First time moving with pets? We’ve got you covered!

Moving to a new home can be a very stressful time for our four-legged family members. Here are some great tips to minimize stress before the move, during the transition, and when arriving at your new home.

Get the 411: If moving to a foreign country (or even Hawaii), be aware of quarantine or travel requirements that may take additional planning. If moving within the US, familiarize yourself with local pet regulations, ordinances, and zoning laws. Many cities have specific laws regarding leashes, pet licensing, breed restrictions, and allowable number of pets per household. In fact, some cities will even issue a citation for walking your dog on a public beach. For exotic pets (birds, Dr2reptiles, monkeys) or agricultural species (pigs, chickens, and goats), special permitting or zoning laws may apply. If you will be residing within an apartment community or condo, you should double check to ensure your pets are permitted. This should also be plainly stipulated within your rental agreement or within the homeowner’s association rules.

Good to go: Prior to moving, plan a visit with your pet’s veterinarian to ensure your pet is up-to-date on important vaccinations and is healthy enough for travel. Remember to obtain sufficient medication and prescription diet to last at least two weeks (until you are able to establish a relationship with a veterinarian in your new area). Ask your current veterinarian to refer you to a veterinarian in your new area or conduct your own research using the AVMA or American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) websites. If you are traveling across state lines or internationally, you will need a corresponding certificate of veterinary inspection to be filled out by an accredited veterinarian. In addition, some airlines require an acclimation certificate for air travel that must also be signed by an accredited veterinarian. Request a copy of your pet’s medical records to share with your new veterinarian. Consider having your pet microchipped as a quick and minimally invasive way to locate your pet if he or she should ever become lost. If your pet is already microchipped, remember to update your new information with the microchip company.

Carry me home: Leave yourself enough time to find a suitable pet carrier with sufficient ventilation. Your pet should have enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Get your pet accustomed to the carrier before you travel by using the carrier as a pet bed for several days to weeks. Try to increase comfort and security by placing your pet’s favorite blanket, toy, and/or treat within the carrier. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, consider trying to slowly acclimate him or her by taking short car trips well in advance of your move. Progressively increase the duration of the car trips and monitor for improvement. Also, ask your veterinarian about prescription medications that work well to alleviate motion sickness in pets.

Pack it up:  Shortly before your move, your pet may become anxious while witnessing the packing and moving of household items. Consider a doggy day care, boarding facility, or have your pet visit a well-known friend during times of increased activity. Alternatively, assign a well-ventilated room of your home as the “pet room” to provide a sanctuary away from the chaos. Place a “do not disturb” sign on the door to avoid people unnecessarily entering the room.  Keep in mind that cats may show a tendency to run away or hide in boxes when stressed, so a “pet room” will help to keep tabs on your tiny tiger. Avoid straying from your usual routine during the moving process. Extra attention and special treats can serve as good short-term distractions while extra walks/increased exercise are a great outlet for excess nervous energy.  Pheromone-based diffusers and sprays are also available to help calm dogs and cats during stressful times. If you are concerned about your pet’s level of anxiety, speak to your veterinarian about medications available to help control your pet’s anxiety throughout the moving process.

Leave it out: Remember to leave out the following pet-related items that are needed for travel:
Prescribed medications (ensure you have adequate supply for the entire duration of your trip plus an additional 4 days)
-Food and water (ensure you have adequate supply for the entire duration of your trip plus an additional 4 days)
-Travel carrier or crate
-Pet bed with favorite blanket
-Several favorite toysDr

-Collar with leash or harness; ensure your pet is wearing an updated information tag including your pet’s name, new phone number, and new address
-Litter pan/cat litter
-Health certificate (interstate or international) +/- acclimation certificate for air travel
-Photo of your pet (in case your pet should become lost)
-Plastic poop bags
-Roll of paper towels

-Current veterinarian’s phone number

Other items to consider:
Medical records (especially if your pet has a current medical condition)
Pet first aid kit
Favorite treats
Pet seat belt and/or vehicle barrier
Pet brush

Dr. Anna Ligman is a small animal veterinarian and owner of The Veterinary Center at Hunter’s Crossing in Gainesville, FL.  Dr. Ligman is very passionate about preventative medicine and focuses on strong client education to enhance pets’ quality – and quantity – of life.

Help! I’ve never moved before!

Written by Nicole Harrison

If this is your first time moving, there is a lot of information you need to know in addition to hiring a professional moving company, or bribing your friends with free pizza to help you move. Even if you’ve moved before and have never used a professional moving company such as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, there are many things to be aware of in preparation for the big day.

An accurate estimate. When you are ready for your free estimate, think about any additional storage spaces (garage, shed, attic, basement, and storage unit) you may have. In many cases customers forget about additional storage so the final bill is more money than the estimate because of these forgotten areas. Be prepared to provide the number of rooms your current house has since this will also help the estimator indicate a time frame. Finally, let us know if there are tight corners, or narrow stairwells in your house, apartment, or condo (smaller than standard doorways). Mention those hard-to-maneuver places when you are getting your estimate.

Scheduling your move. Schedule your move in advance. As soon as you know you’re moving, give TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a call. If you are moving during the busy summer months, it’s especially important to book as far in advance as you can. We are very accommodating to last minute moves, however, during the busy months, it may be OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdifficult to get a move crew the same day or week you call. Booking early will help secure your ideal move day.

Parking. Do you live on a steep hill? Do you live in an apartment community? Is your driveway new? Is it a long walk to your house, apartment, or condo? Does your building have an elevator? If yes, do you have to reserve it for your move? These are all important things to consider before the moving crew arrives. If there are any obstacles near your home it’s important to notify the moving company so they can plan ahead of time. Our movers typically drive a 26-foot truck, if you live in an apartment, condo, or senior community, check with the property manager to see if there is a load or unload zone on the property. Help us help you by doing some research before your move.

Packing. Will you be packing some of your own items before your move? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a full-service moving company, and we are more than happy to help you get packed. If you would like our specially trained packers to pack your items, let us know when you book your move so it can be included in your estimate. We also sell a variety of moving boxes and packing supplies for your convenience. We post moving tips on our Facebook page every Wednesday, if you’re packing your own items, check them out!

Number of boxes. If you’ve never moved before how would you ever know how many boxes you need to fit your stuff? Use this handy guide to help decide the number of boxes you will need to pack your items. Note: the number of boxes will vary depending on the number of items you have in your house. Ask the franchise you are moving with if they will buy back unused boxes.

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What to expect on move day: Ask for your mover or driver’s phone number for the day of your move. That way, you will be able to contact them if you have any questions or if you need to give them specific directions upon their arrival. Your movers will call when they are on their way to your house. This will help you accurately prepare for their arrival. Also keep in mind to plan for the weather. Rain and snow do not scare us! We will move you under many weather conditions. Remember, movers are people, too. If it’s a blistering hot day, it may be nice to offer your movers water, tea or some other refreshing drink to cool off and keep hydrated. Same for the winter, if it’s brutally cold, allow your movers time to warm up either in their truck or in your home. The time movers take for breaks will not be counted on your final bill.

In the whirlwind of planning and this life changing event, sit back and soak it all in. You are about to embark on an exciting new adventure. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We are subject matter experts and have many moving, packing and organizational tips for you! To learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog.

Wrapping up Movers for Moms®, 230,000 items collected in 2015!

Movers for Moms® 2015 has officially come to a close!

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we believe every mother deserves to be thought of on Mother’s Day, regardless of her circumstancm4mes. Because of that, we came up with the Movers for Moms® program eight years ago, and it runs as our annual spring program. Our franchises team up with local schools, businesses, and other organizations to collect essential care items for mothers in need who are forced to stay in domestic abuse or homeless shelters around the time of Mother’s Day. Our franchises distribute collection boxes around the community to gather the items, and deliver them to their local shelter partners on or before Mother’s Day weekend.

The Movers for Moms® program continues to grow year after year. It was first created with just 20 Michigan franchises and eight years later, we’re proud to say our franchises have collected more than 600,000 items for moms in need over the years! This year alone, our fantastic franchises collected more than 230,000 items for delivery to local shelters!

Movers for Moms® success is built on the generosity of local communities coming together to support at-risk moms. We want to thank everyone who has generously acted as m4m5a donation drop off location, our customers who so thoughtfully give items to the cause and support their local women’s and homeless shelters, and to our businesses and schools who work so hard to collect items for local moms!

We’re proud to live out our core value of giving back to the community, not just when running our annual Movers for Moms® program, but all year long.

The photos illustrate the impact Movers for Moms® not only has on moms in need, but on the entire community as they come together to support those in need.

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Throw a rockin’ Fourth of July party your guests will never forget!

Written by Nicole Harrison

The Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated days of the summer. Fireworks, sparklers, hotdogs, swimming, and special time with friends and family are some highlights. Whether you are heading to the lake, or staying home, we have a few pointers to make your Fourth of July bash a blow out!

Food

Luckily, almost every year on the Fourth of July, the sun is shining, there are blue skies and beautiful weather. It’s the epitome of the summer season. The food menu can be one of the most stressful aspects of party planning. Whe n you Memorial-Day-Partythink about the Fourth of July, you think about grilling or cooking over a campfire. Both options are perfect for the summer season and being outside with friends and family! Hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers are delicious meal options, and relatively inexpensive. Popular side dishes can include: baked beans, fruit and vegetable trays, potato salad, potato chips, the list could go on and on! Pinterest is also a great resource for festive displays of foods and fun recipes.

Beverages

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if you’re spending it outside in the warmer temps! Consider purchasing metal or plastic buckets to hold the drinks you are serving. All you have to do is fill them up with ice and bury the drinks in the ice. You can also fill beverage dispensers with homemade punch, various lemonades, water, tea, etc. Most likely, it’s going to be a hot day, make sure you have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cool and refreshing!

Yard Games

My favorite part of the Fourth of July! If you’re competitive like me, plan out fun yard games and make a friendly contest out of it. Here are a few popular games everyone will enjoy: corn hole, water balloon fight/toss, scavenger hunt, bad mitten, 4-square, kickball, etc. The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our independence as a country and enjoying fellowship. Plan fun activities for everyone to take part in!

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Pump up the tunes! If you have a stereo or speakers, turn on the summer jams! Pandora and Spotify have energizing playlists you can spend the day rocking out to. Some of our favorites: summer hits of the 2000’s, Classic Rock, throwback, beach vibes, and Fourth of July party playlists.

Sparklers/Fireworks

Leave the fireworks for the professionals. If you have never had your own firework display, we recommend going to a local show. If you’re set on lighting off your own fireworks, do enough research beforehand and make sure you are a large distance from the observers. Fireworks are fun, but can be very dangerous. No matter what you decide to do, have fun! Sparklers are an easy way for the kids (and adults) to have fun and express themselves. See who can spell their name in the air before their sparklers burn out, or encourage the kiddos to wave them in the air or twirl in circles.

We hope you have a rockin’ Fourth of July party! As always, be smart and safe out there!

Cherishing moments with your children this Father’s Day

Written by Mike Bowers, Sales Development Specialist

My father was raised on a potato farm in Croswell, Michigan. He was a model student who won cross-country championships, and went on to the Marine Corps at the age of 18 where he continued to excel and receive accolades. He was always busy and worked 60-hour weeks as an automation electrician at a metal stamping plant, working side jobs and at one point also taking Father's Daynight classes to obtain more certifications for his job. The majority of our family photos include my father in the background still dressed in his dark navy work uniform. I can still smell the bearing grease and hydraulic fluid his boots emitted if I close my eyes and concentrate hard enough.

I spent a good portion of my childhood playing in sports tournaments and school events and I was often disappointed as I looked into the audience to see if my dad was there to watch. I frequently participated in dinner table discussions about how I need to apply myself more and always give my best attempt at everything I do. If there was room for improvement, the Sergeant oozed out of my father and squeezed out every ounce of effort I had. Like most young adults, I always thought I had it worse off than most kids. I used to say to myself, “What could he possibly know about being a teenager in the 90s?” and “When I have kids …!”

Fast forward to today. I am an adult with two children and wrapped up in “life”. I came to the realization that my dad’s seven-day work weeks paid for my karate lessons and moved us out of a declining Father's Day 2neighborhood and into a blue-ribbon school district. The long hours he devoted to his job (he still works at the same plant seven days a week!) has shown me how to endure sacrifice. I hear all of the parental guidance and speeches of tough-love echo through my head as I find myself sputtering the exact same advice to my children – verbatim! There we have it … I have become my FATHER — it must be hardwired into my DNA. I have been told that I walk like him and I have the same mannerisms. Ironically, I have transformed into the parent I insisted I would never resemble.

It was Father’s Day 2012, I went to visit my dad and found him in the garage tinkering with his generator. Out of nowhere he said words that I never expected to hear from him. Tears welled up in his eyes and he said, “Michael, I have worked my entire life away and I missed all of you kids growing up.” We stood in silence for a few seconds and I assured him he has done an incredible job. As I have admitted many times before, he molded me into the man I am today and I could not thank him enough! Is it possible to be a great father and still feel like you failed? I could only be so lucky to have the positive impact on my children as he did on me.

Father's Day 5The words, “Cherish Every Moment” are now tattooed on my shoulder to remind me that we only go around this life once. As an adult, it is very easy to get lost in work and other responsibilities, unfortunately taking away precious time of watching your children growing up. Live without regrets and be thankful for all you are given. Once you are done reading this, call your dad or your child and take the time to tell them how much you appreciate them! I could not be happier to be just like my hero, my role model, my FATHER.

I wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

Smile and snap a photo: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moves Me contest starts today!

Written by Nicole Harrison

 

Help us celebrate our 30 year anniversary by participating in our summer photo contest!

We have exciting news! Beginning today, our summer photo contest: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moves Me is launching! We hope you will participate, whether it be by submitting a photo or by voting on your favorite picture!

DSC_0017_edited What is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moves Me?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moves Me is a national photo contest that will run from June 15 until July 17. We are giving away 1,500 awesome, super-cool TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® t-shirts from our vintage 1985 line to help celebrate our 30th anniversary!

To participate in the contest, all you need to do is snag a free shirt, take a fun, creative photo of yourself wearing the shirt, and submit it to our Facebook page. Once the submission period is done, a team from our corporate office will vote and narrow down to 30 finalists.

After the top 30 finalists have been selected, you will be able to vote for your favorite picture. The three photos with the most votes win!

Did we mention the amazing prizes?! First place will receive $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250!

Click here to view the official contest rules.

How do I get a shirt?

On each of our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram, we will promote a special code that will allow you to order one of our vintage shirts for FREE. If you’re interested in getting a free shirt and participating in the contest, check out our social channels and order your shirt today!

Disclaimer: We are giving away 1,500 shirts across the United States. Our vintage tees are first come, first served and will only be available (for free) until we run out!

How do I participate?

  1. Get your FREE vintage TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® t-shirt from one our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.
  2. Get a photo of yourself in your totally awesome new shirt! The more creative, the better.
  3. Submit your photo on our Facebook page: facebook.com/TWOMENANDATRUCKINTERNATIONAL between June 17 and July 5
  4. On July 7, the top 30 photos will be open for public voting until July 17
  5. The three photos with the most votes will be announced on July 30

Here’s what we’re looking for:DSC_0036_edited
Creativity– Wear your shirt while sky-diving, rock-climbing, or doing something that’s not an everyday event. Don’t be shy! Snap photos of you in your shirt with our movers during a move, or following our core values such as giving back to the community. Props such as boxes and moving equipment are an added bonus!
Quality photo– Blurry photos or selfies that do not show your entire TMT shirt will not make the cut! We want clear photos that clearly show you out and about in your new TMT shirt.
Description– A unique description will be taken into account when narrowing down to the top 30 photos.
Family friendly– We are looking for family-friendly photos of you in your TMT shirt. Would your grandma approve? Nothing inappropriate will be accepted in the contest i.e. inappropriate hand gestures, clothing, smoking, drinking … you get the idea.

Contest timeline
We’re glad you asked! The contest starts today and officially ends Friday, July 17.
Here are the important dates to remember:

June 17- July 5 — Submit a photo of yourself to our Facebook page.
July 7 — Top 30 photos will be announced!
July 7-July 17 — Top 30 photos will be open for public voting. You can vote for a photo once a day for the duration of the voting period.
July 20 — Announce the top three winners!

We can’t wait to see your photo! If you have additional questions please email TMTMovesMe@twomen.com. Good luck!

Why hire a professional moving company this summer?

Written by Nicole Harrison

 

It’s the peak of busy moving season! Each summer, families frantically pack and move while the weather is cooperating and before school starts back up in the fall. Moving is already a dreaded event in many peoples’ lives. You have to coordinate schedules, pack your belongings, and find a crew to move you if you decide to hire a company. As tempting as it may be, bribing your family members with beer and pizza is not all it’s thought up to be. Yes, they love you and want to help you, but you don’t want to burden them with moving day stresses. Most likely, they are too nice to tell you they don’t want to do it, anyway!

We are a professional moving company with many years of moving and packing experience, and we are true subject matter experts in all things moving. Check out some of the reasons you should consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for your upcoming, summer move.

Full-service moving company. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a full-service moving company. That means we not only do the heavy lifting, we offer packing services to pack any and all items for you prior to the move — this is perfect for busy households who don’t have time to pack themselves. Along with our packing services, we also Two Men and a Trucksell moving boxes and packing supplies if you choose to pack yourself.

Professional movers. All of our movers are friendly, professional, and in uniform. They are also put through extensive training before they conduct any moves. This provides peace of mind for our customers, as it’s often stressful enough for strangers to come into your home to pack and move all of your prized possessions.

Background checked. Each mover and driver is background checked and drug screened prior to their hiring. Our movers and drivers go into your home to move your most precious belongings, and interact with your entire family.  We want to make certain they are stand-up men who will do an exceptional job while exceeding your expectations.

Understanding employees. We know moving is tough, but we understand this stress and work together as a team to eliminate it as much as possible. Our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams do everything they can to give you a smooth transition. That way, you can put your feet up and enjoy your new space in no time!

Padding and stretch wrap service. We offer free padding and stretch wrapping for your furniture and delicate items to ensure they are protected during the move and to eliminate any damages that may occur.  We are moving, after all, so damages-free moves are never 100% guaranteed. However, by offering these services, it means you can rest a little easier knowing your items are protected during transport.Customer Service photo

Customer service. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re extremely proud of our 96 percent customer referral rate. We pride ourselves on our top-notch customer service and expertise. Our employees are passionate about what they do, you can tell in their positive attitudes and friendly manner! Moving day doesn’t have to be stressful — you can always interact with our movers as they’re in and out of your home during the day. They love our customers, but even more, they love knowing they’ve made an impact on families during their move day.

Give back to the community. One of our core values is to give back to the community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 she made. She divvied the profit into 10, $100 donations and distributed them to various charities in the Lansing, Mich., area. Since then, we have supported numerous charities and causes throughout the country and donate 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society. This money goes to various branches of the American Cancer Society around the country!

These are not the only benefits of hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the list could go on and on. Summer is already known for its busy months, planning get-aways, and if you have children, a surplus of camps and activities all summer long. Hiring a professional moving company will give you a little more free time to focus on what matters most, your family!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest and first franchised moving company in the United States. To learn more about us, subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook. If you would like a free moving quote visit: www.twomenandatruck.com.