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College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

Families move their college students into campus dorms.

If you have a college bound kid, you can expect quite a few moves in the near future. We aren’t just talking about the initial move into the dorm either. Some college students move every year of their college career, frequently switching out spaces and roommates.

A lot of people ask: should I hire a moving company?

You could, but it isn’t likely your child has enough items to really make it worth your while. Instead, you might as well stock-up on a few moving essentials now, so you are prepared for current and future moves.

We recommend purchasing a few essential moving supplies (that the pros use) to make your child’s first adult move quick and easy. At U.S. Cargo Control, we offer a wide variety of different moving equipment to help facilitate any and all types of moves, whether it be to your dorm room, house, or other living place.

Moving Essentials

Moving into the dorm is the easiest move you’ll make. Most of the heavy lifting is done for you as a result of beds, dressers and desks most likely included in your room fee. However, you may be lugging large electronics like a new TV, futon, microwave and mini-fridge. The following items will make your move even more simple:

Hand Trucks & Moving Dollies

    Basic Steel Hand Truck

    A hand truck will make moving furniture and boxes a breeze. The luxury of wheels minimize heavy lifting, reducing your risk of injury and fatigue. Assembling a hand truck takes no time to do, and they also store away quite nicely.

    You also can use a moving dolly for larger and bulkier items. Each dolly comes with four swivel wheels that make moving heavy items easy to do. We offer different types of dollies that cater to your specific moving needs.


    Moving Straps

    Forearm Forklift Moving Straps

    Moving straps help distribute the weight of big objects more evenly, again reducing the risk of muscle strain. Straps like the TeamStrap, Forearm Forklift and Shoulder Dolly are designed for two people to use and lift big items.

    Those straps force you to using larger muscle groups, which will consequently free up your hands to better control that runaway mini-fridge avoiding damage to appliances and furniture.

    Moving Blankets & Moving Pads

    econo deluxe moving blanketsAvoid hauling big boxes and pre-assemble furniture, like that new futon or shelf, before you go. Moving blankets are a great option if you have a pickup truck or trailer handy for the move. After assembly, you’ll need to wrap the furniture in moving blankets or pads to keep it safe during transit.

    The blankets can be used for other bulky items or as packaging material as well. Carrying wrapped items inside will also help you avoid nicking the walls. This tip may sound like a hassle at first, but it will save you time the day of the move – freeing up the afternoon for a leisurely lunch, campus tour or any last minute shopping trips -- like to the university book store where you can purchase that cheesy "proud parent" sweatshirt that's sure to embarrass your college freshman.

    Reusable Supplies

    It may seem like overkill to stock up on professional moving supplies when your child is making a relatively minor move into the dorms – but remember off campus living is coming. That move will require much heavier lifting as you’ll be furnishing an apartment or house where an elevator will likely not be accessible. Having these few items on hand will make many moves on and off campus that much easier.

    First-Time Guide and Other Resources

    Getting ready to move your child to college can seem overwhelming - help both of you prepare with this helpful movers guide! It covers everything from first time moving tips to helping your child become financially literate.

    Check out our other guides that give advice on making your moving as stress-free and simple as possible:

    5 Moving Day Must-Have's

    How to Avoid Moving Scams

    More Moving Tips and Tricks

    Moving Supplies Checklist

    Removing Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

    Want some tips on choosing the right moving supplies? Call (866) 444-9990 or email today! Our product experts are ready to answer any questions and get what you want, when you need it.

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