5 tips for moving from home to high-rise

Written by Claire Schneider

You’ve decided to make the move from a single-family home to a high-rise building or condo. That’s exciting! There are some things to consider for moving day since transitioning into a high rise is drastically different than moving into a home. Not only is the space smaller, there are many details to take into consideration prior to and on moving day. For example, you may need to arrange moving reservations with the building manager in advance for elevator use and parking purposes, along with paring down useless items once stored in your home to make room for a smaller, new space. Below are tips to help make your moving day an easy one.

Purge

MovingIf you’re moving from a home to a condo or apartment, it’s likely not all of your belongings will fit in your new space. Before you begin packing, go through each room and see if there are items you could sell, donate, or put in storage. Have a color-coded post-it note for each category and mark all belongings. If you haven’t used something in the past year, it’s time to let go. For seasonal items, think about putting them in storage. This will not only save space, but will shorten your move, saving you money in the long run.

Storing your items

Whether you have a storage unit in your building or you need to rent one, there are precautions you should take. Water damage is the leading cause of damages to items in a storage unit. To prevent this, see if you can acquire old pallets from a local company to create a platform for your belongings to rest on. Do not use plastic covers. They encourage moisture buildup which leads to mold and mildew. Instead, use cotton covers. Another important tip is to invest in quality boxes for your belongings. Purchase professional storage boxes that are more dependable in protecting your items.

When storing your items, label all boxes for easy discoverability, and group them into functional categories. Since some storage units are dark, consider purchasing cheap, portable dome lights to place in the storage unit. This will help dramatically when searching for your crystal serving bowl for Thanksgiving.

Furniture

Get floor plans for your new apartment or condo, and plan out how your furniture will fit in the new space. Don’t wait until moving day to see if everything will fit. You’d hate to move your giant couch up to the fourteenth floor only to find out it’s too big in the room. There are great floor plan sites that will take your measurements and place items into a virtual room, allowing you to see which arrangement will work best. Knowing your desired arrangement will save you time during the move for arranging your items.

Building

Check with building management to see about reserving a parking space for the moving truck during the day of the move. The closer the truck is to the building, the less time it will take to transport items, which in the end will also save you money. See about reserving an elevator or using the maintenance elevator. This will make your move a breeze!

Apartment movingHire movers

Hire a moving company to take off the pressure and stress of moving your belongings all by yourself.  Moving companies have the experience of moving into high rise buildings and can offer expert advice along with much-needed equipment. Deciding what moving company you want and trust to move your valuable possessions can be difficult. Make sure to do your research when selecting your movers, this is not the time to be shy! Learn more tips for selecting a mover.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Endless career opportunities present. Apply now!

Written by Lindsay Dow

Brian Stern is the general manager of six Chicago locations and has held almost every franchise position imaginable during his eight years with the company. The proof is there; opportunities are endless at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Brian strives to become a franchisee one day, and it all stemmed from his job as a mover eight years ago. See what else he has to say about his time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Q: When were you hired at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’ve been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since January 2006.

Q: What’s your current position and job responsibilities?

Brian: Currently I’m the General Manager. I manage day-to-day operations and sales, manage and maintain our safety program, ensuring compliance with Home Office, DOT, state, and FMCSA rules and regulations, and fleet management.

Q: What positions have you held in the company?

Brian: I started out as a driver but I’ve had many jobs during my years at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  I then worked my way up and became a driver, trainer, customer service representative, in-home consultant, operations manager, and general manager.

Q: What interested you about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: The atmosphere and people I work with daily.

Q: How do you see yourself progressing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’d love to one day open my own franchise and continue to be a leader in our franchise system.

Q: So far, what’s your favorite memory of working in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

Brian: When I was given the opportunity to open our Chicago locations as general manager. I was able to see a startup location grow from two trucks to over 40 in four to five years. It has been the most gratifying accomplishment thus far in my career. Not so much due to the number of trucks we put on the road every day, but more so the amount of peoples’ lives we provide our great service to daily.

Apply now to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and begin your career!

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Frontline MVP award winner Trista Roland

CMM2014_FBCoverDuring Career Move Month we’re sharing stories about our incredible team members across the nation. Today we feature Trista Roland’s story!

Trista is a customer service representative at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Flint location and has shown tremendous drive and passion, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. She recently won the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Frontline MVP Award and was recognized at the company’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this week. Unlike traditional MVP awards, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® MVP award represents Mission, Values, and Purpose, and seeks to recognize those who are committed to the foundation of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Watch this video to see Trista’s story!

Check out how you can become part of the team on our careers website!

Making moves for retirees smooth and simple

Senior CoupleDeciding to move is often the most difficult step in the moving process for retirees. In some instances, they are leaving the home in which they spent a better part of their lives and where they watched their family grow. From Sally taking her first steps to Joe graduating high school, their home symbolizes their past, and leaving that behind can be emotional. However, there are many reasons for retirees to consider moving including retirement, warmer climates, changes in lifestyle, and to be closer to family and friends.

Here are a few tips to guarantee a smooth experience for retirees.

Prepare for your move:

• Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before moving day.

• Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early to avoid being overwhelmed as moving day draws near.

• For large appliances, check the owner’s manuals to take note of any special instructions for moving.

• As you disassemble furniture and other items, tape all parts to the main base.

• Schedule disconnect times for about a week before you move, including cable, Internet and utilities.

Pack smart

• Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint can bleed onto your valuables.

• Always stack dishes upward when packing.

• Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.

• Use custom boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing.

• Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap as an alternative.

• Label boxes on top and sides. Mark boxes as they’re packed, labeling boxes containing breakable or sentimental items “fragile.”

• Pack important and sentimental documents separately for easy access, including children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.

• Keep in mind: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.

• Always tape boxes; don’t interlock the tops.

Pare down expenses:

• Assure packing is done before the day of your move.

• Minimize move time by putting all boxes in a central location – living room or garage are great areas.

• Disassemble furniture such as beds, tables and desks prior to the mover’s arrival.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a move to ensure the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers undergo extensive training; they are permanent employees and undergo background checks and are subject to random drug testing. They are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed efficiently to keep your moving costs affordable.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Planned packing makes transition to college more organized

Between tuition costs, everyday school stresses, and decreasing job opportunities for graduates, college-bound students have enough to focus on without having to stress about moving their belongings from home to college.

According to Childstats.gov, in 2011, nearly 68 percent of high school graduates enrolled immediately in a two-year or four-year college. It is safe to say a good amount of those students traveled away to college and needed the support of family or friends to help them move.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about moving and have provided easy-to-follow tips to simplify the move to college:

College moving• Use the right supplies – It’s worth the small investment. Don’t make the mistake of using grocery store boxes, garbage bags, or laundry baskets. Boxes that once stored food items often carry bugs, and garbage bags and laundry baskets are not dependable. Instead, buy moving boxes and use packing tape. Sturdy boxes can easily fold up, be stored for the entire school year, and are ready to use again for summer break.

• Pack like items together – Moving back to school can be a little overwhelming so the more organized the better. Label boxes clearly – there’s not a lot of room in campus housing, so organizing boxes can prioritize unpacking without the huge mess.

• Pack smart – Don’t make the mistake of overstuffing boxes. Too many items can cause the box to collapse and it may be impossible to lift. Just remember: the heavier the object, the smaller the box.

• Try to use original packaging for large electronics – A new computer, TV, mini-fridge, and microwave all come with packaging to keep them secure and protected. It’s much more likely that these items will arrive unharmed if they remain in manufacturers’ packaging.

College move“Transitioning to college should be an exciting time in a student’s life, but it can be overwhelming,” said Randy Shacka, president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. “A successful and stress-free move starts with proper planning. Through simple preparation, students can make life easier as they head to school.”

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can help with your college move or packing needs. Start college off right and have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to do the heavy lifting for you!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Career Move Month

Written by Claire Schneider

Before I began working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., I was one of the many people who thought the company only consists of movers, drivers and customer service representatives. When I first heard TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. was hiring, I wasn’t interested because I knew I could not move heavy furniture. My husband then urged me to just see what types of positions they were looking for, so I did. I had heard of the company before, but I thought it was just a local business and didn’t realize, until I began looking at the positions, that it was actually something much greater.

Claire SchneiderI am now the Social Media Specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. and, unlike a lot of my friends, I am actually working in the field I got my college degree in and I love it! I have learned so much about this great company and feel really proud to be part of all it stands for.

Part of my job as Social Media Specialist is to work with the franchises on how to improve their social media presence. With Career Move Month approaching, there was one conversation that really stuck out to me and that was with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy’s Nicole Trice.

Nicole Trice

Nicole Trice

Nicole moved to Michigan last September from Nashville, Tennessee and has a communications degree from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is now working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy as a Customer Service Representative and manages their social media. I loved how eager Nicole was to learn how she could improve their social media presence. So when I was thinking of ideas to showcase Career Move month, I decided to ask Nicole to answer some questions for me for a blog post to show how there are so many opportunities and different positions at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

What was the position you applied for?

I applied for the Customer Service Representative position, which is the marketing one as well.

What made you decide to apply for a position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I decided to apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because the position would give me an opportunity to apply the experience that I learned from years of customer service and to gain experience associated with my Communications degree.

How are you balancing both positions?

I like to think that I am a very organized person. I make a list each day of the tasks that I want to accomplish by the end of the day. As I go through the day, I mark the items off. I start the day off as a CSR and I do the social media aspect throughout the day.

What things do you like about being a CSR? And what have you learned?

Honestly, I was a server for 5 years and being a CSR is very similar. I have learned that there is a different approach when speaking to a customer over the phone compared to in person. I like that I don’t have to serve food to people!

What do you like about being in charge of social media? And what have you learned?

I like getting to expand our reach to people. I can let people see that we are real people that care about how we move the customer. I like that I get to see other people’s ideas and I learn something new every day. I have learned how important a Facebook and Twitter are to the business world today. I am learning how to manage websites, blogs and all aspects of social media.

 What are some challenges you have been faced with having both positions?

It does get tough balancing both positions. I do wish I had a little bit more time to focus on conquering the social media aspect.

 Is there anything else that you think people would like to know about how it is to work at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

We get to help one of the most stressful moments in a person’s life!

There are so many positions like mine and Nicole’s at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and now with Career Move Month, we are looking to accomplish our goal of 10,000 applications during the month of April. If we reach our goal we will donate $5,000 to Dress for Success. Take a look at our new Career website for positions in your area!

Career Move Month

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.