The July 31 move-out deadline is fast approaching. By the time you’re reading this, it may have already passed, sticking you with accumulating late fees. But whether on or off campus, many students’ leases are coming to an end, leaving them to pack it up and haul it over to the next apartment.
Luckily, there are local moving companies to shoulder the heavy lifting. The best part? They’re staffed by students who know all too well the struggle of moving a few miles down Alafaya.
The national chain College Hunks Hauling Junk is staffed by college students who are no strangers to the stresses of moving. Rates vary depending on size of the housing space, amount of furniture being moved and the time it will take to transport from one spot to the next. For two “hunks” moving a one-bedroom apartment, the rate is about $102 for labor and about $98 for truck and travel, with a two-hour minimum.
Another company is Knight Movers, a Casselberry-based moving service that covers the entire state of Florida. Its standard rate is $105 per hour for two men and a truck, but the company offers a discount of $95 per hour for UCF students and alumni. A local move has a flat travel fee of $60. Knight Movers can help students move out of and into dorms, apartments and houses.
Owner Tony Blake said the optimal time to schedule move-out services is seven to 10 days beforehand. He advises students to label the boxes on all sides as to which room it belongs to and to remove bedding from the beds before the movers arrive.
“If they’re going to do the packing … a lot of people just throw everything into one room, but it takes longer to move it that way when they try to pile it up into one area, than just leaving it where it is,” he said. “When we load up the truck it’s like putting up a puzzle together every time.”
Those in possession of an upright or baby grand pianos are also in luck because Blake said Knight Movers specializes in transporting the instrument, as well as other antiques.
KnightSpeed Moving, founded in August 2013 and fully made up of UCF alumni and students, also helps to make the moving process easier.
“I knew a lot of my friends were moving around from apartment to apartment and there wasn’t any easy solution to address that. So we started out with student moving, like starting out from the dorms to apartments nearby, and then we eventually got into doing a full-blown moving company for a lot of local residents here in Orlando,” said founder Julian Correa.
The company works primarily in the East Orlando area and is comprised of 18 people, some of which are UCF football players, said Correa, a finance major set to graduate this summer.
He said a typical student move takes about three hours. While it’s best to schedule a move at least a week in advance, he said the company receives a lot of last-minute calls that it tries to accommodate as best it can.
For dorm move-ins, the flat rate is $75. The labor-only service for apartments and houses includes two movers, tools for disassembling and furniture-protecting supplies for a rate of $79 per hour for students. The full service includes the use of a moving truck and comes out to $99 per hour for students.
Noelle Campbell is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @noellecampz or email her at NoelleC@CentralFloridaFuture.com.