Moving and Storage Can Be PrecariousColumn by Michael K. Chung
Many area college students were affected by the recent bankruptcy of a local storage company, namely the Castle Moving Company of Boston. According to The Boston Globe, Castle had rented 9,000 square-feet of storage from the Village House, an independent company in Brookline. According to the owner, poor management and organization throughout the spring and summer depleted their funds, and forced their closure several weeks into the school year.
The Globe article claims that students from Boston University, Harvard University, and Boston College complained of un-delivered electronic equipment including stereos, computers, and cameras. On average, these students paid between "$250 and $450 for pickup, storage, and delivery." Students having such troubles were described by the owner of Castle as not having labeled their belongings properly. The Globe said that after investigating complaints about Castle, the owner "displayed bad business organization but not criminal intent."
I know of at least one MIT student who has suffered through Castle's losses. Therefore, I suggest to all MIT students in dormitories, particularly freshmen, to investigate the options of summer storage thoroughly. For instance, each of the on-campus undergraduate dormitories provides storage space for all residents free-of-charge. If this won't work, you should leave things with friends staying on campus.
If your friends' rooms fill up with your things, I would recommend finding a reputable storage company, U-Haul for example. Talk to people around your dorm and to the company representatives (if there are any, since many of them simply leave things in dormitory mailboxes, or in the case of Castle, underneath your door) before you find that your parting with your belongings lasts longer than you had anticipated.