I've never used magnets other than drain plugs with magnets that come with some vehicles. Sounds like using them could be helpful.
I do one thing that wasn't mentioned. I fill the new oil filter ( when possible ) . Some filters are on such an angle can't get much in them. Then you have the upside down filter :-( I figure the oil goes through the filter first before getting to the bearings, so if the filter is already full , it doesn't have to be filled by oil pump before getting to engine. May help illuminate dry start.
The filter on my Edge 3.5 is vertical so I can completely fill it.
I may be old school on this but that's the way I do it.