How to Choose a Reliable Local Moving Company

College Muscle Movers isn’t the only moving company in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. There are other well-established local moving companies, and there are always smaller operations starting up or shutting their doors.

We know you’ve got a lot of options to choose from, so we’d like to help you make the best decision. Here are a few tips for finding fair and reliable moving companies that you can trust—even when they’re not us.

1. Look for Membership in the AMSA and BBB





The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) certifies professional movers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) promotes trustworthy business practices.

Any reputable moving company should be a member of both organizations. Otherwise, you should have serious questions about their reliability and quality of work.

Some fly-by-night movers—also known as ‘rogue movers’—have been known to use names very similar to established companies in order to trick customers. Confirming these certifications will help you avoid these traps.

2. Read Some Online Reviews

You might be used to using websites like Yelp to find restaurants, but it’s also a great place to find reviews of all kinds of services. We’re very proud of our four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp. It’s not easy to keep a rating that high across dozens of reviews, but that’s exactly the level of service you deserve.

Angie’s List and Google reviews can also be helpful.

When you’ve picked a few well-reviewed companies to choose from, that’s the time to start comparing prices—trying to save money by hiring two-star movers is likely to cause more problems than it’s worth.

3. Ask The Real Experts: Other Customers

Online reviews are a great convenience, but it’s worth getting some information straight from the source, especially if you’re considering a mover that doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence. If you have friends or co-workers who have some experience moving in the Twin Cities, they can probably tell you about several of your options.

Any reputable mover should also be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers—this is especially helpful for business moves which can be large and complicated, and where trust and reliability are especially important. Ask if you can get contact information from other office managers who have used the mover.

4. Ask A Tough Question

If you’re still having trouble choosing, or if you just want to make sure you made the right choice, try asking a difficult question about some detail of your move.

If you have an especially large and awkward or delicate item that requires special attention, ask how the mover would handle it. If you get a thoughtful answer, that’s a great sign.


If you’ve looked at all your options and think the College Muscle Movers would be a good fit, get in touch with us at 1-800-818-8449, and we’ll be happy to help you move—or answer any difficult questions about moving that you have!