Redefining the Industry

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.

 

The Move Crew

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.

 

City Moving and Storage

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.

 

Bosley Movers

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!

8 Must-Have Essentials When Moving

Moving can be a stressful situation and full of roadblocks. Especially when you aren’t prepared or organized with all of your belongings. Take charge of the situation and plan accordingly so you can reduce your stress levels. Tackle your move one step at a time!

The first thing people think of when moving is boxes and tape, but there’s fair amount more to keep in mind when moving.. Don’t forget these often overlooked, essential items.

Here at College Muscle Movers we specialize in moving and have been around  for over 10 years now! With our experience and young minds we are always steps ahead, aiming to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Below you’ll find a list often forgotten or overlooked moving essentials.

 

Cleaning Supplies

Moving out of a house and into another can be a messy task, so start it off right by having some cleaning supplies on hand. Then you can make sure everything is clean and ready to go. Supplies that will help are Clorox wipes, a bucket, sponges, toilet cleaner, rags, and whatever else you might need to make both the place you are at and the place you are moving too as clean as possible.

 

First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit may be the most forgotten essential but moving is something that can beat you up and, if you aren’t prepared, slow you down. Paper cuts, headaches, and rolled ankles are just a few of the injuries you may encounter while moving. Be on your toes and be ready by having bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, cold packs, a blanket, and a list of emergency contacts handy.    

 

Tool Kit

This will be an extremely valuable item to have on hand while moving. From assembling or disassembling furniture, filling in holes in the wall, hanging up a picture, or a tightening a screw , a tool kit will be needed in order to get the job done.   

 

Plastic Bags

You’ll be surprised with how often you’ll need plastic bags when moving. They can be helpful if you want to get rid of some unwanted garbage or even extra storage for things like clothes or shoes, just to name a few.

 

Entertainment

This might be an afterthought but moving can be very boring and monotonous if you don’t have anything to keep you entertained. Be sure to have headphones or a speaker along to help you stay motivated and upbeat. Build a playlist prior to the move so you have fun dance and sing-along songs.

 

Sticker/Markers

Use stickers or markers to stay organized and keep track of all you moving boxes. This will make the transition as easy and as smooth as possible.    

 

Hygiene

You may not think this would be a priority while moving but it sure is. Having toilet paper, paper towels, hand-soap, and other toiletries on-hand will be very convenient to have while you move. Nobody wants to dig through boxes for toilet paper when nature calls.

 

Snacks and Drinks

Moving can take a lot out of you mentally and physically. So be prepared with snacks and drinks to help you stay hydrated and recharged!    

 

We hope our list helps you complete your move in an easy and stress-free manner. If you are looking to move in the near future be sure to give us a call at 651-917-4018. We would be delighted to provide help. If you’re looking for an estimate sooner than later, another key resource is our online estimation helper. It’s fast, free and accurate!

Packing Your Possessions the Right Way

Packing

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to pack your most precious belonging?  Don’t stress about it. We are here to help you make your move as simple as possible. Follow these guidelines on how to pack boxes the right way.

DON’T OVERLOAD

Fewer boxes doesn’t mean a quicker move. If each of the boxes contain items that require two people to carry, the move will be the same as if you had two one-person boxes. Place heavier items in smaller boxes. If you overload a larger box with heavy items, it may take two people to lift it. Also, overloading a box can be tough to stack in the truck. Packing the lighter items into larger boxes is better for the movers to carry because it usually requires only one mover to carry, but also, it helps the move get done quicker.

SMALLER BOXES FOR HEAVY ITEMS

If you pack heavy items into large boxes and live on the fourth floor of an apartment, time will be lost but also it will get very tiresome for movers.  Even though it might take more trips from the apartment to the truck, it will be less tiresome on our movers if they carried heavy items in small boxes.   A good example of something heavy would be stuffing a load of books into a box.  Books have a good amount of weight to them and one can fit a lot of them into a box.  A solution would be either to put books into half of the box and then place a pillow into it, or place the books into smaller boxes.

LABELING IS KEY

Labeling boxes helps our movers and the customer know what is in each box.  Labeling heavy items and fragile items also allows you to load them into the truck more efficiently, and safely.  Movers can tell what is heavy and what is light based on them feeling the box, but if fragile items are not labeled, movers will load them into the truck as a normal box based on the weight.

BOXES SHOULD CLOSE

We want to fit boxes into the truck as easily possible and position them appropriately for a safe journey to your destination.  Unclosed boxes or no top boxes can be difficult and dangerous to stack.  Overloading boxes with extra items to use fewer boxes won’t help the move go smoother.

PROTECTING FRAGILE ITEMS

Having your fragile belongings padded before packing them is important when moving.  There are a few things to keep in mind when protecting those items.  Use bubble wrap or ink-free packing paper.  Newspaper can ruin or stain items.  Padding fragile items allow the objects to stay in place and safely make it to your destination.

5 Do’s and Don’t’s of Moving

It’s widely accepted that moving is among the most stressful experiences. But with some planning and preparation you can reduce the stress and set yourself up for a great move. Follow our do’s and don’t’s below to get started.

Do

1. Do an audit of all of your furniture/items

Here is where you will want to get a list of everything that you have and
everything that you need. It could be a simple checklist or an organized
outline.

2. Develop a plan

Once you have a list of everything that you have and everything that you are in need of, you will want to have a plan on how you will get from Point A to Point B. Things to take into consideration include: weather, if you will hire professionals or do it yourself, how you plan to pack your items, and when the move will occur.

3. Give yourself plenty of time

This is very important in having a successful move. These things take time so make sure when planning a move you are giving yourself plenty of time to find movers and to pack all of your belongings.

4. Outsource, if you can

If you are fortunate enough to be able to hire a moving, packing, or cleaning service for the move do so, as it will help ease the stress of the overall move. So consider getting some help, but make sure to book them well ahead of schedule.

5. Label items by room

This is something that you are going to want to do during the packing stage of the move. It will be very beneficial to you to label furniture items by room so when unloading the furniture it is easy to determine where it needs to go. Labeling items can also help when packing boxes to help you remember what is all packed inside.

 

Don’t

1. Wait until the last minute

We cannot stress this one enough! Waiting until the last minute to put together a move is the absolute worst thing you could do when moving. Develop a plan or follow a checklist to avoid falling behind.

2. Lie about inventory

If you are hiring a moving company, they will likely want a list of your furniture items to put together an estimate. It is beneficial to you and the moving company that you make sure to mention everything. That way you will have a more accurate estimate and will not be surprised on the day of the move.

3. Don’t hire someone you don’t trust

When moving you might want to hire someone to do it for. Whether or not it is a professional moving company, friend, family, or neighbor. Do you due diligence and research various moving companies, and think long and hard on who you want moving your belongings.

4. Waste time looking for boxes

There are many ways to acquire boxes for your upcoming move. First would be to look around to see what you have laying around. This could be old, used boxes, garbage bags, and suitcases or any other bags. Other options would include, purchasing or renting boxes from a moving company or going to find cheap boxes at stores such as Home Depot or Menards.

5. Forget to check all areas of the house

This is very important in the beginning of the moving process when you are making a checklist of all your items, to ensure you are not forgetting anything. You also might want to do one last sweep of the house before leaving to make sure nothing is getting left behind.

 

Follow these guidelines and we’re sure that your future move will go as smooth as it possibly can. It’s really about being proactive. Getting a head start and staying organized makes all the difference.

Planning a Successful Yard Sale

You’ve decided to host a yard sale. I’m not sure about you, but for me its an exciting endeavor. But, it’s not as simple as putting signs out and setting your items on your lawn. If you want really want to knock it out of the park, you’ll want to do some preparation.

 

 

Plan and Prepare Early!

It’s best to start collecting items early and store them in bags or boxes until its time to start the journey of pricing. Give yourself plenty of time to collect items and stock up, as many sale-goers are attracted to the larger sales. Also, more options means more opportunities to make money.

 

Date

One of the most important parts of the sale? The date, of course! You want to select your date well in advance to plan around. Weather will always impact turnout, so be sure to consider this when planning.

The date is also important because you will also need to check with your city to see if you will need to purchase a permit or license to host a sale at your home. Looking into this ahead of time will save a headache and potential fees.

 

Location

Now think about your location. Do you have enough space for the amount of items that you would like to sell? If not, you may want to look in to co-hosting a sale with a friend who has more space. Co-hosting  a sale also means more help, more items, and the need for more organization.

 

Tables

Tables. Do you have enough tables? I know I didn’t for my first garage sale. You don’t want items to be too cluttered and you certainly don’t want too many things laying in the grass, so think ahead and ask friends to borrow folding tables if you think you will need them. More space is always better than less.

 

Pricing Your Items

As you collect items, it’s helpful to price as you. When pricing, always ask yourself what you would reasonably pay for this item if you saw it at a yard sale.

On her blog, Money Saving Mom, Crystal Paine writes, “I’d rather price something on the low end and have someone actually buy my item, than to have 25 people pick up the item and put I back down on the table because it’s too expensive.”

Also, make sure you write clearly or use pre-made labels that you can pick up from any local hardware store. The price should not be a scavenger hunt or require the customer to ask you for clarification.

For those of you who think you’ll skip the pricing items ahead of time, know that customers often don’t like asking for pricing, and are shy about bartering. They want a hassle-free experience.

 

Advertising for Your Sale

Getting the word out about your sale is crucial.

If you’re a real go-getter, create flyers the week before your sale and hang them around local hotspots like coffee shops and grocery store bulletin boards. Make them clear and bold with all of the necessary information.

If you’re a not quite ambitious enough to make flyers, use of the amazing technology at your fingertips and mention your sale on Facebook or post it to Craigslist. On Craigslist there is an entire section dedicated to garage sales. Remember, pictures always help! If you’ve got items that are higher value, be sure to include photos and mention them specifically in your post.

 

The Day Before Your Sale

The day before your sale will arrive faster than you realize. If you’ve got helpers, consider delegating the tasks mentioned below ahead of time.

Most important, be sure to check the weather for the days that your sale will span over. If you see potential rain, you will want to move items either into the garage or back into the home. While it’s not ideal, you want to preserve your items from the rain as much as possible, and you don’t want all of your marketing efforts to go to waste.

Don’t forget to stop at the bank and get plenty of small bills and coin! You do not want to run out of change in the middle of a sale and remember that most banks aren’t open at all on Sundays.

Try to organize and clean your sale area as much as possible the night before. Sweeping the garage and covering items that are not for sale with a bed sheet will eliminate customer confusion and put focus on the items actually on sale. Setting up tables and laying out whatever items you can will end up saving you time and stress the next morning. While setting up those tables, try to create some sort of organization between toys, clothing, books, etc. If a customer is looking for something specific, then they will be able to pick it out much quicker. Again, double check that all of the items are priced!

Put the kids to work and make signs to stake around the neighborhood that have all of the date and time information with arrows directing potential customers to your sale. Make sure that the writing is clear and the arrows are pointing in the correct direction. Including an address is a great way to ensure folks find their way.

 

The Day of Your Sale

The day you have planned for is finally here!

Be sure to get your neighborhood signs out early in the morning and have everything set up. Before the sale starts, make sure to double check that your doors are locked to the house to detour any opportunists.

You can also get the kids involved and have them set up a lemonade/cookie stand to offer refreshments to customers, for purchase of course.

During the day, keep track of your money by keeping your “cash box” on you and use either a fanny pack or an apron. This will not only provide for more security, but also allow you to more easily assist customers.

With the check out process, set up a wrapping station with bags, boxes and newspaper where customers can wrap their new-found treasures as they feel necessary. This will save time for you and save resources as many people may not find they need a bag or items wrapped. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get rid of all those Amazon boxes that have piled up.

When sales come your way, be sure and be flexible with any offers or negotiations that come your way. As mentioned earlier, it is better to sell something at a lower price rather than to lose out on a sale completely.

 

Post-Sale

Once your sale is complete and you have (hopefully) made plenty of money, you may find yourself with a few items left over. There are a few options that you can chose from if you absolutely do not want to keep said items.

First, you can simply create a FREE sign and make a pile at the end of your driveway, or you can schedule a pick up or drop off items at a local donation center like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

No matter what the outcome our your sale, we hope that you enjoy the excitement that comes with it and have fun.

 

House Hunting

House Hunting: Open Houses

Finding a new home can be a daunting task. Each member of the family has a laundry list of items they’d like and making all of those requests come together in one home can be difficult.  Alas, it’s always possible that perfect house out there!

Thankfully, we have the internet now, which provides amazing ways to see houses available for sale. You can view photos of each room in the home, take virtual tours and many realtors create videos to give you the feeling of walking through the home itself.

Although, that virtual tour isn’t always enough. That’s where open houses come in. They help you better understand the space.  The question is, how do you make the most of going to an open house?  Below, we’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to do that.

 

Finding Open Houses

First, let’s talk about research. Realtor.com has a great search function that can be used to find upcoming open houses in your desired area.  Search by zip code, city or county then select ‘Open House’ within preferences and you instantly have a list of houses that you could visit. The other great thing about this search engine is that it compiles properties from a wide variety of realtors, so there is no need to go from site-to-site to collect all of the information. It’s all in one, easy-to-use spot.

 

Map Your Path

Once you have found several properties that interest you and you’d like to visit in person, create a gameplan. Open houses tend to be on Sundays starting around noon and going until mid-afternoon. Often times, each house is only open for two hours so time management and planning is essential.

Make note of the timing for each house you are interested in, then create a map starting with the house that opens earliest out of your group.  Keep going down the line based on times available and establish how much time you’d like to spend at each location.  If you would like to spend at least a half hour in each, then aim to visit three houses in an afternoon.  Don’t forget to take drive time between locations into account.  Keep in mind, if you miss an open house you can always reach out to the realtor and schedule a private showing.

It’s also a good idea to make note of any questions you have after looking at the homes’ online. If you notice a listing doesn’t have photos of the garage, make a note.

 

Open House Day

Plan in hand, you’re ready to go and find your potential new home! If you have created set times to arrive and leave homes, keep an eye on the time so that you don’t miss out on the other houses you’d like to see.

Make the most of your time at each location. Don’t be shy to asking questions! The realtor is there to help and they are full of information, often times knowing far more than what is published on line.  Trulia has a great list of questions that’s worth checking out.

When visiting each home as a potential buyer you are not obligated to leave any sort of contact information for later. However, if they property catches your eye, be sure to take a card with the realtor’s information. This contact information will come in handy should you have any other further questions and/or you have interest in making an offer.

 

Don’t Forget Etiquette

It’s very easy to get caught up looking at a beautiful home, but make sure that if you want to take any photos you ask the realtor before doing so.  Most times they will say yes, but it is always polite to offer them the option to say no in case the seller has requested no photos.

Also, keep in mind that you are not the only one viewing the home. Any negative comments or notes about the home should be kept to yourself. Sometimes, realtors will wander the house in case visitors have any questions and the last thing they want is to hear negative remarks about their listing. Instead, carry a small notepad with you and make note of any parts of the house that you like or dislike. This will come in handy later once you’ve visited all of the homes and want to discuss.

If there are other groups of buyers in one room, allow them enough time to explore before entering with your group. This is common courtesy that should not be forgotten.

 

Post-Visits

You’re back after your afternoon of viewing potential homes! You’ve got all of your notes and maybe some photos, but what do you do with that information?

First, sort out everything by property and begin reviewing your notes. While you go through all of the information, keep your (family’s) wish list close by for reference. Consider factors like price, upkeep, and location. It will be very hard to find a home with every single feature on your list. Be flexible and prioritize.

If you find yourself with questions about certain properties, reach out to the listing agent directly. If there is a property that you are especially drawn to, set up a follow up private showing. It may just be the home for you.

If you follow the guidelines above, we’re sure you’ll eventually find the home you’re looking for in an stress-free, efficient manner.

Moving into a Smaller Space

Minimalistic living is quite a trend lately, so it’s no surprise that the moving industry has seen an uptick in moves to smaller spaces.  Many people who opted for the minimalistic lifestyle have said it not only removes clutter in their home, but it also clears their minds and takes their focus off nonmatrial things.  If you’re curious to learn more, check out one of the most popular minimalist blogs.

Logistically, moving into a smaller space can be very difficult.  There should be plenty of planning ahead of time to ensure that the move goes smoothly and stress-free.  As a guide, we’ve created a timeline that demonstrates the importance of planning and how to best prepare you and your family for the move.

 

When you begin looking for homes…

The second you start looking for or researching smaller homes, you should begin the process of eliminating clutter and excess items.

 

Get rid of duplicates

Do you, for some odd reason have three copies of Beyonce’s Lemonade? Get rid of two of them.  Also have a dozen copies of Harry Potter books? Pare it down a bit. This step is easiest because you can clearly see that you really only need one of each of these. Create a box or bin for these duplicates, then store it away to later donate them or sell at a yard sale. Either way, you’ve just completed the first step to your small space move!

 

Take a look inside your closet

Here comes the hard part… Somehow every piece of clothing means something or has a use. Even if you haven’t touched it in nine months, you can probably find a way to rationalize keeping it.

Be realistic.  If you pick up an item knowing full well you have not worn it in a year, but begin to say, “you know that you will someday…” keep it moving right out of there! The paring down process needs to be done to be comfortable and happy in your new home.

 

Pick only your favorite décor

A smaller space means less wall space. Not to mention, filling all walls in a smaller space will actually make it seem tighter than it really is. You will want to go for items that mean a lot to you and that make you feel good in order to make most of the space that you have.  When you pick up an item, ask yourself, “Does this piece make me feel good?” If you say no or you have no response to it, set it aside.  Make a box of those items and add them to your future yard sale/donation inventory.

 

Once you find your new home…

The next step is prepping your new space as much as possible. Focusing on creating as much space and storage will save you time and make moving day less stressful. But first, don’t forget to celebrate finding your new spot!

 

Get Inspired!

Start looking at magazines and websites to figure out what style you’d like. Either way, you will be tasked with creating a space that feels larger than it is, but you will still want to decide if you want a modern, sleek look or a cozy, homey feel. This decision will determine the type of storage options that you move forward with.

Loving the modern idea? Check out this website for some ideas. They have houses from around the world and you can look inside each one to see the different design styles.  Or maybe you see yourself in a compact, cozy home? Pinterest has an endless amount of inspiration for you to save and access later.

No matter what style you choose, look at how they make the most of their space. Keep in mind that you can also add storage solutions of your own!

 

Stay on schedule!

Don’t get distracted or sidetracked on your downsizing. You will need to continually keep yourself in check and on task. Try setting reminders on your calendar to keep yourself motivated and know that all of the preparing will pay off when the move date rolls around. As you go back each time to do another round of cleaning out, understand that it will get harder as you go.  Having that mindset ahead of time will actually make it easier.

 

When moving day has come and gone…

Once you’ve completed your move and gotten settled into your new small space, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind as you move forward.

 

Remember that you are in a smaller space now

Obvious statement, right? Well not really. Picture yourself walking into a Target store to grab a few groceries, but then you end up wandering around the store and finding a variety of beautiful decorations. It’s not bad that you found items you like, but will they all fit? Do they all make sense in your new space? When you go out shopping, you will need to always ask yourself, “Where will this go?” After all, you don’t want all of your hard work in preparing for your small space move to go to waste.

 

Understand that you and your family’s habits will need to change

Whether you’ve done the move on your own, you need to prepare yourselves for a lifestyle change. Moving into a small space naturally brings everyone closer together. Be more aware of your personal habits such as leaving magazines laying around, shoes strewn across the floors or dishes on the counter. All of these will make your new space seem even smaller and has the potential to create tension.

Be patient. Small space living will take time to get used to.

 

Always remember why you did this in the first place

Moving into a small space is hard work and you’ve done most of the heavy lifting, now it’s just maintaining your new environment so you can enjoy it. Whether you decided to live smaller because it takes up less energy, brings your family closer together or pushes you to re-focus on the nonmaterial, always keep that as your motivation. At first it may be hard to adjust, but take it from self-proclaimed minimalist, Joshua Becker, you will appreciate living smaller in the long run.

How To Move Your Plants

Plants can add so much to a home; not only are they decorative but they can also increase oxygen levels and clean the air in your home.  So with all that our lovely houseplants provide for us and our homes, it makes sense that we would only want to take good care of them.

Although the process of taking care of plants during a move can be a little tedious, its well worth it.  It all starts before the move and ends a little while after your move, as it takes time for your plants to acclimate to their new setting.

 

Preparing Your Plants

Place your smaller pots into cardboard boxes and surround the pot with crunched up newspapers. This prevents the plant from tipping over during transportation. For extra safety, move any plants in clay or ceramic pots to plastic pots at least two weeks prior to your move.

For larger plants, prune and trim as much as possible. Be sure to check with your local nursery or online before pruning as there are a several species of plants that do not react well to pruning.

For all plants, be sure to water the day before your move and prevent any potential messes in the moving vehicle.  This especially important in the winter, because if the soil has too much water during the move, then there is the potential for freezing. Another way to protect during the brisk winter climate is to cover the plants with an old sheet or tissue paper. Even the smallest contact with extreme cold temperatures can cause trauma to the plant.

If you are moving to a new state with a potentially different climate, do some research to understand how your new home will suit your plants.

If your house looks like this, you may have a big task ahead of you.

Your Plants and Professional Movers

If you have opted to work with a professional moving company and you would like for them to help transport a few of your houseplants, be sure to ask them prior to the move if they are willing to handle plants. During winter months, some moving companies will not transport them as most moving trucks do not have heat in the box.

No matter what, be sure to check for insects and parasites prior to the move and apply insecticide safely prior to the move.

 

Long Distance Moving

If you are driving cross-country to your new home, then there are a few extra steps to ensure the safety of your plants.

First, it is important to check in advance with any states that you will be going through that they allow the transportation of the plants.  To prevent the spreading of certain insects, there is a certification that some states require prior to moving. It’s beneficial to research this ahead of time to avoid any issues. The National Plant Board has very helpful information regarding each state’s regulations.

If you know that the driving trip will take more than a day, then be sure that your plants are still receiving adequate water and light. Be mindful of the temperature in the car too, and never leave them in a vehicle overnight in case of drastic temperature changes.

If you have chosen to ship your plants, then be sure you understand the potential expenses and risks.

Shipping your plants can be very expensive and there are various regulations on carriers which means that you will need to ensure that this is something your selected shipping company can do. Furthermore, there are no guarantees with shipping as you are responsible for appropriately packaging the plant.

 

Moving Day

If you do opt to put your plants into the moving vehicle, then be sure that they are the last items on and the first items off.  Many movers will recommend that you transport them yourself because your car will often be able to provide a safer temperature and the plants may experience less movement impact as well.

 

Post Move

Once you have moved into your new home and you begin settling in, be sure to give your plants that same opportunity. They will need time to adjust to the new environment. If you notice a slight loss of leaves, do not worry, this is fairly normal with any environment change. Finally, be sure not to immediately place the plants back into direct sunlight. Ease them back into it and allow them to acclimate.

Moving During the Holidays

This time of year is filled warm laughter, playing in the snow, drinking hot chocolate, and cozying up next the fire with a loved one. Sometimes it can be tricky to enjoy these things when moving becomes part of your holiday plans. So, in light of the season of giving, we thought we’d share some tips on how to make your holiday move a little easier.

 

Notification of Address Change

One can easily forget the little things like this between time spent baking cookies and wrapping presents. So, first things first, go online to schedule a change of address with USPS.

As for updating friends and family, do a little bit of multitasking. Send your holiday cards early and include a notification of your new address. No need to send out a separate batch of move announcements.

 

Staying Cheerful

You may not have control over your move date, but don’t let that get you down. There are so many wonderful things to look forward to this time of year. Pack your holiday decorations last, let them be a reminder as you pack. By the time you’ve packed everything else, the holiday decorations will seem like a breeze.

It may be staged, but it looks fun!

Labeled Packing

With the season being so busy, it can be difficult at times to slow down and make sure you do things the proper way. Having a labeling system for your packing will make your moving and unpacking experience much easier, and help you get back to your holiday favorites! We recommend color coding with colored sharpies or duct tape, so you or your moving company can easily place items in their specific room. This will also make your holiday boxes more accessible when its time to redecorate.

 

1 Very Full Truck or 2 Half-Full Trucks?

Recently, we here at College Muscle Movers have come across a variety of estimation situations where a customer has so many items that it might require a second truck. If you have spoken with us before, you know we favor a “better safe than sorry” approach, and subsequently always suggest a second truck in these situations.

And so, we often get asked, “If you think that everything might fit into the one truck, why not just try for that?”  To which we have a few answers.

First and foremost, efficiency.  With two trucks, the movers are able to waste less time trying to make absolutely everything fit and put more focus on the overall move. We’d rather get your move done as quickly as possible than waste time puzzle-piecing your items into the truck.

Secondly, there is a lowered risk of higher costs.  With two trucks, the chance of needing to make a second trip is virtually eliminated.  With one truck if not everything fit and a second trip is required, the time increases greatly and the cost along with it. This is especially likely to happen if there are additional items that were not on the original inventory given. With two trucks, there is plenty of extra space.

Finally, and possibly most important there is an increased amount of item safety.  With more space we can pack your items into our truck with their safety in mind, rather than use of space.  In other words, we always pack your items as safely as possible, but with limited space we may need to prioritize getting it all in one load over the safety of certain items.

So what does this mean for price?

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We hope that this helps in your decision making process when not only considering the logistics of your move, but also the professional moving company you decide to hire.