Hiring student movers can take a big load off your shoulders. Hiring the pros may be out of your price range, but a responsible mover can be hired to help you out. With the new school year approaching, here are a few tips for finding student movers who are waiting for you to hire them now.
Where to Find Student Movers
Finding college movers is not difficult if you live near a university or at least a modest-sized college. Your first step will be to contact the student employment office at the school and let them know your needs. Most will allow you to post jobs for student movers free of charge. Depending on the school, plan to notify the office a least a week in advance so that people will have time to see and respond to your ad. Some schools have organized groups of experienced student movers that you can contact as well.
Hiring the Right People
College students are always looking for ways to make extra money so chances are the biggest problem you’ll run into is weeding through the large number of responses from potential hires. To ensure you hire the right people, consider the things you need to move. If you have a lot of heavy bulky items, such as furniture or large boxes, you’ll need someone with some muscle. When you interview people, make sure they know what kinds of items they will be moving and make sure they have the ability to move them. Ask for and check work and/or personal references. Ensure they have the necessary transporation for larger items.
On the day of the move, some of the people you’ve hired may not show up, therefore it’s a good idea to hire more people than you think you’ll need. If everyone does show up, you’ll have that much more help (but, if you’re going to do this, let prospective student movers know about it, and let them know payment will be per hour). Also, since most items like couches and large television sets tend to be two-person jobs, try to hire people in pairs. People who already know each other will tend to work better together.
How Much Should You Pay Your Movers
Experienced college movers may have a set fee they charge, otherwise $10 an hour is a good starting point, depending on the area you live in. If you’re stuck for an appropriate amount, check with the employment personnel at the college or university to get an idea of how much you should charge. As this is a one time job, make sure you are able to pay your movers directly after they finish the job. Providing cold drinks and snacks is a nice touch as well and will help keep your movers going.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Give your movers a set time and a general schedule to follow. Do not make them sit around and wait for you to finish packing things up. Overestimate your time frame for completion so that they aren’t expecting to leave while you’re still in the middle of the job.
If you have items that are fragile or of particular value, consider moving those items yourself.