Summer months provide the best time frame for home moving

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-Written by Anna Stephens

While you and your family have been enjoying the summer season, our movers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have been helping thousands of people move forward the last few months. There’s no doubt that summer is the busiest time of year to move, but why is that exactly? We’ve assembled a list of 10 summer moving benefits to keep in mind when it comes time to relocate your home.

  1. School year gap. Moving during the summer lets your kids get settled in their new home without having school on their minds. If you move to a new city, the summer affords the opportunity for the kids (and the adults) to make new friends before the school season begins.
  2. Sports season gap. You won’t miss out on any football, March Madness, NBA playoffs, or postseason baseball games. Plus, your kids won’t have to pause in the middle of their sports seasons, either.
  3. No snow or ice. If you live in colder climates, you have the comfort of knowing you won’t slip on ice while moving things out of the home.
  4. Garage sale season. As you’re packing, throw the items you no longer need into a garage sale pile. It’s an exciting way to start fresh and make a little money. For most areas in the country, the spring and summer months are perfect for having garage sales.
  5. Social events. Barbecues and outdoor events held in the summer months are easy ways to meet your new neighbors.
  6. Real estate market timing. Spring and summer months are the best months to list your home based on average rate of sale. Specifically, homes listed during early May and June are sold faster on average than any other months.
  7. Summer weather. You’ll need to have doors open frequently as you move belongings from your house to the truck, and light summer breezes are completely bearable compared to blustery, winter winds. Depending on where you live, temperatures are somewhat easy to predict and stable. This makes your planning process much easier.
  8. Work flexibility. Some companies offer more schedule flexibility during the summer, so taking a few days off of work to pack is less of an inconvenience.
  9. Longer days. More daylight during the summer months means you can get everything checked off your to-do list while it’s still bright outside.
  10.  Renovation time. If you are looking to renovate your new home, that’s much easier to do in the summer. Especially when those renovations are exterior or involve landscaping.

When the time comes for your family to move, let us do the heavy lifting! At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we strive to provide our customers with the most excellent customer service and take the stress out of moving, regardless of the season. For your local or long-distance moving needs, reach out to your local franchise for a free estimate today.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® kicks off summer “Home Hacks” social contest promotion

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Are you a “home hacks” guru? Do you specialize in DIY-projects around your home, and have time or money saving tips you think would be useful to others? Then TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s newest social media contest is for you!

Beginning on Monday, July 17, and running through Sunday, August 13, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will run a national social media contest centered on the idea of the best “Home Hacks”. The winner of the contest will be announced via social media on Wednesday, August 16.

Just what exactly qualifies as a home hack? It’s anything you do around your home that helps to save either time or money while maintaining your living space. Anything from using aluminum foil in place of dryer sheets to easily removing permanent marker from the wall can be considered a home hack – simple solutions that make life a little easier in your home.

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“Summer is the season of home improvement, so we want to see the best ‘home hacks’ being used to save time, money, and energy while maintaining their home,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Media Relations Specialist Jessy Herman. “Through social media, we engage with people who have recently moved or plan on moving in the future, and we hope this type of contest can provide a way for our social community to share their tips and tricks, and maybe even discover new ideas!”

Participants are asked to tag their home hack project with the hashtag #TMTHomeHacks, which will ensure submissions are entered into our contest. We will provide a platform for our audience to vote and determine which home hack they think is the top idea, with voting being limited to one vote per Facebook user and IP address per day. We will enable a CAPTCHA each time someone votes, assuring people the voting process is fair and honest.

“We are extremely excited to see what creative, yet simple ideas people can come up with,” Herman said. “With the voting system determining the outcome of the contest, we are thrilled to see how people come together to determine who the winners will be.”

The best home hacks will be awarded nicely, as we have some outstanding prizes to align with the entire theme of the contest:

-1st Place: $1,500 to Lowe’s Home Improvement

-2nd Place: $1,000 to Lowe’s Home Improvement

-3rd Place: $500 to Lowe’s Home Improvement

The first 10 people to enter the contest – regardless of where they finish in the voting process – will be awarded $20 gift cards to Lowe’s as well. You can never have enough money going toward your home, and a gift card to Lowe’s is a great way to finish up any projects you are working on as the summer wraps up.

We hope to see everyone submit some of their own tips and tricks for saving money around the house, and we hope people can have fun with this idea while learning a thing or two! To learn more, stay tuned to our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Facebook page for details.

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Organizational tips to help keep your home spotless

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-Written by Anna Stephens

A clean home equals a clean mind. The best way to keep your home truly clean is to do a little bit of cleaning every day instead of letting it pile up. Developing these habits will prevent any critters from finding their way into your home, and will also decrease the spreading of germs and allergens in your home, helping your family stay healthy. It also encourages kids to establish strong habits of picking up after themselves and creates a greater sense of responsibility.

We’ve assembled a list of recommendations for how often you should be cleaning the different areas of your home.

Every day:

  • Wash countertops and appliance handles with disinfecting spray/wipes
  • Eliminate any clutter that has accumulated and put in proper location
  • Clean all used dishes and wipe up any spills that have occurred
  • Sweep floors
  • Take out the trash
  • Straighten up and make beds
  • Hang up all wet towels or hand towels and allow to air dry completely

Once a week:

  • Wash and fold laundry
  • Wash all hardwood and tile floors
  • Vacuum carpet and underneath cabinets
  • Dust shelving, furniture, and light fixtures
  • Wipe down toilets, showers, and sinks with proper disinfectant
  • Clean mirrors
  • Wash all pillow cases

Once a month:

  • Empty the refrigerator, wipe down shelving, and throw out any expired items
  • Dust the baseboards, fan blades, and air vents
  • Clean the inside of microwave and oven
  • Hose down and disinfect the bottom of trash cans and underneath the trash cans
  • Disinfect all doorknobs
  • Wash all bath mats
  • Dust underneath all furniture

Once a season:

  • Clean pantry and throw out any expired items
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Wipe down blinds and wash curtains
  • Wash windows and window screens
  • Clean out bedroom, shoe, and coat closets and throw away or donate items you no longer want
  • Wash or dry clean duvet covers, throw blankets, comforters, and throw pillow

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We hope you’ve found this information to be useful. Do you have any advice for keeping your home tidy? We want to know! Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog for more helpful tips and tricks.

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Spruce up your desk with fun DIY cardboard décor

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-Project by Cathryn Armstrong and Anna Stephens 

Are you looking to freshen up your office desk, dorm room, or bedroom? This cute and easy craft is the perfect way to dress up and personalize your work space. Décor can be so expensive, so stick to your guns (glue guns, that is) and do it yourself!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Fake flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box knife or scissors

Step 1: Find a cardboard box and cut out a large piece.

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Step 2: Trace a letter of your choosing with a pencil on the cardboard.

Tip: Print out a stencil online for a perfect shape.

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Step 3: Cut out your letter with scissors or a box cutter.

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Step 4: Cut your flowers at the base of the blossom.

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Step 5: Finally, using a hot glue gun, glue the flowers to the base.

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It’s that simple! Check out our video as well!

We hope you enjoyed our DIY tutorial. If we inspired you to make this craft, tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so we can see your final product! If you are in need of boxes for your next DIY, stop by your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and choose from our wide variety of box sizes.

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New homeowners

How to pick a mailbox that suits your new home’s style

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This is a guest blog post written by designer Kerrie Kelly

You’ve just settled into your new home, and now it’s time to put the finishing touches on it. Of course, you’ll take care of the interior with beautiful area rugs, shelving, accessories, and lighting, but what about the outside? Elevate your exterior by choosing a new mailbox that’s a perfect fit for your home’s overall curb appeal. From sleek and modern to rustically traditional, there are silhouettes to match every type of home. Read on for some of our favorite mailboxes that deliver plenty of style!

Traditional: Post Box

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For homeowners who love the nostalgia of retro accents and traditional decor, a post mailbox is a charming style solution. With its sturdy post, metal container, and simple flag, this classic silhouette evokes comfort and approachability. Choose a mailbox that complements your home’s unique features, whether you have metalwork, brick, or an interesting layout. Despite its plain appearance, you can use the post mailbox to show off your personality. Paint your address numbers on the side, add a touch of whimsy with a red flag, or opt for an older, more classic post box to channel the eras past.

Transitional: Metal Box Fixture

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Offering symmetry and a clean, simple finish, the metal box fixture is a go-to for homes that have elements of both contemporary and traditional design. Usually found in transitional spaces, a metal mailbox fixture is often fastened onto the side of a wall or gate. It presents an understated silhouette that doesn’t compete with the surrounding landscaping.

These mailboxes add curb appeal while amplifying the beauty of your home. They mirror the clean lines, classic landscape, and crisp detailing of the architecture without distracting from your overall exterior. Metal box fixtures also provide homeowners with the opportunity for customization. Add detailing, an interesting closure, or an updated silhouette for a mailbox that fits your unique taste.

Craftsman: Door Slot

Craftsman homes are highly detailed, featuring lots of woodwork, paneling, stained glass inlays, and iron details. To accompany this aesthetic, craftsman homes often come equipped with door-slot mailboxes for ease of use and the balance of simplicity. Door slots can be intricate or modest, oftentimes configured out of the same metal or material as the rest of the exterior. Switch out your builder-grade or outdated door slot for something with more character for a truly personal touch.

Modern: Unique Builds

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Contemporary spaces always stretch the architectural imagination, and mailboxes and similar landscaping features are used as opportunities to showcase innovation and modern design detailing. A modern mailbox can be as understated as a freestanding metal box or as intuitive as a digital security solution that opens only to the touch or voice of the homeowner.

Now that you know how stylish your mailbox selection can be, you’ll never underestimate this thoughtful design detail again!

This is a guest blog post for Movers Who Blog by Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Kelly is an interior designer who writes decor tips for The Home Depot.  She covers topics that span from updating your curb appeal with mailbox style ideas to choosing an interior color palette.

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Prepping your home for the spring and summer months

 

Moving Day EssentialsPrepping your home for the spring and summer months

The cold winter months are nearing their end for the year, and spring is officially here! This means better weather, and better weather means it’s time to start getting your home ready for the summer months.

Cleaning, preparing, and organizing all come into play as you prepare yourself for warm weather in your home, and the “Movers Who Care®” at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have put together an extensive checklist of to-dos around your home to make sure you’re on top of things.

Here are a few quick tips:

-Take inventory of cleaning supplies and materials around your house. As you start bringing out spring furniture and other items, you’ll want to make sure everything is in good shape, and this usually starts with the cleaning process.

-Develop a game plan for how you’re going to tackle this upcoming spring cleaning. If you know what you want to get done, the process will be seamless. Going one room at a time throughout your house is an effective method.

-Pace yourself while attempting to get the job done. You’re not going to clean your entire home and yard in one day – it’s a process, and you need to take things in stride. Chipping away will make things easier.

-Getting rid of things you don’t need any more and taking them to donation centers or other places that help people in need is a great idea. If stuff you no longer want is just going to take up space in your home, it’s best to put it in the hands of someone who can use it.

Acting on these quick tips and taking the necessary steps as you go about spring cleaning will help you complete the job with high efficiency. Warm weather is the best time of year for most people, and you don’t want to be spending time indoor, cleaning and fixing things around the house that could have been taken care of before the beautiful weather hit!

Follow along with our spring cleaning checklist, and put your home in the best position to handle your summer months.

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Recycling Cardboard Boxes Into Heartfelt DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

-Written by Jessy Herman

Break out the hot glue gun, we’re bringing you another edition of DIY Valentine’s Day crafts made using upcycled cardboard boxes. Rather than using store bought decorations, creating your own can offer you a fun evening while making your décor more personal.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Holiday Moving Solutions

Written by Erik Sargent

The holiday season is here, which means many hours will be spent packing and unpacking your decorations and gifts. When it’s time to take down your décor, our specialty boxes make all the difference in how easy it can be, and fortunately for you, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help.

Check out our holiday-themed packing tips video, and use the knowledge and cheer from the “Movers Who Care®” to help you get those decorations stored away nicely for next year!

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Three Easy Holiday DIYs for the Home!

Written by Jessy Herman

With the holidays upon us, we’re digging out the lights, putting up the tree, and starting on our shopping lists. If you’ve been following Movers Who Blog for a while now, you’ll know this time of year means we’re crafting up a storm! Last year, we crafted everything from giant glittered snowflakes to festive displays to give your Christmas cards the attention they deserve.

This year we’re sharing three new DIY ideas to make your home more festive, without breaking the bank. Grab your cardboard boxes and heat up the hot glue gun – even the not-so-crafters will want in on this fun!

Fur covered letters

These DIY fur letters take no time to make and are so versatile. Get creative and choose a holiday themed word, or for a more personalized touch, your last name (which can double as a great gift!).

Supplies needed:

1 small cardboard box
Box cutter
White faux fur fabric
Hot glue gun
Pencil

Step 1: Draw out the letters you’ll need onto the cardboard box.

Step 2: Use a box cutter to cut out your word.

Step 3: Cut the fabric so it fully wraps around the letters. Secure it to the backside by hot gluing the fabric down.

Step 4: Arrange in your home for a fun display!

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Holiday wall hangings

Rather than purchase expensive holiday décor, opt for a more cost effective (and fun) route by creating your own. Between selecting fabric and the holiday shapes, these wall hangings have infinite possibilities.wall-hangings-1

Supplies needed:

1 small box
Box cutter
Selection of printed fabrics
Burlap
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil

Step 1: Cut three cardboard squares to the size wall hanging you desire.

Step 2: Cover each square in burlap and secure down by hot gluing the backside.wall-hangings-4

Step 3: Print out holiday shapes on your home printer such as a reindeer, snowflake, or mistletoe. Use these to trace the shape onto the printed fabric. Tip! If you have holiday cookie cutters, they make this step super easy!

Step 4: Using your hot glue gun, secure the fabric holiday shapes to burlap.

Step 5: Secure ribbon to the back of your finished wall hanging and find it a cozy place in your home!

 

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Hanging window garland

This is possibly the simplest holiday DIY, and can really spruce up your space. Keep those shapes from our wall hanging décor nearby, because they’ll come in handy while making this fun garland.star-garland-1

Supplies:
1 small cardboard box
Scissors
White craft paint
Paint brush
Elastic string
Pencil

Step 1: Begin by tracing out any holiday shapes you like onto a cardboard box. Tip! If you made the DIY holiday wall hanging, use those shapes!

Step 2: Paint your holiday shapes on both sides. We decided to use white paint to give the room a snow covered look.

Step 3: Poke a small hole at the top of your shape using your scissors. Loop the elastic string through, and secure above a window or on the ceiling to create your hanging garland. Optional! Hang shapes from a tree branch for a more rustic look.star-garland-2

 

We hope you’ve found décor inspiration in our three simple DIY tutorials. If you’re in need of boxes to kick off your DIY decorating, we are happy to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a wide variety of boxes tailored to your needs, and can easily be picked up at a location near you. If you create any of these festive DIY’s, we’d love to see! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Candy, costumes, and creative decorations … oh my!

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Written by Katie Peterson

It’s that time of year again! Fall is upon us, and the kids are already on premature sugar rushes; it’s time for Halloween! Your kids are mentally prepared, but are you? We’ve compiled the most useful and creative things to know so you’re ready for anything this Halloween season.

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Candy always seems to be a stressor on Halloween. What if you leave a bowl out and the neighborhood kids take too much? What if you run out? What if your kids eat way too much while they’re out trick-or-treating? A really great way to save yourself from worrying about candy on Halloween is to be as prepared as you can.

Buy more candy than you think you’ll need and keep the receipts! You can return whatever you don’t end up using later.

If you can’t be home to pass out candy, placing a bowl out with one of these cute reminders should help encourage the trick-or-treaters to help you ration your candy for a while:

  • Roses are red. Violets are blue. We’re out trick-or-treating just like you! Please take one treat!
  • Take a treat! But leave the rest for other boys and ghouls!
  • Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, please take just one sweet to eat!
  • Although we’re not home to give you a scare, here’s a bowl of tricks and treats, take one … if you dare!

After Halloween is over, take full advantage of the candy on sale at the stores and begin stocking up for next year (assuming the candy isn’t the type to go stale). You’ll thank yourself when the prices rise again right before the holiday.

Costumes

Costumes can cause unwanted stress without the proper preparation. With these tips in mind, your kids will be safe, and you will be stress-free.

Depending on where you live, encourage costumes for your kids that will look good while still keeping warm. For instance, a genie outfit with high heels might not work out so well on a cold night of walking. And if you can help it, you don’t want your cute costumes (and the kids inside them) to be covered up with big coats while out for the night. A good solution for making your costume warmer is to layer turtle necks and leggings of the same color underneath.

For Halloween safety, fasten reflective tape to candy bags and add it as an accent to your child’s costume. No need to go overboard with this one, but as long as your child can be seen by cars in the dark, the tape will be worth it. Another good thing to keep in mind, utilize all sidewalks or walkways to avoid walking close to traffic. Be sure to keep an eye on your little ones and have them by your side to avoid any accidents.

To avoid last-minute stress before going out, be sure your kids try on their costumes a few weeks before Halloween to double check there aren’t any last minute adjustments or accessories needed. Make sure everything fits and isn’t broken beforehand so you have extra time to rebound if you find a problem.

 

Creative decorations

One of the best parts of Halloween is the decorating, but it can also be one of the most stressful and expensive. You’ve got to round up all the boxes from the attic, untangle the lights (and end up buying more when you find all the bulbs broken), and there never seems to be enough money in the budget for all the ready-made decorations at the store. Whether you are the house on your block to “Deck the Halloween Halls” or not, we’ve gathered some of our favorite DIY decorations that might scare the kids, but certainly not your wallet or gumption to decorate.

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Use the light from inside your house to create window decorations:

Grab big pieces of black construction paper, colored crepe paper, and scissors, and you’ve got all you need for this creative and easy decoration hack. The light from the room behind the paper is all the illumination you need to make a big statement on your street.

Reuse milk cartons to make a lit pathway for trick-or-treaters:

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All you’ll need for this one are milk cartons, a craft knife, sharpie marker, and lights. Draw the ghost eyes and mouth on the empty milk carton, and cut a small round hole in the back for the lights to go in. After that, you’re all set to line them up and plug the lights in! (Just make sure the plug side ends up somewhere near an outlet or extension cord).

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Make your door a monster with whatever crafts you have lying around:

The best part about this DIY is, whether you have time to go all out with spider webs and sparkles or you just slap on streamers and eyeballs, the door monster will still come to life!

Create hanging ghosts:

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All you need for this project are a few Styrofoam  orbs from the craft store, cheese cloth, eye-hooks, string for hanging, and black craft paint for the ghost’s eyes. Just drape the cheesecloth over the orbs after you’ve painted on the eyes and start shredding the ends. A few of the ghosts grouped and hanging on your porch or from trees makes for some cute (and cheap) Halloween decorations.

Utilizing these creative DIY’s and tips this Halloween will save you money and stress so you can focus on what really matters… enjoying the holiday, however you’ll be celebrating! Have fun this year, and remember, this is a day when too much candy is the goal, as long as the majority is saved and shared rather than eaten!

What are your favorite Halloween tips and DIY’s? We’d like to hear them! Like us on Facebook for more helpful tips and updates. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!