Use these 5 professional packing tips for your upcoming move

The calendar has finally turned to March, and while many of you might be thinking of the warmer months soon approaching (we are too!), we’re also thinking about the upcoming busy moving season.

As the weather turns, so does the moving industry, and a large majority of our moves for the year will begin to happen over the next six months. If you’re planning to move soon, there are plenty of things you need to prepare for and plan, and a big one is packing.

Packing is essential to a successful home move, and it goes a long way in taking the stress out of the entire process. Between proper packing and organization, you can significantly reduce the hassle of moving, save yourself time, and possibly even save yourself some money. Sounds like a win!

Thankfully, we’ve learned a thing or two about packing up a home since we began moving people back in the 1980s, and we’re happy to dish out some of our best packing tips.

Follow along!

Start planning well before moving day

You can never be too prepared for moving. Planning ahead will make it easier to take everything in stride, will save you from scrambling, and help you keep better track of what you’re doing with the move. If you get an early start on packing, you’ll have less to worry about come moving day.

Label, label, label

Falling in line with the “organizational” side of things, be sure you label each box clearly when packing. This will help both you and the moving teams handling your belongings to know where each box is going and what is inside.

Room-by-room packing

Like we’ve stated, this is a process which takes time. You can’t knock it out in one day, as nice as it would be to do so. Start going room by room around your home, completing the packing process in chunks to make it more manageable and to leave yourself some room for error.

Protect your belongings

The whole point of packing is to keep your items safe and protected, right? This starts by using professional packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper go a long way with the safety of your items as they’re loaded up and moved to your new home.

A helpful packing tip to remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the moving box.

Some tips from the professionals

You know who really knows the ins and outs of packing? The frontline team members at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK who do it every day. Here are some of their best tips!

“Have all of your loose items boxed up and packed away, and also make sure to label the boxes. Make sure to have a game plan for unpacking the boxes, too.” – Shawn – Operations Manager – Lorain-Medina, Ohio

“With your packed boxes, take them all into the garage. It’s going to save a lot of time for us with the move and will also save you some money on your bill at the end of the move.” – Anthony – Team Lead – Lincoln, Nebraska

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

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Moving tips from the experts themselves!

When it comes to moving techniques and tips, it seems obvious you’d want to get advice from those who qualify as experts in the field, right?

Of course!. That’s why there’s no better people to listen to than those who lift furniture and transport the most important belongings in a home or business – our frontline teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK..

They’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, what you should look for and what you should avoid. From moving couches and beds to moving unique, specialty items, there is hardly a scenario you’ll find where our teams haven’t handled.

So, if you have a move upcoming and need some expert moving tips, listen up!

If you are planning on completing a move soon, give us a call!

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Determining the right fit for your needs when looking at storage solutions

Space can be hard to find around your home or business, and there are times when you just need more space to either get something done or get stuff out of your way.

Whatever the reason may be, storage solutions are a great way to create more space for yourself, whether it’s with long-term or short-term storage plans. However, there is more to the process than just stuffing your belongings into a storage locker and calling it good. You need to figure out what plan fits best for you, what type of preferences you want to work with, and what will keep your belongings safe and protected.

Many places offer storage solutions – including select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises – so we decided to put together some of our best tips and ideas to guide you in the right direction.

Figuring out what type of storage you need

Specific items you plan to put into storage can make a big difference in what type of storage unit you’ll need. Some items can be affected by heat, cold, dust, or moisture, so in this instance you’d want a climate-controlled storage unit. Other items like important documents, electronics, or clothing may also need to be stored in a climate-controlled setting.

How big or small of a storage unit do you need?

When searching for a storage unit, it’s always a good idea to have a mental inventory of what you’re planning to put in it and go a little bit bigger than the number of items you have. This will allow you the space to navigate around the unit should you need to.

Do research to find the best fit for you

Like any business, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re spending your money in a safe way. Using resources like online reviews will give you a good feel for the company and how past customers have felt about their storage plans.

How much access do you need?

This is another important question to ask. Some places offer 24-hour access to their storage units, while others may run on set schedules.

Figure out what’s important to you and how often you’ll need to gain access and purchase accordingly. Also keep in mind that some places can charge access fees.

Always purchase insurance

Like any insurance plan, you’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. You can’t be too safe when it comes to protecting your belongings, so check with the storage facility to see if they offer insurance protection for your items. If not, contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance to come up with a plan.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

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See what our customers have to say about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Customer using tablet in front of mover with mask on

With any business, the best way to find out what you’re getting with your money is to hear directly from the customers themselves.

We can tell you all about how we offer the best moving services in the industry, with professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers who use top-of-the-line professional moving equipment to keep your belongings safe and protected during the moving process. Or we could point out how we have a wide-variety of service options outside of just our traditional home moving options so that we can meet every moving need from our customers.

But sometimes, you just need to hear it from someone other than us. Thankfully, some of our past customers have been gracious enough to detail their experiences using us and how their moving process went.

Check it out!

Norman Wedderburn – Florida

Dyann Fults

Todd Derby

Michael and Mikalene Torpea

Lynne Pearcey – Florida

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Avoid falling victim to moving scams by asking important questions and completing thorough research

It’s often said that moving is one of life’s most stressful events. We can see this to be true as you work to buy a new home, pack up your belongings, and move on from your last home in what seems like a quick whirlwind of events.

We’ve built our brand on helping to alleviate some of the stress involved with moving by offering professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers paired with professional moving equipment and trucks to ensure your belongings stay safe and protected throughout the entire process. Unfortunately, this same level of care and commitment isn’t always available, and the industry has taken on a bit of a bad reputation at the hands of illegitimate operations who are out to scam customers, not help them.

These shady, “scam” moving operations offer lower prices than the professional services to draw in new customers who are looking to save extra cash while avoiding the heavy lifting themselves. However, this usually means sacrificing quality and getting movers who aren’t properly trained, are day laborers, and who don’t have the experience or equipment to do the job correctly. They’ll take your money and leave you with a nightmare of an experience.

There are a number of ways to do your research into reputable companies, and one of these ways is through reading customer reviews online.

“The number of Google reviews a brand has makes a significant impact on the customer’s decision-making process, but what most customers don’t know is that some moving companies pay or falsify their online reviews, which is against Google policy,” said Jon Nobis, the CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “This lack of authenticity in online reviews makes the process of hiring a trustworthy, reliable mover even more difficult for consumers.”

So, while there can be illegitimacy to some online reviews by scammers, they can still be a great way to take a measurement on what the public is feeling about a business. Since these are through third-party apps generally, the brand has no influence over the review and they come straight from the customer. Both good and bad, you can get a good feel through online reviews for what you’re about to purchase.

Researching the internet about a brand can also give you some insight into other important factors like how they treat their employees, how professional they are, what types of services they offer, and company policies regarding their services.

“As a brand, we are laser-focused on transparency and building trust, ensuring that our customer experience is world class,” said Nobis. “Because moving scams are on the rise, we’ve taken these measures up a notch and are committed to further developing our customer service initiatives with the launch of new technology-focused solutions that make booking a move easier for our customers.”

Another thing to look for specifically with moving is online quote forms. Getting your moving quote directly from the moving company is critical to ensure your personal information isn’t being sold to advertisers and data aggregators.

“It’s important to make sure that you are requesting an online moving quote directly from a moving company that you are intending to work with,” Nobis said. “It can become very frustrating for a customer who believes they are submitting a moving request for a specific company and then three or four moving companies follow up with phone calls and emails. Customers need to be careful during their research phase to ensure they’re only providing their personal information to companies they’re interested in moving with.”

To learn more about how to avoid moving scams, please watch the video below from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO Jon Nobis.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK business moving solutions keep distractions to a minimum during relocation

Did you know TWO MEN AND A TRUCK also specializes in business moving and relocation?

It’s true! People generally think of us as home movers when they see us driving around their communities, but through our nearly four decades of experience, we’ve also become experts at helping businesses move forward, too. If you’re a business looking to upgrade your office or relocate to a new area soon, give us a call to learn more about how our business moving professionals can lend a hand.

As a business, we understand the nuances of running a business, and this is all factored in as we create a detailed moving plan to help limit the downtime for your operation during the relocation. We’ll build a personalized schedule to best fit your needs so you can keep things running smoothly!

A business moving plan for you

Each moving team we send out for a business move is made up of professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers who have experience moving large office equipment and furniture.

We’re proud to offer a dedicated level of care and efficiency to our move, which fits great in the world of business moving as we keep your belongings protected and move efficiently to get the job done.

Our business moving services are great for the following:

  • Professional offices
  • Retail stores
  • Medical offices
  • Educational facilities
  • Non-profit organizations

And, as a business, we understand how important time is. Time equals money, and you want to save both when it comes to relocating your business. We’ll tailor a business moving plan to specifically fit your needs, ensuring we don’t interrupt the normal flow of your operation while moving equipment and belongings.

This could even include moving on nights or on weekends if necessary – whatever it takes to get the job done right!

More ways to help your business than just relocating

We have an abundance of specialty moving services to offer customers outside of just loading up items and moving them to a new home, and this applies for businesses as well.

With our new junk removal option, we’ll arrive to your business and help you get rid of some of items that need to go. Using our specialized junk removal trucks, our teams can quickly remove and dispose of anything you no longer want or need, which saves you the time and hassle of having to rent a dumpster and do it yourself.

Need storage for items at your business? Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises can help with that, too! Business owners can also utilize our in-home moving services to have our moving teams just move heavy items or furniture around the office or business, if you’re looking to rearrange or move items around. Whatever your business moving needs are, we’ll help!

Need further proof? Check out a verified customer review of our business moving services!

“We had a large last-minute business move that they were not only able to accommodate, but accepted the challenge without hesitation. All were pleasant, fast, listened to special directions, and got the job done in one day, which was a huge bonus to us.” – Janet

To learn more about our business moving options or to schedule a business move, visit our website and contact us today!

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.

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Truck

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s specialty services provide alternative moving options for customers

When customers see our trucks driving around their communities all over the country, the first thing they generally think of is home moving – and rightfully so.

We’ve made our name in the home moving industry by helping customers move to their next destination since the mid-1980s, but did you know TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers more than just home moving services? We offer a wide variety of specialty moving options, too.

We know there are times when you might need help with the heavy lifting, but aren’t exactly moving your entire home. That’s why we’ve worked hard over the years to expand our service options to fit the many moving and storage needs out there.

Junk Removal

One of our newest services is junk removal and we’re thrilled to assist customers with the removal and disposal of items they no longer want or need. Using professionally trained movers and specialized junk removal trucks – separate from our standard moving trucks – we can help you get rid of whatever belongings might be accumulating in your garage, attic, or basement. This service can be utilized for both home and businesses and can be booked separately or as part of a move.

For availability or to see if this is offered in your area, click here.

Business Moving and Storage

Not only can we move customers from one home to the next – we can move entire businesses, too! If you’re looking to relocate your office or if you need to move items already within your office, we’re ready to help.

We understand the importance of having limited interruptions to your operation, and that’s why we work diligently with you to schedule around busy times so we can create as little distractions as possible.

Load and Unloading

Sometimes, you just need the muscle and moving help, not the moving truck. Don’t worry, we can help there as well.

If you have rented a moving truck but don’t want to actually load up or unload your items, you can call one of our professional moving teams to come out and do all the heavy lifting for you. We’ll move as little or as much as you need!

Pickup and Delivery

The excitement of making a large purchase such as a piece of furniture or a new appliance can quickly fade away when you start thinking about how you’ll get that item home.

Thankfully, we can help with the delivery of large items! Using our moving teams and equipment, we’ll pick up whatever item you have purchased and deliver it right to your home or business, and we’ll even move it inside where you need it, too.

From items like new washers or dryers to refrigerators, exercise equipment, tanning beds, and more – we’ve got you covered.

In-Home Moving and Heavy Item Lifting

Much like our loading and unloading services, sometimes you just need moving help and heavy lifters.

You can call our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams to help with the moving of items within your home to save yourself the hassle of doing this heavy lifting yourself. This could cover anything from moving a piece of furniture up or down stairs or into another room, or just rearranging a room.We can handle items like pianos, gun safes, furniture, and much more.

Please note: With each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location being independently owned and operated, specialty moving services can sometimes be limited to select franchises. Please use our franchise locator link to find the location closest to you and see if they offer these types of services.

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Wrapping up the holiday season with these four useful packing tips

Unfortunately, all good things in life must come to an end at some point – even something as enjoyable as the holiday season.

While many of us have spent the better part of the last month taking in the spirit of the holidays by visiting with family and decorating our homes in a festive way, there comes a time when your holiday-themed decorations, furniture, dishes, and whatever else helps you celebrate the season must be packed up and put away. Many of you have probably already began this process, but for those who haven’t – we totally get it.

Packing away the holiday season can be exhausting, especially as you dive headfirst back into the swing of everyday life. However, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to alleviate some of the headache and help you get everything put away efficiently and safely.

Build a Post-Holiday Packing Plan

We say this about any type of packing job, but it’s always a good idea to visualize and plan out what you want to be packed away and where you want to go before you begin. The best way to handle packing is by slowly chipping away at the process so you can take it in stride and not get overwhelmed.

Figure out which rooms of your house you’d like to get packed up first and go room-by-room as you decide which items will be going into storage, and which items are lucky enough to remain out for the rest of the winter season.

Use Reliable Packing Supplies

This cannot be stressed enough: there is nothing more important the safety of your personal belongings, and the best way to keep them in one piece is with professional packing supplies. Above all, we’d recommend quality moving boxes, as they are built to hold your belongings safely while being stored away in an attic, basement, or garage. Packing paper for dishes and ornaments is a good choice, too.

Need packing supplies? Give us a call! We offer a full line of packing supplies to fit any need.

Pack Efficiently

Although it may seem like an obvious statement, an extra level of care and efficiency should be practiced when packing away holiday items due to them generally being more fragile than ordinary home belongings.

Using the professional packing supplies mentioned above can go a long way in helping to keep important items like ornaments, special Christmas lights and table decorations, or holiday dishes safe until next year. It will also make the process of unpacking them when the next holiday season rolls around easier, too.

Moving Furniture Back Into Storage

If you displayed extra furniture for more seating during the holidays, that means you’ll need to get it back into the basement, attic, or other storage at some point. Or you might need an extra hand with rearranging it in your home, too.

Regardless of the type of furniture you have – don’t move more than you can handle. If you have too much or something too heavy to move, give us a call – our movers can come to your home and move whatever you need! This includes moving items around within your home or to a storage facility.

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.

Use these 7 helpful tips if you have a winter move coming up

The calendar has now turned to the year 2022, and we’re right in the middle of the winter months – which for many of us can mean cold, snowy days.

While it may not be blustery for everyone (and we’re jealous of those who don’t have to experience this!), winter weather still remains in many parts of the country and even during this time, the show goes on for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and moving. Thankfully, we’ve been doing this long enough that we’ve learned a thing or two about moving during these dark winter days – no matter what the temperature might be.

If during these next few months you find yourself moving, check out some of our best winter moving tips below to ensure you’re ready to tackle moving day in perhaps less than ideal conditions.

Watch Your Step

Seems obvious, right? Well, it’s still worth repeating, because safety always comes first! Be careful when moving around outside on sidewalks and driveways if ice is forming, or if the ground is slick from precipitation. Using the proper footwear or laying down salt ahead of time can help you get extra grip.

Dress Warm

Another one on the “obvious” category, but you know how the old saying goes: it’s always easier to remove layers than it is to keep adding them. Weather can be unpredictable at times during the winter season, so come prepared with enough clothes to keep you comfortable and warm and adjust as the day goes on.

Prepare For Early Darkness

If people were to rank their least favorite parts about the winter months, you’d have to imagine “getting dark early” would rank pretty high on the list. This comes into play during moves, too. Time and the sunset should be factored into when the move is scheduled, but it’s also smart to be prepared with accessible lighting should the sun go down before the job is completed.

Pay Attention to The Weather Conditions

Like we said above: wintertime weather can be unpredictable. Still, you want to do your best to monitor the forecast leading up to moving day so you can at least have an idea of what you might be experiencing on moving day.

Protect Those Floors

If you hire professional movers, they will provide floor runners to help keep the floors in your home protected, but there are also some steps you can take as well. Have old towels or sheets handy to lay down in areas where you want to stop snow, salt, and other messes from the outside getting tracked inside. Also, be sure to remind everyone to wipe their shoes when possible.

Hydrate

This may not be at the front of everyone’s mind when it’s cold out, but hydration is always crucial for those participating in moving day. Heavy lifting is strenuous and demanding regardless of the weather, and you want to stay hydrated to keep yourself feeling as best as possible for moving day.

Hire professional movers

Instead of using all of these tips above for your own moving process, it might just be easier to hire professionals like us to get the job done right. We’re trained, equipped, and ready to handle the winter elements to get your move completed safely and efficiently.

To get a jump on your next move and to create your own moving checklist to stay organized, 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.

Movers Who Blog: 2021 Year in Review

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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.”

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.