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’ve bribed our our On-Site Estimate Extraordinaire, Kyle Borntrager, with a fresh roll of tape to sit down and answer a few questions!

 

Kyle, you’ve been a part of the CMM Sales Team for a while.  When did you start?

I started working at CMM in February 2016.  So it’s almost a year!

 

What brought you to CMM?

I needed a change of scenery and a job that could help me focus more on my sales skills because there was no means for moving up at my previous employer.

 

What do you enjoy most about On-Site Estimates?

The variety of locations that I get to see and the fun people I meet doing it.

 

Give 3 words that describe the estimating process. Go!

Personal

Accurate

In-Depth

 

What do you think makes an On-Site Estimate so valuable for potential customers?

It gives us the best idea of exactly what we’re moving and how to move out of a location.  We know exactly how to move it out of because we have been on site and know what to expect.  It also gives us a better chance of getting as exact an estimate as possible.

 

Any fun work stories or memories you’d like to share with the people?

From here?

 

Yes.

Well I went on a move once and gauged my leg.

 

That’s not a very fun story. That must’ve hurt.

No, it’s not. And, it did.

 

What other hobbies do you have when you’re not at work?

 I build stuff.

 

A man of many words… What do you build?

I build carpet ball tables and a lot of custom wood art pieces.

 

Make anything cool lately?

Yeah, I made a Tough Mudder bandana hanger.

 

And closing with the most important question, if you had to eat only one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate

How to Stay Green While Moving

Being eco-friendly might seem difficult at times, especially when moving. We’re here to tell you how to both have an excellent moving experience while also limit your carbon footprint. We’ve listed a few of our best tips, and ways to protect the planet in a huge way!

 

 

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse:

When preparing to move, deciding what to bring and what to donate or throw out can be a daunting task. Instead of just bringing all your items to your new home, take a minute to sort through it and decide what’s worth saving. Donate old clothes or basic home items to a local shelter or a non-profit organization, such as Goodwill. Both these places and the environment will benefit greatly from your contribution! When disposing of items be sure to research how to do so properly. Here’s a resource we find helpful. 

 

Biodegradable/Recycled Supplies:

There’s no question that we all buy or re-use some sort of packing material during a move. Making the conscious movement to green-packaging materials can help to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Such materials could include biodegradable packing peanuts, which are composed of a type of bioplastic, made from vegetable oil to eliminate waste. Another great resource for packing material is Geami paper, which is 100% reusable and recyclable. College Muscle Movers is also currently working to recycle the shrink wrap we use on site to protect items.

 

Eliminate the Boxes:

Along with waste that’s put into landfills, cardboard boxes is one of the largest players. Let’s face it, 27% of all landfill material in the United States comes from cardboard and paper. Traditional cardboard boxes can be great and seem like the cheaper, easier option, but play a negative role in our environment. If you choose to go with this option, then remember to recycle or donate them to others after!

If you want to be a little more eco-conscious, consider options like our durable and convenient Muscle Boxes. In doing so, you can to enjoy the comfort of having them delivered and picked up from your home and feel good knowing you are limiting any negative effects to our planet. Not to mention, options like our Muscle Boxes can be just as inexpensive as the more common cardboard alternative.

 

Moving in the Minnesota Winter

While the Minnesota winter brings beautiful settings and plenty of fun for the family, it can create lots of stress for those moving.  Here at College Muscle Movers, we pride ourselves on our dependability. Any weather condition that Mother Nature throws at us, we will be there to help. But how have we learned to handle the weather?

There are several things that we do to prepare ahead of time and during the move to ensure a smooth, safe move.

 

Clear Paths, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.

A safe path to the truck is most important. If one is not readily availble we will use shovels to clear the way.  Our movers also bring along enough salt for their entire day of moves, just to be safe. As all Minnesotans know, carrying anything (groceries, boxes) on ice is hardly a relaxing experience. Because this process takes time it is always best to be prepared.  Shoveling and salting prior to your mover’s arrival will save you money.

 

 

Protect Your Items. Keep Them Dry.

To protect your items from the elements our movers use extra padding on any items that absolutely cannot get wet and use the shrink wrap generously.  For your bed, our movers always have mattress bags on hand for at a reasonable price, which completely wrap your mattress or box spring and seal to protect them. We like to say mattress bags are the world’s cheapest insurance plan.

 

Protect Your Floors.

Snow and ice, often means wet and muddy shoes/boots. To protect your home we usually use one of two methods. Most commonly, we will lay out a couple moving pads at the front door, remove our shoes, move a handful of items to that area, put our shoes back on then move the items to the truck. Alternatively, we’ll remove our shoes and put them back on for each item. Both solutions add more time, but also mean you won’t need to do as much clean-up after the move.

 

Our Friendly, Neighborhood Operations Specialists.

Finally, our Operations Team is always checking in with our Muscle Movers to ensure that they are prepared for the day.  Whether it be making sure they packed an extra layer of clothing to stay warm or supplying a little extra salt for the day, our goal is to always be ready for whatever weather brings.

While Minnesota doesn’t always make moving easy on us, here at College Muscle Movers we’re always working hard to be prepared for whatever weather comes our way. We hope that this information helps to ease any stress about a winter move and helps to prepare you for the season as well. As is always the case, if you’re concerned about incoming weather on your move day. Don’t hesitate to call us and speak with one of our Moving Consultants or Operations Specialists.