8 Must-Have Essentials When Moving

Moving can be a stressful situation and full of roadblocks. Especially when you aren’t prepared or organized with all of your belongings. Take charge of the situation and plan accordingly so you can reduce your stress levels. Tackle your move one step at a time!

The first thing people think of when moving is boxes and tape, but there’s fair amount more to keep in mind when moving.. Don’t forget these often overlooked, essential items.

Here at College Muscle Movers we specialize in moving and have been around  for over 10 years now! With our experience and young minds we are always steps ahead, aiming to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Below you’ll find a list often forgotten or overlooked moving essentials.


Cleaning Supplies

Moving out of a house and into another can be a messy task, so start it off right by having some cleaning supplies on hand. Then you can make sure everything is clean and ready to go. Supplies that will help are Clorox wipes, a bucket, sponges, toilet cleaner, rags, and whatever else you might need to make both the place you are at and the place you are moving too as clean as possible.


First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit may be the most forgotten essential but moving is something that can beat you up and, if you aren’t prepared, slow you down. Paper cuts, headaches, and rolled ankles are just a few of the injuries you may encounter while moving. Be on your toes and be ready by having bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, cold packs, a blanket, and a list of emergency contacts handy.    


Tool Kit

This will be an extremely valuable item to have on hand while moving. From assembling or disassembling furniture, filling in holes in the wall, hanging up a picture, or a tightening a screw , a tool kit will be needed in order to get the job done.   


Plastic Bags

You’ll be surprised with how often you’ll need plastic bags when moving. They can be helpful if you want to get rid of some unwanted garbage or even extra storage for things like clothes or shoes, just to name a few.



This might be an afterthought but moving can be very boring and monotonous if you don’t have anything to keep you entertained. Be sure to have headphones or a speaker along to help you stay motivated and upbeat. Build a playlist prior to the move so you have fun dance and sing-along songs.



Use stickers or markers to stay organized and keep track of all you moving boxes. This will make the transition as easy and as smooth as possible.    



You may not think this would be a priority while moving but it sure is. Having toilet paper, paper towels, hand-soap, and other toiletries on-hand will be very convenient to have while you move. Nobody wants to dig through boxes for toilet paper when nature calls.


Snacks and Drinks

Moving can take a lot out of you mentally and physically. So be prepared with snacks and drinks to help you stay hydrated and recharged!    


We hope our list helps you complete your move in an easy and stress-free manner. If you are looking to move in the near future be sure to give us a call at 651-917-4018. We would be delighted to provide help. If you’re looking for an estimate sooner than later, another key resource is our online estimation helper. It’s fast, free and accurate!

5 Do’s and Don’t’s of Moving

It’s widely accepted that moving is among the most stressful experiences. But with some planning and preparation you can reduce the stress and set yourself up for a great move. Follow our do’s and don’t’s below to get started.


1. Do an audit of all of your furniture/items

Here is where you will want to get a list of everything that you have and
everything that you need. It could be a simple checklist or an organized

2. Develop a plan

Once you have a list of everything that you have and everything that you are in need of, you will want to have a plan on how you will get from Point A to Point B. Things to take into consideration include: weather, if you will hire professionals or do it yourself, how you plan to pack your items, and when the move will occur.

3. Give yourself plenty of time

This is very important in having a successful move. These things take time so make sure when planning a move you are giving yourself plenty of time to find movers and to pack all of your belongings.

4. Outsource, if you can

If you are fortunate enough to be able to hire a moving, packing, or cleaning service for the move do so, as it will help ease the stress of the overall move. So consider getting some help, but make sure to book them well ahead of schedule.

5. Label items by room

This is something that you are going to want to do during the packing stage of the move. It will be very beneficial to you to label furniture items by room so when unloading the furniture it is easy to determine where it needs to go. Labeling items can also help when packing boxes to help you remember what is all packed inside.



1. Wait until the last minute

We cannot stress this one enough! Waiting until the last minute to put together a move is the absolute worst thing you could do when moving. Develop a plan or follow a checklist to avoid falling behind.

2. Lie about inventory

If you are hiring a moving company, they will likely want a list of your furniture items to put together an estimate. It is beneficial to you and the moving company that you make sure to mention everything. That way you will have a more accurate estimate and will not be surprised on the day of the move.

3. Don’t hire someone you don’t trust

When moving you might want to hire someone to do it for. Whether or not it is a professional moving company, friend, family, or neighbor. Do you due diligence and research various moving companies, and think long and hard on who you want moving your belongings.

4. Waste time looking for boxes

There are many ways to acquire boxes for your upcoming move. First would be to look around to see what you have laying around. This could be old, used boxes, garbage bags, and suitcases or any other bags. Other options would include, purchasing or renting boxes from a moving company or going to find cheap boxes at stores such as Home Depot or Menards.

5. Forget to check all areas of the house

This is very important in the beginning of the moving process when you are making a checklist of all your items, to ensure you are not forgetting anything. You also might want to do one last sweep of the house before leaving to make sure nothing is getting left behind.


Follow these guidelines and we’re sure that your future move will go as smooth as it possibly can. It’s really about being proactive. Getting a head start and staying organized makes all the difference.

House Hunting

House Hunting: Open Houses

Finding a new home can be a daunting task. Each member of the family has a laundry list of items they’d like and making all of those requests come together in one home can be difficult.  Alas, it’s always possible that perfect house out there!

Thankfully, we have the internet now, which provides amazing ways to see houses available for sale. You can view photos of each room in the home, take virtual tours and many realtors create videos to give you the feeling of walking through the home itself.

Although, that virtual tour isn’t always enough. That’s where open houses come in. They help you better understand the space.  The question is, how do you make the most of going to an open house?  Below, we’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to do that.


Finding Open Houses

First, let’s talk about research. Realtor.com has a great search function that can be used to find upcoming open houses in your desired area.  Search by zip code, city or county then select ‘Open House’ within preferences and you instantly have a list of houses that you could visit. The other great thing about this search engine is that it compiles properties from a wide variety of realtors, so there is no need to go from site-to-site to collect all of the information. It’s all in one, easy-to-use spot.


Map Your Path

Once you have found several properties that interest you and you’d like to visit in person, create a gameplan. Open houses tend to be on Sundays starting around noon and going until mid-afternoon. Often times, each house is only open for two hours so time management and planning is essential.

Make note of the timing for each house you are interested in, then create a map starting with the house that opens earliest out of your group.  Keep going down the line based on times available and establish how much time you’d like to spend at each location.  If you would like to spend at least a half hour in each, then aim to visit three houses in an afternoon.  Don’t forget to take drive time between locations into account.  Keep in mind, if you miss an open house you can always reach out to the realtor and schedule a private showing.

It’s also a good idea to make note of any questions you have after looking at the homes’ online. If you notice a listing doesn’t have photos of the garage, make a note.


Open House Day

Plan in hand, you’re ready to go and find your potential new home! If you have created set times to arrive and leave homes, keep an eye on the time so that you don’t miss out on the other houses you’d like to see.

Make the most of your time at each location. Don’t be shy to asking questions! The realtor is there to help and they are full of information, often times knowing far more than what is published on line.  Trulia has a great list of questions that’s worth checking out.

When visiting each home as a potential buyer you are not obligated to leave any sort of contact information for later. However, if they property catches your eye, be sure to take a card with the realtor’s information. This contact information will come in handy should you have any other further questions and/or you have interest in making an offer.


Don’t Forget Etiquette

It’s very easy to get caught up looking at a beautiful home, but make sure that if you want to take any photos you ask the realtor before doing so.  Most times they will say yes, but it is always polite to offer them the option to say no in case the seller has requested no photos.

Also, keep in mind that you are not the only one viewing the home. Any negative comments or notes about the home should be kept to yourself. Sometimes, realtors will wander the house in case visitors have any questions and the last thing they want is to hear negative remarks about their listing. Instead, carry a small notepad with you and make note of any parts of the house that you like or dislike. This will come in handy later once you’ve visited all of the homes and want to discuss.

If there are other groups of buyers in one room, allow them enough time to explore before entering with your group. This is common courtesy that should not be forgotten.



You’re back after your afternoon of viewing potential homes! You’ve got all of your notes and maybe some photos, but what do you do with that information?

First, sort out everything by property and begin reviewing your notes. While you go through all of the information, keep your (family’s) wish list close by for reference. Consider factors like price, upkeep, and location. It will be very hard to find a home with every single feature on your list. Be flexible and prioritize.

If you find yourself with questions about certain properties, reach out to the listing agent directly. If there is a property that you are especially drawn to, set up a follow up private showing. It may just be the home for you.

If you follow the guidelines above, we’re sure you’ll eventually find the home you’re looking for in an stress-free, efficient manner.

How We Care: Protecting Your Items

There are many variables to consider when moving. Who’s going to help me? How will I be transporting my items? How’d I get this couch in here? But, one of the greatest worries customers have when moving, is whether or not their friends, family or movers will take care of their items. College Muscle Movers works hard to train our Muscle Movers in a way that keeps your items as safe as possible, without wasting time.



Our Muscle Mover Mentality at College Muscle Movers is, “show you care by how you move.” Each time we bring an employee onto our staff, we make sure they align with our core values and team standards. We then train them in methods that we’ve tested over the 10 years we’ve been in business.

When it comes to a service specifically, we  begin with our Moving Consultants discussing and understanding the details of your move. This ends with a recommendation and explanation as to why we believe it best suits you.. If you would prefer to make your move as affordable as possible, and don’t mind doing a few things yourself, we’ll take that into account.

If you decide to book with us, we send out a confirmation email, which asks you to confirm the details we discussed. We like to be thorough. Two days prior to your service, we give you a call to check-in and double check the details one last time. We know things can change, and we know there’s a lot on your mind. The confirmation call is an opportunity to ask any final questions as well as let us know of any changes to your service that may have came about after you booked it.



The booking process is all about properly setting your expectations. But, on move day, we seek to exceed your expectations.

From the moment our Muscle Movers leave the warehouse to the moment they drive away, they follow the tried and true College Muscle Movers process. We  always begin with a thorough walkthrough, which allows us to understand where everything is and develop a strategy on how to complete the move as safely and efficiently as possible.

Whether we are providing a Muscle + Truck, Vault, or Labor Only service we promise that our Muscle Movers will always do things the College Muscle Movers’ way. This means proper use of equipment, padding and wrapping items, and properly packing your items into our moving truck.

In doing so, we maintain one of the lowest damage rates in the industry. While most other companies hover around the 25% industry average, we have managed to stay around 1%. Pretty neat to be able to say we are 25 times safer than the average professional moving company.



At the end of the day, we recognize that it’s your money, time, and items. That’s why we’re diligently working to provide the best moving experience possible!

When your Muscle Movers have finished the service, they check in with you before considering the job done. This is your opportunity to address any comments or concerns that you may have.

Ultimately, we commission our Muscle Movers to “show you care by how you move.” This mentality permeates throughout our company!

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.

Moving During the Holidays

This time of year is filled warm laughter, playing in the snow, drinking hot chocolate, and cozying up next the fire with a loved one. Sometimes it can be tricky to enjoy these things when moving becomes part of your holiday plans. So, in light of the season of giving, we thought we’d share some tips on how to make your holiday move a little easier.


Notification of Address Change

One can easily forget the little things like this between time spent baking cookies and wrapping presents. So, first things first, go online to schedule a change of address with USPS.

As for updating friends and family, do a little bit of multitasking. Send your holiday cards early and include a notification of your new address. No need to send out a separate batch of move announcements.


Staying Cheerful

You may not have control over your move date, but don’t let that get you down. There are so many wonderful things to look forward to this time of year. Pack your holiday decorations last, let them be a reminder as you pack. By the time you’ve packed everything else, the holiday decorations will seem like a breeze.

It may be staged, but it looks fun!

Labeled Packing

With the season being so busy, it can be difficult at times to slow down and make sure you do things the proper way. Having a labeling system for your packing will make your moving and unpacking experience much easier, and help you get back to your holiday favorites! We recommend color coding with colored sharpies or duct tape, so you or your moving company can easily place items in their specific room. This will also make your holiday boxes more accessible when its time to redecorate.


1 Very Full Truck or 2 Half-Full Trucks?

Recently, we here at College Muscle Movers have come across a variety of estimation situations where a customer has so many items that it might require a second truck. If you have spoken with us before, you know we favor a “better safe than sorry” approach, and subsequently always suggest a second truck in these situations.

And so, we often get asked, “If you think that everything might fit into the one truck, why not just try for that?”  To which we have a few answers.

First and foremost, efficiency.  With two trucks, the movers are able to waste less time trying to make absolutely everything fit and put more focus on the overall move. We’d rather get your move done as quickly as possible than waste time puzzle-piecing your items into the truck.

Secondly, there is a lowered risk of higher costs.  With two trucks, the chance of needing to make a second trip is virtually eliminated.  With one truck if not everything fit and a second trip is required, the time increases greatly and the cost along with it. This is especially likely to happen if there are additional items that were not on the original inventory given. With two trucks, there is plenty of extra space.

Finally, and possibly most important there is an increased amount of item safety.  With more space we can pack your items into our truck with their safety in mind, rather than use of space.  In other words, we always pack your items as safely as possible, but with limited space we may need to prioritize getting it all in one load over the safety of certain items.

So what does this mean for price?


We hope that this helps in your decision making process when not only considering the logistics of your move, but also the professional moving company you decide to hire.

How to Make Moving Fun!

Make a Playlist

Music makes everything better. Even something that can be as stressful and time-consuming as moving.

Before you start packing, put together a playlist of songs that make you want to move or sing along. When I was young, we’d always pull the boom box out when it was time to clean. There’s nothing quite like vacuuming to Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain. Don’t be afraid to include your guilty pleasures.

Be sure to include everyone in the playlist making process and when you’re running low on ideas, turn to old standards like The Bealtes, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

Don’t own enough music to make a playlist? If you’ve got a smart phone, you can download the Spotify app and sign up for a free account. With a free account, you can create playlists. You may not be able to listen to the songs in a particular order, and there may be advertisements every so often, but it gives you access to millions of songs.


Reminisce While You Pack

Packing can be a daunting, stressful experience. Start early to give yourself plenty of time to not only go through all your items and throw out the things you no longer need, but so you can also reminisce with friends and family. When you come across old photos, don’t just throw them in a box and move on, take a few minutes to flip through them.


Promise Yourself a Reward

We know moving is expensive, but it’s nice to have a little something extra waiting for you at the end (or your children, if you’ve got them). Promise yourself a meal at your favorite restaurant, buy a book to enjoy once you’ve settled in to your new place, or a DVD to watch while you enjoy pizza delivery on your first night.

Give yourself reward to look forward to beyond the relief of being done with the move.


Build a Box Fort

Done unpacking? Got kids? Then let them fulfil their dreams of a cardboard castle. Don’t have kids? Who cares! It’ll probably be years before you’ll have so many cardboard boxes at your disposal and you aren’t getting any younger. Maybe it’s a temporary fortress for your cat or dog. Either way, have fun. I know the kid in the picture below did.


To Rent or Not to Rent

Our services fit into three categories: full service, labor only, and packing.

Of those three options our labor only services are the most versatile. Whether it’s moving items within in your home, loading a truck for a cross-country move or moving locally, our labor only services can work for you. Without the truck, the hourly rate is a bit lower and subsequently, it tends to seem like the more economical option.

That said, the cost difference between labor only and full service may not be as large as you’d expect and when you consider all of the factors associated with the two options. You may even find yourself convinced that the little bit extra in cost is well worth the peace of mind and convenience.


When comparing full service to labor only, there is the potential to save 10 – 20% in overall cost depending on the size and type of moving vehicle, length of rental, and the need for additional equipment. With our full-service option, all equipment to move your items safely and efficiently is included (dollies, basket trucks and bungee cords). With most truck rentals, no moving equipment is included free of cost.

Winner: Labor Only. Unless you’re needing to keep the truck overnight for some reason. Renting your own truck will almost always be cheaper.


With decreased cost, comes increased risk. You become responsible for the vehicle and safely driving your items from one location to another to be loaded and unloaded.

Additionally, when renting from U-Haul or Budget a reservation is only an acknowledgement of preference. If they no longer have your requested vehicle type and size when you arrive to pick up your rental, you may end up with a larger truck. This can lead to parking issues, a more stressful driving experience, and, without the proper tie-down materials, can mean a more dangerous situation for your items in transit.

Winner: Full Service. Without any real guarantee, labor only has several risks when compared to a full-service option.


With the full-service option, there’s less to keep track of. You place a deposit, reserve time on our calendar and your time is guaranteed. Having that time set aside will give you the peace of mind needed to focus on the other aspects of moving. You no longer need to worry about driving and taking care of the vehicle or your items because our drivers have done tens of thousands of moves with our standard 26’ box trucks.

Winner: Full Service. As you might expect, the slightly more expensive option is the most convenient.

For the sake of understanding, we’ve laid out a price comparison for a move from Richfield to Eagan, based on our average service length of 3.25 hours:


In the end, both options have their pros and cons. One is not necessarily better than the other. The best option will vary depending on preference and situation. Our only hope is that with this information you can better evaluate your moving needs and make the decision process as simple and stress free as possible.