Moving Day Survival Kit

There are many things to consider when you’re moving. It’s never as simple as getting your items from one location to another. And, whether you hire professional movers or plan to enlist the help of your friends and family, there’s always the chance that something doesn’t go according to plan.

On top of that, the process can be extremely tiring. You might not want to take the time to dig out your toiletries, you might find yourself easily frustrated when trying to locate your tools to reassemble your bed, and you will almost definitely find that you don’t want to sleep in the clothes you moved in.

To avoid all these troubles, we offer the sage advice of compiling a “Moving Survival Kit’ before your move.

 

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What exactly is a Moving Survival Kit?

It’s all the essential items you might need during or immediately after your move, packed into one box. In most cases, you’ll want to transport it yourself between your old and your new location.

 

What all should I include in my Moving Survival Kit?

 

First Aid

Whenever there are people moving heavy items it’s a good idea to have some first aid readily available. Don’t let an injury turn into a mad dash to find the box with the bandages.

 

Nourishment

During the move, you’re probably going to need a little pick me up. Make some homemade trail mix in some tupperware. We suggest a simple mixture of M&M’s, peanuts and raisins. If you have time, you could also make up some PB&J sandwiches for a mid-move meal.

For your most cost effective beverage option, we suggest packing water bottles. There’s a good chance your new residence has running water. So, why not save the planet from extra plastic in a landfill and save your self a few bucks.

 

Paper Towels

Let’s be honest, no one wants to cook after a long day of moving. You also probably don’t want to go out to eat, which leaves two options: running out to grab fast food or delivery. In the case that you opt for delivery, you’re going to want at least some paper towels.

 

Toilet Paper

You don’t want to be digging through boxes when nature calls, make sure you include a few rolls of toilet paper in your kit.

 

Tools

It can be as simple as a multi-tool or as comprehensive as a portable tool kit. Either way, you’re going to need to get through the packing tape you used on your boxes and you’re going to need someway to reassemble your furniture.

If you don’t want to deal with any disassembly or reassembly, keep College Muscle Movers in mind. We’re willing to help with disassembly and reassembly at no extra cost.

 

Pillows, Blankets & Clothing

At the very least, pack a blanket and pillow for each family member and some comfortable sleeping clothes. The last thing you want to deal with is sleeping in uncomfortable, potentially sweaty clothes with no blanket or pillow. Getting some good rest will make all the difference after a long day.

 

Important Documents

You may not need immediate access to things like your birth certificates or social security cards, but you also probably don’t want to have to go through the process of replacing them. Knowing exactly where they are during the entirety of your move will save you from any potential stress.

Ask The Experts: Buying and Selling a Home

It’s no secret that moving can be stressful. Between completing transactions for your new place, updating addresses with your bank and the post office, and getting your belongings to your new home, it is easy to overlook a detail or two.

At College Muscle Movers, we aim to make planning, preparing for, and completing your moving service is as stress-free possible. By understanding that each move is unique, we’re able to tailor our services to each customer’s needs. However, we understand the moving process starts well before arranging movers, especially when you are buying and/or selling a home.

In order to shed a little light on the home buying and selling process, we spoke with our friends Sean and Jennifer Dunn of Integrity Realty.

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FINDING A REALTOR

First, get started by connecting yourself with the right people.

As Jennifer says, moving “is fun, exciting, and quite honestly stressful, but having professionals help you will make it so much more enjoyable. This is what movers, realtors, and loan officers do every day, and we can guide you through the process, and help to minimize the surprises.”

When looking for a realtor, ask a lot of questions. Get an idea of how they work before committing. Communication and trust are key.

Almost a third of all buyers in 2015 were purchasing a home for the first time, and with all the moving pieces involved in a home purchase, learning on the fly could set you up for a delay in closing or even the transaction falling through. By working with a realtor you can trust, you can better ensure your needs and timeline are met.

Jennifer continues, “Don’t expect the experience to be like what you’ve seen on HGTV.”

“We spend a lot of time talking about what to expect from the process, the inspection, and how to get through it all with a minimal amount of stress. Folks often don't know where to start, so we connect them with high quality lenders who have the same level of commitment to their clients as we do,” Sean adds.

With the vast number of resources available online, it’s important turn to a realtor you can trust for advice. After all, it’s their job to stay in the know, and maintain relationships with trustworthy lenders and other professionals that can assist with the home buying process. You have enough to worry about, let the professionals do the legwork.

 

PREPARING YOUR HOME

Once you’ve found the realtor for you, it’s time to list your home for sale!

But wait- how to make your home appear most appealing to potential buyers?

Sean and Jennifer agree that staging is one of the most important steps in preparing your home for sale. “Staging is key to selling a home quickly and for the best price,” says Jennifer. “It's about minimizing "stuff" and maximizing the space.”

Sometimes homeowners react negatively to the idea of staging, but Sean is quick to emphasize that “Staging is NOT interior decorating, and it’s certainly not a judgment of taste. Rather, it’s about making the property appealing to the broadest range of tastes.”

“Sellers sometimes think a buyer can look past the wallpaper from 1976, but unfortunately the thing the buyer will remember about the house IS the wallpaper from 1976, not how great the layout is, or how simple it would be to get rid of the wallpaper.”

Staging can also offer an excellent opportunity to try out a moving company without committing too much money up front. And, if there isn’t a place to store your items within your home or elsewhere, keep College Muscle Movers in mind for affordable, flexible storage options.

 

FINANCING YOUR MOVE

Once you have a buyer for your home (or are ready to buy yourself), it’s time to get final details of financing in place. If you’re taking out a loan (you worked with a lender to get pre-qualified, right?!) Jennifer notes “there are new laws in place now that make the process longer. If you are taking out a loan, plan on about at least 6 weeks to get to closing.”

This is the point in the process where it makes sense to start contacting moving companies. At College Muscle Movers, many of our services are scheduled about a month in advance, and we are more than happy to provide quotes over the phone. Sometimes for larger projects it’s best to get an on-site assessment, which we can also provide!

Of course, every homebuyer’s worst nightmare is closings getting delayed or falling through at the last minute. Jennifer says the key to avoiding delays is to work with a good lender: “someone who has a reputation for delivering on time, or ahead of time!”

“Buyers also have to understand that there's a lot that goes into securing a loan. When loan officers ask for information, get it to them quickly. Get your inspection done quickly and work with your realtor to get through the inspection contingency period efficiently.”

As with the rest of the process, she says, “communication is key to making sure things go smoothly, and finding out ahead of time if changes might need to be made to closing dates. Make sure your loan officer is keeping you and your realtor up to date on the status of your loan, or if delays are anticipated so you can all plan in advance.”

 

MANAGING CLOSING TIMES

The final hurdle is signing the paperwork, and actually getting your belongings over to your new place.

Depending on how your purchase is structured, the timing of your closings is something to consider when planning for your move.

“Back to back closings are scheduled when someone has to sell their home in order to have the money to buy another home. A seller has to be out before closing so the buyer can do a proper walk through of the property, and then closing might be a few hours later on the new home” says Jennifer. This is a scenario College Muscle Movers deals with often, and we have the ability to work with you to create the best logistical plan for your move, or to temporarily store items if needed.

Lastly, we asked Jennifer if she had any other advice for people preparing to move to a new home. She said: “Labeling boxes, and put the things you need right away in your car. Things like a change of clothes, toilet paper, paper towels, those sorts of everyday items. Think about your day and what you use most often, and just set aside a couple of boxes for those items.”

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To sum it all up, the best way to avoid unnecessary stress from the very beginning is to connect with professionals who have the know-how and experience to navigate the process. Make sure to work with someone you communicate well with, and whom you feel makes a genuine effort to listen to your needs and goals. By doing so, you’ll ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible from start to finish!

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Sean got started in the realty business in 2007, and Jennifer in 2008. Though both started out on different career paths, they have found that helping people buy and sell their homes has been a perfect fit for them. On getting started in realty, Jennifer said “it was a natural for us as we love to look at houses and dream of ways to fix them up. We both love working with people so it gives us an opportunity to use our expertise to help others.”

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Common New Home Repairs

 

Here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve helped a lot of new home-owners move in. We have a fair amount of experience with new homes. It’s not unusual to find a whole plethora of things that need to be tweaked and fixed, and we’ve gathered up some of the more common issues you’ll find when moving into a new home. Below you’ll find 5 tips to help you learn what to expect.

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This could be you.

Dripping Faucets and Toilet Fill Valves

After a long day of moving, you’ll be thrilled to crawl into bed and fall asleep. That might be when you first notice the incessant sound of water running from somewhere in the house, usually the kitchen or bathroom. Dripping faucets sometimes require a plumber to fix properly, as you might end up making it worse if you don’t know what you’re doing. On the other hands, if water is running in the toilet, you likely have a leaking fill valve.

A leaky fill valve is quite easy to fix on your own. You just have to take the top off of the reservoir and find out what kind of rubber cap you have. Then run down to the nearest hardware store and pick one up. Installation is easy, too. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll likely want to call a plumber.

Patching and Painting Drywall

Damaged drywall is one of the most common new home repairs. Especially around stairs and corners, you’ll find spots that have been scratched or dented by people moving furniture in or out, or kids, or people just going about their life. In fact, you’re likely to cause some damage yourself while moving. Don’t worry!

Hiring a painter to come and fix the drywall and paint it is pretty affordable. Some offer labor by the hour, or by square foot. It takes some time to complete (paint has to dry, after all), but drywall is easy to patch, sand, and paint over.

Again, you can do it yourself by simply picking up paint (bring a paint chip along for reference), drywall patching compound, roller brushes, and medium-grit sandpaper. Don’t forget to lay down cloth or newspaper to prevent getting paint on your floors!

Re-caulking Tubs, Sinks, and Showers

Caulk is vital for preventing rot and mold from creeping into the structure of your house. All sinks, tubs and showers should be caulked around the edges so that moisture can’t seep in. Check the caulk in your new home right away and replace any that is peeling or damaged. All you need is to dig out the old stuff, and use a caulk gun to shoot in more. If you aren’t comfortable doing this on your own, find a friend or a handyman to help you.

Cleaning and Replacing Gutters

Gutters are key in protecting your house from rain and snow. In Minnesota, that’s pretty important. Snow and leaf accumulation can cause them to pull free from the house or get twisted.

Sometimes you can just bend gutters back into the proper position. If not, you’ll need to replace the gutters, or install some metal support structures underneath. Once you have all the gutters on your new home in working order, do your best to keep them clean! Make sure to get leaves out every fall, and try not to let too much snow collect in them.

Preventing Ice Damming

This one is especially relevant in Minnesota. Ice build-up on the roof occurs frequently during our winters, especially around the edges of the roof. Melting water can get trapped and accumulate, creating a heavy ice dam that can damage shingles, roofing, and eventually force water into your house from above.

A good long-term solution is to have thermal cable along the edges of the roof. This can be warmed up during the winter to prevent freezing at the source. It’s a complex job, however, and you’ll want an experienced contractor to take care of it (assuming you’re not a master electrician)

A cheap and easy fix is just to make sure that you have channels running through the ice dams. You can do this by filling old knee-high socks or pantyhose with calcium chloride (snow melter). Lay the socks or hose along the roof so that they run down and drape just over the edge. This means that even if ice accumulates, melting water will have a path to escape.

Hopefully some of our tips will help you work through your new home repairs, or least shed some light on what to expect. Remember, if you have any questions about moving to a new home, contact us!

Getting Your Security Deposit Back!

Here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve helped folks through a lot of different moving situations. One of the biggest opportunities for a scare comes when you’re trying to get your security deposit back. Anxiety about security deposits can loom large for many renters, and we’ve gathered some tips to help ensure that you get yours back.

 

Read Your Lease!

The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with your lease. This is a given, even though lots of people don’t know the details. Do yourself a favor and read through it. Your lease will give you all of the information you need to keep your security deposit. It will explain your responsibilities in clear, legally binding language. Most of the time, the renter isn’t responsible for everyday wear and tear on a property. Outside of that, however, you’re expected to leave the apartment the way it was when you moved in.

 

Clean Up Properly

It probably won't be this fun.
It probably won’t be this fun.

The most important thing you can do is clean everything. If you’ve been taking reasonable care of your apartment, leaving it clean should be the only step you need to take to get your security deposit back. Get behind the refrigerator, and dig deep into the cabinets. Grind down through the layers of gunk on the stovetop. If you’re having trouble getting rid of all this stuff, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will help. There are lots of hard to reach places that have probably escaped your cleaning while you lived in your apartment. If you get them only once, make sure that it’s right before you move out. Don’t leave behind any boxes, or papers, or bags of old clothes. Make sure everything goes! Don’t give your landlord a reason to hold part of your security deposit.

 

Make Repairs

If you’ve hung any paintings or posters in your apartment, chances are pretty good that you’ve put some little holes in the wall. Most places are used to this, and they won’t give you any grief about it. On the other hand, if you patch them up yourself, you negate any chance for landlords or property managers to trouble you.

You can pick up a small tube of spackle, some small-grit sandpaper and a putty knife at any hardware store or large department store. Just fill up the hole with goop, scrape away any extra, and then sand the top to even it out with the wall. In a pinch, you can do the same thing with toothpaste.

Document!

Your final step after making sure everything is cleaned and repaired is to take pictures. Document the state of the apartment so that if something happens (i.e., the new residents trash the place and blame it on you), you have evidence to show the condition that you left in the apartment.

Remember, unless you’ve really done something egregious, you should be getting at least part of your security deposit back. If your landlord or property manager says they’re keeping it, make sure that they provide you with an itemized list of all the costs they’re incurring. As a last resort, you can always take it to small-claims court. Judges usually rule quickly, and the costs of small claims are quite low.

If you have any other questions about moving, or security deposits, feel free to get in touch with College Muscle Movers!

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling Moving Boxes

Here at College Muscle Movers, we know a thing or two about boxes. We work with boxes of all shapes and sizes, and we’re familiar with the huge mountain of cardboard lots of people discover in their new homes after they’ve finished moving. Below we’ll list some tips to help you manage the waste from all the cardboard you end using over the course of your move.

 

Save Your Boxes For The Next Move

First of all, consider using durable reusable plastic tote boxes. College Muscle Movers offers great deals on our Muscle Boxes. They are specifically designed with moving in mind. Even if you want to do the packing yourself, we can help keep your items safe for the upcoming move.  Our Muscle Boxes stack neatly, and offer high durability. Plus, they can be reused, offering the benefit of a low carbon footprint. Additionally, you can avoid the mountain range of cardboard that also seems to rise up in the living room at the tail end of the move.

If you’ve already got boxes piling up, read on.

 

Recycle ‘Em

You can always recycle clean corrugated cardboard. Once it’s all been processed, it can be reused as paper bags, paperboard, and much more. To process the materials, recycling centers first saturate the cardboard with water and break it up to create a pulp. Then the pulp is filtered and screened to get rid of any undesirable materials (staples, glue, nails, paperclips, etc.) During this process, the pulp is also washed to clean out any ink or staining. After the cardboard has been pulped and cleaned, it’s ready to be turned into something new!

If you’re in St. Paul or Minneapolis, consider using the services of a business like Eureka or Rethink. A quick Google search should help you find other local recycling centers in your area. Just remember that there’s a difference between waxed and unwaxed cardboard!

 

Turn It Into Mulch

If you’re the gardening or landscaping type, one of the best uses for old cardboard is to convert it into mulch. This will help you keep down weeds, moderate soil temperature, and generally improve the quality of your soil.As with recycling, there’s a difference between waxed and unwaxed cardboard— don’t use waxed cardboard for mulch!

If you think that cardboard mulch looks tacky, you can always cover it in a thin layer of more expensive conventional mulch. You can also use bark or wood chips to cover your cardboard mulch. These are more traditional, especially if you live in a suburb with neighborhood requirements for lawns.

Relive Your Childhood With A Rad Box Fort

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This one’s pretty self explanatory. Have some fun with your boxes. Maybe you want to to dress up as a robot? Get some tape and scissors and go to town! If you’re making box forts with children, make sure to keep an eye on them, and make sure there isn’t anything dangerous left in the boxes.

 

Hopefully some of these tips have been helpful! Remember, if you have any questions about an upcoming move, feel free to contact College Muscle Movers at 1(800) 818-8449

Tips for Moving to a New Home

Here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve helped a lot of people move. Many of us have moved a lot ourselves, and in the process of all this, we’ve accumulated some helpful nuggets of knowledge to help other people get through their moves. Today we’re going to offer some helpful tips on moving into a new home!

 

Get to Know Your Way Around

Moving is a long and relatively arduous process. Once you’ve finished up all the hard work, though, you need to start making yourself at home! If you live in the city, there might be lots of interesting nightlife and arts to explore. Out in the country, you can find yourself in nature. Everywhere you go, you’ll likely encounter neighbors. Below we’ll list some tips to help you feel at home after a long move.

 

Do Some Research

Lots of people just like to wander around a new neighborhood, but sometimes old-fashioned exploration can seem a bit aimless or overwhelming. If you’re wondering where to begin, consider checking the internet! Yelp is a great resource for finding businesses and restaurants, and using Google Maps to find close amenities will likely save you time if you have a good idea of what you’re looking for.

 

Reality Check

You can also eschew the digital library and find friends to help you. If you have any friends or family in the area you’re moving into, consider taking them out for coffee or a meal. Just make sure they suggest a good spot to meet up! This is a great opportunity to get other local perspectives on great eats and drinks, as well as personalized ideas that you might not find yourself on the internet.

It might seem weird, but don’t be afraid to ask strangers for advice, either! Most people are happy to spill their opinions on cool spots, especially if you tell them you’ve just moved to the area. It’s flattering! Just remember to be friendly and polite, and let busy people keep on their way.

 

Just Explore

Get out there and walk around! You never know what you’ll find, especially in the sprawling beauty that is Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Yeah, the Twin Cities are pretty beautiful.
Yeah, the Twin Cities are pretty beautiful.

Making New Friends

The next step is becoming part of a community. This isn’t to say you need to go out salsa dancing every Thursday (although if you like dancing, that’s not a bad idea). Just find a couple activities that get you up and out of the house on the regular.

Find a Hobby

This one might be a no-brainer if you’re already an avid runner or yogi, or you just like to try out different bars. But engaging in activities is important when you move to a new place. If you’re having trouble thinking of something to do, think back to your childhood. Did you have any hobbies that fell away from you? Consider giving them another go!

Don’t worry if you find you don’t like salsa dancing, or community service, or basket weaving. At the very least, you’ve learned something new. You’ll never know what new things you might like if you never try anything new!

 

Be Patient

Moving into a new community takes time, and so does making new friends. It won’t happen overnight. Not all the people you meet will be your favorite, and you might not like all of the places you visit around your new home.

But keep your chin up! Moving somewhere new is a chance to start fresh. When you move, you have endless possibilities open up before you. You can become a social butterfly, a capoeira master, or an expert home-brewer. You can do anything you put your mind to.

Hopefully some of our tips will help you put the right foot forward in your new home. If you have any questions related to moving, feel free to contact us! College Muscle Movers is here to help.

 

Cleaning Up After Your Pets

Moving to a new home can be a lot of work. Adding pets into the mix only complicates matters. Pets don’t understand the reasons humans have for moving. Dogs and cats will often be upset by a change in their lifestyle or habits. Your pet’s emotional turmoil doesn’t even take into account the steps you’ll have to go through when cleaning up after pets. Usually, the more animals you have, the less clean your home becomes. This is true of cats, dogs, and small children.

Even cute ones.
Even cute ones.

That doesn’t mean you need to let your home turn into some sort of old-fashioned zoo, however. You can keep your house free of stinky litter, messes, and allergens (mostly) by simply following a few simple tips to clean up after your pet. A lot of these tips are especially relevant if you’re ever planning on moving out, and want to shape up before new tenants or owners arrive. Here are some some tips we’ve collected over the years that can help you when you’re cleaning up after your pets.

1. Keep Pet Supplies Centralized

Do your best to keep all of your pet supplies in one room or section of your home. A bedroom, a closet, a porch: whatever makes the most sense for you. Keeping food, water and litter (for cats) in one location makes it a lot easier to keep everything clean. Messes are harder to deal with when you need to hunt them down.

If you live in a small house or apartment (or it’s just crowded), this might not be an option. Still, do your best to make cleaning up after your pet convenient. Try to keep litter boxes and water bowls away from doors and frequently traveled paths so that messes don’t get tracked around.

2. Don’t Wait to Clean Up Messes

Cleaning up messes while they’re still wet is your best bet. Feces, urine, vomit, hairballs: all of these get more difficult and time-consuming if you wait to let them dry and stick to whatever surface they’re on. It’ll also prevent stains and keep your home smelling cleaner.

Beyond this, animals (especially cats and dogs) have very keen noses. Cleaning immediately and cleaning well can help dissuade an animal from thinking it’s found the perfect new location to leave you a present.

3. Get Rid of Rugs and Carpets

If you have dogs or cats, your carpet is going to get nasty. It’ll naturally collect pet hair and dander, not to mention how difficult it is to really clean it well. Even if you steam and shampoo your rugs or carpets after a mess, they’ll likely still hold onto odors.

4. Clean Regularly

One of the biggest steps you can take is to clean regularly. Even if it doesn’t seem like there’s a mess, sweeping and mopping and generally cleaning up will work wonders for prevention of odors, stains, and other undesirables.

5. Lots of Trips and Litter Boxes

If you have dogs or cats, don’t give them a good reason to let loose in the house. Dogs should be walked often, and cats should have at least one litter box for each feline. This can be a lot of trouble, especially if you work a lot and already have trouble cleaning up after your pets, but it will save you time in the long run. Plus, your pets will be happier!

Hopefully some of these tips will help you keep your new home clean, or make your current home cleaner. If you have any other questions related to moving, don’t forget to contact College Muscle Movers!

 

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The Story of The Vengeful Tow Truck

College Muscle Movers is one of the premier moving companies in the Twin Cities area. We’ve got years of experience under our belt, and that means we’ve got the corresponding knowledge to help you complete your move as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We’ve moved during the dead of winter, and during the dog days of summer. We’ve moved in marshy swamplands and tight apartment complexes.

We move a lot, and we’d like to share some of that experience with you! Today we’ll share a short story about parking in Minnesota. One of the things people often forget to think about when they’re planning their move is logistics. Vehicle rental, parking, transportation: it’s easy to forget about these things when you’re trying to move. Parking is a particularly big one. It’s easy to forget how hard it is to find parking, especially if you’re driving around a 26-foot truck.

This is the story of the Vengeful Tow Truck.

Avoid this.
Avoid this.

It was a cold day in early spring, with chill winds and cloudy skies. The unload for the move was scheduled in Uptown, where parking is tight. The customer had borrowed a friends 4WD Subaru to use in addition to hiring CMM for the majority of the larger furniture. They’d just finished parking the Subaru with all of their necessities when the movers arrived. Lease, driver’s license, change of clothes, phone, computer: everything was neatly packed away for their first day in a new home. The movers went inside with the customer and went through the game plan: what was getting moved, where it was getting moved to, how it would be packed, etc. Standard practice.

When they went back outside, the Subaru was gone. Just missing. Turns out there was no parking on the street outside the apartment, thanks to the ever-complex rules of seasonal parking in Minneapolis. The movers finished up the unload just in time for the customer to go and retrieve their car from the impound lot. Everything turned out fine, but it was definitely a bit of a headache.

Off-street parking is a huge luxury in the Twin Cities. No one wants to deal with the snowy roads or sidewalks during the winter, and your car will fare considerably better if it’s not kept outside. Unfortunately, most people in Minneapolis will be parking on the street.

If you’re moving and planning on parking on the street for any length of time, your best bet is to contact the city (Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively). They should be able to provide you with a reserved space. This will ensure that you don’t waste time trying to find parking, and also that you have enough room if you need to fit a huge truck into a space. The same advice holds true for apartment complexes. Try to let your apartment complex know in advance if you’ll be moving so that they can secure parking for you. This will always save you time (and sometimes money!)

Most of all, remember to stay calm while moving! It can be stressful, and you’re likely to run into the unexpected. Just do your best to prepare, and take life in stride. If the move starts becoming too much to handle, contact College Muscle Movers. We’re here to help!

The Budget: Save Money Moving

Budget can a huge consideration for people when they move, especially first-time homeowners or young people going off to college. Moving is a big deal, and anytime you shake up your life you’re bound to run into a few hidden costs. Today we’re going to offer some tips you can follow to help you save money moving.

 

Make Sure You’re Prepared

There’s a lot of little tasks to finish doing before you get to the actual moving part. It’s tempting to put off budgeting and planning and just run with the excitement of moving, but prepare yourself before you make the leap! A new living situation means new costs. Planning will make your whole life easier.

Don’t be tempted to snap up the first apartment you see (unless you’ve already been putting off planning and have no choice). Make sure the location is a good fit, and do your best to make sure the landlords/neighbors/previous owners are good people.

 

Save Up

Most importantly, be certain that you can afford your new space. Generally, you don’t want your rent to exceed 30% of your income. For millennials and other young people, this can sometimes be a challenge. Housing is expensive. Still, it’s a good rule to keep in mind, and it will help you in the long run. Beyond that, you might be scrambling to find a new job or waiting on a paycheck. Be careful here.
There are usually unexpected costs involved in moving. You won’t know what they are until they hit (otherwise they wouldn’t be unexpected), but saving up money before you move is a good way to be ready. In the months leading up to the move, stay as frugal as you can so that you can handle some of the extra costs you might incur: repairs, furniture, parking tickets, moving trucks, etc.

 

Buy Used

Don’t worry about impressing your friends with an Italian leather sofa. If you’re trying to meet a budget, you’ll want to avoid furniture sets. Despite all the chairs, recliners, couches and rockers that we surround ourselves with, humans have pretty basic needs. You’ll need a place to sleep, a place to sit/work, and a place to eat. That’s about it.

Consider picking up furniture off of Craigslist or from friends. You might even discover that you can furnish your apartment or house for free! People are always trying to get rid of old furniture. Don’t forget that old adage: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Reeeeeaaaaaal comfy.
Probably super comfy.

Essentials

If you’re living on your own for the first time, there are a lot of essential costs you’ve probably never thought about. Light bulbs, toilet paper and food don’t just appear out of thin air. You need to stock all this stuff yourself.

It’s very likely that you’ll want to get a lot of this stuff as soon as you move in. Consider checking at a local dollar store for cheap light bulbs and cleaning supplies. Usually you can find these items for a bargain at discount establishments.

And let’s not forget about food.

Fill Your Fridge

One of the easiest ways to save money over the long term is to cook for yourself. Buy cheap, healthy ingredients and avoid going out. You’re guaranteed to spend more if you eat out or get takeout, and the costs can stack up dramatically. Millennials are especially susceptible to this: it eats up a lot of money from college students who don’t have convenient kitchen access, or anyone who is “too busy” to cook. Just remember, there are lots of options that are quick, healthy, AND cheap. Do yourself a favor and keep food on hand so that you won’t be tempted.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you save money moving. If you have any other questions about an upcoming move, give College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449. We’d love to help!

Moving Your Hot Tub

There are a number of items that can make moving a real headache. Usually it’s because they’re just too big. Overstuffed couches, pianos, dining room tables, hot tubs: this stuff isn’t going to fit in your car. That’s where moving companies like CMM come in. We can help you plan out your whole moving process. There’s no good substitute for experience.

Still, if it’s just one item bogging you down, maybe we can help. Today we’ll talk about how best to move a hot tub yourself. Hot tubs are pricey, and notoriously difficult to move around. Step-by-step, we’ll run through the smartest and safest way to get your tub from point A to point B.

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What You’ll Need

First of all, make sure you’ve got help. You’ll want extra help when you’re moving around a hot tub, if only to make sure it’s safe. Hot tubs come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you’ve got enough muscle to back you up when it’s time to move. Also make sure you have straps. You’ll also want appliance/furniture dollies on hand so that you can roll your tub. They’ll come in handy if you have to carry it very far.

Step One

To begin with, make sure that the tub is completely drained and disconnected. No electrical, gas, or water lines should be hooked up when you try to move it. This is one of the easiest ways to damage your hot tub. After you disconnect everything, make sure all of the cables and lines are stowed away securely. You may need to tape them down.

Your job will be much easier if you let the tub dry completely. Water is heavy, and you don’t want to move around any more weight than you have to.

Step Two

Once everything is dry and disconnect, you can enlist your muscle. Be sure that everyone has enough room to help lift. If your hot tub is a small, single piece, you can lift it up and get it to where it needs to go. If you are just moving the lining, you’ll want to support the structure while you carry it so that it doesn’t bend or break.  One by one, slide straps or two-by-fours under each corner of the tub. This will keep it stable.

Step Three

Now it’s simply a matter of carrying your tub to where it needs to go. Make sure your path and destination are clear before you pick up the tub. If you’re moving a long way, use the dolly to help save effort. Rolling is always easier than lifting.

You’ll also want to be sure your tub is strapped down inside the truck, if that’s where it’s going. Any heavy objects like that need to be carefully secured to make sure that the truck and tub don’t get damaged.

Step Four

When you reach the final destination for your hot tub, make sure you know exactly where you want the tub. If there is anything in the way, move it before you start. Set the tub down carefully: if you let it drop, there’s a high chance you can damage it, and no one likes a leaky hot tub. After you’ve set it down, just pull your straps, dollies or two-by-fours free.

Step Five

The final step? Reconnect everything. Now is when you make sure all of the lines and cables are intact, and everything is working properly. If you’ve done everything right, you could be soaking in that hot tub right after you move it!

Above all, remember that a professional moving company is your best bet. While College Muscle Movers no longer moves hot tubs, there are speciality moving companies that can take care of all of this for you.