Moving made not so easy
Campus Life Editor
summer break coming up fast, resident students are faced with the
problem of boxing up all our stuff, braving the dust bunnies to
clean that frightening, dark area behind the refrigerator, and then
somehow moving all those boxes, plastic containers and suitcases
back home without shattering that jumbo-sized bottle of shampoo
all over the dirty laundry. And did I mention that term paper that’s
still not done, the final exams next week, and, for some, that graduation
ceremony that’s sneaking up?
Some graduating students (me included) are facing another problem:
moving to an entirely new city to take a job or attend graduate
or professional school. For recent graduates and students who live
some distance from the University and have more belongings than
can fit in a pickup truck, this situation is bleak. And by bleak,
I mean expensive.
those cheerfully decorated moving trucks sport brightly colored
ads saying “19.95 a day” or something similar, what
they don’t advertise is that rates for long hauls is much
different, mileage is extra with some companies, YOU have to pay
for the gas, and the fastest the trucks will go when loaded is about
40 miles an hour.
looking into moving rates from different companies, I found that
my move from North Carolina to Louisiana will be about $900 if I
do the packing and driving, and around $1400 for a full service
move where professionals load and drive my furniture and other belongings.
And again…that doesn’t include gas, which is, as we
can all attest, at a disgustingly high price.
small trailers that hitch onto your car can be expensive, several
hundred dollars a day. And then there’s the added trouble
of loading and unloading heavy furniture yourself after a long drive.
best thing to do is to pack light. If you’re just moving back
home for the summer, you might want to try attending the UNCP Residence
Life swap meet that will be held Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Tables will be provided, as will dumpsters.
you’re moving to or from an apartment you furnished yourself,
consider buying lightweight furniture or furniture that can serve
a double purpose, such as a futon or sofa bed. Packing materials
can be expensive if you buy them from moving companies, so try asking
a grocery store or dollar store for old boxes that would otherwise
just be thrown out. Shredded newspaper can substitute for bubble
wrap, but on the other hand, if you’re moving something very
expensive and fragile, it may be worth the extra money to have a
professional pack it.
you do need to use a moving service, make sure that you know your
rights. Have a written agreement about payment before anyone touches
a saying that a good friend will help you move, and a great friend
will help you move a body. With all of this hassle, I almost think
they have that backwards.