Moving to Minneapolis – Part 1: How to Pack

Welcome to Minneapolis.

If you’re considering using College Muscle Movers, you probably didn’t come from too far away—all of our movers are Minneapolis locals looking to learn how to be part of a successful small business as they prepare for their future careers.

Whether you’re coming from Edina, Minnetonka, Eagan, or anywhere else in Minnesota and the greater Minneapolis area, you’re going to be facing similar challenges as you prepare to move. Even if you don’t rely on College Muscle Movers or another local option, the process will be the same: Packing, Handling, Transportation, and Unloading.

You can rely on College Muscle Movers for all these steps—or you can take care of some yourself and call us for any details you’d rather not deal with.

Here’s how you can quickly and efficiently pack your house or apartment for your Minneapolis move.

moving-box-300x3001. Bubbles and Boxes

Boxes, boxes, boxes. You’re going to need a lot of them—along with bubble wrap for more delicate items (although you could also wrap them up in towels!).

You can buy them in many places: U-Haul, Staples, Lowe’s… for a major move, you are going to have to buy some boxes. We offer a lot of inexpensive and durable solutions ourselves, but here’s a trick you can use to get a head start at no cost: local businesses that deal in bulk goods may have cardboard boxes they’ll give you for free. Grocery stores are just one example. Ask politely and you may be able to pick up a pile of boxes that would otherwise be shipped off for recycling.

2. Packing Labels and Packing Spmarked-boxesace

Now that you have the boxes, you need to fill them. Clear out a space in your house or apartment and start filling up boxes one at a time, labelling them with the category of items inside. You know the obvious ones: “Kitchen,” “Bathroom,” “Electronics.” But make sure you have a couple of boxes labelled “OPEN FIRST,” too! You’ll want that coffee maker right away. It’s a good place to put important documents related to your move as well.

3. Check, Check, Check

check-remember-ponder-300x225If you have your boxes and a packing process, you’re almost done. But almost isn’t good enough!

Check, check, check again after you think you’re done packing. Is everything packed? Do you have everything you’ll need before you Unpack?

Good job. Now, after the College Muscle Movers have filled up the truck with all your boxes… check AGAIN. With all that extra space, you might find a few items you missed before.

4. Read On

Got it? Then check out our blog next week for our post on handling boxes and furniture as you move them from your old home or apartment to your moving vehicle. We’ll try to help you keep you back straight and your stuff in one piece as you move down the stairs and out the door.

Make Your Twin Cities Move Easier with Muscle Boxes!

One of the main reasons people hire a moving company is to ease that inevitable stress which comes from relocating. There are things that the moving company just can’t help with, though. Obtaining and discarding boxes is one of those annoying chores that just always seems to hang around – until now…

Meet the Muscle Box: a strong, reusable, heavy-duty plastic tote that we deliver and pick up – all for the same or LESS cost as traditional cardboard!

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Benefits:
• Time/Money Saver

  • Remember the old saying ‘Time is Money’? Instead of taking the time to drive all around the Twin Cities looking for enough old boxes for your belongings, let CMM deliver and enough Muscle Boxes for your move. The transportation cost is built in to the rental price, all for the same or less price as medium cardboard boxes (hint: more quantity = less $/box). Bundles including delivery within 15 miles start at 25 Muscle Boxes.
  • Muscle Boxes also save you time while you are packing your belongings. Rather than assembling and taping each box individually (only to be cut apart later), Muscle Boxes stack inside of each other so they do not take up a large area in your house and you can just pull a box off the top of the stack, fill it with your items, close the lid and stack it neatly until the Muscle Movers arrive.
  • Because Muscle Boxes are designed to stack and nest uniformly, we can fit more on each dolly load and can pack the truck much easier which ultimately saves time on the hourly rate charged for local moves.

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  • Rather than spending time breaking boxes down and disposing of them, just call CMM to schedule a time to pick them up – we can usually accommodate short notice pick-ups so we can get them out of your way to enjoy your new place!

• Strength and Durability

  • Because the Muscle Boxes are constructed from heavy-duty plastic, they can stand up to the elements of snow or rain without falling apart and ruining the contents inside. They are very rigid and that hard shell adds additional protection to your items inside. They also have strong handles, making them easier to pick up than a standard box without handles.

Rental Details:

  • All rental packages include 1 month of rental time in the pricing and that can be arranged however you like. Most of our customers like a week or two to pack and another week or two to unpack but it is up to each individual and their needs.
  • We can pick the Muscle Boxes up early if you want your space back sooner. We can also extend rentals by the week after the one-month rental has finished. Many of our customer’s enjoy the time limit of a month as it helps them pack and unpack at a pace that is convenient for them

We truly believe that our Muscle Boxes will make for a smooth and efficient moving experience for you. Call today for more details!