A first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving experience

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With more than 7 million moves completed as a brand and locations all across the United States, and even internationally in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s safe to say we’ve got the hang of this moving thing.

Our 96% customer referral rating speaks for itself, but sometimes, numbers just don’t tell the whole story. Why not hear it directly from the source?

Customer Rob Derderian of Pasadena, California, was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek into his home move last month, and was able to shed some insight on what it was like to have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s help with a home move.

Here’s what he had to say!

Why are you moving?

“We are moving because we sold this house, a friend of mine bought it. I already live in another location, so this was a second house, so we are liquidating it and we’re getting out. We’re taking the things out of it and moving them to a couple different places and just getting everything out of here.”

How did you learn about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

“A few years ago my son and wife were referred to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and that’s how we got hooked up this time. My son moved around during college a few times and my wife contacted TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I guess after contacting a few other movers, and were satisfied with what they heard from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. So, they did a couple of moves a few years ago and this time around when we decided we had to find a mover again, we just went right back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

What was your initial impression of the movers?

“These guys are good guys – young, strong, healthy specimens, so that’s a good thing because it’s a lot more than I can lift or pack or move. They’re very polite, nice, and clean, doing a good job and wrapping things up as I would expect or any customer would expect, and I’m happy with it.”

Talk about the moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

“The moving experience is going well. I haven’t done this for over 30 years, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Planning is really important, planning in advance is important, and contacting the movers in advance is important. In my line of work I’m a project manager, so I tried to line things up with the way you’re supposed to when you have a big project, so it’s going according to plan. I didn’t expect anything different, so I think we’re OK.”

What advice would you give to customers about to complete a home move?

“I would say that if you cross the line where you know you’re going to move, you make plans immediately. You contact your movers, you come up with a checklist. [This checklist] can be found on the website of the mover. You start going down the checklist, you start to plan everything in advance as best as possible, you decide where everything is going to go. We actually color-tagged everything in the house as far as exactly where we want it to go. We did a walk-through with the movers when they got here, so I think the early planning is really important. It’s important to not have any surprises later.”

Why would you recommend the services of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to someone looking to move?

“Because I would share a good experience. If I have a good experience, I’m happy to make referrals, if it’s not a good experience I’m probably not going to make good referrals. I have no problem with referring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises gearing up for Busiest Move Weekend

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Written by Erik Sargent

The sun’s out, the temperature’s rising, and that means one thing – it’s moving season! All around the country, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises are gearing up for our 2018 Busiest Move Weekend, which will take place from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1.

According to MovingLabor.com, the peak moving season usually begins in April and continues until September, with an average of 40 million people in the United States completing moves each year and an estimated 80% of that number coming during the peak moving season. That’s a lot of moving! As the nation’s largest franchised moving company, this is our time to shine, and we are more than ready to tackle Busiest Move Weekend with the highest levels of customer service and care found in the moving industry.

BusiestMove-Infog-June2018During our 2017 Busiest Move Weekend, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises all across the country completed a whopping 6,008 moves. For 2018, we’re on pace to have another crazy weekend, with a few projected numbers that include:

-6,200 moves completed

-An average of 22 moves completed per franchise location

-3,100 trucks in operation

-372,000 miles traveled

-37,131,800 pounds worth of belongings moved

Busy indeed! Moving is what we do best, and Busiest Move Weekend gives us a chance to show case all of the hard work put in by our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK move teams!

The “Movers Who Care®” difference

Each of our 350 plus franchise locations have been preparing their professionally-trained teams to tackle each move with our renowned professionalism, ensuring a smooth moving process.

These moving teams will be working relentlessly to ensure our customers are comfortable during their moves, going out of their way to get to know the customers and establish a relationship to ease the stress.

“I would say the biggest thing [to make customers comfortable] is just getting to know the customer,” said Jabrion Burnside, a mover and driver at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena, Cali., location. “At the end of the day, we have a service we are performing for them, but nothing is better than them actually getting to know us on a more personal level, because that allows them to trust us more and it adds to the overall quality of the move.”

Get organized and ready for your big move!

With more than seven million moves completed, we’ve seen it all when it comes to the world of home moving – and we’re ready to help you next. If you’re looking to complete a move in 2018, be sure to visit our website and find the franchise location closest to you for your free moving estimate.

In the meantime – check out these helpful tips to be as prepared as possible for your move.

Get organized!

It’s important to be prepared and know what you want tol make the moving process a whole lot easier- this includes what you want the movers to take, what you plan to move yourself, and where you’d like belongings placed in your new home.

Packing

Efficient packing is crucial! If your items are packed and ready to go when the movers arrive, they can begin moving almost immediately. We offer a variety of packing services and packing supplies for those who either want us to do the packing for them, or those who’d like to do it on their own.

Communicate and relax!

Moving is stressful – nobody understands that better than us. Thankfully, hiring a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving team can eliminate this stress and help you focus on other important things. We will be in constant communication from the minute you inquire about a move, and will be there to answer any questions along the way.

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.

How to effectively combine two living spaces into one in a new home

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Moving in with a significant other is an exciting milestone for any couple, but if it’s a new experience, it can seem a little overwhelming. Before getting caught in the excitement, there are a few steps that can help to make the transition into your new shared space a little easier.

Combining two interior styles into one can be a challenge and may spark some frustration between you and your partner. But, luckily for you, we have some tips on how to avoid the arguments, and create the perfectly styled home of your dreams that features both of your unique tastes.

Sorting through the old

Packing can be a headache, and it might seem like a daunting task, but it’s also a great opportunity to sort through some old items. When packing up two spaces, there’s bound to be duplicate appliances and furnishings, so this is a great time to make a list of the items you don’t need, items you can take with you to the new space, and items you are lacking. Before throwing away any items you don’t want to move to your new place, consider donating, selling, or even refurbishing to make the old, new.

Donating items is an effortless and quick solution to unloading old furnishings you no longer need or want. Try researching local thrift shops or charitable organizations that would accept furniture and electronics to create an affordable option for others looking to cost effectively furnish their homes.

The Salvation Army is another option that comes right to your door to pick up your gently used items, quite literally taking the weight off your shoulders of carrying and bringing said items to a nearby location yourself.

Selling your old items is another option that will put a little extra money in your pocket to purchase new home furnishings. With warm summer months approaching, keep an eye out for local flea markets and antique shows to request becoming a vendor for a small fee, to showcase those older items that may have historical value. Or, just set up a garage sale in your own front lawn to save money on the vending cost.

Refurbishing old furniture is another creative way to give your old pieces new life, while saving some money. All you need to do is take a trip to your local hardware or craft store for some sand paper, paint, and brushes.

Make it a fun creative experience for you and your partner, and spend some time in front of a variety of paint swatches to determine which accent colors you would like to bring into your new space. Having a creative project to focus on is a great way to add some fun within the stressful process of moving, and keep you and your partner focused on the excitement of your new transition.

In with the new, and combining styles

When you’re packed and ready to move into your new shared space, it’s time to reference that packing list one more time, to determine what you both are lacking in terms of furnishings. After settling in and establishing what rooms need what, it’s time to hit the showrooms or online shops and find the perfect pieces that fit both your interior design standards.

Maybe it’s time for some new living room seating, and your partner likes simplicity and clean lines, and you like versatile colored family room furnishings, easily accented with pops of color. Or maybe it’s time for a new bedroom set, but you can’t decide on a color scheme to match your partner’s desire for dark oak pieces and your love of minimalist inspired design. Don’t get frustrated.

Sit down with your partner and talk about ways to combine your styles in a way that compliments each individual taste. A great way to get started is to browse Pinterest or Instagram accounts of your favorite brands and designers. You might come across combinations that you hadn’t thought of and be inspired.

Designing a space should be a fun way to get to know your partner, so don’t get flustered or overwhelmed by indecisiveness. Be open to new styles and communicate openly with your partner, and you just might find new designs you both like to make your new home the perfect reflection and combination of both of your interior tastes!

 

What to expect when moving into a rental property

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This is a guest blog post from Avail.co

Are you moving into a rental property? From signing your new lease to getting settled in your new home, we know just the right steps to take to help you navigate the move-in process.

Follow along with these helpful tips on what to look out for as you move into a new rental property this summer!

Sign a lease

Be sure to review your lease completely, paying close attention to the rent price, security deposit, move-in fee, and lease dates. You’ll also want to read the clauses and rules to make sure everything looks good.

If you have any questions about the lease, you should ask your landlord before signing. It’s better to ask questions up front rather than sign a legal document you’re not sure about. And remember, it’s standard for tenants to sign the lease first. 

Pay first month’s rent and your deposit

Typically, your landlord will ask you to pay first month’s rent after signing the lease and before you move in. Landlords want to make sure you’ll be able to pay on time before handing over the keys.

Schedule professional movers

Professional movers are the safest option when it comes to moving your belongings. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, there are trained professionals who will take care of your belongings as you move. They guarantee your belongings won’t be damaged, and your landlord will appreciate the apartment will also not be damaged during the move. They’re experts at moving furniture without scratching walls or surfaces because they’re properly trained moving professionals who have all the necessary equipment to make your move safe and efficient.

Want to be prepared? Read these tips for your upcoming move. 

Switch your utilities

If your current and new home have the same utility provider, then you can schedule to transfer service to your new address on your move date.

You can also set up utilities quickly if you use a service like My Utilities. 

Complete move-in inspection checklist

Landlords often require that you fill out a move-in inspection checklist. If you paid a security deposit, then it’s in your best interest to fill one out with your landlord even if he or she doesn’t initiate it.

In the checklist, you’ll mark existing damage in the rental. When you move out, you’ll fill out the same checklist to show what damage is new versus pre-existing. Your landlord should not charge you to repair any damage that was already there.

Enjoy your new home

Finding a new property and moving in are the tough parts. Next, you’ll unpack and settle into your new home! Here are some ongoing tips to keep in mind as a renter:

  • Treat the place as your home (taking care of the rental goes a long way with your landlord)
  • Pay rent on time
  • Submit maintenance tickets as needed

Next steps

Read more about important steps to take after you move in.

At Avail, we empower responsible tenants with online tools, education, and customer service to support them in their rental experience. Learn how you can pay rent online with Avail. 

Home safety checklist for new home owners

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This is a guest blog post by Reviews.com

Becoming a homeowner is an incredible and rewarding experience. However, as quickly as the excitement rushes over you, the reality of the responsibilities that accompany homeownership become apparent. To ease this process and avoid finding a costly hazard down the line, it’s important to take a moment to get acquainted with your home, run over a few safety precautions, and make an emergency plan. This checklist will help get you started!

Electrical system 

While you’re still getting to know your home, this is a crucial part to pay attention to. If anything looks odd, it’s best to check it out ASAP to avoid what could become a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Get to know where important features like your meter and fuse box are, and watch them for anything that looks unusual.

Make sure you know how to shut them off in an emergency, although it’s highly recommended you reach out to a professional when dealing with your electrical system. If you don’t know where to start or what to look for, this article can help you identify important features to be watching for and can help you assess fire hazards and risks.

Pipes and water

Know where the shut off is! You almost never think of this until it is an emergency but when your toilet is suddenly flooding or a pipe under your sink bursts late at night, you’ll be grateful you took the extra time to identify where your water shut off is. While you’re giving your new home a good look over, also check for things like rust, corrosion, and visible leakage. It’s good to identify these potential problems and deal with them as soon as possible.

Detectors

This one is simple – make sure you have them, test them, and monitor them! Both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are crucial for a safe home. Make sure they are evenly dispersed throughout the entire home and always in working order. While on that note, it also doesn’t hurt to keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Protocol for emergencies

Make a plan! If an emergency occurs, it helps to have important paperwork and other valuables in a fire safe/waterproof locked box. They’ll be safe if the house is on fire or if there is flooding, and will be all kept together and easy to grab in the case of an emergency evacuation. Make a plan with your family of what an emergency evacuation would look like. This might mean installing escape ladders to any window not on ground level and establishing a meeting place. Additionally, if it’s applicable for where you live, it’s important to identify a severe weather shelter.

Make a kit! The basics are a first aid kit, radio, and food and water for each person for three days. The Red Cross has a comprehensive list of what to get together for your emergency kit as well the option to purchase emergency supplies and kits directly from their site.

Protect your home against break-ins and burglary

Two million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States. To help protect your family and your new home, there are simple measures to take. Buy and install an alarm system or a home security system. Install new locks and bolts, especially if your home has had many previous owners or people that might have had access to the home. Use caution leaving spare keys outside and rather leave them with a family member or a trusted neighbor. Lock things like sheds, gates, and garages and don’t leave valuables in cars. Lastly, do not publicize vacations or other times your home will be empty; have a neighbor or friend watch the house, and collect newspaper or mail create the illusion that someone is home. The best way to protect your home is to be proactive.

Miscellaneous hazards

  • If applicable, watch for tripping hazards (loose flooring, poorly lit staircases, etc.) Consider a medical alert system if applicable for those in your home.
  • Know how to turn it off. We touched briefly on knowing where the water shut off is but you should know how to turn off all your major utilities in the case of an emergency https://blog.allstate.com/20-days-to-ready-utility-shutoffs/

Be thorough, be proactive and be cautious. Being a new homeowner is an incredible and exciting thing, don’t let anything put that in jeopardy.

 

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Four apartment-friendly smart home devices you don’t need landlord approval to install

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This is a guest blog post from the content team at Esurance.

Smart home tech is in high demand and for good reason — it makes life a bit simpler, safer, and more convenient. There are smartphone apps and connected devices that can control just about everything in a home, from the outdoor watering system to the kitchen appliances to the garage door. But if you rent your place, it’s easy to feel left out of the smart home movement, since you often need landlord approval before installing anything.

But renters, take heart! You can still have smart home technology in your apartment — you just have to know which devices to get. The key is to stick to gadgets that don’t require installation and can be brought with you when you move out. Here, we explore some of the best smart home devices for renters.

  1. Smart Security

Chances are, you’re not permitted to change permanent fixtures like locks and electrical wiring if you’re renting your home (unless you have landlord approval). Luckily, there are many affordable, smart plug-and-play security devices that can provide increased security for your rental.

The best news for renters? Smart locks are getting, well, smarter. Look for products that install over your pre-existing deadbolt so you can avoid having to get landlord approval to use them. The locks should also allow you to use your regular landlord-issued key to enter the apartment.

Additionally, monitoring devices like smart security cameras and motion sensors can be set up in windows to detect (and deter) potential intruders. While they’ll send you a smartphone alert if they notice unusual activity, keep in mind that those alerts aren’t monitored by the authorities. If you receive a phone notification, it’s up to you to call the police.

  1. Smart Switches

Though you may not be able to re-wire smart switches into your apartment, you can purchase a smart switch and avoid the hassle. These plug into your existing outlets and offer Wi-Fi connectivity. You can plug anything from your appliances to your lamps into a smart switch and control them from your smartphone. This is not only convenient, but can also help improve the safety of your place. Forgot to turn off the oven? Now you can switch it off from wherever you are with a tap to your smartphone

  1. Smart Lightbulbs

Yep, even lightbulbs can be smart these days. Smart LED lightbulbs are as easy to install as any old run-of-the-mill bulbs, but they can be set to turn on when your doorbell rings or your security alarm goes off. Some can even function as Bluetooth speakers and can be voice-controlled through a smart home hub or virtual assistant. Many are even equipped with batteries so they stay on during a power outage. Who thought lightbulbs could have so many functions?

  1. Smart Vents

Thought things couldn’t get any techier than smart lightbulbs? Think again! Portable smart devices are taking over the market, so much so that you can now purchase technology that attaches to often-overlooked areas of your apartment like your vents. A removable smart device helps regulate the air flow in your rental by allowing all the vents to “talk” to one another.

Is your bedroom always freezing while the rest of your place is perfectly comfortable? Smart vents will communicate with each other to optimize your heating and cooling settings depending on which room you’re in. Plus, they can save you some money on your utility bill. How’s that for a win-win?

 

No matter what changes you’re looking to make to your apartment, it’s a good idea to read through your rental agreement before installing anything, just to be safe. And in the ever-changing market of smart home devices, it’s also beneficial to do your research to see what kinds of devices are available and compatible with your place. Now that there are so many renter-friendly options, you can use smart home technology to make apartment life simpler, safer and less expensive.

Jon Snyder is a Product Manager at Esurance, overseeing countrywide design of property insurance products. Jon has over 25 years of industry experience in product management, design and management roles as well as claims roles at Esurance and other major industry carriers.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK introduces new set of TV commercial spots

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As we continue to grow here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure we’re spreading brand awareness across North America showcasing our talented teams and the services available to those looking to hire professionally trained, and trustworthy movers.

That’s why in 2018, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK officially debuted a new set of commercial spots to be featured across locally, across the U.S. and Canada. This not only gets the word out about everything we are doing, but sheds a positive light on the company.

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is filled with local move heroes – people who go above and beyond for their customers and their communities, daily,” said Dawn Kroeger, the marketing and communication director at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “Given 96% of our customers would refer us, the level of service provided by “The Movers Who Care” is what sets us apart from other moving companies. The new set of commercials feature these move heroes and seek to illustrate how, in days crunched for time and a need for efficiency and quality, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers on all fronts.”

2017 Commercial Shoot Photo_228TWO MEN AND A TRUCK worked with Lansing, Michigan-based creative agency Harvest Creative to help with conception and production, and we were able to bring to life stories highlighting home moving, recruiting, and the newest long distance moving service, Value Flex®!

Since the point of these commercials was to highlight all the important things about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, who would be better to feature in the commercial spots than the wonderful people who work for the brand? All of the actors featured in the spots were TWO MEN AND A TRUCK employees or their families, who put on their acting hats and portrayed a variety of different roles.

We spoke to a few of these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK heavy lifters, turned actors, to get their take on what it was like being on set, and how they felt about being put in the spotlight!

Sherry Campbell – Franchise Marketing Manager at the corporate office in Lansing, Mich.

2017 Commercial Shoot Photo_80What was it like being on set?

“It was like being on a big production shoot. They had food and refreshment stations setup throughout the day, my hair and make-up was done by professionals, and there were lights everywhere!”

Did anything happen that you weren’t expecting?

“On the morning of my shoot, which was in Atlanta, it was really cold. We had to act like it was a normal early summer day. Thank goodness for the heaters.”

How long did the process of shooting the commercial take?

“It always takes way more time than you think it should. They’re always adjusting lights and camera angles. And then, you end up doing the same thing over and over.”

How would you say the entire experience went overall?

“I’m not very patient, so sometimes I would get bored waiting for my ‘five minutes of fame’. But all in all, it was a really professional and fun experience. I am glad I was able to be part of the process!” 

David Woods – Supervisor, Raleigh, N.C., franchise

What was it like being on set?

“Being on the set of the commercial was exciting. Getting to experience how a commercial is made and having your name and face associated with such a huge project is very humbling.”

Did anything happen that you weren’t expecting?

2017 Commercial Shoot Photo_116“The only thing that happened that I wasn’t expecting was when I was told I was going to be the main focus in one of the commercials. I was only expecting a couple of really quick shots, and then to be done for the day. I wasn’t expecting to have an entire commercial centered around me.”

How long did the process of shooting the commercial take?

“On the morning of the shoot, we arrived around 5:30 a.m. I met the director and the production crew, and that’s when they explained I would be the main focus of the shoot. That was a shock and I got really nervous, but they calmed me down and went through the process of getting into make-up and wardrobe, where the people were great. Then we went onto the set, which was shot all on location. The whole thing took about half a day.”

How would you say the entire experience went overall?

“This whole process was an amazing experience. If someone were to ask me if I would do it again, I would say yes without thinking twice. Everyone from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK team to the film crew made this one of the most memorable moments in my life.”

Holly Stewart – Franchisee, Smyrna, GA

What was it like being on set?

2017 Commercial Shoot Photo_184“It was a lot of fun, actually – music, food, laughing, and a whole entourage following me around everywhere I went! I was pretty nervous the first few takes, but everyone was really great at making it a laid back environment so we didn’t come across stoic on camera. At the end of the day, I had a really great time!”

Did anything happen that you weren’t expecting?

“It takes a surprising amount of time to come up with a 15-second commercial, and they took so many takes of the same thing with slight tweaks. It was really neat to see the final product and how it all came together. I had wardrobe, make-up, and lighting all around me for touch-ups between takes, and it took way more takes than you might think. I don’t think you’d guess that small shot took so much thought and time.”

How long did the process of shooting the commercial take?

“We shot every small scene many, many, many times. Sometimes doing the exact same thing, sometimes doing it with a small tweak here or there. Way different than a recorded news segment spot, which is my most common experience on camera. This was an all-day event, and there wasn’t much downtime between scenes. There were a couple times I tried to step aside to respond to an email or speak to someone there, and was quickly called back. Others who weren’t in every scene were able to watch the screenings and relax, but for me, it was go, go, go! That being said, it was a lot of fun.”

How would you say the entire experience went overall?

“Great! It was a super cool experience. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, and what a great reward for the Move Heroes! It was really rewarding to see them get to shine, and I think the commercials turned out really sharp.”

Liza Yates –Daughter of Holly Stewart, Smyrna, GA

What is it like being on set?

IMG_20171115_131010“It was enjoyable and fun. All of the staff and other members were super polite. They let me help out so much, and I felt really involved!”

Did anything happen that you weren’t expecting?

“I wasn’t expecting to connect with the director so well. I wasn’t expecting for it to be so community-like and enjoyable, either. Everyone just wanted to have fun, and we did!”

How long did the process of shooting the commercial take?

“It was repetitive, but still fun and laid back. For my commercial shoot, it took about eight hours, but I wasn’t always on camera (and there was a lunch break).”

How would you say the entire experience went overall?

“I feel it went well. We all had a good time, and the commercials turned out fantastic!”

Check out all of the new commercial spots below!

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.

Tackle a move during the winter months with these expert tips!

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Written by Erik Sargent 

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it might be – when it comes to home moving, it can be a stressful process!

But despite the stress, it’s safe to say that during the cold, winter months, the challenge becomes even tougher due to the elements of certain areas of the country where the temperatures are plummeting and snow is covering the ground. This type of move requires extensive planning and delicate care, and thankfully for you, as the “Movers Who Care®”, we’re trained on just how to tackle this type of situation.

We’ve learned a thing or two over 30 years of moving people forward, and given the fact that we got our start in Lansing, Mich., we’ve put together several helpful tips on how to handle a winter move.

Check them out!

  1. Stay up-to-date on the weather

For those who reside in snow states, you know just how important this is. Weather can change quickly, and you want to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings to ensure you don’t run into any problems during your move. Be sure to check your go-to weather source for upcoming changes, whether it be a phone app, your TV, or the radio.

  1. Plan ahead and take care of utilities

The last thing you want is to handle your move perfectly, only to arrive at your new home and not have utilities turned on. Make sure you call ahead with your local utilities provider to guarantee that when you arrive at your new home, the heat and the electricity are ready to go.

  1. Stay warm!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating – bundle up! Harsh winter conditions are no joke, and using multiple layers of warm clothing can make a huge difference if you’re in and out of the house loading your car, or if the door is propped open for the movers.

  1. Be prepared with emergency supplies

Nobody wants to think of a winter emergency or accident happening, but the sad reality is that is happens more than you think. It’s important to have emergency supplies handy should something happen to you or your vehicle as you go back and forth from your old home to your new home.

  1. Keep your floors safe throughout the moving process

It’s not news to anyone that when the snow starts falling, that means there’s usually slush and salt getting tracked in on shoes. This means it’s important to protect your floors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK movers are NOT allowed to remove their shoes at any time during the moving process, so you’ll want to make sure you’re properly protecting your floors to prevent any snow or salt damage.

  1. Make sure you can see the moving area with proper lighting

Another one of winter’s classic obstacles is that the sun is down at an incredibly early time – this comes into play with your movers! Since we like to work around your schedule for your convenience, it’s important the area where movers are operating is properly lit. This prevents movers from navigating through the dark and potentially damaging your items or injuring themselves.

  1. Work to prevent slipping and sliding

It’s a good idea to ensure there are towels, clothes, or something else handy that can wipe away the snow and muck that gets tracked in from the outside. This will prevent any unwanted slipping and sliding, and will also keep the house nice and clean.

  1. Keep a clear walking pathway

Before the moving process begins – regardless of what doors people will be coming in and out of – make sure there is a clear pathway for the movers. This keeps the process moving along nicely, and with many moving companies charging by the hour, could even end up saving you money.

  1. Have a plan ready for pets, plants, and others!

If you have pets or even plants in your home, make sure there is a plan in place to get them where they need to be. Pets or plants cannot go in a moving truck, so they will rely on your personal transportation.

  1. Hire professional help!

Taking on a home move during the winter sounds like a good idea … until you’re actually doing it. Don’t stress yourself out! Call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and let us handle this winter move for you. Our uniformed and professionally trained movers will make this process a breeze and get you on the way to our new place in no time. Contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK today to begin planning your winter move!

 

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Four DIY Valentine’s Day crafts in four steps or less!

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-Written by Jessy Herman

We’re always up for a good DIY day, especially when it comes to holiday crafts. This Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing the love with four super-easy, low-budget projects! When we say inexpensive, we really mean it. Each of these four DIY’s were made from one small, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving box!

Here’s a detailed video to use as a reference point when making the DIY crafts!

Be Mine Tags

ValentinesDay-1Supplies:

1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving box
Scissors or box cutter
Ruler
Ribbon
Stickers or marker
Step 1: Cut the two all-white box flaps using scissors or a box cutter.

Step 2: Use your ruler to mark triangle shapes on the top left and right of each panel, cut them off.

Step 3: Place alphabet stickers or use a marker to say “Be” on one tag and “Mine” on the other.

Step 4: Carefully use your scissors to poke a hole in the top of your tags. Tie the ribbon in a bow at the top! TIP! We decided to keep the tags in place by hot gluing them to one another. However, this isn’t a must if you’d prefer they hang.

Candy Name Hearts

ValentinesDay-2Celebrate the little loves of your life – your kids!

Supplies:
1 small box
Scissors or box cutter
Ribbon
Paint and paintbrush
Stickers or marker
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut out the number of hearts needed for your banner. TIP! Use a heart stencil for evenly shaped hearts.

Step 2: Paint each heart with your desired colors. Be sure to let them fully dry!

Step 3: Use stickers or markers to spell out the names on your candy hearts. For extra fun, include your kids on this project and let them decorate their name heart however they’d like!

Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to secure hearts to the ribbon. Tie a bow at the top and you’re done!

Twine Heart Garland

ValentinesDay-8Supplies:
1 Small box
Scissors or box cutter
Jute and yarn
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut small heart shapes from your cardboard box.

Step 2: Use jute, twine, or yarn to wrap around your heart. We secured ours with a hot glue gun.

Step 3: In between the hearts, we created yarn pom-poms for variety. To make a pom-pom, use your palm to wrap the yarn in a circle. After you wrap (we recommend at least 30 times!), use a separate piece of yarn to tie a knot around the center, almost like a belt. You will then want to use your scissors to cut the loop ends on each side of the center tie. Fluff it up and you have a pom-pom! TIP! Watch our video tutorial to see how this is done.

Step 4. Thread the twine through your hearts and pom-poms and you’re garland is complete!

Pom-pom wreath

ValentinesDay-6Supplies:
1 small box
Scissors or box cutter
Yarn
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Begin by drawing one large heart on the side of your box. Then, draw a slightly smaller one inside of that. Cut along each heart outline.

Step 2: Using the method above, create several pom-poms to cover your heart. We used 17 larger pom-poms to cover our wreath.

Step 3: Secure the poms-poms down using a hot glue gun.

Step 4: Use a piece of yarn at the top of your wreath to create a hook to hang it.

We hope these DIY’s get you in the spirit of Valentine’s Day! Show us your DIY crafts by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we would like to take a moment and wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We can’t begin to explain our appreciation of your outstanding loyalty and we’re eager to see what 2018 will bring.

2017 was another outstanding year for the “Movers Who Care®”, as we were able to continue our incredible run with 96 months of consecutive growth and a customer referral rating of 96% system-wide.

In addition to continuing our top-notch local and business moving services, we were able to take major strides in the world of long-distance relocation with the introduction of our new Value Flex® option, and also bring a new level of service with packing, storage, and delivery options. We strive to provide the absolute best moving services for our customers, and are always looking for new ways to stay on the cutting-edge of innovation within the moving industry.

If you’ve completed a move with us over the past year, we sincerely hope you had a positive and stress-free experience, that’s what we aim for, after all! If you have a move planned for the horizon, we hope we can be your number one choice. Visit our website to learn more about how we can help move you forward!

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.