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Preparing to Move (or Move Your Student) to College

There are two main components in preparing for a move to college: getting the student ready and getting the stuff ready. Here we will try to help you with both.

THE KID

For many students, the move to college will be the first time that they will be living on their own. The summer before the student will be starting college, try as a family to start shifting into college mode. Students, show your parents, and yourself, how capable you are of earning and achieving independence. It will make moving away in August that much easier!

  • Chores. Dig in, do some housework. It only hurts at first.
  • Stay away from home for 2-3 nights, at a minimum, if you haven’t before.
  • Start doing your laundry. Wash, dry, fold. Repeat.
  • Cook. Get comfortable in the kitchen. Then, for the kicker, clean up after yourself.
  • Wake up on your own. If no one is honking the car horn, are you going to get to class on time?
  • Take charge of your own time. Budget your time and give yourself reasonable expectations for both work and relaxation. Both are important.
  • Manage your money. Better yet, make it, too! Get a checking account, a debit card, and learn to balance them. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s a crucial skill!
  • Go grocery shopping. Find out what you need and how much it is going to cost.
  • Insurance. You should have health and renters insurance, as well as auto if you drive. Make the calls yourself to the insurance agents yourself if you can; this is the way to learn.
  • Manage your health. Make sure you have your vaccinations up-to-date and on file with your college. Have a list of all medications you take and any health issues available for your school’s health department. The same goes for your roommate’s conditions, too. If you have conditions that might require intervention, such as severe allergies, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, someone should know.

THE STUFF

Let’s talk about the actual move itself into the college dormitory or apartment. Not many schools offer any real help in this department and it can be a very stressful time for everyone.

  • Is the student moving close by or far away? If airline trips are involved, check with your airline to see baggage allowances. A student leaving for a semester in a moderate climate will probably need a minimum of two large suitcases. This may increase if they are a fashionista, in which case the US Post Office is usually the most affordable shipping option. Schools with a lot of out-of-state students usually have inexpensive furnishings, including bedding, available.
  • Is the dorm/apartment furnished, and if so, are lamps and bedding provided? If there will be roommates, they should communicate ahead of time to coordinate who will be bringing what. Apartments will also need kitchen utensils and the like. Here’s a good packing list for a guideline: http://www.dormsmart.com/Dorm-Room-Checklist.html
  • Is there parking near the entrance to the dorm/apt? Are there ramps or elevators or any moving dollies?
  • If your student is moving into an unfurnished apartment, it can be more challenging. A truck is a must, as there just isn’t enough room in cars to store beds, desks, couches, chairs, etc. You can borrow a truck, rent a truck or hire a moving company that accommodates college moves. Not all movers do, and some will only do sorority or fraternity affiliated moves.
  • Inquire ahead of time about utilities and arrange for them to be turned on for move-in day. This can take a week or more to process, so it pays to do this well ahead of time.
  • Label everything. Sharpies come in all colors now, and the metallic ones can personalize dark colored electronics and cords. If it moves, label it. Keep records of serial numbers of laptops, tablets, phones and the like.
  • Arrange for apartment or renters insurance. It can be purchased separately or sometimes added on to your auto policy.
  • Colleges almost always require parking passes for student vehicles. Find out before school starts to avoid parking fines.
  • Make sure all parents leave within a reasonable time. It’s great if they came to help with the moving in, but they need to say goodbye to let the college experience begin!

 

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What Do You Need to Throw Away for Your Move?

Moving can be stressful. Make it easier by knowing what you should bring to your new home. and when you need to throw it away. You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars worth by being strategic in your move. Don’t waste away your money or time. Research beforehand so that when the time comes to move, the process will be streamlined, efficient, and most importantly stress-free.

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As far as your bed set goes your pillows should be replaced every one to two years. If you’ve cleaned them regularly, then you can use them for up to two years. If you don’t remember the last time they were washed, it’s probably a good idea to leave them behind and purchase a new pair.

Your mattress has a lifespan of five to 10 years. If you flip your mattress every year, then you can draw out its usability. If you’ve reached your seven year mark without flipping, it’s time you shop for a new one.

Finally an excuse to buy new make-up! Your eye liner, mascara, and eyeshadow should only be used for six months. The bacteria from your eye wears down your make-up’s original effectiveness. Make-up brushes, on the other hand, can be taken with you, as they perform the same for two years. Bring the foundation, powder, blush, and lipsticks as well for they can last two to three years. You can also bring your perfume. It lasts for two years. Make sure to keep your perfume away from the sun because heat can lessen the scent over time.

Closet

If you haven’t worn something in an entire year, chances are you will never wear it. While packing your clothes separate what you have worn in the past year to what you would like to donate. It’s also best to donate your clothes before your big move to save time and luggage space.
Sneakers should be replaced after 300 to 500 miles of running. If you go running or walking every day, it’s a good idea to replace after a year to a year and a half. Even better, make sure to invest in a good pair of running shoes. It may cost more, but it will last longer and give you greater support.

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Your computer usually needs an upgrade after four years. Technology improves daily and after four years, your once new model isn’t up to date any longer. If you do more than just check email, it’s time to upgrade if you’ve reached the four-year mark. Laptops also slow down over time and with use. Investing in the newest technology will keep your laptop at top speed.

Your printer can also slow down over the years. Wireless printers are becoming the norm. If your printer is behind in technology it may be time to start thinking about an upgrade. After a few years printers can show signs of decline like blurry ink, crooked images and text, or overall slower speed. If these problems still consist after replacing the ink cartridge it is due to your printer’s decline in quality over time.
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Kitchen

If you want to save money on appliances, there’s good news! You can likely bring all of your kitchen appliances with you on your move. Refrigerators can last 15 to 30 years, dishwashers 10-11, and stovetops last up to 20 years. You can even bring your cutting board with you. When sanitized with soap detergent, cutting boards can be kept indefinitely. However, if it’s looking pretty beat up and worn down then you can replace it for appearance sake.

Here are the things you do need to replace: your sponge, water filter, and spices. Your sponge should be replaced every few weeks to a month. Built up bacteria in your sponge can actually spread onto your dishes. Water filters should be replaced whenever the package provides a date. Usually, it is from two to six months. Spices lose much of their aroma and taste after one year.

Bathroom

shower headDefinitely throw away your toothbrush before your move. Toothbrushes only last three months due to wear and bacteria. Packing your toothbrush will only add bacteria to your bristles. Your toothbrush cup and soap dish however, can travel with you. As long as they are cleaned they can last however long you like. But your loofah will need replacing. A loofah lives through its prime after a month. After that, it’s a good idea to replace.

Depending on how long you have been living in your current home, you may or may not need to replace your bath towels. If regularly washed, bath towels can keep you dry and clean for two years.

You know that dark corner in your shower, the one with all of the half empty and unused shampoo bottles? You can bring those with you on your move, and actually finish them this time. Dandruff shampoo lasts for three whole years.

For contact wearers, throw your solution away after three months. The bacteria after that period will do a number on your solution. Add antibacterial cream to your moving shopping list as well. It only lasts for a year before expiring or losing its effect. However, you can keep rubbing alcohol forever. It never loses its potency, and you can keep it with you on every move.

Living Room Decor and More

Living room decor can last as long as you like. Couches, coffee tables, and lamps don’t normally have an expiration date. Your rug, on the other hand, may need a make-over. You can try doing a power wash or vacuum to your rug to recreate that newly-bought color, but over the years your rug may permanently fade. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to shop for a new one.

You can bring your vacuum with you to your new home, but make sure to replace the filter. Vacuum filters only last for three to six months, and you’ll want it to be working well to clean up your new home.
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Although moving can be incredibly hectic, organizing what you should and shouldn’t bring can release a load of confusion far away from your move. It can also help save you money. While smaller things like filters, sponges, and toothbrushes should be replaced, keeping appliances will save you a lot of financial headaches in the future.

Moving to Austin? Here are some interesting facts to know!

There’s no question that Austin is growing very quickly — in fact, on average 140 people move here every single day! This rapid rate of growth is great for the local Austin economy, and also for home owners in Austin who have seen their property value skyrocket over the past 5 years.

Austin real estate company Pauly Presley Realty recently put out a study illustrating “10 Unbelievable Facts About The Austin Real Estate Market” that you might find interesting should you be considering moving to the Austin area.

In the study, they show some startling statistics about the growth of the city, the cost of living, and more.

If you are considering moving to Austin or the surrounding areas, remember to call Dependable Relo for all of your relocation needs!

10 Unbelievable Facts About The Austin Real Estate Market

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How Moving Has Changed Since 1947

The regulations, market place and technology has dramatically changed how we interact with both our customers and team members since this truck was dispatched from our original Lubbock, Texas location. When Gene Anderson started Dependable Relo in 1947 and signed an agency agreement with United Van Lines, he had no way of knowing the dramatic changes that would impact the relocation industry almost 70 years later. He began the company with a simple vision of providing the customers with the service they needed. Whether it was moving across town or storage and fulfillment of product, he knew the customer needed people who cared enough to do the job right the first time.

In my more than 25 years with Dependable Relo, I have seen changes in everything we do. It was not that long ago when, if you wanted to locate a driver, you had to wait until he checked in for his daily call. When they did call in, you had to communicate the entire shipment information to them over the telephone and hope they had a pencil handy to write it down. Today, we can not only locate the van operator immediately, but we can also send them messages and the entire load information directly to them in seconds.

In the past, the driver showed up at origin and completed a hand written inventory of all the items being relocated. Today, the movers are equipped with handheld computers to inventory and bar code each piece being moved. This inventory can be printed or e-mailed to the customer upon completion and the customer can check each piece into their new home as it arrives.

Despite all these changes, customers still need people who care enough to do the job right the first time.

The original Dependable Relo Warehouse along with a fleet of Dependable Relo trucks with movers ready to goIn today’s fast-paced environment, we tend to forget about the personal touch. A team of people is still needed to load and unload the trucks. We can have the most recent technology, but the driver must still drive to the pickup point, load the order, drive to the destination, and unload it. You need dedicated people to correctly estimate, coordinate and dispatch the packing and loading teams.

Moving is a complicated process. The customer has to worry about a lot of things on top of their move. The last thing they need to worry about is the team of people handling everything they own.

When you choose your mover ask the following questions.

1. What is your hiring process for the people who will service my order?

2. Do you run background checks on everyone on your team?

3. What type of training do your movers complete before they are allowed on a job?

4. Are they registered with the state and federal government? Check their status by having them provide you with their Department of Transportation registration numbers.

If the company cannot answer these basic questions to your satisfaction, then you have not found your relocation provider.

At the end of the day, it is not the truck or the technology that will handle and deliver your belongings. It is the team of people that care enough to do the job right the first time. If they miss the mark, are they willing to work to correct their mistake quickly?

As always, do not hesitate to contact Dependable Relo and allow us to help with all your moving and relocation needs.

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How to Do an Office Move (The Right Way)

#1 – Create a growth plan.

You need to know the trajectory of your company to get the best results for your commercial move. This means knowing how your new building will fit with the goals of the company. If your business is growing, you may need to over-prepare by getting a much larger space that you need at the time. A growth plan can include:

  1. What is the target amount of employees we will have?
  2. Will we create new departments to take on new responsibilities while at this building?
  3. What is the technology forecast for the company?
  4. How will our infrastructure need to adapt to accommodate new equipment?
  5. Will we outgrow this building in a way that will cost us money?

#2- Create an office relocation timeline and goals template.

Set goals that your business can achieve with this move. Perhaps you want to find a location that is closer to clients . Maybe you’d like to find a larger space to support company growth. Communicate those goals to the team involved in planning your office move. If your team knows these goals, you will avoid any oversights that may hurt your company’s move.

#3- Don’t attempt your move alone; assemble the troops!

You need a move team that can handle different aspects of the move. For many teams, this is a good starting point for an internal team:

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Employee mover that deals with individual requests

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IT relocation expert that handles tech infrastructure during the move

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The “Common Sense” Residential Move In Checklist

Congratulations! You’re moving for the first time! We know that’s a lot of exclamation marks, but we’re excited to help you on your very first move. It’s an amazing, anxious, and awesome experience that can fill you with butterflies. There are a lot of things to do before you even set out for your new home.

It’s easy to pack up and head across the country compared to sussing out all the paperwork you have to finish when moving. We’ve heard a lot of stories from people who forgot to do this one thing when they moved. Because of that, it created some low grade chaos on their end. They couldn’t help it, though, because they didn’t know all the ins and outs of moving except for packing things in boxes.

That’s why Dependable Relo made the “common sense” list of things to do after you move. We call it “common sense” because after you find out, you’re probably going to slap your head since you didn’t think of it. The only reason we set that expectation is because the people that provided us these tips slapped their head because they didn’t think of it.

Our Moving Tips

Do you have running water and electricity?

This might be silly, but it’s happened before. You move to your new place and you don’t know what to do about the utilities. Whether you’re moving to an apartment or to a brand new home, it’s crucial to figure out how to get the power on. If you don’t, your house will be dark and your showers may be very cold.In order to get this fixed, contact your city’s utility department. Get detailed instructions from an operator and put your name with your new address. This will get bills flowing into your mailbox. Bills are never fun. What is fun is being able to turn on the lights when you want.

Do you have valid car insurance?

If you’ve recently moved with your car bought in another state, check your insurance. In some instances, your insurance may be completely invalid according to where you are. That’s why it’s important to check in with a new local agent in your new hometown.It’s easy to forget about insurance. When you’re not dealing with insurance instances every day, then you can put it out of your mind. However, when you get in an accident or get pulled over by police for something, you could be in significant trouble. That’s why it’s important to talk to an insurance agent and get your situation squared away as quickly as possible.

Did you get your car registered? Also, did you register to vote?

Most states have a limit of how long you can have your old license plate on your vehicle. If police pull you over and your tag is invalid, you could be asking for big trouble. Get your vehicle registered in your new home state as soon as possible. This can take away any potential headaches you have with law enforcement.Also, get registered to vote. It’s very easy to put this one off. If you’ve moved for a new job or something that takes up your time, this could get pushed to the wayside fast. If you want to have an active voice in your new community, you have to step up. Be a part of your new home and vote.

Do you have furniture?

Again, while this might seem silly, this is our “Common Sense” residential guide. We wouldn’t put this in if we didn’t know someone that this happened to. Instead of moving with their old furniture, they left it behind. While they were busy packing up the rest of it, they had completely forgotten to arrange any furniture to be at their apartment.It’s extremely easy to find used furniture in a new city. Hopping onto Craiglist.org and going to the free section is a fantastic way to find tables, chairs, beds, and more. Similarly, if you live in a town with a university, go out driving. Structure your move to be at just the right time, you can find a wide selection of fantastic furniture that’s available curbside.

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Did you tell your workplace where you’re moving to?

You’ve got a new job in a new city, which means you’re leaving your old job. Tell your former employer where you are moving to. When tax season rolls around, you need to be able to fill out all of your tax information. If you can’t do that and can’t track down your W-4s come tax time, the amounts you pay may well exceed anything you could have imagined.Provide your former employer with all the details of your new home. This includes a new address, new phone number, and any new changes that might be happening. This can help send final pay stubs, final tax information, and anything else they need to send you.

Did you tell your bank where you’re moving to?

If you’re moving to a completely new city or state, inform your bank. When your bank information suddenly has new transactions popping up in a brand new area, it could look alarming. Also, if you’re getting regular statements from your bank every month, you won’t be able to keep tabs any longer.This particular stipulation is doubly important if you need direct withdrawal or direct deposit. If you’re working all the time, you have to set up withdrawals and deposits just to keep track of your bills. If you don’t get your financials squared away and stop using your old bank, you could suddenly go into debt due to automatic payments. Make sure you have a new bank if you need one and make sure your old bank is dealt with by either closing out your account or finding a new branch.

Dependable Relo wants your move goes as smooth as possible. If you can think of any other common sense tips to add, feel free to contact us and let us know. Let’s make this guide as comprehensive as possible for new movers. Have a good move!