Preparing for College Move-in Day in Austin--Getting There can be Half the Fun

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer consistently flies by, however, if you are the parent of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it truly is at warp pace. Typically the to-do list looks never-ending, and at the end of the list may be the massive question--how do you get everything from your home to the university in Austin? In the event your child is actually heading to college down the highway and you have a minivan, you can congratulate yourself and obtain something different to read. But if your child's dream school is across the country while you are living in the city and drive a Prius, moving to Austin could be a real stress. Here are several guidelines to help you to maneuver down the list, so you can enjoy your last few months together with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, cyberspace makes school purchasing a breeze. Many stores give you a college checklist page that sometimes has a registry--kind of like when you got married, just bathroom towels and sheets for one. You can even shop at your house and grab your purchases nearby campus in Austin, or shop on the web and get your stuff shipped straight to the dorm. As an extra advantage, a multitude of locations offer free postage when you spend more than a specific amount. This Age group whatever the letter grew up online consequently, for them, any other way of getting prepared for college seems strange.

If your child wants to shop in person, your first stop ought to be someplace for big bins--an variety of sizes, meaning you can leave a few there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is limited) and re-use them on move-out day. (Young people move a great deal, in case you have forgotten.) Designate the bins with masking tape, again so they can be used again.

Packing clothing is distinct to your circumstance, not really a one-size-fits-all method. Some parts of the nation have a relatively consistent climate, where wintertime means a thick jacket and continues around three weeks. Some schools are substantial and college students walk a whole lot, others are compressed and urban. Your child's college might be across town, so exchanging out a set of clothes is a breeze. Or, it could be thousands of miles away and everything for the year moves at the same time. No matter how many bags you bring, leave just a duffle bag and possibly a hanging bag there--space is tight, and you can bring the whole set of bags back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each and every scenario is unique, but there's a single constant. Except if you happen to reside next door from the campus in Austin, you need to get all of the stuff from your home to the university. Here are a few alternatives for moving to Austin, feel free to merge and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you possess an SUV or even two and your distance isn't much more than one or two hundred miles, you are able to most likely load up and go. If you have bought the necessities on the web and they are coming to the dorm, you might be capable of getting away with one vehicle. The downside to travelling a long range is the fact that indicates days off from your job, and accommodations along the route. Additionally, it may mean babysitters for younger siblings, or pet boarding, thus keep in mind costs you are going to incur.

· Flying--some kids are self-sufficient and therefore are willing to be dropped off at the airport. Flying may be suitable for a few families, and you could ship all of their things ahead of time so it's there when you get there. Checking bags incurs serious money, so shipping is really the only thing which is sensible with traveling by plane.

· Hiring Movers--may seem to be luxurious, but in the long run may well be a truly handy solution. If you've got that Prius and therefore are looking at renting an SUV as well as the expenses that go with a long journey, using the services of professional movers in Austin could help you save time and money. Jump in the Prius and meet up with the movers at the dorm--and you'll have help actually moving the boxes.

Since you have settled on the logistics for relocating Junior in the dorm, commence your checklist for the true moving to Austin. Quite a few educational institutions move in on a weekday (the better to mess with dad's or mom's work schedules), so the primary thing you'll need to do is confirm the date and request the time off. Here are several other suggestions to bear in mind.

· Student Help--Most educational institutions have student volunteers to assist you unpack and move boxes, and set up any furnishings (if you are using a loft, validate they will be around for that). These kids are great resources regarding eateries, too.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you are lucky enough to have a building having an elevator, be prepared to wait in a long, long, line. Likelihood is good you'll need to deal with stairs in its place; potentially up 3 or 4 flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are generally a large distance from the actual college students in addition to their dorms. Before you get a parking place at the dormitory and start unloading, make sure you can get inside the building. Institutions differ about check-in policies--some have staff members at the dorms distributing ID cards along with keys, others, you must visit the office in order to let them know you're there and get moving.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories are not known to excel in cleanness. They're cleaned between inhabitants, but not to five-star resort standards--and might not get cleaned again until May. Bring along some wipes plus a dry mop to dust the surfaces and floors, plus a small basket of basic cleaning supplies to leave. Some colleges have housekeeping services, but the majority do not and young adults haven't gotten a lot more meticulous regarding cleaning in the recent times. (Some things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the price to rent a mini-fridge and microwave oven from the school, and see if it's less expensive than buying. Consider things such as repairs and also transportation back and forth to your house when you make your decision--they're each economical to purchase, but then, if something goes wrong, it's your issue.

· Parent Programming--Find out just what types of events are arranged for moms and dads on moving day. If you're going to a big state school, there will not be a great deal offered except if your child is an athlete or in the honors college or something along those lines. Smaller institutions tend to be more apt to offer coffee and muffins and a bit of hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you're the moms and dads which arrive with bagels or donuts for the student help, they will adore you and also put in a bit of additional hard work with your boxes. Load up a cooler with water bottles and snack foods for yourselves, too. It's going to be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you might be, moving in day is the hottest day of the entire year. Unless of course it's the rainiest. Put on loose attire and comfy shoes, but do not embarrass your child with dad socks and sandals.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if there are designated parking areas close to the doors, and if that's the case how long is it possible to stay in one. You'll probably have 20-30 minutes in order to unload, then go park in another lot for the box carrying and set up.

When you have unloaded and also unpacked in Austin, it is time if you want to leave. Give yourself a couple of minutes to say farewell and then leave with your head held high and your sniffles under control until you are out of the parking area.

A well-used custom of leaving small notes stowed in pockets is a great one--just a line to let your freshman know you're thinking about them is a great touch, and it's your choice just how serious or humorous you would like to be. However you communicate, keep doing it.

If you are looking for a professional mover in Austin to assist in moving your college student, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a shout!!