Getting Your Security Deposit Back!

Here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve helped folks through a lot of different moving situations. One of the biggest opportunities for a scare comes when you’re trying to get your security deposit back. Anxiety about security deposits can loom large for many renters, and we’ve gathered some tips to help ensure that you get yours back.


Read Your Lease!

The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with your lease. This is a given, even though lots of people don’t know the details. Do yourself a favor and read through it. Your lease will give you all of the information you need to keep your security deposit. It will explain your responsibilities in clear, legally binding language. Most of the time, the renter isn’t responsible for everyday wear and tear on a property. Outside of that, however, you’re expected to leave the apartment the way it was when you moved in.


Clean Up Properly

It probably won't be this fun.
It probably won’t be this fun.

The most important thing you can do is clean everything. If you’ve been taking reasonable care of your apartment, leaving it clean should be the only step you need to take to get your security deposit back. Get behind the refrigerator, and dig deep into the cabinets. Grind down through the layers of gunk on the stovetop. If you’re having trouble getting rid of all this stuff, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will help. There are lots of hard to reach places that have probably escaped your cleaning while you lived in your apartment. If you get them only once, make sure that it’s right before you move out. Don’t leave behind any boxes, or papers, or bags of old clothes. Make sure everything goes! Don’t give your landlord a reason to hold part of your security deposit.


Make Repairs

If you’ve hung any paintings or posters in your apartment, chances are pretty good that you’ve put some little holes in the wall. Most places are used to this, and they won’t give you any grief about it. On the other hand, if you patch them up yourself, you negate any chance for landlords or property managers to trouble you.

You can pick up a small tube of spackle, some small-grit sandpaper and a putty knife at any hardware store or large department store. Just fill up the hole with goop, scrape away any extra, and then sand the top to even it out with the wall. In a pinch, you can do the same thing with toothpaste.


Your final step after making sure everything is cleaned and repaired is to take pictures. Document the state of the apartment so that if something happens (i.e., the new residents trash the place and blame it on you), you have evidence to show the condition that you left in the apartment.

Remember, unless you’ve really done something egregious, you should be getting at least part of your security deposit back. If your landlord or property manager says they’re keeping it, make sure that they provide you with an itemized list of all the costs they’re incurring. As a last resort, you can always take it to small-claims court. Judges usually rule quickly, and the costs of small claims are quite low.

If you have any other questions about moving, or security deposits, feel free to get in touch with College Muscle Movers!

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling Moving Boxes

Here at College Muscle Movers, we know a thing or two about boxes. We work with boxes of all shapes and sizes, and we’re familiar with the huge mountain of cardboard lots of people discover in their new homes after they’ve finished moving. Below we’ll list some tips to help you manage the waste from all the cardboard you end using over the course of your move.


Save Your Boxes For The Next Move

First of all, consider using durable reusable plastic tote boxes. College Muscle Movers offers great deals on our Muscle Boxes. They are specifically designed with moving in mind. Even if you want to do the packing yourself, we can help keep your items safe for the upcoming move.  Our Muscle Boxes stack neatly, and offer high durability. Plus, they can be reused, offering the benefit of a low carbon footprint. Additionally, you can avoid the mountain range of cardboard that also seems to rise up in the living room at the tail end of the move.

If you’ve already got boxes piling up, read on.


Recycle ‘Em

You can always recycle clean corrugated cardboard. Once it’s all been processed, it can be reused as paper bags, paperboard, and much more. To process the materials, recycling centers first saturate the cardboard with water and break it up to create a pulp. Then the pulp is filtered and screened to get rid of any undesirable materials (staples, glue, nails, paperclips, etc.) During this process, the pulp is also washed to clean out any ink or staining. After the cardboard has been pulped and cleaned, it’s ready to be turned into something new!

If you’re in St. Paul or Minneapolis, consider using the services of a business like Eureka or Rethink. A quick Google search should help you find other local recycling centers in your area. Just remember that there’s a difference between waxed and unwaxed cardboard!


Turn It Into Mulch

If you’re the gardening or landscaping type, one of the best uses for old cardboard is to convert it into mulch. This will help you keep down weeds, moderate soil temperature, and generally improve the quality of your soil.As with recycling, there’s a difference between waxed and unwaxed cardboard— don’t use waxed cardboard for mulch!

If you think that cardboard mulch looks tacky, you can always cover it in a thin layer of more expensive conventional mulch. You can also use bark or wood chips to cover your cardboard mulch. These are more traditional, especially if you live in a suburb with neighborhood requirements for lawns.

Relive Your Childhood With A Rad Box Fort

totally rad

This one’s pretty self explanatory. Have some fun with your boxes. Maybe you want to to dress up as a robot? Get some tape and scissors and go to town! If you’re making box forts with children, make sure to keep an eye on them, and make sure there isn’t anything dangerous left in the boxes.


Hopefully some of these tips have been helpful! Remember, if you have any questions about an upcoming move, feel free to contact College Muscle Movers at 1(800) 818-8449

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.