If you're moving far from your hometown to go to college, then you'll need an easy way to get your things from home to school. Container moving is a great alternative for those students who won't be driving to their college dorm and need an easy way to ship their clothes, furniture and books.
All About Container Shipping for College StudentsWhat is container moving? Container moving is exactly what it seems: you pack all your stuff into a container and a company moves it for you to your new location. It's a great way to move since you can keep the container as long as you need to in order to pack it and unpack it. You just let the company know when to drop it off, how long you'll need it (i.e., when to pick it up), and when you'd like it delivered to your new place. The only issue may be where you store the container while you're packing it and unpacking it. If you have a front or back year where you can keep the container while packing, that's great. Unpacking may be more difficult especially if you're moving into a dorm room. Check with the dorm first to see where you could store it for a few hours while you unpack it. Some dorms may not allow containers on their green space. Know before you book this kind of service.
How much do you need to move? The first thing you'll need to decide is how much you're moving. If you're moving into a dorm room, then it's fairly simple. Most dorm rooms supply basic furniture like a bed, mattress (although not always a comfortable one), desk, chair and lamp. Some also provide a book shelf and bulletin board, although that's not always the case. The first step is to find out what's included in the room and what you might need to bring with you. I also suggest asking the dorm if you can provide your own mattress. Some will allow you to, but will insist on having you store the one that's currently in your room.
Check out what I suggest as the top 7 furnishings you might want for your dorm room. And find out what your dorm will probably provide in terms of furnishings in this article about moving into a dorm room.
So, if you're moving into a dorm room, then you'll need the smallest container possible. Most container shipping companies offer a small size for this exact reason - some people only need to ship one room.
If you're moving into a shared house, you'll need to ask your roommates what they'll be providing and what you need to bring. In this case it may be necessary to secure a larger container - one that will move two to three rooms.
Are the containers secure? If a container company is good, they'll guarantee the safety of your goods so they'll provide a locking mechanism and most should provide good insurance coverage. Before you book, ask about security and how much insurance is provided in the moving fee. Usually, what a company provides in terms of insurance will be enough to cover your goods should anything happen. But always ask. You should also make sure that the containers are completely waterproof and weather-proof - you don't want your things ruined by a leak.
Where can I find out about container moving? There are quite a few companies that offer this kind of service. Check this list for some that I recommend:
- PODS: Probably the most well-known and largest container moving company, PODS provides an easy-to-use service that can't be matched.
- ABF U-Pack's ReloCube: Another great company that can provide container moving in a variety of sizes and options. And if you're unsure about what size of container you might need, check out their Simple Space Estimator to get an idea of what you might need.
- Smart Move: A good, reliable company that offers guarantee delivery time of up to ten days anywhere in the US.