5 Tips for Ensuring a Smooth Move-Out

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As the spring semester winds down, it is time to bid adieu to your residence halls. It is important that rooms are packed and left impeccably clean to avoid any unnecessary charges. Here are some tips to help you through this process:

  1. Start Early: Begin packing well in advance of your move-out date. Like right now, if possible. Starting early allows you to pack efficiently and avoid last-minute stress. Make sure you have plenty of packing and cleaning supplies on hand. There are vacuums and cleaning kits available at the front desk to check out for free!
  2. Declutter: Moving out is an excellent opportunity to declutter and get rid of items you no longer need or use. To make it easy for residents, dorms have collection areas in each lobby for non-perishable food and other miscellaneous items. These donations will go to The Cupboard, our on-campus food pantry, and The Closet for clothing items and The Backpack for décor and supplies.
  3. Clean Thoroughly: It is IMPORTANT to leave the room spotless. This includes vacuuming, dusting, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning out drawers and closets. Rooms should be good enough for somebody else to move into right away – and with many summer camps starting early this year, that might be the case for that room!
  4. Review the Move-Out Procedures: Housing and Residence Life has sent out specific information to you about moving out and checking out. In general, if you are not staying for the summer, you should schedule your move-out appointment to occur within 24 hours after your last final, or 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th at the latest. If you are participating in graduation in an official capacity, you should contact your Hall Directors.
  5. Take Responsibility: Take ownership of the move-out process, from packing and cleaning to following all necessary procedures. During the check-out appointment, the Resident Assistant (RA) will accompany you to the room to review it together. Any guests, including parents, should remain in the lobby or other common area. While the RA will review the room and note any charges to be assessed, the room will be checked multiple times and others may find additional damages. It is best practice to not hide damages during check out as they will be found and charged later. You will be emailed over the summer with any updates and therefore should be checking your UWSP email regularly.

By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free move-out process. With proper planning and attention to detail, you can leave your residence hall with peace of mind, ready to embark on the next chapter of your journey.


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