Congratulations, you finished school. Whether it’s your first time being done, or you’ve been to college and you came back, it’s a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself. Graduating university or college comes with some critical next steps. Where will you live? Where will you work? Hopefully, you have some of this figured out, but if not, I’m sure once the dorms kick you out you’ll work it out.
One of the hardest things to do is move. That’s because you may or may not have furniture that needs to come with you, you may have never driven a large moving truck before, and you may have no clue what it’s really like in the city you’re headed to. It sounds like an adventure. Here are some moving tips to simplify the moving process.
Ask for Help
Your friends probably love you more than you know. Ask them for help moving your things from your apartment or dorm into the moving truck. Whether your friends are good at packing or they are strong and ready to lift heavy things, there is something for everyone to do. Moving takes a lot of work and if you haven’t done it in a while, it can be hard to do alone especially if you have large pieces that will require more than one person to lift. Offer to pay them a little for their time or feed them some delicious food and drinks and you’ll likely get the truck loaded up in no time.
Get Free Moving Boxes
People who have recently moved into a new place often have leftover moving boxes that they don’t want to do anything about. They often give them away for free online just so they don’t need to think about them. Scour through the online marketplaces and Craigslist to see if you can find any free boxes. Another way to score some freebies is to ask your local grocery store. They have boxes all the time and if they know someone needs them sometimes the management will set them aside for you. Otherwise, be prepared to spend a little cash on some quality moving boxes. You can find them at local retailers.
Discounts on Moving Trucks
Did you know that some memberships offer discounts on other services? For instance, a Costco membership can get you a hefty discount on a Budget rental truck. Your AAA membership comes with some sweet perks as well. If you have any membership, look for discounts on moving related items and services. You might find discounts for You could save yourself hundreds of dollars simply by doing a little extra research.
Applying for Housing
Most apartments and larger property management companies can help you handle getting a new place remotely. They offer anything from doing video tours to helping you send in all your documentation to approving you almost instantly online. Applying for an apartment or rental property before you move is an important step. Unless you have someone to stay with when you arrive, you will need somewhere to live.
Renting a Storage Unit
If it’ll be a while before you get a new place, it’s important to find a place to store your stuff while you house hunt or look for an apartment. Storage units in San Diego, Denver, and other major cities are easy to find and rent online. You can choose between indoor and outdoor options as well as climate-controlled storage. This can be especially helpful in cities where there is a lot of humidity that could ruin your things. You can do a lot of this online or over the telephone. Many storage facilities offer contactless services when you arrive by giving you a code to enter the premises once you’ve paid and signed a contract.
Changing Your Address
If only there was a service where someone would go in and change every account to your new address. Unfortunately, that’s not a thing yet, but what you can do instead is complete a change of address form online through the United States Postal Service. This simple act ensures you get everything sent to you that you need after you move away.
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