Six tips for sending your kids back to school

-Written by Christina Baker

Some kids are excited about back-to-school time, while others may dread it. Either way, you want your kids to start of the year with their best foot forward. Use these tips to ensure your child has a positive start to their new school year!

Get your kids back into a routine

A week before school starts, try your best to get your family back into a “school routine”. Make sure they’re ready for the early bedtimes and early mornings that are essential for school time. Be sure your alarms are set!

Talk to them about what classes they’re looking forward to

Asking your kids about their favorite subjects will help them to get a little more excited to be back in the classroom. If they don’t have a favorite class, encourage them enter their new school year with an open mindset and willingness to learn about new subjects.

Introduce them to their teachers

Many schools allow you to go meet the teachers and pick up textbooks a couple days before school starts. Use this opportunity to introduce your children to the teachers so they may feel more comfortable with them before school even starts.

Let them pick out fun school supplies

Even if they’re not looking forward to school, more often than not, kids enjoy picking out their new school supplies every year. If your budget allows it, encourage them to pick out their favorite folders, notebooks, and pens. This will give your kids a sense of creative control over their supplies!

Encourage them to join a team/club

If your kids are having an especially hard time looking forward to the new school year, joining a club that interests them or playing a sport they enjoy could help make the adjustment easier. These activities will allow them to make new friends and even discover interests that they may not have known they had!

Keep up with open communication

Keep up with honest discussions between yourself and your children about the day they had at school. If they had a bad day, try and come up with a solution together on how to make the next one better.

The summer to fall transition can be a tricky one, but these tips can help to relieve some of the stress off of both you and your children.

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What to expect on your move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

From the early days of two high school students moving customers’ belongings around Lansing, Mich., to Founder Mary Ellen Sheets selling the first franchise to her daughter, Melanie, one thing has always remained the same at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: a commitment to providing a high-quality moving experience to our customers.

As we’ve continued to expand and evolve the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, this has been a constant which drives the entire company, and it’s what our customers have come to know us for during the last 35 years. However, throughout this time, we’ve learned people can be a bit skeptical when it comes to hiring movers – and understandably so.

Trusting strangers to come into your home and move your items for you can seem overwhelming, especially as you work to pack up your belongings, switch homes, and start a new chapter in your life. Thankfully, our moving teams understand the nuances of moving and how it effects people, and we work hard to take the stress out of this difficult time.

What can you expect from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience? Find out below!

“Movers Who Care®”

Not only is this a nickname which has stuck around for years, it’s a lifestyle: we want to provide the highest levels of care in the moving industry.

From using top-of-the-line moving equipment and moving trucks on every move, to sending only professionally-trained, background-checked, and drug-screened movers to your home or business – you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Services for any moving need

We’re more than just home movers. We can help customers with business moving, packing, junk removal, storage, long-distance moving, and much more.

Whatever your moving needs might be, we can help!

Support from loyal customers

What better way to learn more about a company than to hear it from customers themselves?

Listen below to what they had to say!

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Top 5 expert tips for moving into college dorms

As summer comes to an end, many young adults are starting to get ready to move into their college dorms. Whether it’s your first or fourth year, these tips will help you to maximize your storage and make the most of your small living space!

Start with a packing list

Creating a packing list before moving into your dorm will allow you to save time and space. A list can also help make sure that you’re only bringing the necessities so you don’t have extra clutter you probably will not need.

Look at your dorm before you move in

Since there are a few different types of dorm styles, look on your school’s website before moving in to see pictures of your future space. This will help you to come up with ideas on how you’re going to organize the room and make it livable for you.

Every space is a storage space

Whether you’re living in a dorm or a smaller apartment, finding storage can be tricky. Places like underneath the bed, desk drawers, a shelf of the closet, etc., can be used to store any of your things. You can even use the back of your door as a hanging shoe rack, or to hang towels.

Hold onto your boxes

Be sure to hang onto the boxes you use when you move in. This will make the process of moving out much less stressful. Flatten out the boxes when you’re done to minimize the amount of space they take up.

Make it your own

Since you’ll be spending the next several months in your new dorm, make it a place you enjoy being in. Create a plan with your roommate on how you want to decorate and personalize your room so you’re both able to have a space you’re comfortable in.

Although it may seem like you don’t have much room in a college dorm, you can always get creative with your new space. Follow these tips to start your new school year in college off right!

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

Often times when people think of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they y think of our white moving trucks driving around town with the iconic logo that has become a staple in so many communities.

While this type of home moving is what we’ve been known for over the last 35 years, we’re so much more than that. We offer a wide variety of specialty moving services to help any moving need and often times, our moving trucks aren’t even necessary.

You can hire the expertise of our professionally trained movers to help with whatever you need so you don’t have to worry about doing the heavy lifting yourself!

Load and Unloading

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!

Furniture Rearranging

We’ve all been there before: you’re looking around the house (or maybe even an office) and you want your furniture or other items rearranged. Then, you realize how much work this would be, and you put it off even longer.

With our furniture rearranging services, you can get anything moved around your home or business quickly and efficiently. Our movers will move as little or as much as you’d like so you don’t have to. This option is great for those undergoing home renovations, staging a home to sell, hosting a large gathering (safely, of course), or who just want something in a different spot.

Packing and Unpacking

This may not be a service involving any heavy lifting, but it’s equally as important and useful. Our teams can take care of the packing up of your belongings so you can focus on something else.

Given that we are professionals, we can efficiently pack as much items as you’d like us to. We can even provide the packing supplies and moving boxes!

Delivery Services

Ok, so technically this does involve a moving truck, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you have found yourself in a situation where you’ve ordered a large item – say a new appliance or piece of furniture – and you have no idea how you’ll get it home, we have you covered!

We can schedule the pickup and delivery of large items like this and get it to you safe and secure, even moving it into your home and placed exactly where you want it.

For more information on how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can help you with all of your moving needs, visit our website to find the franchise closest to you!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s movetrac and other planning resources will get you prepared and organized for move day

Customer using tablet in front of mover with mask on

If you’re a regular TWO MEN AND A TRUCK blog reader, you’ve probably noticed how often we talk about organization. It’s critical to a successful move, and we can’t stress it enough how important proper packing and organization is before, during, and after a move.

Moving stress can amplify as your move date gets closer, and figuring out how to even get organized may not be your number one priority. Thankfully, that’s no longer something you need to worry about with movetrac. Developed by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, movetrac is your guide to preparation, planning, organization, and helpful resources leading up to your move. Best of all? It’s free!

It’s another way we work hard to help our customers create an efficient and positive move experience. Here are a few ways movetrac can help you!

Checklists

After you fill out a movetrac profile with your move information, movetrac will build a tailored moving checklist just for you. It features an easy-to-follow to-do list that you can monitor as you work toward moving day.

Progress tracking

Your progress throughout your move is tracked in movetrac, and it has a timeline feature that lets you know how you are coming along. It will even alert you about tasks you have missed on your to-do list.

Extensive resources

To match the information presented with your checklists, movetrac also features an extensive library of resources that will help to answer any questions you have about moving. From moving tips to ideas on how to get prepared, all things moving are covered in this section of movetrac.

Our list of moving resources doesn’t stop with movetrac, either. Here are a few more helpful links that’ll help you take on any move!

Moving Tips

Packing Tips

Moving With Pets

Moving With Kids

Moving with Seniors

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Follow these simple tips to allow your pets to adjust during your next move

-Written by Christina Baker

Moving is a hectic time for everyone. There is an endless to-do list and your mind may seem as though it’s in a million different places at once. With that said, it’s important not to forget about your pet as you make your move.

Whether this pet be a dog, cat, fish, smaller animal, etc., helping them throughout the move will impact how they adjust to their new home. Moving may come with its challenges, but don’t let giving your pet a new home be one of them! Follow these tips on how to best help your pet adjust to their new atmosphere. 

Dogs

  • Make sure your dog’s health is a top priority during this move. Take them to their vet to make sure they are healthy enough to be included in the moving process, as this will ensure that both you and them have a better moving experience.
  • Introduce your dog to the movers! Dogs can be very protective over their family. Make sure you show your dog that your movers are not a threat to them or their family. This will help to calm them down and become familiar with these new people.
  • Carry objects that remind them of home! To help keep your dog calm during this crazy time, try to carry a toy or small blanket on you that will help to distract them.
  • Since most moving companies don’t handle moving animals, be sure to have other arrangements for them. We recommend keeping a crate in your car to help move them from home to the next.

Cats

  • It’s no secret that cats can be very anxious. Help them through the move by making sure they have a quiet place to themselves far from all the moving commotion.
  • Be sure to have a crate in the car for your cat when moving. Try to have objects such as toys and bedding in the crate so your cat is more comfortable in the car ride.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before the move to check if your cat needs any type of medication to help keep them calm during the moving process.

Fish

  • To help your fish better acclimate to their new environment, start by cleaning out their tank the morning of your move.
  • Drain all the water out, take any toys out of the tank and clean those as well.
  • Put your fish in a secure bag or container with clean water for the trip.
  • Once you’ve arrived in your new home, put fresh water into the new tank and put your fish back into their tank!

Small Animals

  • Small pets usually include hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils, who may also need help adjusting to a move.
  • Small pets can travel in their normal cages, just be sure their cage is sealed so they cannot escape during this hectic time.
  • Its extremely important to regulate the temperature of their cage to help keep them healthy during the move.

We hope you enjoyed reading these tips for moving with your pets!

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

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Truck

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!

That’s right – our professional moving services can now be used to help you remove and dispose of unwanted junk and other items. It’s a natural fit for our brand, and we can now send our professional moving teams to your home or business to remove as little or as much as you need utilizing our specialized junk removal trucks. Why do all the heavy lifting when we can do it for you?

This service fits perfectly with those doing home renovations, decluttering, staging a home for sale, renovating their office building, or for those who simply just want to get rid of items they’ve accumulated over the years. We won’t judge on your reasons for moving on from certain belongings, but we’ll definitely help you get rid of it!

However, we can’t haul away everything, and it’s important to know which items we aren’t able to handle during your junk removal.

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

Please note: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service is available at select franchise locations. Click here to search for the franchise closest to you and see if junk removal is being offered.

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

For all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we know that when the school year starts to wind down and the weather starts to warm up, it means one thing: busy moving season.

The summer months are always our busiest time of year, and our franchises nationwide are geared up and ready to rock as they help customers and businesses move forward in these next few months. Studies show that the months of April through September generally contain the most moves throughout the year, and we can confirm this based on our three-plus decades of moving!

“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.”

For 2021, this last week of June is looking to be what we call our “Busiest Move Weekend” – the time when our franchises are completing the most moves over one weekend as a brand.

It’s a time to celebrate all of the hard work our movers, drivers, and customer service representatives put in and to show our appreciation to customers for trusting TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to handle their moves.

“We take great pride in our moving services and are so appreciative of the record number of customers choosing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, whether they’re moving across their town or across the country,” Shacka said.

Whether you’re planning to move this weekend – or anytime this summer – we’ve added some helpful tips, resources, and ideas below for you to ensure you have best moving day possible!

Moving Checklist

The most important factor in completing a stress-free move is using a moving checklist. Thankfully for you, we’ve put one together using all of the tips and tricks we’ve accumulated over the years. You can find it, here.

Packing Tips

A seamless moving experience starts with effective packing, and this packing tips guide will point you in the right direction to make sure everything is taken care of when the movers arrive at your home or business.

What Moving Companies Can’t Move

Unfortunately, not all of your belongings can be handled by professional movers, and it’s important to know what they can and can’t move so you aren’t left scrambling on moving day. We’ve put together that list, here.

Moving With Pets

For those with pets, that’s another dynamic of moving you have to worry about when moving day arrives. You can find useful tips and tricks for moving with your pets, here.

Home Safety Guide

Although not necessarily a “moving tip”, this safety guide for when you arrive at your new home is a good idea to look over so you don’t run into any issues as you get settled in.

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Customer testimonials share a positive glimpse into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Since the mid-1980’s when Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and her two sons began a local moving service in Lansing, Michigan called “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK”, one singular focus has always remained in everything we do: provide outstanding customer service.

It’s what drives our brand and what has built our reputation in all of the communities we work. It’s important for us to provide the best customer experience possible while working to take the stress out of moving. This mindset is also represented in our company core values, which each member of our brand strives to live by each and every day.

Whether we’re completing a traditional home move from one side of town to the next, moving across the state or across the country with long-distance moving, hauling items away with our new junk removal service, or providing a smaller service like packing or storage – customer service always comes first. We do our best to live up to the nickname “Movers Who Care®”.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Take it from the ones who have lived and experienced it: our customers!

If you’re moving soon and are looking to hire professional movers, visit our website to learn more about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can assist you!

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.

Five easy ways to make the moving process a positive experience for kids

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-Written by Christina Baker

Moving tends to have an emotional and even daunting reputation – especially for children. They may not like the idea of too much change at once, and it’s probably overwhelming for them. However, there are several ways a child can learn to adapt to – and even enjoy – their moving experience.

Follow these tips to better your move for the whole family!

Explain the situation

Your children may be having a hard time understanding exactly why you’re moving. Have an open and honest conversation with them on why this is what’s best for your family. Encourage them to ask any questions they may have.

Prepare your kids for the move by having these conversations throughout the moving process so they will feel more comfortable.

Stay in touch & meet new people

A big part of the reason kids don’t want to move is because they might be scared to leave their friends. However, you can assure them they will still see their friends from your old neighborhood. Set up playdates for the future with the other parents so your child knows for certain that you’ll stay in touch.

It’s also important to let kids know they can make friends anywhere. Take them to your new neighborhood and introduce yourselves to the other families in that area. Taking this approach helps kids to see they can have friendships regardless of where they live.

Get them excited

You can get your kids excited about the move by taking them to the new house, if possible. Show them their new bedroom, and even ask them how they want to decorate it. Walk them through the house and explain to them the benefits of the new house, such as a pool, a new playroom, etc. Showing your children the endless possibilities of memories that can be created in your new space will allow them to look forward to living there.

Make it fun

Throughout the process of the move, try not to take it so seriously in front of your kids. Make games out of packing your belongings and allow them to have fun during this time. You could even keep your moving boxes. Kids love to be creative with objects that may otherwise be thrown away. Encourage them to even make a fort out of your moving boxes once you’re finished with them.

Mini Mover Mania Game & Coloring

If you want to keep your kids busy during the move, we have the perfect fix! Our interactive video game, Mini Mover Mania, gives players the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat. This exciting racing game encourages players to get their customer’s belongings to their new destination in a safe way, while still trying to beat time and tackle rough terrains. For kids who would rather color, print off this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK coloring page! It’s sure to keep kids occupied as they color in Truckie embarking on a new travel.

To get TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Mini Mover Mania video game as well as the coloring page, visit our “Moving With Kids” page on our website!

Moving can be a hard time on your children. However, by following these steps, your transition should become much smoother for your kids, and the rest of the family as well!

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.