End-of-School Moves

by Tom Simplot

Apr 30, 2017

Next weekend cars, trucks and moving vans will be pulling up outside of dorms and apartment buildings across Arizona. Students will be wrapping up another school year and leaving their dorms rooms behind.


For these students, planning the move can be stressful. Many dorms require that students leave within a day or two of completion of their exams. Hundreds will swarm campuses, all with the same goal. Set a timeline for the move and set an appointment with the Resident Advisor or Manager for your final walk-through.


Do your own walk through first to see what needs to be repaired or replaced. Schools and apartment operators will charge their renters fees associated with damaged furniture, flooring, fixtures and more. There’s often a pricing outline of how much will be assessed for damage or removal of items that belong to the owner/operator.


Coordinate with your roommates if you have them. It’s best to review what you expect and how you will cover final fees before you leave for summer break.


Dispose of goods and trash responsibly. You can check out ASU’s “Ditch the Dumpster” program to learn more about how you can recycle and upcycle your goods. They have partnered with local nonprofits to take your quality unwanted goods and recycle them to benefit the community. This keeps waste out of landfills and helps individuals and families in need.


Clean up your apartment before you leave. It can be tempting to leave trash or not to do a final cleaning of your place when you are moving. Most college dorms and apartments charge a cleaning fee if you leave a mess.


The end of school year comes fast and it can be tough to study for finals and plan for a move at the same time. Planning before the big day will take some of the stress out of this big change