Twin Cities Moves: The Musical Credenzas

As one of the top moving companies in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, we’ve conducted a lot of different moves. These range from the usual apartments and houses to storage units chock full of Halloween props. We’ve moved towering statues, and custom aquariums. We’ve seen it all, and we like to share some of our experience with you. Who knows? Maybe it’ll help you out on your next move, or give you a couple ideas on how to get out of a pickle. There are always hiccups in the moving process, and here at College Muscle Movers, we want to help you make the most of your Twin Cities move.

This is the story of the Musical Credenzas.

College Muscle Movers had been brought in for a fairly simple office job just outside of the Twin Cities. There was a little bit of remodeling, a little bit of rehiring and a little bit of promotion. That meant some offices and cubicles were getting moved around. CMM brought the muscle.

Upon arrival, the movers discovered they were moving furniture exclusively. Some desks, but mostly big metal credenzas. If you’re unfamiliar with office furniture, the credenza has a tendency to be extremely heavy. Often made out of metal, with a big wood slab slapped on top. Real monsters.

Really heavy.
Heavy.

Anyway, after a few hours of moving these giant credenzas from office-to-office, the HR coordinator directing the move discovered that a few employees had actually arranged to trade furniture with others. Some credenzas and desks were being split up from each other. One office worker had decided to stack two credenzas atop one another (he really needed the extra storage.)

The movers just smiled and kept moving.

At the end of the day, however, some of the credenzas had been moved to 2 or 3 different rooms before reaching their final location. There was a lull in the middle of the move when a desk had to be temporarily removed so that a rug could be taken out and put in another office. All of this after the initial credenzas and desks had been moved.

The confusion, while reasonable, caused the move to take significantly longer than it might if it had been more meticulously organized. The most important thing was to make sure everyone’s office was set up the way they needed, of course, but the whole process could have been made more efficient. Here at CMM, we do our best to plan with you or your organization. We want your move to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, especially in a busy office setting.

It’s important to remember that sometimes you’ll be thrown a curveball when you’re planning on moving (trying to orchestrate a whole intra-office move can’t be so far off from herding cats). Also remember that your moving company is there to help you! We’ll do our best to help you prepare for your Twin Cities move, whether it’s an office, an old garage, or a new three bedroom house. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Moving Across The Country

Moving somewhere new is exciting. That’s especially true when you’re moving long-distance. Starting fresh can sometimes be a little daunting, a little scary, but it’s practically guaranteed to be exciting. Below we’ll offer some tips if you’ve been considering a cross country move.

 

Decide What To Move

Sometimes on a long-distance move, the first step is deciding you don’t need quite so much stuff. You can save yourself a lot of time if you don’t take every single possession you own across the country. Scaling back can also help ensure you don’t overcrowd your new home with boxes and extra furniture before you’ve even had a chance to live there!

 

Start Early

When it comes to moving across the country, start planning early. Try to contact moving companies at least a month in advance, if possible.  It will help ensure you get exactly the timeframe you want for your move, as well as giving you more time if something comes up. Regardless of how much you decide to take with you, you’ll have plenty to occupy your mind. Where to live? Where to work? Where to bring the kids to school? Where to find the nearest micro-brewery?

seriously there are so many breweries
We’re looking at you, Minneapolis.

Truck, Trailer, POD, or Many Trips?

Renting a truck is the most common choice for people moving across the country, either Penske or U-haul. And even if you’re not using a truck, don’t forget that you can still hire a moving service to do all the heavy lifting. Driving yourself always helps to ensure that you know where your stuff is at all times. CMM’s labor-only service specializes in heavy lifting.

You can also rent out space aboard a freight line like ABF U-Pack. Semi-trucks like this carry large cargo containers all across the country. The cost of the space is usually determined by square footage or weight. PODS and small cargo containers can also be rented out, another common choice for long moves. There’s usually a higher chance your belongings will get jarred around in containers, so make sure it’s especially well packed. A packing service is always a good way to make sure. There’s no substitute for experience.

 

Essentials

Don’t pack up everything! There are some things you’re probably going to need sooner rather than later. Chargers for electronic devices, computers, hygiene products. You use these things everyday. Keep them handy.

You’ll also want to hold on to leases, debit cards, new driver’s licenses; anything that you’re likely to need right away when you move. Finding yourself suddenly without funds when you need to pay your first month’s rent or mortgage installment isn’t terribly fun, especially when you’ve just moved across the country.

Keep Track

Labelling the boxes and bins of stuff you’re moving will save you a lot of time in the long run. Additionally, it will help offer you peace of mind. If you really feel like a cake is the first thing you need on your first night in a new place, just check your list and you’ll know just where to find the pan.

 

Hopefully some of these tips come in handy. If you have any questions about an upcoming move, though, feel free to contact College Muscle Movers. If you’re moving, we’re here to help!

Zooming In On CMM

Moving is part of life, and we know it can be stressful. That’s why we’ve assembled a team of bright young student-athletes and logistical wizards from around the Twin Cities to make sure your possessions are in good hands. Our team comes from a lot of different backgrounds, so we’ve devoted part of every month to introducing them to you. This month we’re talking with Micah Hausman, multi-sport athlete, double-major, and one of the newest denizens of the College Muscle Movers office

the dude abides
Mr. H.

Hi Micah! How long have you been with CMM?

My training started in May, and I officially started on May 30. I do evening shifts and one on the weekend. So, long enough to know what I’m doing, but not too long.

 

This is College Muscle Movers, so… where do you go to school?

I’m a junior at St. Thomas in St. Paul

 

What do you study?

I’m double-majoring in Leadership & Management and Communications. I also do football and track: the defensive line and throwing, respectively.

 

Do you throw javelins?

No. I throw hammer, shot put, and discus.

 

Sounds busy! Do you have any hobbies or anything in between all that?
Yes and no. I also have weights five days a week, for football, plus an additional captain’s practice. And I work another job. Sports are kind of my hobby, though, so it works out. Plus, I need any extra time to hang out with my girlfriend, family, and friends.

 

I’d imagine the summer has been busy at CMM so far, too. How is the work treating you?

Pretty busy. Nothing crazy right now. The estimates can sometimes be difficult: people don’t always have a good idea of all the things that they need to move. So far that’s been the toughest part. It’s not always easy to help people remember about things they’ve stored in closets and garages.

 

Do you feel like the work fits well with what you’re studying?

Yes, especially communications. Here in the office there are so many things that need to be done: you work directly with the customers and the movers and everyone else in the office. It’s definitely good experience.

 

What’s your favorite thing about working at CMM?

Great environment. It’s a growing business, and it’s new, so there’s always this attitude that there’s room for improvement. That’s really great for me, I enjoy working for a company that cares about the quality of the service, and it’s good to get feedback on everything I’m doing. Plus, it’s a great group of people.

 

Awesome. Glad to hear you’re digging it! Have you encountered any unusual stuff yet?

Ha, nothing too crazy. A couple interesting moves, though. We just set up a lead for a couple who need to be moved all over the place in one day. It’ s a lot of different pick-ups and drop-offs from various apartments and storage units. Oh, and we recently did a move for a guy who owns a whole bunch of arcade cabinets and a Pepsi vending machine, pretty cool.

 

Yikes. That sounds like a real job to lug those around.
Yeah.

 

Well, thanks for taking time to do the interview, Michah! Much appreciated.

Selling Furniture 101

Sometimes part of moving is reassessing your furniture. Do you have too much furniture for your fancier, smaller apartment? Is some of your furniture old, delicate, or difficult to move? There are a number of different factors that can figure into your decision to unload furniture, but here at College Muscle Movers, we’d like to help make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

 

How Much is it Worth?

Furniture varies greatly in terms of cost and quality. Compare the two pieces below, for example.

By three years of wet basement.
By three years of wet basement.
By Frank Lloyd Wright
By Frank Lloyd Wright

If you think you have an antique or collectible furniture item, consider taking it in and having it appraised by an expert. Even if your furniture isn’t anything extra special, good wood furniture can still be worth quite a bit. Furniture is one of those areas where they really “don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

Once you’ve figured out roughly how much your furniture is worth, you have to decide how much to sell it for. Remember to try and stay as objective as possible: sentimental value means almost nothing to most customers. If you find that you’re having trouble selling your furniture, try to be flexible about lowering the price.

 

Find Your Market

There are a lot of different ways for you to unload your furniture. Many people have success with garage or yard sales. The internet also offers a wide variety of websites for you to hawk your wares. Some of the most common include eBay, Craiglist, and Etsy. You can also try to sell your items to a vintage or used furniture store, especially if it’s nice stuff.

Finally, if you can’t seem to sell your furniture, but you need to get it off your hands, you can always consider donating it to a charity or nonprofit shop! Options here include Goodwill or Bridging.

 

Don’t Undersell Yourself!

Remember that you need to put your best foot forward when you’re trying to sell your stuff. You need to make it look and sound like something that someone would want. Take the time to craft a well-written description of your furniture, and more than anything else, make sure you take a good picture. If you don’t have a camera, see if any friends or family might have one that you could borrow.

Post your little advertisement in local papers, or consider putting up flyers in the neighborhood if you’re having a garage sale.

Now, none of this means you should lie. If you’re selling junk, don’t pretend it’s that desk designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Eventually, if you follow all of these steps, you should be able to find some interested buyers. Many people may try to haggle about the price of the furniture you’re selling. When haggling, think about why you’re selling the furniture. If your primary goal is to get rid of it before moving to a new place, you might be better off settling for a lower price than you’d originally set. That part is up to you!

If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming move in the Twin Cities, feel free to contact College Muscle Movers. We’re always happy to help!