Movers Who Blog: 2021 Year in Review

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK truck in front of home

The holidays are here, the snow is falling (for some!), and 2021 is coming to a quick close. As we end the year, we  enjoy reflecting back on some of the biggest highlights from the past 12 months.

In 2021, it was another outstanding year for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand as we continued to offer our industry-leading moving services to customers from coast to coast and beyond. As we expanded our newer services like junk removal and other specialty moving services, we were able to help even more customers with their moving, packing, storage, and junk removal needs than ever before.  

We also kept up with our mission of giving back to the community through a variety of different programs and charitable moves while continuing to live out each of our company core values.. As we adjust to some of the new changes in the world, we’re still the same business that is dedicated to eliminating moving stress and making a difference for our customers since the mid-1980s.

With that being said, we thought we’d look back at the top blog posts from the year.

Enjoy!

1. What TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can’t move during junk removals

“You’ve probably seen us talking about it on our websites, our blog, our social channels … just about everywhere, but if you still need a reminder: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK now offers junk removal!”

2. Moving yourself vs. hiring professionals: The differences between the two and how each cost is different

“Cost is usually the deciding factor in how people go about home moving, whether they’re planning to hire a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, or try and complete the move themselves. The common misconception thrown around in the world of home moving is that doing it yourself is a “cheaper” option than hiring professionals. On the surface, this might seem like the case, but once it is broken down, you’ll see moving on your own can add up price-wise.”

3. What our moving teams are unable to transport during your next home or business move

“An area we like to often remind our customers about – one which normally gets overlooked – is what moving companies can’t move. It’s important to know this information because it will save you the time and hassle of arranging a new plan last-second if you find out a certain item mentioned below cannot be transported by our team.”

4. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK services that don’t require moving trucks

“Known as our Carry Crew moving option, we offer customers assistance with loading and unloading for those who want to avoid doing any moving and lifting. With this service, customers would rent their own truck or container, then call one of our teams to load it all up or unload it as needed. This saves you the trouble of doing it yourself and provides you with the peace of mind in knowing your items were handled by professionals. It’s a win-win!”

5. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises gear up for “Busiest Move Weekend” 2021

“There’s a lot of excitement and energy around Busiest Move Weekend for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, as it truly reflects the brand’s strength and how hard our teams are working in their communities,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President Randy Shacka. “We embrace this as a brand and look forward to serving a record number of customers during what may be one of the most stressful times in their lives.”

6. Top 5 money-saving tips for your next home move

“The most important factor when it comes to saving money during the moving process is time. Local moves are generally charged by the hour, so anything you can do to cut down on the time your movers are there will save you money in the long run.”

7. Important details to know when moving during the busy moving season

“Preparation when it comes to moving will significantly decrease the stress involved with it, and it can be a stressful time if it’s not done right. This sounds easier said than done, but thankfully for you, we’ve pinpointed some areas where you can start this preparation.”

8. Utilizing a storage unit? Here are five items you’ll want to avoid packing into your storage unit

“Finding a storage unit to fit your needs can be a challenge – here are some helpful tips for those who are interested in storage – but it’s also important to know the items you can’t put into storage. All storage facilities have their own guidelines and regulations for the facility, so it’s important to work with them before purchasing storage space to determine what can and cannot go into your storage unit.”

9. What you should consider before moving into a rental property

“Like any type of moving, apartment and condo moving brings its own unique set of challenges and to-do lists, but unlike home moving, you aren’t dealing with mortgages or other house-related issues. Instead, you take on things like renter’s insurance, deposits, and leases.”

10. Create a moving checklist to keep you on track during the moving process

“A moving checklist is the best way to take your move in stride and chip away at the process piece by piece as you work toward moving day. From figuring out your plan of action to determining how you will go about packing, and everything else in between – a moving checklist is a good way to track your progress and give you an idea of how things are going.”

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK customers talking to their moving team

What you can expect from a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home move

Moving doesn’t have to be a pain. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, our number one goal is to eliminate your moving day stress. We do this by providing the highest-quality moving options in the industry. With professionally trained and background-checked movers, top-of-the-line moving equipment, and a history of moving people forward – you’ll have peace of mind you’re in good hands when hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

We bring this same mindset to all of our services, not just moving. From standard home moving to long-distance relocation, business moving, junk removal, in-home and delivery moving, storage options, packing, and much more; TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a brand you can trust.

It is one thing for us to relay this message, but it’s another thing when you hear it from those who have actually used the service. Customer testimonials often give great insight into what you can expect from a service brand, and we’re thankful to have customers like the ones below who were willing to share their experiences.

Check it out!

Karen Echols – Cheyenne, Wyoming

Danielle Pike – Ocala, Florida

Kimberly Bush – Mason, Michigan

Michael and Mikalene Torpea – St. Louis, Missouri

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Container in Driveway

Let TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service help you part ways with unwanted items taking up space

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Truck in driveway

There’s never a bad time to toss those unwanted items around the house, but the approaching holiday season can create a little more motivation as you get ready to welcome guests — and possibly new belongings — into your home.  

Whether it’s getting rid of old items to make way for gifts, or cleaning up to make room for celebrating the holidays, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will tackle the hard part of cleanup and removal with our junk removal service. Using specialized junk trucks and professionally trained movers, you’ll get the same levels of care and professionalism you’d expect with our traditional home moving services.

This will save you the hassle of renting a dumpster of thinking of a solution on your own to get rid of bulky items or junk you no longer need. Our junk removal is perfect for those who are cleaning out a garage or basement, going through renovations, decluttering, or like we said above – just moving on from old stuff.

PLEASE NOTE: The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK junk removal service is only available at select franchises. Please visit our website to find out if junk removal is available in your area.

Unfortunately, there are few items we can’t remove for legal and safety reasons, and it’s important to know what these are so you can plan accordingly.

Items that cannot be taken with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® junk removal service:

  • Hazardous materials, liquid based items, wet paint, oil, chemicals, household cleaners, HAZMAT materials, flammable items, gasoline, propane, mercury-based materials, oil filters, and batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Sealed tanks/drums
  • Medical waste
  • Household trash or garbage

Items that may be restricted (please check with your local government, state regulations, or disposal facility):

  • Electronics that are considered e-waste, including CRT televisions
  • Appliances with liquids associated with them (considered hazardous materials), AC units, refrigerators, freezers, and dehumidifiers
  • Appliances not emptied
  • Yard waste such as trees, brush, grass, sod, mulch, and other vegetative waste can be hauled with guidelines. Most disposal facilities recycle this material so it shouldn’t be mixed with other junk material. Dirt, sod, or mulch may have capacity limitations due to weight.
  • Tires are usually not accepted at disposal facilities and considered hazmat, however, you could reach out to a local tire recycle or business to see if they would take them.
  • Heavy or dense material such as roofing shingles, concrete, asphalt, dirt, brick, or miscellaneous debris

To learn more about our junk removal services or to book a junk removal, click here!

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.

Internal moving services can help you prepare for the holiday season

It’s seemingly impossible to believe, but somehow, the holiday season has quickly approached in the review mirror for 2021.

For many of us, that can mean family gatherings, office parties, getting together with friends, and much more. With that comes planning around the home, getting out holiday decorations, pulling out extra furniture from storage, rearranging your living rooms so more people can sit, and everything else that goes into getting ready for the holiday season.

If you’re wondering how you’re going to tackle all of this, keep in mind that our teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK are able to help! While we are known for traditional home moving service, we also offer a variety of specialty moving services, one being our in-home moving option. This helps take the stress out of lifting your heavy Christmas tree around the house, rearranging furniture, or moving boxes of decorations down. We’ll do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to!

Our in-home moving services are great for the following:

  • Staging a home
  • Completing home renovations
  • Staging a big party or event
  • Moving a recently purchased large item or appliance such as a piano, gun safe, exercise equipment, etc.
  • Moving yard equipment, furniture, or décor out of shed storage

Staging and rearranging

For those undergoing home renovations or staging a home to sell, our in-home moving service is a great option. We can help move furniture where it needs to go, get it up and down stairs, or out to the garage and out of the way.

This is a great option for business, too. Our professional moving teams can move office equipment, desks, and more. We’re conscious of time and understand that your business needs to keep moving, so we work with you to schedule hours that fit best for your business to ensure little to no interruptions.

Heavy items

Sometimes, you have a particularly large item like a piano, gun safe, large piece of furniture, or treadmill you just can’t move on your own. Don’t worry! Our moving teams are trained on how to properly move large specialty items, saving you the stress of having to do it yourself.

Like any TWO MEN AND A TRUCK service option, you’ll receive professionally trained movers who will show up trained, uniformed, and ready to get the job done right.

And, as concerns over COVID-19 remain, our moving teams are taking extra sanitation and safety precautions to ensure that both our customers and moving teams stay safe throughout the moving process. If you have any questions about the safety precautions being taken, please discuss this with your franchise prior to moving day.

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supports local veterans and service members through annual Movers for Military program

Last Thursday was Veteran’s Day, a time to recognize the incredible sacrifices made by the brave men and women veterans of this wonderful country.

This means a lot to us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, as we have a number of veterans working within our brand at every level of the company. From movers and drivers all the way up to franchisees and Home Office team members, we’re proud of our strong veteran presence and strive to look for opportunities to help veterans adjust to life after their time in the military.

Another way we honor veterans is through one of our own giving campaigns, Movers for Military®. This program was designed for our franchises to work within their communities to collect and deliver essential care items to veterans in need. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises will partner with organizations and businesses in their area to set up collection sites where the public can drop off the needed items, and our teams deliver them to veteran’s shelters in the area.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

See more: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK San Diego partners with Veteran’s Village to help end veteran homelessness

Movers for Military is a natural fit for our brand and aligns with our mission of giving back in the community, and with so many veterans working at our franchises, it’s a great way for them to connect with the community.

“Both myself and Franchisee Alan Oversmith come from military families, so we are both very passionate about this campaign,” said Charlene Bush, marketing manager for all four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Southeast Michigan and Boston locations. “In addition, we have several veterans that now work at each of our locations as movers or drivers. This campaign is a great way to both honor them and show our appreciation for their service to our country.”

This campaign is a great opportunity for members of our frontline staff to get out in the community and partner with them to make a difference. The break from the normal day-to-day job is welcomed by our movers and drivers, and they love helping out and making life a little better for our nation’s veterans.

“Our movers and drivers love helping with the different campaigns we run, so I get a ton of support from both management and our frontline staff,” Bush said. “I was very pleased with each campaign and the amount of donations we were able to deliver.

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.

Customer testimonials give a good look into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Customers talking to a mover

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, our number one goal is to eliminate moving day stress from our customers.

Whether it’s through our traditional home moving or something like long-distance relocation, junk removal, storage, business moving, in-home moving, or more – we do our best to provide the best moving experience possible. But for as much as we can say it, nothing illustrates who we are as a company like the perspective of our customers.

Customers sharing their experiences helps to tell the other side of the story when it comes to moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, so we asked a few of them to share!

Enjoy!

Norman Wedderburn

Karen Franke

Dyann Fults

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.

Customer using tablet in front of mover with mask on

These overlooked moving essentials will keep your moving process on track and stress-free

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover greeting a customer

Packing, address changes, hiring professional movers, protecting your belongings – these are just some of the main things people think about when they start considering a home move, and deservedly so.

Each are extremely important pieces in the puzzle of moving from one home to the next, and all require your full focus and attention as you begin the process. However, what about the other parts of the moving process you aren’t thinking of? We like to call these “overlooked moving essentials”, and while they might not appear important on the surface, they are simple thoughts and ideas that will come in handy on moving day to help keep the stress levels down.

We always tell our customers – and really anyone who will listen – that organization is the most important factor in the moving process and paying attention to these overlooked moving essentials is a huge piece of staying organized.

Follow along and get ready for moving day!

Moving checklist

The most organized thing you can do leading up to a move is creating a moving checklist. We believe this is one of the most important pieces to a successful move and encourage all of our customers to make one. It’s an organized plan of how you’re going to attack the move, starting from about a month out and leading right up to moving day.

If you’re asking yourself how you’re supposed to come up with a moving checklist, don’t worry – we’ve made one for you.

Batteries and chargers

There’s no deny technology runs the world and plays a big role in our day-to-day life. That’s why chargers and batteries are extremely important on moving day – so you can stay connected where needed!

Your cable/internet might not be in immediately at your new home, so keeping those phones, tablets, chargers, remotes, clocks, and everything in between charge is crucial.

Plastic bags

Simple, right? Plastic bags are a cheap, easy, and versatile tool to have on moving day and they make carrying around loose items which didn’t get packed away easy. Keep a stash handy and be ready if needed.

Cleaning supplies

It’s not much of a secret that the moving process can be a little messy. This makes having cleaning supplies readily available an important part of moving so that if a mess happens, you’re able to clean it up right away.

Clorox wipes, toilet cleaner, laundry soap, cleaning spray, and more are all good ideas to have purchased prior to moving day.

Tool kit

In a perfect world, you can move into your new home with zero issues. But that is a perfect world, and this is the real one.

Having a tool kit handy as you start transitioning into your new home will be extremely handy for making any quick fixes that are needed around the house.

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.

In need of a last-minute DIY costume? Check out these “Boxtume” classics for quick and budget-friendly options!

If you’ve been following our blog content this month or during the month of October in the past, then you know it’s “boxtume” season here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Boxtumes are the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK take on DIY Halloween costume ideas and are costumes that can be put together using supplies around the house along with our moving boxes! If you’ve missed the new editions to the boxtume collection from 2021, be sure to check out our X-Ray Machine, Robot, and iPod costume ideas.

However, if those don’t fit what you’re looking for and you need some more inspiration or ideas, we decided to run back a few of the classics for those who are still searching as we build up to Halloween this weekend. Take a look below at some of our favorite ideas from the past and see if you like an idea to make on your own!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween Boxtume Classic: Tractor

Is your child fascinated with all kinds of trucks, planes, and tractors? Make their dreams a reality by giving them one of their very own!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween Boxtume Classic: Dinosaur

Everyone loves dinosaurs, right? Of course they do, especially kids! Bring that “dino” spirit to Halloween this year with a fun, easy dinosaur boxtume.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Boxtume Classic: Frankenstein

Want to make a spooky Halloween costume? This super easy Frankenstein boxtume should do the trick! Follow the steps below to make your very own!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Boxtume Classic: Fish Mask

Are you going for an “under the sea” look this Halloween? This simple and sweet fish mask is sure to give your costume that finishing touch you need.

For more boxtume ideas, click here!

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.

2021 Halloween Boxtume Tutorial: : X-Ray Machine

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we love box costumes, or “boxtumes” as we call them. With Halloween right around the corner, we have an easy, last-minute costume anyone can make, the X-Ray Machine boxtume!

What you’ll need:

  • One TWO MEN AND A TRUCK small box
  • Black and white paint
  • Tape/Ribbon

Step 1: Cut the top and bottom pieces of the box off.

Step 2: Paint the entire box black.

Step 3: Once the black paint is dry, use the white paint to write “X-Ray” on the upper left corner of the box.

Step 4: Use the white paint to create the bones you would see through an X-Ray machine.

Step 5: Use black tape or ribbon in order to create straps that will hold the costume up. Pin each strap to the front and back of each side.

Once this costume is completed with a black t-shirt and pants, it’s ready for Halloween parties and trick-or-treating activities!

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.

2021 Halloween Boxtume Tutorial : iPod

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we love box costumes, or “boxtumes” as we call them. With Halloween quickly approaching, you might be looking for a quick and easy DIY costume for your kids – we’ve got you covered! Follow along these steps to create an iPod boxtume.

What you’ll need:

  • One TWO MEN AND A TRUCK medium-size box
  • Red and grey paint
  • White poster or white construction paper
  • Duct tape
  • Glue

Step 1: Grab your TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box and cut the bottom and top pieces off to help close the box.

Step 2: Paint the box red (or any color you want your iPod to be!).

Step 3: Cut out a square from the white poster to create the screen. Then, cut out a circle to create the menu/volume options on your iPod.

Step 4: Draw an apple on the square (or print one you find online) with the grey paint and then draw the pause, volume, and menu buttons on the circle with the grey paint as well. Once all the paint is dry, glue the square above the circle on the red box.

Step 5: To make easy straps for the costume, fold the duct tape in half long ways (so there is no sticky side) and make the tape as long as you want your desired straps to be.

Step 6: Paint the straps red (or whatever color you chose for your box) and once they’re dry, glue them at the front and back of the box.

Complete this costume by wearing a red long sleeve shirt that matches the iPod. Once all the paint and glue is dry, you’ll have a fun and creative costume ready for trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities!

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.