Blog Posts by 1st Choice Movers

Tips for Moving in Winter Weather

With the winter settling in here in Dakota County and Minnesota at large, weather may play a big role on moving day if you’re planning to move in the next few months. That’s why, as providers of local moving services for Dakota County and the surrounding areas, we’d like to discuss some of the things to consider when moving in winter. After all, the only way to have a successful move during undesirable weather is to prepare for it as much as possible and work with dependable local moving services. A local moving service thoroughly understands the weather in our area, the streets you’ll be moving to and from and how to navigate them. Here are some additional tips to consider:moving company

Snow, Rain & Sleet

Precipitation can provide some challenges when moving, but it doesn’t have to ruin it. So if it’s raining on your moving day, don’t panic. As part of our local moving services we routinely cover items before we pack them onto the truck, so that will shield them from the rain, snow etc. If you’re experiencing snow on your moving day, a little extra work will be required. Make sure that steps and walkways are shoveled at both your current home and the location you’re moving to. Assist your local moving services in any way possible. Also remember to be patient, as it is better to go slow and be safe, especially in icy weather.


While this is not the windy city, Dakota County is no stranger to high winds. High winds are hard to prepare for but if they plague your moving day, it may change up the order things are packed, but not much more. We don’t want to have items that will easily blow over or blow away sitting outside, waiting to be loaded. Our local moving services will streamline the process, so lighter items are moved directly from the home onto the truck. Again, in windy conditions it is important to be as helpful as possible to your moving team.

Prepare Your New Home for Your Arrival

One essential point of preparation is ensuring your utilities are all set up in your new home before the big move. Winter in Minnesota can get pretty cold, especially at night. So to ensure your home is comfortable the night you move in, set up your utilities beforehand.

Ready to learn more about our local moving services in Dakota County? Call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Hiring Professional Movers for Your Minnesota Move

Planning a move? You may be considering whether you should hire professional movers or go the DIY route. While doing it yourself is always an option, hiring professional movers can save you a lot of stress, hassle and back-breaking work. But, how do you choose the right moving services for your Minnesota move? There are a multitude of variables to look into, but here are two you may not have already considered.moving services minnesota 1st choice movers

Moving Box Program & Packing Services

Does the company you are considering offer a moving box program and packing services? With these kinds of moving services you won’t need to worry about seeking out cardboard boxes at grocery stores around your home looking for boxes. These boxes can often be dirty and structurally unsound for moving.

And, with proper moving boxes, supplies and packing from professional moving services, you can rest assured your belongings are packed properly. If you choose 1st Choice Movers you can simply give us a call, let us know how many boxes you’ll need, and we will work out the details with you for your move. We can also provide bubble wrap, stretch wrap and other important items you will need for packing.

We have various sizes and types of boxes you can use for your move, including wardrobe boxes, dish boxes and more.

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

This may seem like a no-brainer but it is so important to read customer testimonials to learn more about the moving services a company provides for their customers. Here are a few of our favorites written by happy 1st

Choice Movers customers:

I just wanted to thank you for all of your time, attention and patience through my move. You were fantastic! I had to change my move in date with you three times and your patience and ability to accommodate me each time diffused a stressful situation. Your movers were very polite, friendly and eager to help me anyway they could. I would also like to comment on your storage of my possessions, in short, perfect! Everything was in great shape and nothing was delivered broken. I feel your company went above and beyond.. – Sandie Stanley

I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with our move this past Saturday. Salvadore, Germaine, and Daniel were fast, courteous and professional. All three are great guys and were a pleasure to work with. Since we’re downsizing, we color-coded our furniture as to where it was to go and how it was to load. They followed our instructions perfectly and the move went without incident. (They also “gift-wrapped” our furniture going into storage which was a pleasant surprise!) We would recommend 1st Choice to anyone considering a move. – Mark & Sherrie Krueger

You are the only moving company that 1) sends thank you notes 2) deliver boxes 3) have very hard working movers that look out for the customer. This last move…I expected almost double of what it actually cost. Your movers are awesome. IF I ever move again, I will definitely be in touch…I so appreciate you and I will advise my friends of your fantastic services. – Diane

So, when you need a reliable and reputable moving service in Minnesota, call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Fall Moving Tips for a Minnesota Autumn

While the weather here in Minnesota can be pretty unpredictable, especially in the fall, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your autumnal move. As professional, residential movers for Anoka County, we’d like to give you a few tips to help you with your fall move. And, when you do decide on a date for your move, contact the expert residential movers here at 1st Choice Movers to get on our schedule soon as possible. We look forward to moving you!

Moving Tips

By moving in the fall, it allows you to escape the summer heat and take advantage of other off-season benefits like a flexible schedule. However, autumn in Minnesota does pose some unique weather-related challenges that you’ll have to keep in mind. Here are a few things to consider:

Check the Weather

If your moving day is still a few weeks or months away, this may be difficult. However, if you are able, you should check the weather to better schedule your move. If you’re working with professional residential movers, just keep in touch with your move coordinator if a storm is in the forecast. Every Minnesota autumn sees at least a few unexpected climate events from freezing rain to ice storms so be prepared.

Take Care of Utilities

It is important your utilities are all set up in your new home before the big move. Autumn in Minnesota can get pretty chilly, especially at night. So to ensure your home is comfortable the night you move in, set up your utilities beforehand. Call your new utilities company a couple of weeks before moving day to confirm your address and start date.

Keep Essentials Near

Make sure essential items are available before, during and after your move. While this is important for any move, it is especially important for one that could be thrown off by unexpected weather. Have a separate bag of essential items at-hand including phone chargers, toiletries, spare clothes, and medicines. Make sure these stay with you and are not packed away so you can have them in case of a weather emergency. You may never need them, but they could be a lifesaver.

And, these are just a few helpful tips for your fall move. For more, contact our residential movers for more helpful information.

Interested in hiring our residential movers for your Anoka County move? Call 1st Choice Residential movers at 763-559-5934 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Moving Checklist: Who to Notify of Your Move

Congratulations on your move! If you’ve hired movers, you will no doubt have much time to sit back, relax and enjoy your new home. But, there is one major step you must take care of before your move; you’ve got to tell everyone! And, knowing who exactly to notify is essential to a smooth transition. 1st Choice Movers is a team of seasoned, professional movers for Dakota County and the surrounding areas so we know a thing or two about the moving process. That’s why we’d like to take a moment to offer a checklist of whom you should inform of your move and how to get it done. Make sure to peruse this list at least a week before you move to make sure you don’t miss anyone.

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First, the post office. This is an obvious one and the most important. And, it’s easy! Just visit the U.S. Postal Service‘ website to start your official change of address. They just charge a $1 fee to verify your identity when changing your address online, so you’ll need a credit or debit card.

Next, let your employer know. This one often gets forgotten. Chances are you’ve been telling your coworkers and boss about the move but you’ll need to let human resources know too. Even if your paychecks get deposited directly into your bank account, you still want other important documents sent to your new address, as these papers may contain personal information you don’t want others to get their hands on.

You’ll also need to update your address with cable, cellphone and internet providers, as well as your electric and gas companies. And, when it comes to your electric, make sure service at your new house starts either the morning of your move or the evening before so you don’t end up moving in the dark or sans air conditioning!

If you’re a registered voter, an address change is required if you want your vote counted in upcoming elections. In some cases, when you update your address with the DMV, your address on your voter registration will automatically update, but contact the office of your registrar of voters to confirm this.

Don’t forget your doctors and other health care providers! To avoid missing and falling behind on your medical bills, update your mailing address with all of your health care providers.

Don’t forget to update your meal delivery subscriptions, newspaper and magazine subscriptions! Either update your mailing address online, or call customer service and ask for an address change over the phone.

And of course, you’ll want to let you close friends and relatives know about your move. This is an exciting time so let everyone know the exciting news! And, any time you move, always hire trusted movers to get the job done right.

Ready to learn more about our movers in Dakota County? Call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Tips for Moving Your Business

Taking the plunge and moving your business? Whatever the reason; from a new customer base to a better location, it is important to hire the experts for a smooth move. Moving can be time-consuming and overwhelming but hiring the professionals at 1st Choice Movers can make it as seamless as possible. We are the trusted name in commercial moving for St Paul and can help you move your business. And, as experts in the field, we also have a few tips to help you along your way.

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Limit What You Need to Move

Make sure you’re only taking with you the things you need. Donate office equipment and any items you won’t need to take with you. Weed out old files and consolidate excess items. Now is a great time to part with old phones, copiers, printers, computers, furniture and even office supplies that you no longer need. Why pay for moving items you do not need when you can recycle them or give them to someone in need?

Pack Early

When it comes to commercial moving, it is important to never wait until the last minute to pack. Packing in advance can allow you to keep everything organized, which is especially important for a business.

Update Your Contact Information & Address

For a business it is especially important you update your address and contact information. The last thing you want is to wind up losing clients because they were unable to get ahold of you or you never received important mail from them.

As with personal moves, you will need to notify the post office, your creditors, bank, etc. If you bill clients, be sure to tell them clearly to update their contact information for you, so payment is sent to your new address.

Also spend some time searching for your business online by name. You may find your business is listed in referral directories that will show old contact information that will need to be updated.

Make a List

While a commercial moving company takes care of much of the move, a moving to-do list for every stage of the process can help you ensure no tasks are overlooked or items forgotten.

Hire a Trusted Commercial Moving Company

A commercial moving company like ours is specially trained in taking care of a move quickly and efficiently without accidental damage to your property.

Would you like to learn more about commercial moving in the St Paul area? Call 1st Choice Movers at 763-559-5934, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.