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When you think of a university move, you usually think of moving into the school's housing units. But moving out of a dorm room is another necessary move. Moving back home from your dorm may not be the most difficult moving situation, but it would be a mistake to forget to prepare for it until move out day.

Purge useless things

Because moving out of your dorm has a solid deadline, you can't take too long to pack and load things. Like any move, it is to your advantage to get rid of excess items.
  • Recycle any remaining moving boxes from your move in for the move out.
  • Try to time your food consumption so that you have nothing left in the refrigerator and pantry when it is time to go.
  • Do the same for other disposable household items like toilet paper and paper plates.
  • Sell all of your textbooks online or back to the school bookstore. There could be a few textbooks that you wish to take home with you, so make sure to put them aside.
  • Throw out or recycle things that would get no use in your home.
  • Ask the university where to put certain types of recycling and garbage when cleaning your room.

Consider storage

You don't necessarily need to get rid of things you don't want to move home. If you have school supplies or dorm-specific furniture that you want to leave in the area for next year, you can rent out a local storage unit. Some universities even have their own storage options. Depending on the amount of items that you store, you could require movers to get them to the storage unit--since you may not have the time to go to a third location when preparing to move home from your dorm.

Tell your family the exact move date ahead of time

A big advantage of moving home is that you aren't putting family members out too much when asking for help, because the moving destination is their house. Your move home is probably relatively small so you can avoid renting a moving truck if you have a sufficient vehicle in your family's possession.  That means you need to let whomever owns the suitable car know about move out day ahead of time so they can be there to pick up both you and your things. Remember that they have their own lives and schedules to consider, so the more notice you give, the more likely they will be to show up.

Your family also will be able to help you physically move things when they arrive. You can avoid hiring movers if you have at least one able-bodied family member coming to your dorm.

Hire a moving company if needed

If you need to use storage, your family is unavailable, or their cars are too small, you have to hire moving services.
  • Consider renting a moving truck and driving it home if you are confident that you can load your dorm's items by yourself. Just remember that you still need to return the truck to the appropriate lot after you get home.
  • If your load is bigger, you can hire movers to do a full service move. This is especially useful if you don't have access to packing supplies at your school. The movers will provide their own, although usually for a price.
  • Remember to get quotes from at least three different moving companies to get a fair price. Ask about student discounts and if they have any experience moving students at your university.
With a little preparation, moving back home from your dorm will be relatively painless. Have a nice break before you move again next semester!

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on December 2, 2014 - Moving Expert
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