Getting ready for College Move-in Day in Houston--Getting There is Half the Enjoyment

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer time consistently flies by, but if you are the mother or father of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it truly is at warp pace. Your to-do checklist looks never-ending, and at the bottom of the list is the significant question--how will you get everything from home to college in Houston? If your young person is going to school down the highway and you have a minivan, you can congratulate yourself and find something more productive to read. When your child's dream university is across the nation while you are living in the city in addition to drive a Prius, moving to Houston are usually a legitimate frustration. Here are some ideas to help you to maneuver through the checklist, allowing you to enjoy your last few days together with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, cyberspace can make college buying a snap. Many merchants offer a college checklist page which even provides a registry--kind of like whenever you got married, only shower towels and sheets for one. You can even purchase from home and pick up your stuff nearby campus in Houston, or shop on the web and get your stuff shipped directly to the dorm. As an added bonus, many places provide free delivery when you spend more than a certain amount. This Age group whatever the letter grew up on the internet consequently, to them, any other way of getting all set for school appears to be bizarre.

If your young person would like to go shopping in person, a starting point needs to be someplace for big bins--an assortment of sizes, allowing you to leave some there (find out what the under-bed clearance is; storage is a premium) and re-use them on move-out day. (College students move lots, if you've forgotten.) Tag the bins with masking tape, again for them to be used again.

Packing attire is unique for your circumstances, not necessarily a one-size-fits-all technique. Certain parts of the nation have a fairly consistent environment, where winter means a heavy jacket and lasts around three weeks. A number of schools are sizeable and pupils walk a lot, others are compact and urban. Your son or daughter's university could be a fairly short distance, so exchanging out a set of clothing is a snap. Or, it might be a thousand miles away from you and every little thing for the year moves at once. No matter how many totes you pack, leave only a duffle bag and maybe a hanging bag there--space is constrained, and you can bring all the suitcases back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each and every scenario is distinct, but there's a single constant. Except if you happen to reside next door from the campus in Houston, you've got to get all of the stuff from the house to school. Below are a few alternatives for moving to Houston, go ahead and blend and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you own an Sports utility vehicle or perhaps two as well as your mileage is not more than a few hundred miles, you can perhaps load up and proceed. If you've bought the necessities on the web and they are coming to the dorm, you could be able to get away with one automobile. The downside to travelling a lengthy distance is that means time off from your job, and accommodations during the trip. Additionally, it may indicate babysitters for younger siblings, or pet boarding, thus be mindful of expenditures you may sustain.

· Flying--some kids are self-sufficient and therefore are happy to be dropped off at the airport. Flying may be suitable for a few families, and you could ship all their stuff beforehand therefore it's there as soon as you come in. Checking suitcases incurs major cash, so shipping is really the single thing which makes sense with air travel.

· Hiring Movers--may seem extravagant, however in the long term may well be a really expedient option. If you have that Prius and therefore considering renting an SUV and all the expenditures that accompany a lengthy road trip, selecting professional movers in Houston could save you time and money. Hop in the Prius and meet up with the movers at the dorm--and you'll have help actually moving the boxes.

Since you have decided on the logistics for moving Junior into the dorm, commence your list for your true moving to Houston. Quite a few colleges move in on a weekday (the more effective to wreak havoc on parent's work schedules), hence the first thing you will need to do is confirm the date and request the time off. Below are a few other items to bear in mind.

· Student Help--Most colleges have student volunteers to assist you unpack and move boxes, and set up any furniture (if you are using a loft, validate they would be available for that). These students are terrific resources for places to eat, as well.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a building having an elevator, be ready to wait in a long, long, line. Chances are good you'll have to deal with stairs alternatively; possibly up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are generally a fair distance from the actual university students in addition to their housing. Before you grab a parking place in front of the dorm and begin unloading, make sure you can get into the building. Institutions vary on check-in policies--some have personnel at the dorms distributing ID cards along with keys, others, you need to visit the office for you to let them know you are there and get moving.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dorms usually are not known to stand out in sanitation. They're cleaned between inhabitants, however it is not to five-star resort standards--and may not get cleaned yet again until May. Take along some wipes along with a dry mop to dust the surfaces and floors, and a small caddy of essential cleaning supplies to leave. Some schools have housekeeping, but most don't and young adults have not become a lot more conscientious with regards to cleaning in the recent years. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the charge to lease a mini-fridge and microwave oven from your school, and see whether it's cheaper than purchasing. Factor in things such as maintenance and also travel to and from your home at the time you make your decision--they're usually inexpensive to purchase, however, if something wrong happens, it's your issue.

· Parent Programming--Find out what types of activities are planned for parents on moving day. If you are headed to large state college, there won't be a tremendous amount offered unless your kid is an athlete or perhaps in the honors college or something along those lines. Smaller institutions tend to be more prone to make available coffee and muffins and a little hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are the moms and dads that show up with bagels or donuts for the student help, they are going to love you and put in a little additional effort with your boxes. Bring a cooler with water bottles and snack foods for yourselves, also. It will likely be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you might be, moving in day is the hottest day of the entire year. Unless it will be the rainiest. Put on loose clothing and comfortable shoes, but try not to embarrass your son or daughter with dad socks and sandals.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if there are ample parking spaces nearby the entrances, and if so how long are you able to stay in one. You'll likely have 20-30 minutes so that you can unload, and then go park in an alternative lot for the box hauling and set up.

Once you have unloaded and unpacked in Houston, then it's time if you want to head out. Give yourself a short while to say goodbye and then leave with your head held high along with your sniffles in check until you are out of the parking area.

An old custom involving leaving small notes hidden within pockets is a superb one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a nice gesture, and it's your decision just how serious or humorous you wish to be. However you communicate, keep doing it.

If you are looking for a professional mover in Houston to help move your college student, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a shout!!