5 simple tutorials for DIY cardboard holiday crafts

Written by Jessy Howe

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive… or difficult! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take some time to unwind and create simple DIY holiday crafts on a little or no budget! Plan an evening with the girls to make fun holiday décor or set aside time with your children and make it a family night. Our 5 DIY holiday crafts are the perfect addition to your home or can be gifted away. Yes, they look that good!

Holiday card holder


Rather than let your holiday cards stack up on the counter among your mail, display them beautifully on a tree-shaped card holder!


1 large box
Green and brown felt squares (we bought the ones with adhesive on the back!)
Mini clothes pins
Box cutter
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Draw out the shape of your tree in pencil and use your box cutter to cut it out. I’d recommend working on carpet to avoid scratching any surfaces or tile.

Step 2: Use your green adhesive felt squares to cover your tree, trimming off the areas that overhang. Use your brown felt square to cover the tree trunk.

Step 3: Wrap your ribbon across the tree so it looks like garland, gluing the ends to the backside of the cut out. Be sure the ribbon is not too loose or your cards will weigh it down causing it to sag. You will also want to attach ribbon on the back to easily hang your card holder.

Step 4: Use your mini clothes pins to begin attaching your cards!


Modern tree display

Light trees cropped

Let me just start with this: even for the “not-so-crafters” it is impossible to fail at this project and it takes all of 20 minutes to complete. Boom, crafting win!


1 medium box
Box cutter
Christmas lights

Step 1: Draw various-sized triangles on your box to resemble trees. Use your box cutter to cut them out.

Step 2: Poke holes through the cardboard, but be sure they aren’t too large.

Step 3: Poke the ends of your Christmas lights through the holes and display in your home! You can include other elements to set a scene or place it with some greenery in front of a fireplace, get creative!


JOY door hang

Welcome your holiday visitors with a festive door! The beauty of this is you can spell anything you want, for example your last name. However I will warn, although this is by no means difficult, it is more time consuming than I thought it would be. But being greeted by it each time I arrive home makes it well worth it.


1 small box
Box cutter
One bundle of yarn (depending on the length of your word)
Hot glue gun
Any other accents you want to add
Step 1: Trace and cut out the letters of what you would like to spell.

Step 2: Begin wrapping your letters in yarn occasionally using hot glue on the front and back to ensure it is secure.

Step 3: Add any accents you would like. I couldn’t resist these metallic snowflakes!

Step 4: Attach ribbon to the back of your letters and hang on your doorway! I also think these letters would be great to sit on top of a mantle if you prefer to display them in your home.


Holiday garland


This DIY is great because it is so versatile. It is perfect to string around your tree, hang across your window, or incorporate into your holiday tablescape.


1 small box OR the remaining box flaps from any of the crafts above
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Trace and cut out the shapes you wish to have on your garland. To help, you can either print images from your home computer and cut around them or use cookie cutters to trace the shapes.

Step 2: After you cut your shapes out, poke small holes through them to string your ribbon through. I decided to double up on the ribbon to get a little more colorful.

Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to dot your shapes and cover with glitter and you’re finished. I chose to add the glitter accent to both sides of my cut outs.


Glitter snowflakes

Giant glittered snowflakes hanging from your ceiling, what could be better? These make a beautiful addition above your tree, dinner table, and really anywhere in your home!


1 medium box
Box cutter
Spray adhesive
Clear elastic

Step 1: Trace a snowflake pattern or create your own and cut out.

Step 2: Spray your cutout with spray adhesive from 6-8 inches away. It is best to do this in a well ventilated or outside area.

Step 3: Cover your snowflake in glitter! Repeat this on the other side and let them dry.

Step 4: Hang your snowflakes using clear elastic to give them a floating effect.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY holiday crafts! If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be picked up at a location near you.

For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! If you create any of these crafts, we’d love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Eight tips to prepare your home for the holidays

Written by Jessy Howe

Christmas Porch

Planning the holidays can cause two emotions: absolute joy or complete stress! Whether you are hosting dinner or opening your home to out-of-town guests, don’t let this joyous season get the best of you. We’ve gathered our top eight tips on preparing your home (and saving your sanity!) for the holidays!

Get into the holiday spirit
Fill your home with a little holiday cheer by hanging a festive wreath on the door, lighting seasonal candles, and putting up the tree. Decorating doesn’t have to be an expensive task, there are plenty of quick and easy DIY projects to create one-of-a-kind décor. Take a peek on Pinterest for a little holiday inspiration!

Make your guests feel welcome
If you are hosting guests in your home this holiday season, remember to tidy the areas where they will be staying, pull out extra towels and linens, and freshen up the guest room with magazines, a plant, tissues, or even a little chocolate candy on their pillow. These simple amenities will be sure to make guests feel like they have a comfortable place to stay.

Avoid accidents
Clear all walkways and porch areas so they are free of snow and ice to ensure there are no slips. If you have exceptionally wintry weather, it’s best to have salt on hand. Be sure to also check that all outdoor lighting is functioning properly.

Stock the bathroom with essentials
Set a little basket of essentials in the bathroom with toiletries your holiday visitors may need. Include perfume, lotion, a lint roller, travel sized shampoo and conditioner… You get the idea!

Clean the house
This is usually a chore that ranks low on the list of priorities with all the other work to be done this season. Where will you find the time? Dedicate at least an hour to focus on your main cleaning duties! Vacuum, dust, clean the bathrooms, whatever you need to do —this is your hour to accomplish it. If finding an hour is hard, try setting aside 15 minutes each work day to focus on tidying just one room. This way it isn’t overwhelming but each room gets a spruce. Bonus: If you have little ones, include them by assigning simple tasks they can help with!

Keep your home safe
If you will be going out of town for the holidays, make sure your home is protected to avoid any break-ins. Set an automatic light timer in multiple rooms to make your home seem lived in, double check your entryway and window locks, and be cautious of what you post online. Try to stay away from the “I’m going on vacation” post to social media, and post your vacation pictures once you have returned home. If you have a trusted neighbor, it is a good idea to have them keep an eye on your home during your travels. Take time to deliver a homemade pie or Christmas cookies when dropping off your spare key, we guarantee they will appreciate it!

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Whether you’re trying to organize the garage or store away those holiday decorations, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs. Pick up a wardrobe box to fill with old coats and donate to your local shelter or grab a small box to easily transport the desserts you’ve baked to family Christmas. Whatever it is, we’ve got you covered!

Break out the tunes
Finally, turn on those beloved holiday songs! After all, nothing says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” better than the song itself!

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Military experience prepares veteran to become successful franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

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In December 2014, Jeremy Brown joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as franchisee of the Dover, Del., location. After completing 11.5 years of active duty Air Force service as a C-17 pilot, he has since transitioned to the Air Force Reserves in a traditional reservist capacity and serves as the Deputy Inspector General for the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

For me, right now, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® symbolizes challenge and opportunity. Challenge, because every day it is highly probable I will face a new and unique puzzle that needs solved. I have always thrived in that kind of environment and I appreciate the chance to be a student and hopefully a teacher every day. I also see a great deal of opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. This system has grown for 70 consecutive months and is averaging 17% growth annually.  I feel my timing is perfect as the brand seems poised for continued, strong growth, which leads to expanded market share across the board. Likewise, the corporate team does a great job with the road map for success and growth on the local level and their continued effort to be exceedingly transparent provides an abundance of model franchises to base strategic decisions on. I am part of a unique system with support in all facets of the model and one that is achieving incredible success.

How do you feel TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aligns with your military background?  

The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee. Being an officer in the military is very leadership intensive and as a C-17 pilot, I was charged with the safe navigation and movement of a $200 million aircraft all over the globe, and more importantly, the safe transport of the people and goods aboard. The only significant difference as a moving company is that we are confined to the roadways, at least for now.  Also, in the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

With your military experience, has it helped prepare to own a business?  

I think the military does a great job of teaching the principles of leadership. While that in itself doesn’t make me a great leader, I feel like it has given me the tools I need to be successful in business and continue to grow as a leader. Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity to work directly for the commander of a 4,500 person organization. This commander, in my opinion, was an extraordinary leader and manager and he was very forthcoming with the how and why of his decision-making. It was a unique perspective with lessons learned that I will never forget.

Do you have any advice for a veteran who was looking to start a business with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?  

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great brand to be a part of and the business structure closely mirrors that of a small military unit.  At least from my point of view, it fits the veteran profile nicely. The corporate team also does a wonderful job of providing a foundation and a road map to make a smooth transition from the service to successful business ownership.

We are blessed to have a number of veterans in our system working to lead and grow their own businesses. Like Jeremy, the leadership and integrity they bring is exceptional and sets them up for nothing but success.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Delivering Smiles Matters

Written by Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals

At Cheeriodicals, we provide one-of-a-kind corporate team building activities for US and global corporations where their teams of 10 to more than 1,000 can come together to assemble “cheer-up” gift boxes to deliver in person to local children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. Our business was born of the desire to connect corporations to team building “that matters” to delivering a dose of cheer and encouragement to hospitalized children and their families. Simply put, we deliver Big Green Boxes of Cheer to those that need a lift in spirits. 

Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.
Cory Johnston of ThermoFisher, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.

Managing the logistics of Cheeriodicals assembly, corporate team building, delivery to the hospital, coordination with media and so many other items in the process has been quite a challenge to say the least. The one component we struggled with the most was how to get the assembled Cheeriodicals from the team building activity safely and carefully delivered to the children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House. For the first couple of hospital deliveries, we really didn’t have an ideal answer. We found local options, but nothing that had a national reach, nothing we could rely on consistently.Cheeriodicals team!

One day while driving in Birmingham, AL, I noticed a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vehicle passing by. While we had used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in our own personal home move years ago, I was struck by the logo on the truck “Movers Who Care”. I thought, maybe they could assist our efforts, especially with a tagline like “Movers Who Care”.

We were preparing for one of our children’s events at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. I called the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office in Columbus and was routed to Carly Turcu to discuss this idea. As I shared our concept of corporate giving, the impact on hospitalized children, the process, Carly simply said “We’ll gladly pick up and deliver your 250 Cheeriodicals to Nationwide Children’s completely free of charge”. And the rest is history. Here are just a few of the many trademark TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Cheeriodicals photos to follow:

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals, St. Louis MO
Making an extraordinary impact in St. Louis, MO!
Cheeriodicals, Chicago IL
Helping to deliver Cheeriodicals boxes of joy in Chicago, IL!

Since that first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® delivery in Columbus, OH, we have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses. We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.

It’s incredibly difficult to pick out what stands out most about our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partnership because I could personally write a book about the value of this combined effort. That said, I’ll limit this to three areas:

Professionalism – Our business is all about putting together a corporate team building activity that is flawless from beginning to end. It’s about our customers experiencing what it means to really “give back” with their effort, their labor and that satisfaction of seeing a child and family struggling with a healthcare issue light up and forget their situation for a while.  It’s about witnessing magic up close and personal.

To create this experience, we are required to uphold the highest level of professionalism because delivery of gifts to a hospitalized child has to be perfect. That means our gifts, the way they are delivered, the safety required, the hospital interaction, everything has to be handled without error. Our delivery has to be beyond professional.

We have never, not one time, had anything less than professional service from the many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices and their delivery teams. The trucks and equipment are always in excellent shape and super clean. We notice it and I can assure you the hospital staff notices it. They tell us time after time!

Consistency – In a perfect world, you can go into any franchise, anywhere in the country, and the product delivered meets the expectations to the highest levels. Well, that perfect world doesn’t really exist for most national businesses, except for Starbucks, Apple stores, come to mind in this hallowed ground for business excellence.

I can assure you that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has earned its stripes with regard to consistency across all the franchises we’ve worked with over the last four years. Our traveling events team has mentioned time after time how each interaction with each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office is so similar that we often are unable to distinguish those interactions. It’s not that we don’t remember the individuals we meet (we do!), it’s just that EVERYONE has been so consistently excellent. This consistency makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® component of our events planning the one part we can rest assured comes together without issue.

“Movers Who Care” is real – Rather than list all the reasons we know this is true (dozens we could share), I’ll share one example that highlights this value is absolutely real.  It’s an observation from my own personal experience, and something that others may not have noticed, but I did.

We were making a Cheeriodicals delivery to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team was led by Lauren Munson on that day in June in 2015. Comer Children’s Hospital invited Lauren and one of the delivery guys (dressed in his Truckie suit), to make a couple of deliveries to patients in their rooms, completely by surprise.

As a photo is worth a thousand words, one look at the photo that follows shows the emotional impact of this delivery on Lauren’s face. I watched Lauren (and Truckie) interact with this child and lift the child’s spirit.  What this photo doesn’t show, is Lauren leaving the room to escape into the hallway to shed tears, a mix of empathy for obvious reasons and joy for seeing this child in smiles. “Movers Who Care” can have multiple interpretations, but in this case, it was “Movers Who Care” the way we care.

Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL.
Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.


Gary Parisher has been the President of Cheeriodicals since 2011. To learn more about Cheeriodicals, please visit www.cheeriodicals.com.

Step-by-step tutorial for fun and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes

Written by Jessy Howe

Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to make lasting memories and spend quality time having fun with your family. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve created a few simple and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can make out of old moving boxes to stand out in the crowd!

Check out the supplies we used and how we created these unique “boxtumes” with our step-by-step video tutorial below.

Read more about these costumes on our “Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!” blog post.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

Keep safety in mind as your little ghouls trick-or-treat

Posted by Jessy Howe

Most kids would agree that Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year! You get to dress up as anyone you want for the night, stay out late, and go trick-or-treating for loads of free candy! But as parents know, accidents can and do happen. With increased foot and vehicle traffic to kids excitedly running ahead of you, we are sharing our top tips to prepare the whole family for a fun, safe Halloween.

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For more tips and inspiration to prepare for the best Halloween yet, follow us on Pinterest!

Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!

Written by Jessy Howe

The pumpkins have been carved, seeds have been cooked, the house décor could be featured in a magazine, and the family is ready for Halloween. Well, almost! You still need to figure out the costumes!

We’ve created some fun and inexpensive DIY costumes out of moving boxes for you and your family to try this Halloween.

Jeopardy Contestant

Who doesn’t wish they won big bucks on a game show? Create this easily recognizable Jeopardy contestant stand in six simple steps!Jeopardy Box


  • 1 Dish pack box
  • Black spray paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • Elastic or string
  • White craft marker
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Box cutter or scissors

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of the box.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let fully dry.

Step 3: Use your red construction paper to create a dashed line across the top front of your box to act as your buzzer light.

Step 4: Next, print out the dollar amount you’ve won! Cut out the numbers and tape them on blue construction paper. Use tape to place your winning amount under your red buzzer lights.

Step 5: Use your white craft marker to write your name on a sheet of blue construction paper. Tape this below your winning amount.

Step 6: Lastly, use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your contestant stand comfortably over your shoulders.

House from the movie “Up”

If you are looking for a unique costume this Halloween, you’ve found it. We paired a bunch of balloons with a large box to create the house from the popular Disney Pixar film, “Up”. If you have a group who will be going together, you can play off of this theme and dress others up as characters from the film.UP House Boxtume


  • 1 Large box
  • Craft paint in variety of colors
  • Paint brushes or craft sponge brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Multicolored balloons
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Elastic or string

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of your box.UP costume 4

Step 2: Use your pencil and ruler to section off the different areas that will need to be painted. You can also draw out your windows and door at this time to making painting easier.

Step 3: Using craft paint, begin painting your house. We used an image of the Up house for reference. Once the paint is fully dry, use markers to draw the details on the house such as the lines of the siding, roof, and door knob.

Step 4: Use one of the removed box flaps and attach it to the front of your box with a hot glue gun to act as the roof of the house. Lean the flap slightly toward your body to replicate the look of a roof.

Step 5: Next cut a triangle with extended bottom edges to become the top right yellow portion of the house. Cut a strip of cardboard from the leftover flaps and fold it in half to create the roof for this section.

Step 6: Repeat step 3 a second time but much smaller to create the top left space of the house. Hot glue this to the left side of the roof.

Step 7: Cut one rectangle panel from a leftover box flap and trifold it. This will become the front green area of the house. Glue the panel to the bottom right of the house. Then attach the yellow portion of the house you created in step 3 on top of this.

Step 8: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 9: Lastly, attach a bundle of helium filled balloons to the back and off you go!

Presidential Candidate Stand

With the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, a popular Halloween costume is sure to include the candidates. IMG_9044Prepare to debate about who took home the best Halloween loot in this DIY presidential candidate stand.


  • 1 Large box
  • Black spray paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black craft pom pom
  • Elastic
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter
  • Presidential party logo printed out

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and bottom of your Democrat stand 6box to create your podium.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let it fully dry.

Step 3: Print the logo of your presidential party and tape it to the front of your podium.

Step 4: Create your microphone using the pipe cleaners and pom pom. Use a hot glue gun to attach this to the inside front of your box and position it toward yourself.

Step 5: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 6: Top it off by wearing a suit (and wig if needed!). And don’t forget your flag pin!

Beanie Baby Pet

If your furry family member will be joining you for the Halloween fun, we also have a costume idea for them! This classic costume takes no time to make and avoids small pieces, making it safe for pets.Pet costume 3


  • 1 small box or leftover box flap
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole punch
  • Print out of the Ty Beanie Baby logo

Step 1: Print out the Ty Beanie Baby logo at a size that best fits your pet.

Step 2: Cut out the logo and lay it on your cardboard. Trace around the heart with a pencil.

Step 3: Next cut out the heart you’ve just traced on the cardboard.

Step 4: Use a glue stick or tape to put your printed out logo onto the cardboard heart

Step 5: Use a hole punch near the top of the heart. Loop ribbon or string through and tie a knot at the end. Slip comfortably over your pet’s head and you’re done!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY box costumes! If you decide to create any, we’d love to see them! You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TMTHalloween.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

2015 Box Costumes

Transitioning your little ones: new school, home, and friends

Written by Nicole Harrison

The beginning of a new school year is usually filled with excitement. However, the first day at a new school is a different story, and in some cases, the anticipation and excitement is outweighed by anxiety and nerves. Your child’s feelings on attending a new school may vary based on his or her age – they may feel anger, resentment, excitement, or nervousness. Regardless of how old your kids are, there are a handful of tactics to help them adjust to this change.

Orientation/school tour. This is easily one of the most important steps to do with your kids. Make time to attend new student orientation, or if there isn’t one, schedule a school tour together. Both of you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school, class structure, curriculum, and get any questions answered. Whether going to an orientation or scheduling a tour, you and your kids will become familiar with the new school before their first day. This is also a perfect time to meet the teacher. A few familiar faces and knowing where to go will make the first days much easier for your child. It may seem silly, but we promise, it will make a huge difference and will immediately make them more comfortable during the transition if they can navigate through the hallways, and find their way around with ease. Spend time learning about the new school. Are there any fun facts about the new school? When was it built? How many students go there? What type of electives do they offer? Spend time learning as much as you can about the new school. The more you learn before the first day, the more prepared your kids will be.

TMAT322Stock up on school supplies. To ease your child’s nerves, take them back-to-school shopping to stock up on school supplies they need. Most schools have a list of supplies their students will need for each grade. If the school hasn’t provided a list, contact them and ask for a list of supplies your child will need most.

Explore the playground. Before your kids’ first day, take them up to the playground, spend time playing and making them comfortable with the new set up. Find activities they like such as the swings or monkey bars and spend time playing with them. That way, when they go off to recess they will be familiar with the new playground and will most likely branch out and join other students participating in activities they love!

Prepare for the first day. Before school starts, allow your child a trial run of a school day. Practice walking to the bus stop, walking the route, or driving to school. The evening before the first day of school, run through last minute items. Where is the bus stop? What time does the bus come? What is the bus number? Pack a special lunch for the first day. Spend this time sifting through the remaining items that haven’t been addressed. If your little one seems particularly nervous for his or her first day, consider taking them to school versus riding the bus.

Get involved in your kids’ school. If your children are young, it helps to get involved. Network with other parents, get to know their teacher and classmates on a personal level. If you’re able to, volunteering your time is a great way to make your son or daughter feel more comfortable in a new environment, and they will be able to see a familiar face in class.

Set up play dates. Shortly after your kids start at their new school, set up some play dates with their classmates. This is a great way for them to build relationships with their classmates and to help them make friends at school. There is a fine line between supporting them and putting too much pressure on them, make sure your kids feel supported at all times.

Participate in extracurricular activities. Are there activities in your new community that your child has an interest in? If your son enjoys martial arts, try to find a program he can participate in. If your daughter enjoys swimming, try to find a swim team she can join. Extracurricular activities are an added bonus for you and your kids to become acquainted with the community.

Attending a new school can be stressful for children and parents, hopefully these pointers will aid the transition. We encourage parents to keep their children involved throughout the process, without being too pushy or making them step too far outside their comfort zones.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We are leaders in the moving and packing industry. Let us help move your forward! For more moving, packing, or relocation tips, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook.

What should I know for my interstate move?

Written by Nicole Harrison

Whether you’re moving a mere five miles down the road or two thousand miles across the country, anytime you move into a new state classifies as an interstate move. Interstate moves are handled a bit differently than a local or intrastate (moving within your current state) move. To ensure you are adequately prepared for your move, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about interstate moves.

How does my estimate work?
For most interstate moves, an in-home consultant will come to your home and assess your items to provide the most accurate estimate for you. If you live more than 50 miles from the franchise that is moving you, you can sign a waiver in place of an in-home consultant’s visit. Be sure you are prepared to tell your estimator about additional storage spaces, like an attic, shed, or storage unit, as these areas can be easily forgotten and make a big difference in the time and cost of your move if they are not accounted for in the initial estimate.

There are two types of estimates our franchises can give for interstate moves.

Binding estimate – guarantees total cost of the move based upon quantities and services shown on the estimate, which is based on completion of an in-home consultant.truck 1

Non-binding estimate – what the franchise believes the total cost will be for the move, based upon both the estimated weight or volume of the shipment, additional services requested, and the in-home consultant’s evaluation. The final charges will be based upon the actual weight of the customer’s belongings and the franchise’s tariff provisions.

The initial estimate our customers receive includes full value protection for belongings being moved, but there are also other valuation options the customer can declare in writing.

What can I expect from my movers?
We will go anywhere in the country and will never combine customers’ loads without their permission. We provide an expedited service with timely pickup, on-time deliveries, and no storage-in-transit or planned stops along the way.

Are there regulations I need to be aware of?
The number of hours drivers can work in a day are federally regulated. Drivers are not permitted to drive more than 11 hours and work more than 14 hours in one day. Depending on how large your move is and how far away your new house is, your move may take more than one day to complete.

Our consumers are protected under the Consumer Rights and Responsibilities for Household Goods. Visit Federal Motor Carrier Society Administration’s webpage linked above to learn more about the rights you have as a customer of an interstate move.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a 96 percent referral rate. To keep our customers calm and educated throughout the sometimes stressful moving process, we are as transparent as we can be and encourage them to become familiar with various regulations we need to abide by.

What is valuation and do I need it for my move?
Valuation is an estimate of an item’s worth, and is different than insurance. The initial estimate you receive will cover the value of your items at the time of your move, which is also known as full value protection.

In some cases, franchises may offer a deductible valuation option. In that case, you will pay a deductible before the franchise pays the full value of the item.

Finally, customers can select a .60 cent/lb. valuation. You may think this valuation is a reasonable option for your belonging, but it can be misleading at times. If you many light weight, valuable items, this valuation will not be the ideal option for your important items

It’s a good idea to understand what coverage includes before settling on a valuation plan. We urge our customers to look through their homeowners and renters insurance to see if their insurance plan covers their belongings while they are in transit. Ultimately this is your decision, but we encourage our customers to spend time thinking about the options. If you choose to select the deductible valuation or the .60 cents/lb. valuation options, your estimate will go down, but so does the coverage.

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Spot these go-to locations in your new city

Written by Nicole Harrison

Yippee, you’re moving! As moving day begins to creep up on you, there are a few places to take note of before you move to a new city, especially if you’re moving more than 25 minutes away. After racking our brains, we have come up with new buildings, landmarks, and events you should track down before your move.

Hospital or emergency clinic – Locating the closest hospital is crucial for a variety of reasons. You never know what kind of accident or crazy event could happen. In the event of an emergency, make sure you’re prepared and know how to get to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Schools and daycares – If you have children, research different schools and day cares in your new area. Where is the school located? How big is it? What is the graduation rate? Am I looking for a public or private school? All of these questions may seem silly, but it’s important to know what kind of school you are looking foIMG_9681r. Same goes when you’re looking into a daycare. Are you looking for someone to come to your home, someone who has an in-home daycare, or a large daycare operation? Know the type of environment you are looking for.

Post office – One day or another you will need to know where the post office is. Is it close to your work, house, kids’ school, grocery store? Once you find the post office, you will know when the most convenient time will be to stop by and run your errands.

Churches If you practice a religion and attend a weekly church service, spend time researching churches that practice your denomination and locate them. Although you may want to attend a few of them to find the best fit after your move, it will save you some time by finding their locations beforehand.

Grocery and convenience stores People need to eat, right?! Locate your local grocery stores, markets, and other convenience stores. Again, you are free to explore your new town and find the store that best fits your diet and lifestyle, but it will help to do a little research before your move to know the general location they are in. As an added bonus, see if there are any local farmers’ markets in the area where you can snag fresh produce at a great price!

Library – If you enjoy reading in your free time, track down a local library. If it’s close in proximity, see if there are any trails to walk or bike to the library! There’s nothing like enjoying a little exercise while getting the newest book you’ll be diving into.

Parks – Township parks and local trails are fun places to locate and take advantage of. If you have kids, it’s nice to know what kind of parks are in the area and different options you have to take your kiddos out for some exercise. If you don’t have children, or if they’re grown and moved out, parks and trails can be a great place for a date: have a picnic, go for a bike ride, walk, or run together! If you’re a pet parent, be sure to locate where there are dog-friendly trails and parks to take your furry friends out and get them exercise.

Museums – Does the city you’re moving to have any interesting museums to explore? HaIMG_9671ve fun researching nearby attractions before you move to your new city. Spend time in the first few weeks in your new town exploring the popular sites and learn what you can about the new city you now call home.

Events and festivals – Are there upcoming festivals, fairs, or events? Towns and cities are usually packed with fun activities in the summertime with multiple events taking place each week. Find a calendar with events for the season, and go out and enjoy yourself. If you are looking to meet new people, these types of events are the perfect social gathering to meet all kinds of folk. Check out MeetUp to join local groups with interests similar to yours.

Learn about the city – What is your new city known for? Are there any interesting historical facts? These are great talking point when you are meeting new people, or to spend some time looking into on your own. It’s always fun to know a little history about where you live. Consider downloading World Explorer – Travel Guide to learn all about your new city. World Explorer can act as your own personal travel guide when you go on vacations and weekend getaways!

While this topic may seem short and simple, oftentimes it’s overlooked and forgotten. If you’re anything like me, you’re a planner and it helps to familiarize yourself with your new city before you move there. It will help you adjust to your new home while familiarizing yourself with the local buildings and attractions.

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