Get prepared for back-to-school season with these fun and easy tips

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As we’ve reached the halfway point of August and roll through the last few weeks of summer, that means one thing for the youngsters in your family – it’s back to school time!

Regardless of the age, from elementary school all the way through high school, it’s always a good idea to get prepared for back-to-school time and make sure you’re ready to tackle the upcoming year. This starts with effective planning to set your kiddos up for success, and thankfully for you, we’ve come up with a list to get you off on the right foot.

Whether you’ve used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s world-class moving services to move to a new community or your kids are returning to the same school again this year, these tips will have your family ready to go on the first day for a successful year of learning!

Get some fresh new clothes

We all remember being a kid – sometimes it’s hard to get excited for the first day of school after such a fun summer. One way to counteract this? Get new clothes!

Take your child shopping and let them find some new shirts, pants, or shoes that catch their eye so they feel confident when they step off the bus for that first day of class.

Stock up on school supplies

An underrated part of back-to-school prep, getting equipped with the proper school supplies can be a fun task, and will get your child in the right mindset for class. From pencils to cool folders, binders, and other things – even locker decorations – many of these supplies will last all year long. Don’t forget a new backpack, too!

A healthy diet can make a difference

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Starting your child’s day off with a proper and nutritious breakfast will get their brain in the right place, and should prepare them to tackle their school load each and every day.

Similarly, having an effective lunch plan can be a crucial factor during the school year. Whether you’re providing them with money to receive hot lunch or you’re packing a healthy lunch from home, having a meal plan in place for each day of the week is important.

Get to know teachers and friends

This may seem minor, but getting to know who your child is interacting with every day will allow you to better understand what they are going through at school, and can also give you a better platform for communicating at home.

From finding out who they are hanging out with and arranging hangouts to attending parent teacher conferences and learning about their teachers, it’s important to stay involved.

Become involved with after school activities!

From joining an existing or new sport to joining a club, organization, or some other after-school activity – this is a great experience for students of all ages!

Joining after-school activities allows for your child to become involved with different groups of people, learn how to work with others, communicate, and most importantly – have fun!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wishes everyone the best of luck as they head into back-to-school season! While we can only offer friendly advice about heading back to school, we can offer real help when it comes to packing, storage, local or long-distance moving! If you need help arranging furniture in your home, we can help there, too!

Visit our website and find out how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to assist you with any moving or storage need you might have!

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.

Making sure your new home is toxin free

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You’ve found the perfect home, packed up all your belongings, and you’re hitting the road! While it’s important to keep track of all your belongings to ensure they make it to your new place in one piece, it’s worthwhile to keep a few other concerns in mind. The house might be new to you, but there could be decades worth of bad decisions you could potentially have to deal with and should be on the lookout for.

Chipping paint

Peeling, cracking, and chipping paint may be more than just an eyesore. If your new home was built prior to 1978, the paint may contain lead. Toxic paint is still present in millions of homes across the United States, but has often been covered with layers of newer paint over the years. The paint is rarely an issue when it’s in good condition, but ingesting old paint chips or dust can eventually cause lead poisoning.

Lead accumulates in the body and is stored in the teeth and bones. Although anyone is susceptible to lead poisoning, children face an especially high risk.

Signs of lead poisoning include:

  • Anemia
  • Hypertension
  • Renal impairment
  • Damage to the reproductive organs
  • Impaired IQ and cognitive function in children, believed to be irreversible

It is impossible to determine if your paint contains lead just by looking at it, so it may be best to have your home inspected by a professional before doing any renovation work. There are two types of tests that can detect lead-containing paint – an inspection and a risk assessment. Completing the inspection can alert you to sources of potential lead exposure to assure the paint maintains good condition.

Detectors galore

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas released whenever fuel is burned. No one is immune to carbon monoxide poisoning and more than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional poisoning.

Common symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion

Appliances should be serviced every year by a qualified professional to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. As an additional safeguard, install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check the battery each spring and fall when you change the time on your clocks. The detector should be placed outside of the bedroom so it can wake you up if CO levels exceed safe limits, and needs to be replaced every five years.

Airborne issues

Americans spend 93 percent of their time indoors, so maintaining good indoor air quality is important. If your home was built between 1930 and 1980, there may have been asbestos used during its construction. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, microscopic mineral able to resist heat and most chemical reactions. Due to those properties, it was used in a variety of items such as insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, furnaces, broilers, and wallpaper. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer and has been outlawed in more than 60 countries.

Asbestos causes problems when materials and products containing it are damaged, allowing fibers to become airborne and possibly inhaled. If inhaled or ingested, the asbestos fibers may become embedded in the lining of the organs, including the lungs, heart or abdomen. In many cases, it can take 20 to 50 years for symptoms of an asbestos-related disease to manifest. Although mesothelioma is rare, its prognosis is poor.

If your home was built between the 1930s and 1970s, it is in your best interest to have an abatement professional inspect the space. If the asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, they can be monitored and encapsulated to prevent further problems from occurring. If the products are in poor condition, they may have to be completely removed. Removal is not cheap, but it pays dividends later on.

Damp disasters

Whether it’s on bread or in your bathroom, mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, heating and air conditioning systems. It can also be brought indoors on clothing, shoes, bags, and pets. Typically, mold will grow in places with heavy moisture due to leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, and paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products are all good conduits for growth. In other cases, mold can grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpeting, fabric, and upholstery.

If you find mold in your home it is important to not only address the growth, but fix the source of the moisture. Mold can be controlled through decreasing humidity levels, and promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes. Shower, laundry, and cooking areas should also have proper ventilation to discourage mold growth. Keep moisture in check to preserve your new home.

A safe start

A new home is a new adventure and arming yourself with facts can only help make the transition go more smoothly. Hire professionals to inspect your home prior to moving in and make sure you’re well aware of any secrets that could be hiding in your dream home. Address the issues and then set yourself up for a happy and healthy house!

What to consider when choosing a college apartment

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

So, you’re getting ready to move into your first college apartment, how exciting! There are several things to consider when choosing a place to call home for the school year. While everyone’s priorities will be a little bit different, we’ve developed a list of things to consider when comparing communities and making a final decision.

Rent and fees

First and foremost, rent is an important factor in determining where to live. Student housing often offers different types of payment plans — monthly, by semester, or for the full year. Make sure wherever you live has a payment option that is best suited for you.

On top of rent, look at the other fees you would be responsible for paying. There are often application fees and security deposits required before moving in. Sometimes, apartment management offers special deals where they may waive certain fees, or even give you a special rate on rent when you sign during specific promotional periods.

Utilities

While we’re on the topic of money, let’s talk utilities! Every community is different, and knowing if they charge you for utilities such as gas, electricity, water, cable, and internet is important to know. Some of these may be included and others may be your responsibility to pay for separately. Utilities vary between communities, so take into consideration what your bills may look like depending on where you chose to live.

Lease type

It’s important to know whether you’re signing an individual lease, or a joint lease. Both are fairly common in student housing, and each comes with pros and cons.

In an individual lease, or bedroom lease, each roommate signs their own lease and is responsible for paying their portion of the rent.

Pro: You are not responsible for the actions of your roommates. If one of your roommates breaks their lease, or is late on rent, you won’t be affected.

Con: You may pay a little bit more than you would in a joint lease. While an individual lease is low risk for you, there’s more risk involved for the apartment company, so a premium is added your monthly rent.

With a joint lease, you and your roommates will sign one lease altogether. Instead of each roommate paying individual rent per room, there will be a monthly price you and your roommates will split and pay together.

Pro: Joint leases are generally cheaper than individual leases.

Con: You and your roommates are equally responsible for putting up the money to cover rent, utilities, and repairs. If a roommate is late on rent or decides to move out, you are still responsible for making sure their portion gets paid — the apartment company can come after any or all of you in order to get the money they’re owed.

Amenities

Every apartment is going to offer various amenities, some more necessary than others. Below is a list of amenities that are generally offered by student housing communities. Some places may have more than others, it’s up to you what you want most out of your future home!

  • Washer and dryer (Some communities will have these in every unit, and some offer a shared laundry room located somewhere on the property)
  • Dishwasher
  • Gym/fitness center
  • Tanning
  • Pool and/or hot tub
  • Roommate matching (if you don’t already know who you are living with, some communities help set you up with roommates)
  • Pet-friendly
  • Private bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Covered parking

Parking

Figure out what each communities parking policies are. Whether they have numbered parking, and what their guest parking policies are. It can be a hassle if guests have to get a pass or park far away, but at the same time it could be even worse if guest parking was not enforced and you end up with nowhere to park in your own Community.

Location and transportation

Is the housing close to campus? The closer it is, the higher the price will likely be. If it’s further from campus, is there a bus stop by the community? Some places even offer a free shuttle to campus which is an added bonus — that way you don’t have to buy a parking pass and you can use public transportation to get to class!

Another thing to consider: is the community close to nightlife, entertainment, and shopping? Whether you have a car, bike, or ride the bus, these are all important things to think about since you will be commuting to and from these places on a regular basis.

For many students, price is a huge concern and each of these aspects affects how much an apartment will cost. Figure out what is most important to you and look for places that offer those elements in your price range. Whether or not you get everything you want out of your apartment, you can decorate any space to suit your taste and make it feel like home.

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

A 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.

Save your friends the hassle – leave it up to the moving pros!

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As you can see above, you don’t want to be the one hassling your friends by borrowing their truck for help. The smart choice? Calling TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

It’s officially moving season and whatever your moving needs may be, the Movers Who Care can handle the move – regardless of the size. We can even help with packing, too! We are in the middle of summer and that means moving season, so each of our locations are fully-staffed and ready to help out.

Save your friend the pain. You’ll both be better off using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. If you’re going to move, use these money-saving tips to help you get prepared and shave some money off your next move.

 

Start your packing early

Getting a jump start on your packing will pay off huge during your home relocation. This gives you time to get stuff in the right place, labeled, and will give you a clear idea of just how much is being transported on moving day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides a wide-variety of packing services and packing supplies to make your move easier, which you can see here.

Label your boxes!

Once your items are securely packed in a box, finding them becomes a whole new ballgame. One of the most important steps someone can take during their home move is labeling everything. This organizational tool keeps you in the know with the location of all items you move, and helps the movers know what is happening, too.

Keep what you need, get rid of what you don’t!

The less boxes you have to move on moving day, the easier the entire move will go. If you prepare your move in advance, this will give you time to go through your belongings and ask one important question – do I need this? If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s safe to say you don’t need it.

Toss it! And save the hassle of moving it.

Create a moving checklist

The best way to approach a home move is with a detailed plan. This keeps you on a schedule, gives you a direction, and will help you keep track of everything that is happening in front of you during a time when it’s easy to forget things.

Click here to see our expert TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving checklist, which we’ve developed using our 30-plus years of moving experience!

Keep your essential items together

Pack your essential items last when completing a home move, and even transport it in your personal vehicle so you have access to them if needed. This way, when you arrive at your new home, you can get the important stuff– like toiletries, chargers, etc. – first. It also prevents these essential items from getting mixed up with stuff that won’t be unpacked right away, and won’t leave you scrambling. When packing boxes, go room by room, keeping like-items together and making sure to label the tops and sides of the boxes so the movers know what room they belong in when getting to your new home. Stay accessible in case your movers aren’t sure where a certain item goes and you’re able to direct them!

Know what movers can and can’t move

Although we are more than happy to help with your move, there are some things we can’t move, and it’s important to keep this in mind as you are preparing. Anything from prescriptions to cleaning products, flammable items, or animals cannot be placed on our moving trucks.

To find out more about what we can and cannot move, click here.

Once boxes are packed, put them in one central area

Saving time means saving money! If your movers can quickly grab boxes and load them into the truck, that’ll make for an easier and more efficient move. If you’re able to, transfer your packed boxes to the garage or living room, and that’ll save your movers from going throughout the house to collect your items, thus saving time during the load process.

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 brighten up Mother’s Day for moms in need

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

Giving back to the community has been a driving force behind the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand ever since our Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 profit to local charities.

This spring, as part of a national effort to better our local communities, each and every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise collected donations for women in need during the 11th annual Movers for Moms® campaign.

Movers for Moms was created in support of mothers who are living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic abuse. In an effort to show these women the love and appreciation they deserve on Mother’s Day, our franchises work with businesses and individuals in their local communities to collect essential care items to be delivered for the holiday weekend.

M4M 1Each year, Movers for Moms continues to reach new levels of success. This spring, more than 366,000 donations were collected across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system —70,000 more than the 2017 total. With the help of nearly 1,000 collection sites across the country, these donations were able to support more than 150 women’s and family shelters nationwide.

In addition to reaching record-breaking numbers, franchises went above and beyond to spread awareness and make Mother’s Day extra special for moms who need it most.

“Aside from gathering donations, [our franchise] provides gift baskets to each of the mothers living in the shelter on Mother’s Day, and gift bags to every woman in the shelter whether they are a mother or not,” said Miriam Berrouet, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Myrtle Beach Marketing and Human Resource Manager. “Everyone gets to feel special on Mother’s Day!”

For Berrouet, Movers for Moms is more than just part of her job. South Carolina ranks among the states with the highest rates of domestic abuse against women.

Movers for Moms is an initiative that means a lot to me,” she said. “Whenever I speak about Movers for Moms, I speak about it with passion. When you speak about something passionately enough, your passion becomes contagious and people want to help you with your cause.”

Berrouet’s passion for the program and dedication to supporting the women in her community led the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Myrtle Beach location to being one of the top preforming franchises in the 2018 Movers for Moms campaign. With the help of five collection sites, Berrouet and her team raised nearly 14,000 donations for their local family shelter.

Just up the coast, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlotte Marketing Director Rosemary Hastings painted the town purple in honor of Movers for Moms®.

M4M 2“We have had two buildings in the Charlotte skyline go Movers for Moms purple in years past, but this year I wanted to paint the town purple,” Hastings said. “I made a dozen Movers for Moms packets and took the afternoon to walk around to each sky rise and asked the front desk if they had a lighting program and if so, would they be on board to support local moms on Mother’s Day.”

“On Saturday, May 12, we had six buildings on the skyline go purple and my mission is to get the remaining four on board for next year,” Hastings said.

It’s this kind of extra effort that makes Movers for Moms grow in success each spring, and we’re proud of the impact our system is able to make in the communities where we live and work.

M4M 3.jpgSpecial recognition goes to our St. Louis, Madison, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, and Boynton Beach locations for their large-scale campaigns. Together, they raised 90,000 donations for shelters in their communities.

To learn more about how you can be involved with Movers for Moms in the future, visit our website, 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.

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!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® provides security and peace of mind with customer data

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-Written by Erik Sargent

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, taking care of our customers is what drives our brand and defines who we are as a company.

We continuously work to provide the best overall experience for our customers when they contact any of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations. From over-the-phone contact with our professional and caring customer service representatives, to a unique online experience when requesting a quote from our website. We’ve earned lifelong customers by providing world-class customer service with our moving and packing options, but caring for customers goes well beyond the move.

With the recent talk about “customer data protection” – also known as the General Data Protection Regulation , or GDPR – we wanted to take the time to remind our customers that regardless of what personal information is shared with us, it is always kept secure.

eric-jaward.jpg“At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we never share or sell customer information, and only collect it to provide information or perform requested services,” said Eric Jaward, the web product manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Home Office location in Lansing, Mich. “We thoroughly vet any third-party vendors we utilize, and ensure they take data security and compliance as seriously as we do.”

Ensuring the security of your data

Regardless of which way you share your personal information with us, there is no need to worry! Whether you’re booking a move by phone or booking over the web, your personal information is kept in our secure database where it can be accessed by us and only us. We utilize advanced security and technology for all of internal and external systems including data encryption and secure transmission to safeguard information against any unauthorized use and set your mind at ease regarding your personal information.

Security of data with vendors

Part of the process that allows us to provide our customers with the highest level of customer service also requires us to work with vendors for various purposes including, web services, application development, and payment support.

Before any data is stored with any vendor, we conduct a security audit and gain a detailed understanding of their procedures pertaining to data handling, storage, protection and PCI compliance.

Following email marketing best practices

A big part of what we do with engaging new customers and following up with past customers revolves around effective emailing strategies.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK takes this responsibility very seriously, and makes sure to stay up-to-date when offering best practices when it comes to emailing our customers to ensure information that could be lost in your email inbox stays protected.

We never sell customer data

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we promise that data provided to us by our loyal customers will never be sold to a third-party company or developer under any circumstance, providing peace of mind and ease as you continue browsing the web.

 

As we move into the busiest time of the year, we felt it was necessary to remind our customers that they are safe with us – not just with our moving services, but with personal data, too. With a set of core values that include THE GRANDMA RULE® – which is to treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated – we always make sure the customer comes first.

With a track record like this, it’s easy to see why we have earned the nickname “Movers Who Care®”! To find out more about our moving services or to book a move this summer, 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.

What we can’t move during your home relocation

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re dedicated to making your moving experience stress-free and successful. To ensure the safety of both our customers and movers, we must follow certain rules and regulations that restrict the transportation of certain items.

In order to avoid conflict and confusion on moving day, we recommend you speak with your local franchise beforehand to ensure you have time to make arrangements to move the items we’re not able to.

Our movers are unable to transport the following:

Flammable, explosive, or corrosive items

Federal law prohibits the transportation of propane, paint, car batteries, antifreeze, household cleaners, weed killer, and ammunition. These items will not be moved under any circumstances.

Gasoline-filled engines or machines

Prior to move in day, make sure to empty any items that run on gasoline. Items such as lawn mowers, grills, tractors, and mopeds must be completely empty in order for our movers to transport them.

Plants and animals

In order to guarantee the safety and well-being of your plants and pets, we do not transport any living thing, including potted plants and fish.

Perishable food

Fresh, refrigerated, and frozen foods are banned from our trucks to prevent rotting and spoiled, unpleasant odors. Plan out your meals the week before the move so you don’t have a fridge full of food on moving day. Or, plan to box and transport in your personal vehicle.

Sensitive or sentimental belongings

We care about your things and take care of them as if they were our own. To ensure your prized possessions and important items are not misplaced during the process, we do not move items such as cash, jewelry, insurance papers, or birth certificates.

Prescription drugs or medications

In order to prevent any emergencies where you may need access to your medications, we do not move prescription drugs.

Reminder: Each franchise has their own policy regarding non-allowable items. For a complete list of items we are not able to move, please contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office.

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.