Tips for moving out of your dorm

Get the most out of your vacation days with these top 5 tips for moving out of your dorm.

Take a break! You’ve earned it. After a grueling semester, a little rest and relaxation is long over due. There’s no need to lug your stuff from your dorm, to your parents place just to lug it back onto campus come the following semester. The secret to starting your school vacation early and enjoying it all break long is Dorm Room Boxes. When you choose Dorm Room Boxes for your dorm or college apartment storage needs, we do all the heavy lifting. Once you’ve signed up for the service we take care of the rest:

  • Deliver a moving kit to your dorm
  • Pick up your packed boxes
  • Store your belongings in a climate controlled warehouse 
  • Free delivery of your boxes back to your door before school starts

As if that wasn’t easy enough, we’ve got a top 5 list that covers how to virtually guarantee a stress free moving day!

Decide whether Dorm Room Boxes’ pickup, storage and delivery is right for you— After making your dorm your home away from home for the last several months, you may find that you’ve got way more stuff now than you did on the first day of classes. And those bulky items like couches, TV’s, microwaves, etc. are just going to take up space back home. If you live far away or if you’ll be traveling by air, Dorm Room Boxes is a no-brainer. Storing your belongings in a safe place over break, means that you can leave your boxes behind and travel hassle free!

Sell your textbooks— You may find that some textbooks are worth keeping. Others, you may have barely cracked open the spine on and they’re already collecting dust. If you can part with some of your books ahead of your move out date, you could end up saving yourself some time and earn yourself a little chunk of change. Most university bookstores will buy back books, and often you’ll find nearby stores that will take them off your hands. The alternative to brick-and-mortar bookstores are online forums; you could post on Facebook or check out these popular websites:, Chegg,, Amazon, or eBay. On that note, if you’ve rented a textbook, remember to return it!

Pitch or Donate—It is important to clean up shop every now and again. Some keepsakes you’ll never want to part from. And you should hold on to your favorite college t-shirt and Quentin Tarantino movie poster for all time! But do you really need buckets of Mardi Gras beads or that stack of DVD’s that you NEVER watch? While packing, create Pitch and Donate piles and you’ll really lighten your load!

Completely fill your boxes—Make sure all of your boxes are properly sealed and closed before your movers arrive. Ensure the safety of your belongings by completely filling your boxes. Partially filled moving boxes could collapse when stacked. Try using crumbled newspaper or foam to fill in empty space. Efficient use of your boxes will save you money on your DRB purchase. Lastly, make sure your box is the right size for the items you are packing. Heavy items should be placed in smaller or medium size boxes. Light item can be placed in large boxes.

Label your boxes— Label your belongings with your personal DRB client code and we’ll make sure it gets to the right place. Label boxes with breakable items “fragile,” and never combine heavy and fragile items together in a box. 

Finding the right moving company

Making the decision to move can be extremely stressful. The thought of having to move all your heavy furniture, expensive electronics, and other important items from your residence can seem like a daunting task. Hiring a moving company that cared for my belongings as much as I did was an important decision that made the process a million times simpler.

Having moved so many times over the past 5 years, I have gone through my fair share of “experienced home movers.” Unfortunately, hiring the wrong type of company can cause more harm than good. The last thing you want is to hire a company who doesn’t value your possessions. Hiring a reputable company that will treat your possessions and home with respect will pay for itself ten times over.

Moving Companies and Movers: 5 Things to Remember when Moving

Don’t forget to save room for the moving truck.

When you’re hiring movers, you’re going to need to ensure that there’s a parking space for the moving truck. It’s always a good idea to notify your neighbors of the move and that you’ll be using the front parking spaces or the back alley or whatever space is best for your move. Remember, that if you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll need to make sure that the truck is parked close to both the old house, where you’re moving from, and the new home, where you’re moving to.


Notify the neighbors.

While this point has already been mentioned, it’s worth mentioning again. Not only should neighbors be aware of the parking space you’ll need, but also of any inconvenience they may encounter because of your move. If you’re moving on a weekend, when neighbors are more likely to be home, it’s good to let them know that you’ll be using the sidewalk or the space out front or that more cars will be parked out front.


Have cash on hand.

Tipping the movers and having cash on hand for pizza or snacks or any last minute things that you might need will save you the trouble of having to dig for a credit card or running to the bank or ATM at the last minute. Most movers appreciate a cash tip so have it ready before they arrive and keep it somewhere that’s easy to access after your move in is complete.


Remember to leave the keys behind.

Before moving day, make sure you know what you’re supposed to do with your old house keys. If you’re renting an apartment or villa, make arrangements with your landlord; if you own your home, remember to check with the real estate agent or the new owners. Also collect all copies of the keys beforehand; from your children, spouse, friends or relatives. Have them ready for the new owners. And don’t forget to have the keys to your new home ready when you arrive.


Have detailed driving directions to your new home.

Help out your local tampa movers by having detailed instructions, including where to park, moving companies will appreciate your organization. Also, your friends and family who are helping you move will need to know where to go. Following you may not always work. Moving day isn’t a good day to keep a convoy together!