Preparing for College Move-in Day in Denver--Getting There can be Half the Thrill

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer time invariably flies by, nevertheless, if you are the parent of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it goes at warp speed. Typically the to-do list appears to be never-ending, and at the bottom of the list may be the big question--how do you get every little thing from your home to the university in Denver? If your child is beginning school down the road plus you've got a minivan, you should congratulate yourself and obtain something different to read through. When your child's dream college is a fair distance and you are living in the city in addition to drive a Prius, moving to Denver could be a substantial predicament. Here are a few guidelines to help you to move through the checklist, meaning you can delight in your last few months along with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, the internet can make college shopping very simple. A lot of stores provide a college checklist page which sometimes has a registry--kind of like whenever you got married, only towels and linens for a single person. Additionally you can shop from your house and pick up your products nearby campus in Denver, or shop online and have your things sent right to the dorm. As an added bonus, many places provide free delivery should you spend more than a certain amount. This Generation whatever the letter grew up on the web so, in their mind, almost every other way to get ready for school would seem bizarre.

If your young person wants to shop in person, a starting point ought to be someplace for large bins--an variety of sizes, so you can leave a few there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is reasonably limited) and also re-use them on move-out day. (Young people move a LOT, if you have forgotten.) Designate the containers with masking tape, again to allow them to be used over again.

Packing attire is particular to your situation, not a one-size-fits-all technique. Certain parts of the country have a rather constant environment, where winter means a heavy jacket and lasts around three weeks. A number of schools are substantial and students walk a lot, others are compact and urban. Your child's school may very well be across town, so swapping out a set of clothing is a breeze. Or, it might be a thousand miles far away and every little thing for that year moves at once. Irrespective of how many suitcases you load up, leave only a duffle bag and possibly a hanging bag there--space is limited, and you'll bring the whole set of suitcases back in May.

Getting It There

Again, every scenario is distinctive, but there's a single constant. Except if you happen to reside next door from the campus in Denver, you have to get all of the stuff from the house to the university. Here are a few possibilities for moving to Denver, feel free to merge and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you have an SUV or even a couple and your distance isn't much more than a couple of hundred miles, you are able to probably load up and move. If you've obtained the necessities online and they are arriving at the dorm, you could be able to get away with a single automobile. The drawback to driving a long distance is the fact that indicates time off from work for you, and hotels along the route. Additionally, it may indicate babysitters for younger siblings, or dog or cat boarding, thus consider expenditures you will sustain.

· Flying--some kids are independent and are willing to be dropped off at the airport. Flying may be suitable for a few families, and you could ship all their things ahead of time therefore it's there once you get there. Checking bags incurs major cash, so shipping is really the single thing which makes sense with traveling by plane.

· Hiring Movers--may seem extravagant, however in the long run might be a truly expedient option. If you've got that Prius and therefore looking at renting an SUV and all the expenditures that go with a long road trip, selecting professional movers in Denver could help you save cash and time. Hop in the Prius and meet the movers at the dorm--and you will have help actually moving the boxes.

Now that you've settled on the logistics for relocating Junior in the dormitory, commence your checklist for your actual moving to Denver. A lot of colleges move in on a weekday (the more likely to wreak havoc on parent's work schedules), hence the primary thing you'll need to do is verify the date and request the time off. Below are a few other items to think about.

· Student Help--Most educational institutions have student volunteers to help you unpack and move cartons, and set up any furnishings (if you are doing a loft, confirm they would be accessible for that). These kids are fantastic sources for places to eat, too.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you are fortunate enough to have a building having an elevator, be ready to wait in a long, long, line. Odds are good you'll need to contend with stairs instead; quite possibly up 3 or 4 flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are generally a decent distance from the actual students in addition to their housing. Before you get a parking spot at the dorm and commence unloading, be sure you can get into the building. Universities vary regarding check-in policies--some have team members at the dorms handing out ID cards and also keys, others, you need to stop by the office for you to let them know you're there and get going.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories usually are not known to stand out in sanitation. They are cleaned between inhabitants, but not to five-star resort standards--and may not get vacuumed again until May. Bring along some wipes and a dry mop in order to dust the surfaces and flooring, and a small organizer of standard cleaning supplies to leave. A few colleges have house cleaning, but many don't and young adults have not become a lot more conscientious regarding cleaning in the recent times. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the charge to lease a mini-fridge and microwave oven from your college, and figure out if it's less than buying. Factor in things such as maintenance as well as moving back and forth from your home whenever you make your decision--they're both inexpensive to purchase, however, if something goes wrong, it is your problem.

· Parent Programming--Find out precisely what sorts of activities are arranged for parents on moving day. If you're going to a sizeable state school, there will not be a great deal offered except if your son or daughter is an athlete or in the honors college or something along those lines. Smaller sized colleges are usually more prone to provide coffee and muffins plus a little hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are parents who show up with bagels and donuts for the student help, they will adore you and put in a bit of additional effort with your boxes. Bring a cooler with water bottles and snack foods for yourselves, too. It will likely be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you might be, moving in day often is the hottest day of the year. Unless of course it will be the rainiest. Put on loose-fitting attire and comfy shoes, but try not to humiliate your child with dad socks and sandals.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if perhaps there are allocated parking areas nearby the entrances, and if that's the case just how long can you stay in one. You'll probably have 20-30 minutes so that you can unload, after that go park in a different lot for the box moving and set up.

Once you have unloaded and unpacked in Denver, then it's time for you to leave. Allow a few minutes to say adios and then leave with your head held high as well as your sniffles in balance until you are out of the parking lot.

A well-used custom involving leaving small notes hidden inside pockets is a good one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a nice gesture, and it is your choice precisely how serious or humorous you would like to be. However you connect, just keep doing it.

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