For most, moving is not the most enjoyable activity. It can be physically strenuous, time consuming, and financially unpredictable. On top of all of this, customers often feel as if they are at the mercy of moving companies. At College Muscle Movers, we don’t believe moving has to cause such stress and are constantly working to raise the bar. Although there are many ways we seek to break the mold, below you’ll find a few areas we’ve already made improvements.
Here are some comparisons between moving companies within the Twin Cities. We’ll focus on their policies and how College Muscle Movers has set a new standard.
Hourly Rate: The Move Crew has increased hourly rates at the beginning and end of every month and they charge more for weekend moves.
Travel Fee: The Move Crew charges their hourly rate from portal to portal. This means you are paying their movers the same amount to move your furniture as you are when they are stuck in traffic on the way back to one of their locations. Subsequently, the overall cost of your service is not known until your final bill is charged and can depend largely on factors totally out of your control.
The CMM Difference: Our prices are consistent! We do not raise our prices on the weekend, or at the beginning or end of the month. You don’t need to worry about getting charged more simply because your availability only allows for a weekend move. CMM also has a flat-rate, distance-based travel fee so our hourly rate only takes place from the time we arrive at your first location, and it ends when we have unloaded at your final destination, not our warehouse. And, you get to know our travel fee when you book your service. That means when we leave your final location, you know how much your credit card will be charged.
Movers: There are many online reviews from customers complaining that City Moving and Storage’s movers weren’t working hard the whole time, and beyond that, took excessive smoke or lunch breaks.
The CMM Difference: We pride ourselves on employing young, enthusiastic, college-aged workers. We claim no smoke breaks or backaches and we mean it. We may take a lunch break on a full day move, but the customer will never pay for any time we aren’t moving.
Hourly Minimum: Bosley Movers maintains a 3-hour minimum. That means if you need help moving a single couch or even a handful of items, you’ll still pay for 3-hours of service. There are other companies in the Twin Cities that require a 4-hour minimum.
The CMM Difference: We understand their are many different types of moving needs. That’s why we offer labor-only services with a 1-hour minimum, moving van services with a 1-hour minimum, and truck services with a 2-hour minimum. We’ve set our services up so that not only will our vehicles most often be best utilized, but also so that our customers aren’t ever paying more than they need to for our services.
Now that you are able to see the College Muscle Mover difference, don’t stress yourself any more about finding a moving service. Book with CMM today and see the difference!
With technology advancing so rapidly it can be compelling to think about the future. The world is getting more advanced and all industries will see major changes in the near future. The moving industry is no different. I thought it would be fun to look at some possibilities for moving in the future.
Drones were once only viewed as a new means for photography, but are now being considered for several other functions. Many companies are experimenting with drone delivery. It is much easier than sending a delivery truck (Amazon, Dominos, UPS). Drones cannot get stuck in traffic which make them ideal for transporting goods. Their routes can be pre-programmed in less than a minute, so no one would have to be actively directing them.
Currently there are regulations around flying drones. As of now to fly under the small UAS rule, the drone cannot be over 55 lbs., including its payload. It also cannot fly higher than 400 feet and can’t fly over people. They also cannot fly over 100 mph. These regulations may be problematic for delivering goods now, but once airspace is more mapped out, new laws may be more suitable for companies utilizing drone services.
Of course, if a moving company were to use drones there is always a question of safety. We must make sure that the drone can hold large items safely and insure they won’t fall. We would have to have all routes pre-programmed to increase efficiency. Cameras could be attached to the drones to make sure we didn’t fly directly over anybody.
The Griff 300 is a new drone being deployed and it has a load capacity of 500 lbs for 30-45 minutes depending on payload. This is just the first in its series. The next model from Griff is projected to be able to lift up to 1,700 lbs. You can only imagine how powerful these drones will be in ten years. With current technology drone operators would only be able to take items from point A to point B. With improving technology, it is possible drone operators would be able to navigate items through a house.
(Griffin 300 seen above)
Another innovation that has just come out recently are driverless trucks. They run on electricity which is eco-friendly. They can also be made with a lift gate that would raise items up for you. This would revolutionize the moving industry because a customer could request a truck online and it would be sent to them. They could use the lift gate, and dollies to get items in and out of the truck. Then the truck would drive itself to their new house where the owners could unload the truck. Of course, it would still be smart to have some movers physically move items and provide their moving expertise.
Overall it is clear that technology is going to shape the future. It’s good to dream up new creative ways to improve an industry and consider how it could realistically influence that industry in the future.