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

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Often times when we get asked about moving, the first question is always the same: How much does it cost?

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.

Below, we’ve broken down some of the costs and factors you should consider when moving yourself vs. hiring professional movers.

Time

While not technically a cost, time is still important and valuable, and moving yourself takes a lot of your own personal time. You’ll still be responsible for packing up all of your belongings into boxes, loading them into a rental truck, and unloading  at your new house

If you’re doing this alone or with friends who aren’t professionally trained, it will more than likely take a few trips. Multiple trips can generally lead to multiple days of moving as opposed to just one, and this is more time spent on gas, renting the truck, and the miscellaneous costs of keeping you and your friends happy, hydrated, and fed.

Moving equipment

If you’re planning on moving yourself, what equipment will you use? It’s not a smart idea to try loading it into a pickup truck. For a full home move, you’re going to need a moving truck, which means renting a truck from a rental company. The costs of renting also includes the gas for the truck, which isn’t cheap.

You’ll also need to get your hands on equipment like moving straps, dollies, ropes, stretch wrap, and furniture pads, or packing supplies and moving boxes so your belongings stay safe.

The potential for damage and injury

Moving isn’t as easy as it looks, and there’s a reason moving companies are considered “professionals”. Trying to move heavy items on your own puts you at risk for injury if you aren’t properly trained on moving techniques.

This can also lead to added stress during the move, which creates a miserable experience for everyone.

Finding “help”

The old “find a friend with a truck” has been around forever when it comes to moving, but in all seriousness, you’re going to need help if you plan on handling a move yourself.

Recruiting friends can be tough, but you’ll also need to compensate them for their time – whether that’s just paying them straight up, or offering them food for their troubles. Either way, this is more cost on your end.

Why you should consider hiring movers

When you factor in everything above – the money you’ll spend on trucks and equipment, the potential for damages due to not being professionally trained, or the long-term health effects of trying to move yourself – you’ll realize you’re not saving as much as you might think.

Hiring a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ensures all of the instances listed above are taken care of while you sit back and focus on more important things. The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more true than with our company, and you’re getting a full-service, professional experience when you use our teams.

With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you get:

-Free moving estimates, in-home, over the phone, or online

-Packing options and packing supplies for sale

-An in-home walk through with our professional moving teams, followed by a walk-through of your new home so we know exactly how to plan for your move

If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to get the job done and let us show you why we’ve earned the nickname “Movers Who Care”!

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.

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

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The weather is heating up, the school year is slowly coming to a close, and it’s  getting to be the time where most people will find themselves moving throughout the summer months.

Moving can be tricky, and organization skills and planning are key to having a stress-free moving day. It can certainly be overwhelming as you get ready for a move, from buying a house to packing up your belongings, switching your bills and utilities, hiring professional movers, and determining a moving date – it’s quite the process.

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.

We’ve compiled a list of common items we cannot move below. Be sure to ask prior to moving day if you have additional questions about this, too!

Plants and animals

Generally, anything which falls under the category of “living” is unable to be moved in our trucks for safety concerns, and this includes plants and animals. Please make prior arrangements on how your plants and animals will be transported. For helpful tips on moving with pets, click here.

Medications and prescription drugs

This is to prevent an emergency situation where a customer would need said prescriptions or medications which are packed away on our trucks.

Gasoline engines and machines

If you’re moving anything that is run on gasoline, such as a lawn mower, grill, smoker, tractor, or moped, please make sure the gasoline is completely emptied out of them before they are loaded onto the truck. Moving teams cannot transport anything with gasoline in it for safety reasons.

Perishable food items

Anything which is fresh, frozen, or refrigerated cannot be moved on our trucks to avoid a situation of rotting or spoiling during transport.

We recommend planning a few days’ worth of meals leading up to your moving date so you have something to eat and aren’t relying on your old food. You can also pack a cooler with your refrigerated items and transport them in your personal vehicle.

Sentimental items

We do not move cash, jewelry, insurance papers, birth certificates, or any other sentimental items when completing a move. This prevents anything of this nature from getting misplaced or damaged, and saves you the stress of worrying about their transportation.

Flammable items

The following items fall into this category and cannot be moved: propane, car batteries, paint, household cleaners, antifreeze, ammunition, and weed killer. Federal law prohibits these from being transported in our moving trucks.

For more information on what items your franchise location can and cannot move, contact your local TWO MEN AND TRUCK location and they’ll be happy to assist you with any questions.

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What you should consider before moving into a rental property

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We’re cruising through the spring months and as we head into the summer season we get into the time of year that we call the busy moving season.

Some might be moving into a new home or moving their business, but another area of moving we see often during the spring and summer months is with rental properties – mainly apartments and condos. As leases come to an end, those who choose to live in rental properties – or those looking for one for the first time – will be searching for the best fit for them as they look to sign their next lease.

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.

We’re experts in apartment and condo moving and have handled just about every situation imaginable, so we put together a few important pieces you should know if your next move is into a new rental property.

Use extensive research to find the best fit for you

This should be the first step of any apartment or condo search. In any instance where you are signing a lease, you are locked in for a set amount of time, so you want to make sure you’re completely comfortable with the situation before signing.

Make sure you are comfortable with the area you are moving, the price range of the rent, and with the amenities being offered or the things required of you as a tenant. It’s also encouraged to go take a visit of the property before signing.

Know all the details of what you’re paying

There’s generally a list of fees required when you sign up for a lease, like security deposits, a month’s rent in advance, and paying for additional appliances. It’s important to sit down with the landlord and go over each cost expected of you so you are fully aware of how much you are paying.

Ask questions at signing

As you sit down for your final meeting with the landlord to sign your lease, use this time to ask any final questions you might have about your contract, the facilities, or just about leasing in general. Be sure to review everything you are signing so you understand what is expected of you.

Buy renter’s insurance

This is an absolute must for anyone who is renting. This will give you peace of mind as a renter, and also keep your personal belongings protected should some unfortunate instance occur. Whether it’s a break-in, a flood, or a fire – you’ll be covered and will be able to get back some of what you lost.

Set up your utilities in advance

Once you know you’ll be signing your lease for a new rental, begin contacting the necessary utility companies in your area to get accounts set up with what you’ll need. Some apartments and condos have certain utilities included with your rent.

Complete a move in checklist

Once move in day arrives and you start bringing your belongings into your new home, the landlordwill provide you with some type of move in checklist to assess the current state of your rental property. Be sure to go around and examine everything to check for any damages or things missing and write them down so you aren’t charge for it at a later date.

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.

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Annual Movers for Moms® campaign underway to help moms in need this Mother’s Day

Like so many things effected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our annual Movers for Moms® campaign was forced to take a step back as community gatherings were halted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

While some of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations were still able to assist in small ways, it wasn’t to the scale we’d normally operate. This spring, however, we are slowly building back up and finding new alternatives to run Movers for Moms in a safer way around our communities.

Movers for Moms is a campaign created by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to give back to moms in need each Mother’s Day. MEN AND A TRUCK locations nationwide team up with local business, organizations, schools, and community partners to collect essential care items which are donated to local women’s and family shelters leading up to Mother’s Day weekend.

“It’s a great way to get out and show we care about the community, and a great way to let people know that we do more than just moving,” said Amy O’Brien, marketing and recruiting manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Cleveland location. “It’s always amazing to see the joy on volunteers’ faces when we make the big delivery before Mother’s Day.”

How Movers for Moms® works

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations partner with organizations such as schools, stores, banks, and more in their community to setup collection sites for the essential care items needed most by their recipient shelters. Using our specialized Movers for Moms boxes, collection sites are setup around the community and events are held to encourage the donation of items. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, many of these events are limited, but we still have boxes set up for people to donate on their own.

Items which are encouraged for donation include things such as basic clothing, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, soaps, hair styling products, and more. Once all items are collected, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams deliver them to the shelters in their area.

See how our 2019 Movers for Moms campaign went in the video below!

To learn more about our Movers for Moms program and how you can get involved, visit our Movers for Moms website and Facebook page to see updates and important details.

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.

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Important details to know when moving during the busy moving season

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We’re pushing along through the month of April, the weather is warming up across the country, which signals to all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that busy moving season is near.

We’re gearing up with hiring efforts, training our new team members, and prepping our locations to handle the surge of customers wanting to move during the spring and summer months. If you’re someone who has an upcoming move during this time, you should be getting ready, too!

According to statistics compiled at MovingLabor.com, nearly 80 percent of all moves that happen across the United States occur between the months of April and September. While things may be “different” everywhere, people still need to move, and we’re here to help.

So if you’re one of the individuals who fall into this statistic, how should you be getting ready? There are a variety of moving tips we can offer and services to meet any moving need, and we’re even offering our customers junk removal options for a different kind of moving service these days. Our number one piece of advice for moving day? Be prepared!

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.

Follow along!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and COVID-19 precautions

We’ve adapted our business to be conscious and compliant with federal and local guidelines, as well as information recommended by the CDC. Our franchises are working hard to practice social distancing when possible, while taking extra sanitation precautions to keep moving equipment clean and our employees and customers to safe.

To learn how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Use these top moving tips to get ready for moving day

With any subject, the best people to ask are the professionals themselves. We took that literally and decided to ask some of our frontline team members – the ones who live and breathe moving every day – what their top moving tips are, which you can view, here.

Moving checklists to stay organized

One of the most important factors in completing a home move is using a moving checklist. Thankfully, we’ve developed a comprehensive moving checklist, which you can find, here.

Or, if you’re looking for a more interactive checklist through your phone or computer, you can learn about our newest moving resource – movetrac.

Packing tips

Another major factor in the moving process is properly packing your belongings. Our in-depth packing guide will show you the right way to tackle the packing process, and will also point you in the right direction of packing services and packing supplies that are available to you.

Money saving tips for your next move

Who doesn’t want to save money? This important information will help save you some cash on your next home move.

Know what movers can and can’t move

While we do our best to help you with all of your moving needs, there are some things that moving companies can’t move. It’s important to know what these items are so you don’t find yourself scrambling on moving day. We’ve put together a list, here.

Specialty moving services

Not every moving need is for a home or business move – sometimes you just need something moved around your home, a truck unloaded, junk removal, or more. Thankfully, we can help you there, too! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers a variety of specialty moving services for those who just need some help with the heavy lifting. Learn more, here.

Moving with kids and pets

You might not think of it, but kids and pets can also become a big part of the moving process as you work to keep them happy and involved. We’ve put together helpful tips for moving with pets and moving with kids.

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.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK partners with First Book to provide books for organizations that support educational equality for children in need

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It’s hard to list every way in which COVID-19 has affected our world, but one impact has certainly been on education and schooling for children.

With many schools going virtual or limiting in-person attendance, new challenges have been created for children in low-income communities who don’t have the same access to resources as their more affluent peers, and this can create barriers to learning.

This is why we are thrilled to announce our partnership with First Book.

First Book is building a path out of poverty for children in need through educational equity, ensuring equal access to quality education. They have numerous ways they work to help kids in need improve their education and we can’t wait to join forces with them while using our resources to support this great cause.

As part of our Career Move Month campaign in April – a program we designed to fill open positions in our franchises across the country – we will be donating copies of the children’s book When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree for each employee hired during this time.

“First Book believes education is the best path out of poverty for kids in need and providing meaningful books is one step to support these kids,” said Chief Talent Officer Sara Bennett. “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree illustrates many important life lessons, including using creativity, patience and hard work to turn an unwanted gift into a blessing for many. This message aligns beautifully with our company’s core purpose, to move people forward.”

Twenty-five TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises have signed up to donate 100 books each and deliver books to organizations in their communities. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s corporate office will also donate five books for each hire these franchise make during this time frame.

Together, we’re looking to donate at least 5,000 copies of When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree to organizations supporting the education of children in need. This effort aims to make an impact during the annual summer learning gap for children whose learning may have been impacted by COVID-19.

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for more details on this and be sure to visit First Book’s website and follow them on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for more information.

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.

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Utilizing a storage unit? Here are 5 items you’ll want to avoid packing into your storage unit.

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Storage can really take stress off your plate, whether you’re in the middle of relocating, undergoing home renovations, or you just need somewhere to keep a few belongings that are in the way.

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.

There are some basic items which should never be placed into storage – we’ll cover these below!

Medical supplies

Be sure to take extra caution and ask your storage unit about their rules with medical supplies. Some medical equipment contains radioactive material, which isn’t legally allowed to be kept in storage.

Also – you don’t want to find yourself needing something related to medical supplies when it’s packed away in a storage unit somewhere.

Combustible or flammable items

This seems like common sense, but it’s still worth pointing out. Items which are combustible or flammable shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit for any reason, as it brings an element of danger for both your belongings and other storage units in the facility.

Firearms and ammunition

When it comes to firearms, be sure to check with the storage unit facility on their policies regarding these items – some prohibit the types of firearms allowed in storage, while others ban it entirely.

Ammunition, on the other hand, is not allowed in storage unit for the same reasons mentioned above: it falls in line with what’s considered to be combustible and presents a hazard to the storage facility.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is still one of the top types of storage options that people seek out, but you want to make sure your vehicle registration is up-to-date and meets the guidelines within your particular state. Some states will classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

Soaps and scented candles

While it initially might seem like a big deal when you see this, it actually can be. These types of materials often attract mice or rats, which can become a huge problem for your storage until. Anything giving off a smell like perfume or lotion should be stored with caution.

Keep all of this in mind before you start taking belongings to be kept at a storage facility. If you’re looking for storage needs, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers storage options at select franchises around the country. Click here to learn more!

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.

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Following proper health and safety guidelines to remain healthy during your next move

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Although it’s been more than a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our world and things are trending in the right direction toward normalcy, it’s still a crucial time to remember the proper safety measures and health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Throughout the past year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams have worked hard to ensure we are following the necessary guidelines and protocols to keep both our customers and our teams safe while adding in new sanitation requirements to minimize the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to us to do our part, and we want our customers to feel safe when they hire us, too.

Along with these sanitation improvements and health guidelines, we’ve also worked to add in new social distancing options such as improving our virtual in-home estimates so we can provide accurate moving quotes to customers without ever entering their home. For new services like our junk removal option, we have initiated contactless, curbside pickup options as well to eliminate exposure with our customers.

If you’re planning a move during the upcoming busy moving season, we encourage you to reach out to the franchise in your area and discuss any safety or health concerns you might have regarding COVID-19 prior to your move. Our moving consultants will be happy to talk you through every step of the process to ensure you are comfortable and ready come moving day.

In the meantime, here are a few common questions we’ve been asked regarding moving and COVID-19.

How is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK working to operate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19?

All franchises are following guidelines that have been put in place by the federal and local governments, as well as the CDC. All locations are taking extra measures and precautions to adhere to the highest safety standards, including the regular sanitation of trucks and equipment, having movers and drivers use hand sanitizer throughout the move, and maintaining social distancing best practices with our team members and customers.

If I have a move, is it still happening?

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming move, please contact the location you’ve booked your move with to confirm details of your move and to let the move team know if you have any special requests or concerns for move day.

Can I cancel my move due to COVID-19 concerns?

You will need to reach out directly to the location you booked your move with to talk through canceling or rescheduling your move.

To learn more about how we are helping stop the spread of COVID-19, 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.

Top 5 money-saving tips for your next home move

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There’s never a bad scenario to save some money, right? We know the biggest concern people have with hiring professional movers can be the cost, so we’ve developed a few easy tips for you to keep in mind for your next 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.

Take a look at some of our helpful tips for preparing and saving time and money on your move!

Be honest with your moving company

It’s extremely important to be as accurate as possible when setting up a move with a professional moving company. You may think leaving out a detail or two about what you need moved is ok when getting your estimate and booking a move, but in the end, it could end up causing your move to take longer and cost more than your estimate outlined.

When the moving company is working with you to complete your moving estimate, be as accurate as possible with their team so they can accurately prepare for your move. Failing to mention certain items or belongings (like large objects), how many boxes you have, or how big your home actually is may add more time to the move as they make adjustments on the day of.

Disassemble all furniture and beds

While not necessary – movers at most of our locations can disassemble and reassemble furniture and beds for you – however this will save you time if you do it on your own. Generally, items like this need to be disassembled before being loaded onto the truck, so if you are able to do it before the moving team arrives, that is less time they’ll spend doing it at your home.

Pack efficiently

Packing is vital to any home move, and if your items are packed upon the arrival of your moving team, they can begin loading the truck immediately.

If you need help with packing, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams are professionally trained to pack your belongings and can pack as little or as much as you’d like! Or, if you want to pack on your own, we offer a full line of moving boxes and packing supplies that will help with any move.

For more packing tips, click here.

Organize all belongings

Another way to significantly cut down on time is by organizing all of your belongings in a central location. This can be somewhere like the living room or the garage, but having one central location will cut down on the time the movers have to spend navigating through your home. An easily accessible area will allow them to quickly work back and forth between the moving truck and your home.

Be prepared

Above all else, be prepared. Many of our frontline team members have mentioned that nothing beats good planning when it comes to moving day, and doing so will eliminate any last minute change ups, eliminate the need to add more time, and again – save you money! Try using one of our moving checklists or our movetrac app to help with preparation.

For more helpful moving tips to get you ready for moving day, click here. If you are looking to complete an upcoming home move, visit our website to learn how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can help you move forward today.

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Using junk removal services to boost your spring cleaning efforts

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We’re now cruising through the month of March, and the weather is finally starting to show positive signs of turning warmer in many places of the country.

Regardless of where you live, there’s one thing that is coming up for everyone: spring cleaning. It’s time to get the house cleaned up both inside and out to get organized and ready for the summer months. There are many ways to go about spring cleaning, but one option that could make the task a little easier is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service.

This service is great if you have items you are looking to part ways with but aren’t sure how to get rid of them. From old furniture and appliances, to any other knick knacks and junk lying around, we’ll come in and haul it away for you. Are you completing home renovations and need to get rid of your old cabinets or scrap pieces? We can help with that, too! Whatever your junk removal needs are, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is here and ready to help so you can really tackle your spring cleaning.

Our junk removal service features TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s professionally trained moving teams and specialized junk removal trucks to save you from doing the heavy lifting and hard work. We can lift, haul away, and dispose of any unwanted items or junk you might have around your home or business, and we will remove as little or as much as you need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service is great for removing the following:

  • Household furniture
  • Business furniture
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Appliances
  • Carpeting
  • TVs
  • Exercise equipment
  • Electronics or appliances (please check with franchise to see if they are able)

Similarly, this works well for anyone who needs furniture disposal, office cleanout, garage cleanout, estate cleaning, business cleanout, or downsizing. Please note: junk removal services are only available at select franchise locations. Please contact the location in your area to see if this service is available.

For the rest of your spring cleaning tasks, we’ve developed a few other useful tips for you to follow below!

Develop a plan

Know what you want to get done around the house, and come up with a step-by-step plan to follow so you can stay on track and organized as you work through spring cleaning tasks. The checklist we’ve attached below will help with this step!

Take inventory of your cleaning supplies and materials

You can’t have spring cleaning without the proper spring cleaning materials and supplies, right? Before you get started, make sure you have enough of everything – from cleaning products to wipes, trash bags, rags, and more. Stock up in advance or pull out the supplies you probably already have in your home.

Purge unwanted items

A good idea during spring cleaning is to also work on decluttering your home and getting rid of those items that don’t serve a purpose anymore. Not using it? Toss it! You could also set these items aside for a garage sale at a later date.

Take your time

Spring cleaning probably won’t be finished in two hours – it’s going to take some time to work through your whole home, so pace yourself and take everything in stride. Chipping away with a few things at a time will make the whole process go a lot smoother.

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.