help is generally done by calling a few buddies and ordering a pizza. However, if your friends are also graduating or taking final exams, finding someone with the discretionary time can be a little difficult. With skillful planning however, you can simplify your move and be settled into your new home and career in no time. Read below to discover a few tips that will make your relocation seem effortless.
Hire Movers/Rent A Truck/Shipping Container
These days there are a variety of ways that you can arrange to have you things moved. For whatever shipping method you choose be certain that you secure a reservation as early as your schedule will allow you to. People tend to move around the same dates of the year and the longer you wait, the less likely you are to make a definite reservation.
Pack Your Apartment
Between final exams, graduation, apartment search, job procurement, and saying goodbye to friends, it's highly likely that most of your packing will be getting done within a span of one to two days (if you're luck). The most efficient way to pack is to box your things one room at a time; even if the match to something is in another room. Not only will you pack things faster but you will also decrease the odds of something getting lost or left behind. Be sure to arrange a trip to the thrift store to donate clothing or other salvageable things you no longer need.
Clean Your Apartment
Do not forget to tidy up a bit. Building managers and landlords will have no problem revoking your security deposit for a dirty or damage apartment. Its true that spending hours cleaning a place that you'll never live in again is nobody's idea of a fun time, there's no point in wasting money due to sheer laziness.
Close or Transfer Bank/Utility Accounts
Some utility companies require someone to be home in order to turn off the service. If this is the case where you live, arrange to have them arrive on your moving day so that you don't have to pay a day more than necessary. If you bank with a national bank you probably won't have to close your accounts but, be sure to transfer your information to the correct residential city.
If you are moving a long distance away you should probably secure an emergency road kit. Suggested items to purchase would be anti-freeze, fix-a-flat, and engine oil. It would also be wise to buy a lock to secure the back of your moving truck in case you are lodging and have to park for an extended period along the way. To maximize your driving time you should have a grab bag of snacks, water, and other items to occupy your time while on the road.
If you plan on stopping along the way it would be wise to secure a hotel reservation in advance if you want the best rates. Also if you are moving during a popular travelling season or holiday, you could be forced to stay in a grungy motel.
Say Your Goodbyes
College life has been a part of your life for many years and you've probably picked up a lot of friend along the way. Invite a few of your closest buddies for pizzas and beer and reminisce about the those crazy times.
The Journey Begins
With the knowledge acquired at college and a moving truck full of all your furniture and life experiences you set off toward your destiny knowing that all loose ends have be tied. Utilizing this moving guide ensure that you'll be able to hit ground running the second you move in.