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!

 

Obligatory cat tax
Obligatory cat picture

 

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.

tub
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.

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!

 

Twin Cities Moves: The Muddy Mountain

As one of the premier moving companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul, we do a lot of Twin Cities moves. Most of these moves are pretty standard fare: couches and chairs and dressers from apartments to houses, emptying out an old storage unit or filling up a new one. But we’ve seen some unusual situations, too. That’s one of the benefits of being in the business. You see all kinds of different moves, and that means you end up with a lot of different stories. We figured it might be nice for everybody out there to get a little taste of some of things we’ve encountered, if only to help you plan your own upcoming move or feel better about weird hiccups you’ve had when you tried to move your great grand-aunt Louise into a new apartment.

This is the Story of the Muddy Mountain.

muddy-driveway

The customers scheduled the move in early summer. It was one of those misty morning Twin Cities moves, when rain threatens and the grass is wet, but the meteorologist tells everyone not to worry: there’s only a 15% chance of rain. Unfortunately, a 15% chance is still a chance.

Rain started falling well before the movers arrived. By the time they’d gotten started moving, it was a torrential downpour. We have a lot of experience moving in the rain, so our movers made sure to pad and wrap everything extra tightly, and move quickly. Inside, shoes came off at the door to help prevent mud from being splattered everywhere.

The mud, however, was about to get a whole lot worse.

New houses are always exciting, and this customer’s new home no exception. It was at the very top of a rather picturesque hill out in the countryside at the outskirts of the Twin Cities. It rose above a lovely little forest, with a dirt road functioning as the winding driveway.

But it was still raining.

When our movers arrived, the road had become more of a slick. It was the sort of thing that was probably an absolute joy to sled down during the winter, but in a heavy summer rain, it was absolutely impossible to ascend to the house.

Initially, the truck almost got stuck in the ascent. Thankfully, the movers were cautious, and realized it would be impossible to get the truck up the slope. After a quick talk with the customer, they ran through some different options. Either the customers belongings could be held for a day until the road dried out, or they could put it into storage, or they could try to bring everything up by foot.

The customer wanted everything brought up by foot. They were planning on leaving the on business shortly, and they really needed to get everything moved into the house that day. So the movers did what we do at College Muscle: they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

They double-checked to make sure each piece of furniture was wrapped up fully and tightly, and hoofed it up the slippery driveway, carefully. It wasn’t pretty. The movers got wet and dirty, but they managed to keep the furniture fairly safe and clean.

A single room was designated for all of the furniture to be put down. The new house had just been redone with vanilla white carpeting, and it would have been a crime to track mud through the house, even if on pads and towels and plastic.

Anyway, just remember that sometimes Mother Nature throws us curveballs, even in 2015. Sometimes to protect the integrity of your house or possessions, your best bet is to wait for better conditions. If you can’t wait, though, College Muscle Movers is probably your best bet in the Twin Cities. We’ve seen it all, from muddy mountains to snowy icehouses.