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Moving Day

For much of the west side of Tallahassee, the last day in July is known as "moving day."

You couldn't miss it if you were on the west side of Tallahassee Sunday, moving trucks, trailers and other large vehicles filled with furniture darting in and out of traffic.

William Westry, a U-Haul manager, is all too familiar with the scene.

"Why? Because everybody in Tallahassee has to move today. All the apartment complexes’ leases end on the 31st and everybody need trucks."

And he's not talking about just any 31st. It's July 31st. Like in other college towns, Tallahassee apartments often draft their leases around the academic calendar.

Patrick Williams is moving out of his apartment and says, "Lease is up, it's lease time. July 31st is when everybody in this town either has garage sale or is packing up a trailer full of stuff."

And Williams isn't just talking about college students. He's not a student, but it's July 31st, so his lease is up too. Luckily, he didn't need to rent a truck to move.

"We had a lot of disappointed people here today," added Westry.

If you can't rent a moving truck or trailer, there are other alternatives.

"I have a lot of friends that are willing to help out and stuff so it makes it easier when you got a whole bunch of people that can really, you know," shared Daniel Muggelberg.

And if you can't take it with you, you can always leave it for the next tenant. The manager at U-Haul also says that August 1st, is a busy day for them as renters are moving in and starting on their new leases.


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