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.

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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.

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!

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.

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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!

 

5 Tips To Help You Move Into Your New House

In the Twin Cities, new houses and apartments are built on the daily. You can hardly walk a block without running into a new development, and here at College Muscle Movers, we’ve seen a wide array of new houses, as well as new homeowners. Below you’ll find 5 tips to help you get started in your new house.

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Get New Locks

This is a no-brainer. When you first step into a new house, there’s no way to tell who else might have keys to your home. Getting your own locks installed will ensure that only you have access to your home. If you’re handy, you can put the locks in yourself. Alternatively, you can contact a locksmith to do it. You’re better off hiring a specialist in most cases, since you’ll know it’s getting done right.

 

Clean Out Drawers and Cabinets

While the previous owners or managers ought to have given the house a good scrub, it’s easy to miss cleaning in some spots. Cabinets and drawers are common offenders: they’ll often have bits of grime or dust leftover in the corners, especially if they’re up high and hard to reach. Wipe them down, and put in new mats if necessary. Especially in kitchens, keep an eye out for rodent droppings.

Which brings us to our next point—

 

Keep An Eye Open for Pests

House pests come in a lot of different flavors. Most common are rodents (rats, mice, and bats), followed by termites and roaches. Termites and roaches are usually less common in colder climates, although they can always pop up. If you find signs of any pests, you have a number of different options. Ideally, you can find a humane trap that will capture your pest without hurting it, and then you can release it far away in the wild. If you aren’t having success with any humane traps, you can resort to poisons, but be careful, especially if you have any pets or children in the house.

If all of your attempts fail to remove the pests, you can find a local pest removal service and have them do it. Usually a pest removal service is far more costly and invasive, so consider using these as a last resort.

 

Memorize Your Circuits and Fuses

Even if you move into a new house without any pre-existing electrical or plumbing issues, you should immediately memorize the location of your circuit box. Any time an issue does arrive (intense thunderstorms, power goes out in the bathroom, etc.), you’ll want to know how to turn off and subsequently restore power so that no one gets electrocuted.

For the fuses and circuit breakers, you’ll want to make sure you have a diagram so you know how the switches correspond to the different areas of the house. It’s a lot harder to figure it out AFTER you have a problem and the power goes out. Keep the diagram somewhere safe and easy to reach in an emergency, and store it with a flashlight.

 

Familiarize Yourself With The Plumbing

Find the main water valve as soon as you get to your new house. Turning off the water is something you’ll likely need to do when you first move into a house. If you need to install any new appliances (refrigerator, freezer, washer, etc.), turning off the water is the first step in getting everything set up. No one wants to get water damage on their brand-new wood floors.

 

Packing Lamps and Paintings

During the moving process, people are often concerned about possible damage to paintings, lamps, and glass items. Don’t worry! Today we’ll talk a little bit about what you can do keep paintings and lamps unscathed. (For glass, see previous posts.)

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Artwork, mirrors, and pictures should be packed in mirror or picture boxes, unless they are very small. Small flat pieces can be carefully wrapped and stacked in other boxes (Muscle Boxes keep things safer than cardboard). You’ll also want corner protectors to put on everything, so that frames or corners of canvas don’t get scuffed.

You can pick up these specialty boxes from a home supply store (Lowe’s, Menards, Home Depot) or get them right from the source: that’s College Muscle Movers, in our case. We can even offer packing services that will help ensure your stuff gets packed safely.

  • Prepare a picture box for the artwork by layering the bottom with packing paper.
  • Wrap each individual artwork, then wrap them in Bubble Wrap®.
  • Fill any loose space in the box with something to pad it. Typically, wadded up newsprint is used, but light blankets or bubble wrap will work well too.
  • If two boxes are needed for the glass top then put the second box on top of the other by telescoping them together and fill spaces with lightly wadded newsprint paper.

Lamps

For most lamps, you’ll want to purchase individually sized boxes for each lamp. Extra tall boxes can be purchased through one of the stores listed above, or from CMM. Measure all your lamps first and buy boxes that will accommodate the tallest lamp.

  • Take the lampshade off and set it aside to pack separately.
  • Be sure to also remove any lightbulbs and metal framing wire around the lamp itself. It’s always best to remove anything that can be easily shattered or bent.
  • Lampshades should be individually packed in an appropriately sized box, unless they can be safely stacked atop one another in one box.
  • Make sure there is something padding the bottom of the box before you put the lampshades in. This is another great time to use our Muscle Boxes: lampshades are very delicate, and it doesn’t take much pressure to dent them.
  • Secure any loose power cords around the lamp and then wrap it all up with blank newsprint paper or bubble wrap. Again, if you don’t have this stuff or you’ve run out, you can use blankets or sheets in a pinch.
  • Label your boxes well (this goes for everything, especially fragile items) and be sure to let your movers know if they are moving a box with a lamp. Knowledge is power; communicating with your movers will help ensure that they can keep the boxes safe in transit.

One last thing: paintings and lamps come in all shapes and sizes, so:

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If you have an oversized painting or lamp, try to let your movers know in advance so that they can plan accordingly. Sometimes disassembly or special equipment will make your curiously sized work of art a breeze to move, but only if the movers know in advance!

Cleaning Up And Clearing Out

There are always a couple loose ends to take care of after you think you’ve finished up your move. If you’re in a rush, here are some commonly missed parts of the moving process that could cost you part of your deposit or hold up the sale of your home.

Clean Up

Piles of empty boxes, bags of packing peanuts, balled up newspaper, those old clothes that probably ought to go to Goodwill, now that you think about it: all of these are your enemies. You’re going to need to clean up, especially if you’re renting. When you’re moving out, the first step is to make sure you get rid of anything you don’t want. There’s no better time. Once you’ve gotten rid of all that stuff, there might still be a few things that slip your mind.

Holes in the Wall

If you have art hanging on your walls, there’s a good chance you have holes in your walls. Most landlords or apartment managers won’t make a fuss about this, but it’s likely you’ll run into the sort that do. If you’ve taken down a lot of pictures and it looks like your home was the backdrop for an old western firefight, don’t fret. It’s not hard to fill holes.

Run to your local hardware store and pick up a small tube of spackling, a putty knife, and some sandpaper. Now the easy part: squirt the spackling into the hole, use your knife to scrape away the excess, allow the compound to dry

Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry, you can use any old plain white toothpaste to fill the hole. Squeeze it into the whole and scrape away the excess with a card or driver’s license. Easy.

 

stove-300x225Leftover Gunk on The Stove

This is a pretty common one. You’ve been cleaning and cleaning, but there’s still a ring of mysterious goo around your gas range. In fact, it might have been there when you moved in. For all you know, it’s been there forever. But you can get rid of it easily with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It’s like magic. Pour the baking soda into a bowl and add just enough peroxide to make a thick paste. Then slather it on and scrub it with a scouring pad. It’ll vanish.

 

Take Pictures

After you’ve finished the cleaning process, go around your house or apartment and take pictures. Document all those bare rooms. This is a good habit to do anytime you move in or out of a residence. That way if residents after you do a lot of damage to walls or floors, you have solid evidence of exactly how you left it.

Change Your Address

This one’s self-explanatory. You’re moving, or you’ve already moved. Go to the USPS website to change your address. You can also take care of it at the post office in person, if that’s what you’re into. After you hit USPS, you’ll want to update your address with the DMV. Here’s the link for the Minnesota DMV Change Of Address.

Relax!

Everyone always forgets this. It’s not always easy, but give it a try. Even if it’s just for a couple minutes, sit down and take a deep breath. Not to get metaphysical, but you’re about to start in a fresh place— let yourself enjoy the moment.

Busy, Tired, Sick, or Just Plain Don’t Want To Pack?

It happens. Packing is often the most draining part of a move, especially if you have a large house or you’ve been settled in one location for a long time. It’s often very time-consuming, and has the potential to be extremely tedious. Stack that on top of family obligations and a full-time job, and you might feel a sort of creeping resignation about your upcoming change in location.

A mountain of creeping resignation.
A mountain of creeping resignation.

But don’t worry! If you’re feel stressed, you can always hire a packing service. Let a professional carefully wrap up and box your fragile glassware. Save your back and have someone else come and box your twelve years of National Geographic issues. Or your expansive vinyl collection. Or your entire room of Russian nesting dolls.

A professional packing service like ours can help you make sure your stuff gets wrapped up safely. No one likes boxes of broken glass.

But how is it that a professional service can make a difference?

Safety

First, proper protection. Ceramic, glass, delicate woods: all of these can be easily damaged if they’re allowed to rub against each other in transit. On the job, a packing service will make sure that your belongings are wrapped in packing paper and bubble wrap, and packed snugly so that there won’t be any heavy forces to bend narrow tines or break thin sheets of glass.You’ll want the options of bubble wrap, foam, shrink wrap, and lots of paper. In addition to paper, a good packing service will have a wide variety of boxes available to accommodate possible needs— small boxes for books, large boxes for bedding, dish packs for fragile glass. At College Muscle Movers, we offer personalized services: from à la carte to all-inclusive packages depending on what customers need. The à la carte service means you just order the supplies you think you’ll need ahead of time, whereas the all-inclusive service is a flat rate to access any supplies which might be needed for your move.

The main advantage of an all-inclusive pack is that it simplifies the process for the customer by offering a flat rate for whatever moving supplies are needed. After an estimator comes to get a rough idea of what supplies can be used for your move (boxes, wrap, dish packs, etc), you can relax and let us do the work, right up until we come pick up the supplies left over at the end of the move.

Experience

A professional service also offers experience. Usually there are a lot of different items that need to be packed up over the course of a move. From ceramic urns to matchstick dollhouses, we’ve got the tricks up our sleeves to handle your unique pieces.  We’ll make sure everything goes into an appropriately sized box, and that each box is sealed properly. At CMM, we even offer labels, to help speed up the unpacking that naturally follows packing. Experience means that you don’t need to worry about your stuff. Experience also means efficiency. It’s very likely that in addition to safety, a packing service will be able to expedite the process of getting everything safely packed up. Speeding up the tedium and stressful nature of the task is an important part of what  a professional packing service offers.

Time

A packing service can save you the mind-numbing fatigue you might experience after spending nine hours straight putting away dishes and books and clothes and all the other little things that get stuffed into attics and closets. It can also save you time. Schedules can already be strained by the obligations that arise during moving. Using a professional service will help you keep your time managed and under control.

And don’t forget, College Muscle Movers also offers equipment tailor-made for moving. Even if you want to do the packing yourself, we can help keep your items safe for the upcoming move. Our Muscle Boxes are made out of a dense and durable plastic, and they stack very neatly. 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.

So if you happen to be busy, tired, or sick (or you just don’t want to deal with it)— think about a packing service.

Keep On Truckin’

(A Brief Guide to Your Options Regarding Trucks)

Finally, after countless hours of careful planning, you’ve just marked it down on your calendar. The date is set. You’re moving. Congratulations! You’re about to enter an exciting new phase of your life. Chances are, you’re going to need a truck.truck-300x242
Here at College Muscle Movers, our most popular option is a Muscle + Truck service. Just tell us the date and Muscle Movers will arrive in one of our 26’ trucks, ready to help you move.

If your new home is located far from Minnesota, you might be planning on renting a truck from a large national rental company. If this is the case, consider hiring our labor only service to help pack up your items.

In any case, you’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with the various options offered by companies that offer long-distance moving. The most common choices are either renting a truck to drive yourself, or renting space on a freight truck and retrieving the items at their eventual destination.

 

1. Drive Yourself

Penske and U-haul both offer trucks ranging in size from 12 ft. to 26 ft., depending on how plentiful your worldly belongings are. The differences between the two companies are minimal, but there are a couple.

U-haul advertises a truck that is “50% easier to load”, but the lower bed means you’re more likely to bottom out when you are driving over steep inclines, which isn’t too fun if you aren’t using to driving a large truck.

Another difference between U-haul and Penske trucks is caused by the lowering of the bed in U-haul design. The lower bed causes a protrusion in the back of the truck, over the wheels, which can make it more difficult to pack large items into your truck, especially if you have quite a few of them (couches, overstuffed chairs, armoires, etc.)

Additionally, U-haul trucks don’t come equipped with liftgates, which means you will be forced to use the narrow walking ramp. If you have any specialty items (unusually large armoires, sculptures, etc.) you may find that a liftgate is necessary to safely get the item into the back of the truck.

 

2. Let Someone Else Drive

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Beyond the smaller trucks, you can pay for space aboard a freight line, such as ABF U-Pack.

These are the semi-trucks you see driving around on the highway, carrying large trailers and cargo crates. For these services, you will rent out a set amount of space, the cost being determined either by weight or square footage used. Using a freight line will maximize the potential space you have available to pack belongings, but this is balanced by one major disadvantage.

The people driving your freight truck might not be aware of the exact items that they are transporting. Usually the area you have rented will be closed off after you are finished packing, and more freight will be added on at further destinations. This means that you don’t have control over the other items being loaded with your personal belongings. It’s highly unlikely to happen, but if the additional loads include lice or fleas, you’re out of luck. For better or worse, there is simply less control when choosing freight.

Another related option is a container packing service, such as PODS or United Mayflower. These will drop off a container for you to fill, and then take it away. Containers come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7 to 16 feet.

Anyway, we hope this might help shed some light on the plethora of available options when you choose to move. And remember, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

How to Load a Moving Truck

The College Muscle Movers are always ready to help you load up your moving truck… even if you haven’t hired us!

If you’re loading on your own, we’ve got some tips that can help you make the most of the limited space you have in your truck. It only takes a little bit of planning and organizing to safely and securely get as much stuff as possible in there. So let’s get started.

1. Big and Heavy First

It’s not easy to move the big and heavy stuff, so put it in first so you can set it down exactly where you want without any rearranging.

We’re talking major appliances here: fridge, oven, washing machine, that kind of thing. They’ll have a better chance of making the trip safely if you set them down upright, and you’ll find driving easier if you place the heavy weight of them way at the back of the truck, near the cab. That will reduce the chance of fishtailing from poorly distributed weight.

2. Send in the Softness

You’re going to want to keep those big heavy appliances safe, and you’ll want to keep all your more delicate items safe from those big bruisers.

So now is a good time to load in your blankets, mattresses, pillows, towels, and cushions. Place them strategically between and around those big heavy items and you’ve got a nice soft buffer to protect your next load…

3. Furniture

Start with your longer pieces of furniture: couches, sofas, wardrobes, bookshelves, and bed frames. You can use these to line the sides of the moving truck. Place them with any drawers facing the walls of the van to prevent them from opening and falling out.

4. Box It Up

Now’s the time to load in all those boxes into that nice space you’ve created between the appliances at the back and the lengthwise furniture on the sides.

You should be able to fit three layers in there. Put your heaviest boxes at the bottom, the lightest boxes on top, and the ‘just-right’ boxes in between. This is much easier if you happen to have used boxes of the same size.

5. Tetris Time

What’s left? Everything else! Now’s the time to put miscellaneous small and medium-sized objects in all the little spaces left over. Keep it tight, but don’t not to the point of cramming anything.

Use extra cushioning where necessary to protect delicate objects and soften any sharp corners. It’s especially important to keep these smaller items secure and prevent loose items from rolling around.

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Keep in mind that you’ll need to adjust these strategies a little depending on the size of the truck and the amount of stuff you have to put in it.

If you’ve got a big truck and not much to put in it, you’ll want to spread items out more to fill up the floor so that there isn’t room for boxes and furniture to shift and slide around.

Lots of stuff and not much room in the truck? It’s okay to pack high, but it takes a lot more care. Consider whether you’d be better off making a second trip, especially if you aren’t moving too far.

 

Okay, you’re loaded up and ready to roll to your new home! But if you need an extra hand, you can always give the College Muscle Movers of Minneapolis a call.

 

Image Source: Flickr

How to Move Books Easily and Safely

If you’ve got a home library, or even a decent-sized collection of books, you’ll find that they can be a real hassle to move. You may have a few treasured books that need some extra protection, but the real problem is weight—a box full of books is no fun to lift and carry.

We’ll try to help you deal with both of those challenges!

1. Lighten That Load

Like any part of the moving process, it’s important to get serious about what you don’t want to move.

Books are one of the best opportunities: They weigh a lot, they’re usually cheap to replace (even free if you don’t mind a visit to the library), it’s easy to figure out which ones you aren’t likely to read again, and there are a lot of opportunities to pass them on to somebody else who can use them.

You can donate extra books to Goodwill or Savers, and even sell more valuable items online at websites like Powell’s or BookScouter.

Plus, here in the Minneapolis area we also have plenty of Little Free Libraries around the city, so you can have some fun giving directly back to your community—just make sure not to pick up too many new books while you’re at it!

They're heavy with knowledge, but they're also heavy with weight. Image Credit: Flickr
They’re heavy with knowledge, but they’re also heavy with weight.
Image Credit: Flickr

2. Sort Before You Pack

Once you’ve got a big pile of the books you want to keep, it can help to sort them according to size. This well help a lot during the packing step.

3. Distribute the Weight

Now that you’ve got the books sorted, here’s the trick that will help you deal with that weight problem: Instead of putting all your books into the same boxes, look for extra spaces in other boxes and fill them with books.

A box holding holiday lights or DVDs won’t weigh much, so go ahead and fill half of the box with those items and the other half with books. Since you’ve sorted your books by size, it should be easy to find the right books to fill the right spaces.

Whether you’re splitting your books or putting them all in one heavy box, make sure the box is tough enough to handle the weight.

4. Extra Protection

If you do have especially valuable books, or just books you love so much you want to keep them in perfect condition, you can take some extra steps.

For hardcover books, you can load them into a box the same way you’d put them on a shelf: standing upright in a row. This will keep them stable, but don’t pack them too tightly. For more valuable books, it may be worth wrapping them in brown paper to avoid any scuffing.

For paperbacks, cut a piece of cardboard about the size of the book and place it against the back of the book. Then wrap the book and cardboard in bubble wrap. This will keep the book safe from scratches and prevent it from bending.

For any books, make sure to never pack them with the spines facing up, as this can cause the spines to bend and warp. Any extra spaces in boxes can be filled with crumpled paper to prevent the books from shifting—just don’t use newspaper, as the ink can rub off and damage the books.

 

Thanks for reading our tips, and if you need some help shifting those boxes, give the College Muscle Movers a call—we’ll take care of it, no matter how heavy those books are!