5 staging tips to sell your home faster

Written by Claire Schneider

Looking to sell your home quickly and for top dollar? Staging your home is the best way to meet these objectives. If you think the cost of staging your home outweigh the benefits, think again. In fact, 95% of staged homes  take an average of 11 days or less to sell and are sold for 17% more than non-staged homes. So what are the key tried-and-true home staging tips?

We found a staging expert and Tomie Raines Inc., real estate agent, Katie Spyke, to share five simple yet effective home staging tips to get your house sold quickly and at the best price possible. Check out this video to learn how painless home staging can be!

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Eight interns and a truck – Part 2

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Michael Harbert – Human Resources intern

Mike HarbertMeet Michael Harbert, a human resources intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., who started his internship in early June. I met Michael during my second week here and couldn’t help but notice how professional he is. After interviewing Michael, this is what he told me about his experience after just a few weeks into the job.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?
Michael: I am a recent graduate from Hope College where I played college football. I graduated with a business management degree and went to Williamston High School.

Q: What made you apply to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
Michael:  I was really looking for a reputable company to work for during the summer and one close to home so I could make extra money to pay off student debt and gain valuable, hands-on experience.

Q: What are your usual day-to-day tasks here at the office?
Michael: So far, my day-to-day tasks have always been varied, but a few things I’ve done so far are posting and refreshing online jobs, coordinating sales orders, and creating links and users for franchise teams. I have also done research on manual labor jobs comparing what we pay our movers and drivers to similar jobs and have researched additional information on wage deduction laws.

Q: What is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?
Michael: The Grandma Rule® is my favorite Core Value. I choose The Grandma Rule® because I like the idea of treating everyone as if they were your grandmother. Always treating people with kindness and respect should come naturally for people of integrity.

Q: Who has been the best mentor or teacher for you?
Michael: Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I would say the entire human resources department as a whole has been involved in mentoring me, especially Staffing Support Specialist Johanna Morrisett. However, each person makes a point to teach me new things and answer any questions I have.

Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?
Michael: This internship has taught me a ton about the business world and what it takes to be a continuously growing company, that nothing is as black and white as it may seem from the outside looking in, and there are always changes that need to be made and things to be improved.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
Michael: I graduated this spring. So after the internship I will be job hunting.

Q: One goal you hope to accomplish while working here and what you hope to take away from this internship experience.
Michael: I hope through this internship I will gain more confidence in myself as a young business professional. I’m eager to gain the experience and continue growing for the future, wherever I end up.

Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?

Michael:

  1. Knife – so that I can hunt and build things
  2. Sleeping Bag – so I can sleep
  3. Radio – mostly for music but also to signal for help

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

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.

Moving with kids: tips from the mini movers

Written by Claire Schneider

Moving with kids can be a demanding and taxing effort, but with a little preparation and guidance on what moving day will be all about, the experience can prove to be just the opposite.

What are the most effective ways to create a fun, exciting moving experience the whole family will enjoy? We turned to the experts for their advice. See what these mini movers have to say about moving.

Be sure and check out these additional resources all about creating memorable moving experiences for each family member.

Planning on moving with kids? 5 ideas to turn packing into a game

Moving is a grueling process, especially when little ones are involved. Abrupt changes have the potential to make them feel unsettled, so it’s important to create a seamless transition. To accomplish a smooth shift, simply transform packing into a series of engaging games. You and your kids will remember moving as a fun and special time spent together by infusing creativity and engaging the senses into the process. Click here to read more.

How to move with kids and make lasting memories

Sure, we all know moving is no cakewalk, but for kids, the emotional toll could potentially run deeper. For most children, moving means leaving perhaps the only home they’ve ever known. Whether moving out of state or just around the block, children and adolescents typically exhibit signs of resistance or anxiety at the prospect of starting a new chapter. By making a few adjustments in your approach, a life-changing move can be more cakewalk than obstacle course. Continue reading here.

Tips for starting a new school

The first day of school can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re the new kid in school. Here are some simple tips to help your kids prepare for their first day.

Boss for a day

Make it easier and more fun by assigning age-appropriate tasks. For younger kids, make them responsible for bringing the movers water and snacks during breaks. Allow older kids to monitor when belongings are ready to be moved, and charge them with handling last-minute cleaning duties. A special job for younger children is to give them the role of honorary mover or “boss for a day.” Check out the video below showing how young Cade’s anxiety was reduced when the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers let him help lead the move project.

Don’t forget to download your free moving with kids’ checklist!

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.

Eight Interns And A Truck – Part 1

Written by Cheyenne Yost

Jay Burzych – Finance

JayJay Burzych is one of the finance interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc., and he’s also a fellow Spartan! When I first met Jay in the office, my first impression was that he was funny and was always cracking a joke. Jay definitely has the right mentality of working hard while having fun. Here is what Jay had to say about being an intern.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Jay: I grew up in Okemos, Mich., and I’m now a finance major at Michigan State University, with aspirations of working in the banking sector after school. I played water polo, golf, and basketball in high school. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and saxophone, going up north to Lake Charlevoix with friends and family, and playing golf with my buddies.

Q: What made you apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Jay: Nobody else wanted to hire a freshman. I actually came here when I was younger and job shadowed the CFO Jeff Wesley for a day. He set me up in meetings with different people all day and I really got a good vibe from everybody who worked here. When I discovered the company is in total growth mode right now, I thought it would be a very interesting and dynamic place to work this summer.

Q: What are your usual day-to-day tasks here at the office?

Jay: Working with the procurement and logistics project team, I wouldn’t really say I have a set list of day-to-day tasks. My main project this summer will be projecting future growth and capital needs for all of the franchises when they visit Lansing for the annual Truck Expo in September.

Q: After looking at our core values on the website, what is your favorite TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Core Value and why?

Jay: My favorite Core Value has to be Care. I am a total people person and always think about what’s best for other people. Being surrounded by people who also care about the genuine wellbeing of others is refreshing and fun!

Q: What are your interests or hobbies?

Jay: There are not many better feelings than the cold splash of water engulfing my body. Whether it’s swimming in a pool or water skiing up north, I love being in the water. I am also a huge golfer and love getting away from everything and walking a quick nine or 18 holes with friends.

Q: Who has been the best mentor or teacher for you?

Jay: If I was being honest, then I would say my dad, but I feel like using a parent for this question is cliché. One of my dad’s close friends, Dave Campbell, has been a big part of my life. He has taught me a lot about business and life in general. I am certain wherever I end up, he will have helped me open that door.

Q: Has your internship taught you anything about your field of study?

Jay: Definitely. One particular aspect I like about this internship is that I have gotten exposure to so many different things. I have learned so much about business practices in general. Rather than only taking a finance mindset into a meeting, I am now able to analyze where each participant is coming from and why they might be thinking a certain way.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Jay: Well according to the statisticians, 50% of my generation’s eventual professions have not even been created yet, so I guess I will just have to see what is happening in a couple more years.

Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?

Jay: If I was stuck on an island, the three things I would want would be a water filter so that I could drink the water, a slingshot so that I could kill things to eat, and a Gameboy Advance because its battery lasts forever.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

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.

Take the ‘ruff’ out of moving: Tips for transitioning your pets

Guest blog by Amy Burkert

Moving with petsPacking up your whole life and relocating to a new city – or even a new country – is exciting and stressful. There are myriad unknowns, and when your family includes pets, you’re likely to experience additional challenges and questions. To alleviate some of the stress, begin preparing well in advance of your move. These tips will help you and your pets on the big day:

Secure your pet. If you are able, give one person in your family responsibility for your pet. Leading up to the move, this person should try to spend extra time with your pet to help them feel more secure as you’re packing and preparing to leave.

Update identification tags. Update your pet’s identification tags before your move. Include your mobile phone number so you can be contacted while you’re traveling. Also consider having a microchip implanted in your pet to assist them in getting back to you if they become lost either during the move or while they’re becoming acclimated to your new home.

Research laws. Do some research on the local laws where you’ll be living, especially if you have a dog classified as a restricted breed. Communities across the country have instituted laws banning or restricting more than 100 different breeds of dogs. It’s important to contact the local government offices where you’re moving to ensure compliance with their laws and for information on securing licenses for your pets.

Plan your trip. Driving is the least expensive way of moving your pet. And it can be the most fun! What’s better than a road trip, after all? Using a pet-friendly road trip planner will allow you to map your route and find restaurants, dog parks, and hotels along the way. If you need to make hotel reservations, confirm the location’s pet policy which will accommodate your entire family.

Stay on schedule. Maintain your pet’s feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible to help reduce any anxiety they may feel about moving. Set up a reminder in your phone to help you track feedings and exercise.

Pack a go-bag. Include all your pets’ most important items in one bag so they are easily accessible while on the road. Here is a list to get you started:

1. Food and treats; for canned food don’t forget the can opener!
2. Drinking water: If your pet’s stomach is easily upset, it pays to take some drinking water to give your pet time to adjust.
3. Food and water bowls: Portable bowls pack easily.
4. Your vet’s telephone number and the telephone number for the National Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435
5. Photos of your pet: In case your pet gets separated from you, having a current photo allows you to create posters quickly and can be used to prove the pet belongs to you.
6. A roll of paper towels for muddy paws and other messes.
7. An old towel in the event inclement weather becomes a factor.
8. Your pet’s bed and a few toys: To make them more comfortable if you spend the night in unfamiliar locations, these items will provide some comfort.
9. All of their medications, vitamins, supplements, etc.
10. Plastic bags to pick up after them along the way.
11. First aid kit.

Getting Settled In

When you arrive in your new home, place your pet’s bed or crate and a few of their favorite toys in a quiet spot away from the unpacking activities. This gives them a refuge in which they can relax and settle. Once you’ve caught your breath, ask local friends to recommend a veterinarian, then set up an appointment to introduce yourself and your pet. Providing them with a copy of your pet’s medical records will save time in case your pet should require emergency treatment.

Dogs and cats go through a similar adjustment period as people do when moving to a new home. Until they become familiar with their new house and neighborhood, take care that they don’t get startled and try to escape. Help them understand this is “home” by spending extra time with them, encourage them to explore new rooms by placing toys and treats inside, and use blankets, beds, and toys with their scent on them for the first few weeks. Develop a new routine by feeding them at the same time and in the same place each day. Within a few weeks they should have made the adjustment and be content in their new environment.

About the Author: A true pet travel expert, Amy Burkert, runs the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination guides, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster.

Eight interns and a truck

Written by Cheyenne Yost

cheyenneI’m Cheyenne, a grilled cheese enthusiast and one of the marketing interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc. I will be a senior at Michigan State University this fall. I’m a communication major specializing in public relations… go green! I’ll be blogging about my adventures here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer.

My story is a little different from the other interns in how I landed my internship this summer. My journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® began at the Las Vegas airport back in March. After making it through security, I sat down with my breakfast burrito waiting for my flight back to Michigan, and sitting across from me was a guy wearing a green, Michigan State Spartan shirt. So, being the Spartan I am, I said “go green!” He replied, “go white!” We started chatting, and after introducing ourselves and learning his name was Chris, and his coworker, Dawn, I learned they were in Vegas for the annual TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® conference. We began chatting for a while and I asked about summer internships. Dawn gave me her card and the rest is history!

My work days are always different. I work on various projects each week, mostly consisting of writing and social media tasks. I also go to meetings and webinars whenever possible to learn more about the brand, and what other roles people have in the building. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® includes interns in meetings and events, which I think is really cool and a great learning experience.

I have only been at the office for a few weeks now, but I’ve learned so much. The most valuable thing I’ve learned at this point is that communication is crucial. Communication connects everything and everyone together and without it, work would not run nearly as smooth!

Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I didn’t realize how big the company actually was and how awesome of an opportunity I have working here. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives back so much to the community and truly cares about its customers. It’s no wonder the company is worldwide!

So far, the best teachers and mentors have been Lindsay (media relations coordinator) and Dawn (communications and external affairs manager). Lindsay is who I report to and she knows so much about public relations and other cause marketing efforts TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® promotes throughout the year. I really enjoy learning from Dawn, too. Specifically on crisis communication situations that arise. There are many aspects that go into handling a crisis situation and it is so interesting to see how the process works. I know I’ll learn even more as the summer continues.

PS: I am also blogging about my fellow interns so stay tuned!

Until next time,

Cheyenne

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

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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.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values and what they mean to us

Written by Claire Schneider

“We’ve learned … that the soft stuff and the hard stuff are becoming increasingly intertwined. A company’s values – what it stands for, what its people believe in – are crucial to its competitive success. Indeed, values drive the business.”   -Robert Haas, Chairman & CEO of Levi Strauss & Company

Today we’re seeing more and more companies draft their own set of core values by which they follow and run their operations. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the core values aren’t just hung on the office walls, rather they are lived by each team member day in and day out.

Below are just a few great examples of how our franchises nationwide bring these values to life.

Giving back to the community

Tornado reliefGiving back to the community is such a large part of who we are as a company, and our franchises never hesitate to lend a helping hand. We saw this especially last year when Oklahoma City was struck by a tragic tornado. Within a few hours, our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Oklahoma City franchise was out in their community assisting with disaster relief efforts utilizing movers and trucks to transport supplies to the devastated area.

THE GRANDMA RULE®: To treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated.

This rule was inspired by our company’s first grandma, Grandma Eb, who played an integral role in the early days of the company. There have been many remarkably heartwarming illustrations in which the GRANDMA RULE® was invoked, where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members went above and beyond their duties as movers to minimize the impact the moving experience with their customers. Here’s one of our favorites:

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team moved an elderly woman with cancer who had recently lost her husband. Her moving team sensed something when they observed the woman sitting among her boxes in her new home on the verge of tears as she considered the daunting prospect of unpacking. After completing the move and returning to the office, the lead mover asked permission to go back on his own time to unpack her belongings. Another mover who just returned from another job overheard the situation and immediately volunteered his time as well. After the move and unpack, the customer sent the following letter to the franchise operator:

Dear Mr. Connolly,

I am writing this letter to tell you of two of your outstanding employees, Eric S. and Chris M. I moved from Florida back to Delaware and was sitting here in the middle of boxes to be unpacked. Your employees who had moved some furniture locally for me saw my frustration about unpacking and came back after the move and helped me unpack and dispose of the empty boxes by carrying them four flights down to the dumpster. These young men were a wonderful help to me since I have a prosthesis on my left leg and do not move easily. I hope you will give them a commendation of some kind, since I feel they are very unusual, kind men who wanted nothing more than to help me.

Very truly yours,

Dolores 

Care: To have compassion for family, customers, co-workers, and community.

Care is essential to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. It’s the foundation of what we do every day. It’s so important we decided to include it in our tagline, “Movers Who Care®”.

Pedro  Carl“Two Palm Beach movers, Pedro A. and Carl P., were on an overnight, long distance move to Tallahassee in Northern Florida. They were pulling off the highway for the evening during a powerful rainstorm when they noticed an SUV had gone off the road and landed in a ditch filled with water. They ran over, waded into the thigh-deep water, and pulled the family (husband, wife, and two children) from the vehicle. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, so they waited until the authorities arrived, then continued on their way.”

Be your best and have fun: To be the best professionally and personally while enjoying life and having fun.

CadeWe couldn’t think of a better example for this core value than a boy’s first moving experience. Cade, the six-year-old boy who was the inspiration of our national commercial last year, was very nervous about moving from his life-long home in Atlanta. The movers took notice and to help ease his worries, and they named him “Boss for a Day.” As boss, Cade was able to have a role in the moving process, make a connection with the movers, and observe the movers taking care of his favorite belongings. The movers truly made Cade and his family’s moving experience stress-free and fun. Watch this video to learn more about Cade and his family’s moving experience.

Inclusion: To welcome people from all backgrounds in the workplace and the community.

Fatima Kacapor spent time at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. during the summer of 2013 to shadow and observe work culture in the United Sates. Fatima is a college student from the southeastern European country, Bosnia, studying communications. She is part of the Jericho Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to restoring HOPE (healthcare, opportunity, personal relations, and education) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Fatima wrote a blog post detailing her positive experience while shadowing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, Inc. Her experienced left her feeling that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was indeed a company who put inclusion at the forefront of its culture.

Integrity: To always conduct oneself with honesty and fairness.

We take pride in how our company is committed to living lives full of integrity. Team members from our corporate office in Lansing to those in our nearly 300 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and U.K., we understand what it means to be part of a company which celebrates commitment and follow-through. These are the cornerstones of integrity, and our principles are emphasized and upheld in every aspect of our business. We treat people with respect.

This core value is demonstrated daily throughout our company and we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations each and every time we perform a move. Many of our mover dispatch areas feature a poster which declares, “Prove it every move.” And we do! That’s why we’re very proud of our 96 percent customer referral rate.

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.

How safe is shipping your vehicle?

Guest blog written by Jeanne Longhorne 

For many, the decision to ship one’s vehicle can be a pretty harrowing process. But what is it that turns people off of the auto transport industry? Is it the price? Not usually, seeing as car hauling rates are very reasonably priced. What about transportation time? Doubtful; pick-up and delivery dates are determined entirely by the customer. In all honesty, the biggest concern individuals have when opting to use an auto transport service is simply the idea of entrusting their vehicle with a complete stranger.

Naturally this is an understandable concern. Tons of car owners care for their vehicles as if they were their own child. Would you be comfortable with some stranger driving your child across the country? Didn’t think so. However what many people fail to realize is just how regulated the auto transport industry really is. In fact the odds of damaging your own vehicle during every day driving are far more likely than while using a car hauling service.

What makes it safe?

As I mentioned earlier, the auto transport industry is very strictly regulated to ensure the safety of the vehicle and the driver. For instance, every car transport company implements a limit on the amount of hours their drivers are allowed to travel in one day. This policy is to ensure the driver does not suffer from road fatigue while carrying precious cargo. Don’t worry about this taking too big of a hit on your delivery time, these are professional drivers we’re talking about here.

In addition to such policies as the daily hours limit, much work is done to ensure the trucks themselves are running at the highest operational standards. With regular inspections made by the U.S. Department of Transportation, every car carrier is approved to transport your vehicle safely and securely.

Am I insured if something happens?

All auto transport service providers are required by the USDOT to hold full coverage insurance on every vehicle they ship. The issue of insurance when shipping your vehicle is very similar to that of renting a car.

When your vehicle is initially picked up, the customer and driver conduct a detailed inspection of the vehicle while making note of any visible scratches or blemishes. The vehicle is then loaded onto the carrier, transported to its destination, and an identical inspection is made when it arrives to check for any damage that may have occurred during the drive. Of course, any incidental damage incurred is fully covered by the insurance.

More often than not, the price of insurance is covered in the price of transport. Customers should actually be very wary of providers who try to add on insurance surcharges seeing as companies are mandated by law to provide full coverage insurance.

Choosing the right service

Whereas a lot of auto transport customers believe some methods of transport protect their car more than others, the truth is all services adhere to the same safety regulations. For instance, the only real difference between open and enclosed auto transport is that when using the enclosed service, your vehicle is protected from the elements while en route to its destination.

Safety should not be a concern when deciding which service to use; the different methods primarily pertain to the size and style of the vehicle being transported.

Still not convinced your vehicle is in safe hands? Try considering your other options. You could always drive your vehicle yourself, as long as you’re not in much of a rush. Trying to drive excessively long distances in a short amount of time just opens the door for road fatigue to set in, thus increasing the chances of getting in an accident. Not to mention how expensive it is to drive cross country.

Your other option is to sell your car. But first you would have to ask yourself whether or not this is a logical option. Selling your car can be a real pain, buying a new one can be even worse!

Consider this, if auto transport really were an unsafe industry, why would more than 150,000 customers trust their vehicles with professional transporters every month? Quit pulling hairs trying to figure out how you’re going to get your car from point A to point B. Instead, go with the most reliable option and make your move worry free.

About the Author:

Based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jeanne Longhorne is a freelance financial consultant working in the greater NYC and Philadelphia areas. Thanks to the long commutes and her affinity for the automobile industry, Jeanne has also taken up writing for the auto transport provider American Auto Move. In her free time, she also enjoys yoga, traveling, French cooking, and spending time with her roommate, a Pixie-Bob cat named Maurice.

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.

Moving a Hoarder: Fix It or Trash It?

Guest blog written by Liz Nelson 

I recently had the misfortune of moving my aunt out of my grandparent’s house to one of my properties 800 miles away. The misfortune was that my grandparents were hoarders to the Nth degree, especially my grandfather. My aunt was living there to provide care for him but couldn’t bring herself to confront his hoarding obsession. He recently passed away and my grandmother moved in with another family member. Oddly, it seems that hoarding is hereditary. I hope by sharing my story I can help others prepare for situations like this.

Hoarding1. The nastiness of discovery - As we began sifting through the heaps of trash within the home, we slowly came across my aunt’s furniture that was covered in some kind of thick filmy substance you’d see in a science fiction movie. The kitchen table set had what looked like newspaper glued to the chairs by some kind of brown substance, while the table resembled a pedestal of art made from animal feces. It was repulsive, to say the least.

2. Let it go - My aunt demanded we fill the moving truck with everything we could find. Some of this was spurned by her desire to not let her sister, a controlling gold-digger, have anything from the home. Even chairs with missing legs had to be packed into the truck. Fortunately, my mother put her proverbial foot down on some of the trash my aunt wanted to load. After all, we were moving my aunt into a 48-foot by 12-foot trailer as she didn’t have a lot of “personal” stuff.

3. Fixing trash - The outside furniture consisted of fabric-covered indoor furniture which had made the transition to the outdoors after losing a leg or two. These pieces had been sitting outside for several years and the wood suffered weather rot. However, my aunt argued for us to load it insisting she would “repair it.” Although she is an astute seamstress and can sew and/or knit just about anything, she’s no carpenter, and the integrity of the wood was beyond use. My argument to her was, “If you really don’t have the time or energy to fix it, there is no reason to keep it.” She is slowly coming to terms with that statement and has thrown a few of the worst items out.

4. Digging for gold - You typically shouldn’t have to bring a shovel as part of your moving equipment. After pulling out what we could find of any importance, three of us began shoveling the remaining “stuff” out the door at which point my mother and aunt continued sifting through the refuse to make sure important paperwork didn’t get discarded. Although we did find a few items which classified as intact, such as brand new small kitchen appliances still in the box, in the living room, the majority of the mass comprised of food and feces-encrusted trash.

5. Subjected to hazards - Not many moving companies would subject themselves to such hazards. In fact, the only reason I helped was because it involved family. Otherwise, it may have been a better idea to strike a match and let it burn – not that I am condoning such behavior. It is hard to imagine any human could live in such a manner, let alone three under the same roof.

After the move, my mother put her cleaning skills to work and polished the kitchen table and chairs, removing the nastiness which consumed them. It now looks like a brand new set fresh from a furniture store. However, not everything can be cleaned in such a manner. Sometimes it’s easier to just throw an item out, especially if you don’t have the skills to repair the damage. If you have broken furniture or otherwise repairable items, ask yourself, “Will I really have time to fix this?”

About the Author: This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17@gmail.com.

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