Time to be Moving On
Moving out can be almost as hectic as moving into the dorms and apartments. It did not make sense for us to drag the entire dorm supplies home for the summer, only to send them back up in the fall. Some parents don’t mind making that round trip, packing up their car(s) and bringing it all home to store for the summer. We opted to have our kids rent an air-conditioned storage facility that they shared with friends. (Sharing a unit is recommended to keep the cost down and air-conditioning is key because Orlando in the summer months can be brutal.) You may be lucky in that your student may have a friend that will let them store their belongings in their apartment, but that is unusual.
My kids were able to move their belongings into storage themselves by packing boxes in between studying for finals (think of it as an intermittent stress release, like exercise). I began reminding them early so they could start the process before panic mode set in. At move-in, we actually broke down some of the boxes and left them flat under their beds throughout the school year so they were able to re-use them, rather than hunt down boxes. Giant, sturdy garbage bags work well too, particularly because, if filled with linens and clothes they can generally be squeezed into small and awkward spaces. There were items that they no longer needed (nor did we want). Most dorms collect these items in a common area and donate them to a local community collection organization. If it is in decent shape, then it does feel good to lend a helping hand. In addition, if they have unopened dry food, cans or boxes, the Knights Pantry will gladly accept donations.
Some students can recruit friends to help them move. Remember though, they are packing up to leave at the same time as studying and taking finals. Be sure to check when the last day of finals for each semester is and coordinate with your student who may be done before the last day and ready to pack it up and come home in case you do choose to go up and help. Students must be out of the dorms by noon on the Saturday after the last day of finals. This includes having an RA come and inspect the room for damages once it is empty and returning their keys. Generally, the same rules apply when moving out of an apartment (which is why I recommend taking note of any flaws when you move in to be sure you aren’t charged for them when you move out.) I flew up the day before move out and finished the packing while my daughter was in her last final and then drove home with her (since there was no way she could have driven anyone else home with their stuff too and I prefer she not drive alone…still.)
There are also moving companies that will pack, move and store items for your student. This is a great alternative given the time crunch during finals. Below is a list of a few companies in the area that do just that as well as storage units throughout Orlando and local moving companies.
For those of you whose students will be there for a summer semester, coming home for a few weeks and then going back to start fall semester (or rush), storing their stuff for those few weeks is a great alternative to bringing it all home and back again. They usually will not be in the same dorm rooms when they come back so they cannot leave things. For students who have an academic lease agreement, storage is also a great alternative. For students who have an annual agreement (ie: The Towers), which is 11.5 months (and even allows students to stay over breaks), they can leave most of their things there.
Finally, take 100 pictures, then take 20 more time-stamped. You could be charged for damages to the dorm room and if you have not documented everything, prepare for those charges. My daughter burned her desk chair with a hair appliance and you better believe we were charged for that.
If your student is moving out of an apartment or subletting his/her apartment, you may need to pay a moving company if furniture is involved. This is, by far, the more expensive way to go (and one of the reasons I recommend renting furnished apartments).
Dorm Room Movers (sign up quickly and get 10% off.) They will send packing supplies, come to their room to pick them up, store them for the summer and bring them back to wherever your student will be living in the fall. They will even ship items if you prefer.
A few things to keep in mind: I already mentioned the climate control; there is nothing worse than coming back to moldy bedding and towels. Many of the storage facilities tout 24-hour access which can be a good thing since during finals week student’s hours may be a little wacky. As a mother, I discourage they go after dark or alone. Finally, ask for a student discount; some will give one, but only if you ask.
Cows Mobile Storage – They will pick up from campus, store it or move it nearby or far.
College Truckers – They give you boxes to pack everything up in, they pick it up and store it and or move it and then deliver it back when you are ready.
11971 Lake Underhill Rd, Orlando, FL
Knights Movers – They will pack and move; hourly and flat rates available.
KnightsSpeed Moving – A student-run moving company. The company is insured for damages and the team is made up of trained, professional student movers.
My Neighborhood Storage Center – Student special 25% off 3 months.
10053 Lake Underhill Rd., Orlando, FL 32825, 407-382-0130
Onlineselfstoragedirectory.com – assists potential renters in finding the closest self-storage unit which suits their storage access needs and requirements.
Personal Mini Storage – has 10 self-storage facilities near UCF and month-to-month agreements and no deposits.
Public Storage – has three locations all on Alafaya Trail.
Smartbox – is full service, portable moving, and storage company. They offer discounts to college students.
StorageFront – Short-term rental, low fees, personal safety, 24/7 access, even the use of a truck.
ZippyShell Moving and Storage – delivers the storage unit to your location, you move your belongings into it on your own time, and then Zippy Shell picks up the storage unit and stores it in a secure facility until you’re ready for it. It can fit in a driveway.
225 Pineda Street, Unit #127, Longwood, FL 32750, 407-331-7867
Moving out is also a good time to clean out their closets and get rid of some things. They may want to take some of their old clothes to Plato’s Closet (there is one on East Colonial and one in Waterford) or Style Encore for cash or consider donating them to the local Goodwill rather than bringing it all home.
You may want to take a look at our blog on Managing the Gap if you just have to move them back in in a few weeks.