Moving into Your New Dorm

Five Tips for Moving into Your New Dorm

When it is the start of your new school year, whether its August or January, maybe, just maybe, it might be a good time to at least start planning your move into your new dorm room. Here are some quick tips for getting ready to move into your new dorm.

1. Understand how small your dorm room really is

In general, dorm rooms are pretty small living spaces. So when you’re packing all the things you want to bring with you, keep in mind that 200 square feet is roughly the size of an average guest bathroom. Plan accordingly. If you can, visit your dorm ahead of Move-In Day to see what is already provided (chairs, desk lighting, tables, etc.) and what the layout looks like. This information will help you figure out exactly what you need to bring – and what to leave at home.

2. Use multipurpose storage containers

Instead of transporting your clothes in suitcases, get a trunk. They come in a wide variety of styles, from old school wooden chests to modern collegiate trunks in almost any color you want (search for “storage trunk” on Google and check out the 3.8 million results). During the school year, trunks double as storage and coffee tables. And check in your attic – your parents may have kept their trunks for a moment just like this one. Also look into all the clever storage ideas out there for maximizing your closets, under your bed and spaces that may have never even occurred to you or your mom (although the latter is unlikely).

3. Bring things the right size appliances

Face it: you’re not going to be cooking 5 course meals in your dorm. But you will need a snack here and there. That’s why they make things like dorm-size and even desktop refrigerators. You can get small microwave ovens as well for popcorn emergencies. We advise staying away from hot plates and space heaters, as they can be a fire hazard.

4. Be smart about your electronics

Back in the day, kids with the best dorm rooms had full stereos, speakers and TV’s. But today, most of these items are about the size of a book (remember books?), or smaller still. Your laptop or iPod can serve as your stereo with a pair of powerful mini speakers. You can stream most of your favorite shows any time of day or night on your computer, iPad or iPod, so no need for a big TV. Think through your electronics set up and cut out the pieces you don’t need.

5. Know what you can and cannot bring

Before you run off to Sears, check with your college or university and see what you are allowed to bring into your dorm, as there will be restrictions and guidelines around size, safety and energy use. There is no sense in buying something you won’t be allowed to use. And you definitely want to keep the safety and comfort of your room mate, your classmates and yourself first.

One final thought: your roommate. Odds are that you’ll have at least one of them. In some cases, it could be even more. The best way to maximize your space is to talk with your future room mate and plan out what furniture and appliances you both need and who is bringing each item.

Rainbow Movers moves students into and out of dorms every season, and we also provide storage so that you don’t have to lug everything back and forth between school years. We congratulate all the freshmen coming into New York’s universities, colleges, and other higher education and training institutions. But first, enjoy the rest of your summer.

Last Minute Moving Glitches

What Now? How We Handle Last Minute Moving Glitches

Our moves go smoothly because we work with our clients and plan well in advance.  However, there are times when forces beyond our control intervene and block our plans.  More often than not, the culprits can be a varied cast of third parties – a buyer, seller, or tenant; lawyers, bankers, and title people, a realtor or building manager; or an elevator going out of service.  And then there are hurricanes and blizzards arriving on schedule, and babies arriving early.

Any of these events can mean switching the date of the move at the last minute, necessitating a progression of other re-schedules: elevator reservations, insurance start and end dates; utility, phone, and cable installations; days off from work and child care…. and of course, the movers.

For us, the movers, a change in plans can mean a lost day of work, when we turned away others to honor our commitment to you, our client.  It is why we ask for a small deposit to secure any reservation.

It is an important part of our preparations with customers to inform them that we want them to be sure enough of your moving dates. So when you book with us, you agree to accept that a date change may mean the loss of your deposit, except where childbirth, blizzards, or hurricanes are the cause (see “working with people” below) if we are unable to re-fill your slot.

The benefit of working with Rainbow Movers when things like this happen is that we are actual people and enjoy working with people.  We understand that these things happen, and we will work with you to find a good solution to get your move done at the earliest possible date, help with the calls to buildings, etc.  And we will support you if it is possible to recover your deposit from whoever may have caused the change.

As we’ve said before, we have been in business since 1978.  While we can’t say we’ve seen it all before (this is New York City, after all), we do have a lot of experience to draw upon in navigating our way around unexpected bumps in the road.  At the end of that road, we expect you will find yourself happily moved into your new home, the detours having been traveled with a minimum of stress.

Moving Boxes: Why Size Really Does Matter

Here at Rainbow Movers, we talk about boxes a lot on when we meet customers for free moving estimates, and also on Facebook and Twitter, because it is very important to use the right size boxes when you are packing to move or store your belongings. Here’s why:

1.  Things Fit: Moving boxes are designed based on decades of experience. When you pack a book box (12”x12”x17.5”) with books, the vast majority of books fit nicely into the box. Dinner plates nestle safely inside a dish box (18”x18”x28”) which is also thicker than your average box, allowing plenty of room for insulating materials to keep them whole. Of course there will be items that don’t fit perfectly, like an oversize World Atlas or a large serving platter. But for the most part, these boxes make it easy to organize and pack your items, and keep them safe during the move.

2. The Right Boxes Weigh Just Enough: Have you ever lifted a box of books? Books can be very heavy. So if you fill a larger box with all the books in your shelf, it might seem efficient, but you may injure yourself trying to move that box. A book box fits just enough books to be efficient and safe. The same goes for a wardrobe box (22”x24”x48”).  You can compress over 2 feet of hanging clothes onto the hanging bar in a wardrobe box. With a dish box, you can line up your wrapped dishes, or nest your wrapped bar glasses and still be able to lift it without throwing your back out. We aim to keep all our moves stress free and injury free!

3.  Specifically Sized Boxes Are Easier to Identify: When the time comes to unpack your things, the boxes can easily be identified first by their shape and size and then by the identification labeling. If you see a book box, you and the movers will know immediately that it goes in the rooms with the bookshelves. If you see a dish box, it goes straight to the kitchen or dining room. Organization on both ends of a move is a key element of a smooth, efficient and low stress move.

We are happy to advise you on the quantities and types of boxes you will need for your move. We also supply a wide array of packing materials, including boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, pads, dollies, and even plastic covers for chairs, sofas and beds. When you hire Rainbow Movers for your move, we offer free delivery of your packing supplies to your door.

Contact us to tell us about your move!