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Get ready for the holiday season with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s internal moving service options

We’re rapidly cruising through the fall season and the snow is starting to fall (for some of us), which means the holiday season is right around the corner!

This is a busy time of year for many of us and can include many holiday gatherings, parties with friends, office parties, and much more. With this, there is usually some kind of planning around your home or office, decorating, finding extra furniture to accommodate guests, rearranging everything to look just right, and all of the other activities involved with planning or hosting a gathering.

As you get these plans together, you might find yourself thinking about how overwhelming all of this lifting and moving sounds. Well, good news – we can help!

We have a wide variety of specialty moving services and one of them is our in-home moving options. We can take the stress out of all the heavy lifting around the house, like moving that Christmas tree out of storage, getting those decoration boxes upstairs, moving furniture into different room, and more.

Our in-home moving services are great for the following:

  • Staging a home
  • Completing home renovations
  • Preparing for a big party or event
  • Moving or delivery of a recently purchased large item or appliance such as a piano, gun safe, exercise equipment, etc.
  • Moving yard equipment, furniture, or décor out of shed storage

Staging and rearranging

For those undergoing home renovations or staging a home to sell, our in-home moving service is a great option. We can help move furniture where it needs to go, get it up and down stairs, or out to the garage and out of the way.

This is a great option for businesses, too. Our professional moving teams can move office equipment, desks, and more. We’re conscious of time and understand that your business needs to keep moving, so we work with you to schedule hours that fit best for your business to ensure little to no interruptions.

Heavy items

Sometimes, you have a particularly large item like a piano, gun safe, large piece of furniture, or treadmill you just can’t move on your own. Don’t worry! Our moving teams are trained on how to properly move large specialty items, saving you the stress of having to do it yourself.

Like any TWO MEN AND A TRUCK service option, you’ll receive professionally trained movers who will show up trained, uniformed, and ready to get the job done right.

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Five overlooked moving essentials to keep in mind ahead of your move

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When it comes to home moving, it’s a never-ending whirlwind of figuring things out, planning, packing, making calls, creating lists, buying this and buying that – so on and so forth.

We’ve seen it a million times over and know how stressful moving can be. Each of the things mentioned above play a critical role in the puzzle of completing a home move, but what about the things you aren’t thinking of? While buying a new home, hiring professional movers, and packing usually grab the headlines in the moving process, there are other important things you can do to take some stress out of moving day – stocking up on overlooked moving essentials is one way.

Many of these are centered around organization. We cannot stress to our customers enough the importance of being organized and planning ahead when it comes to home moving, and that’s where a number of these overlooked moving essentials will come into play.

Follow along!

Moving Checklist

Perhaps nothing will better assist you in the days and weeks leading up to your home move than creating a moving checklist. This gives you a concrete, visual map of how your move is going and where you need to focus your attention working up to the moment movers arrive at your door. It’s a detailed plan of how you’re going to attack the move starting about a month out from moving day.

If you’re asking yourself how to make a moving checklist, don’t worry – we did it for you.

Chargers (and batteries)

The world runs on technology, right? It’s unfortunately true, but it is reality, and you want to be prepared while you’re leaving your old home and entering your new one. Having extra chargers and batteries on hand will help you stay connected so you’re able to stay on top of any issue that might arise during your move – or, you can just scroll social media during some down time. Either one!

Cleaning Supplies

If you’ve ever experienced the process of moving into a new home, then this one will really resonate with you: have cleaning supplies ready!

From antibacterial wipes to toilet cleaner, cleaning spray, laundry soap, and more – you’ll want it all handy because the first thing you’re going to want to do at the new home is clean.

Plastic Bags

Simple, right? Plastic bags are a cheap, easy, and versatile tool to have on moving day and they make carrying around loose items which didn’t get packed away easy. Keep a stash handy and be ready if needed.

Tool Kit

There’s a strong chance that your new home won’t be perfectly ready with zero issues you need to handle, including ones that might involve a set of tools. Make sure you have tool kit handy so that you can tend to any minor fixes that need to be done when you arrive at the new home because trust us – there will be some!

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Five money-saving tips to save you some cash during your next move

One of the biggest concerns we hear when people inquire about hiring professional movers is the cost.

Cost is determined by a variety of factors when hiring movers: how much you’re moving, drive time, total hours or distance of the move, how many movers or trucks are needed, and more. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help save yourself money on your next move!

We’ve listed a few of our best money saving tips so you can keep a little extra cash in your pocket and save on the final bill!

Honesty

No, this isn’t just a life motto you should live by (although it’s not a bad idea to always be honest). What we mean by “honesty” is being forthright with how much you are planning to move from one home to the next. Including as much details as possible on big furniture pieces, number of boxes, etc., will only help you in the long run.

If the moving team arrives and there’s more than you led on, it’s going to take more time, effort, and space in the truck, which will drive up the cost of your move.

Pack with a purpose

Proper packing goes a long way when it comes to home moving. Not only is it critical in protecting your items during the entire move, but it can also save you money. If your items are not packed properly prior to the movers arrival, they’ll need to do pack items up themselves or what for you to finish packing, which takes additional time that’s added onto your final bill.  

If you need assistance with packing, you can hire our moving teams to arrive prior to moving day and pack for you. Or, we offer a full line of moving boxes and packing supplies to help you get the job done right. For helpful packing tips, click here.

Disassemble furniture and beds prior to moving day

This isn’t a requirement when hiring professional movers, but it is something manageable you can do on your own and it will cut down on moving time. If furniture pieces are broken down and disassembled prior to your moving team’s arrival, they can quickly load it onto the moving truck and focus their attention elsewhere. Just be sure you keep all pieces and small parts together so they’re easy to find at your new place!

Organize!

Organization is another major key component for a successful home move. Organizing boxes, bins, and other items that need to be moved into one central moving area (think garage or front door) will save significant time, as movers can create a streamlined path from this area to the truck and not worry about navigating around your entire home.

Stay prepared

As a reminder: stay prepared and ready for anything on your move day. Planning ahead of time with your move will allow you to have a game plan so you know what to expect, helping to eliminate the possibility of needing to make last-minute changes. If you need help with planning, try using our movetrac app to get organized leading up to and through moving day!

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

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Top 5 things to consider before moving into a rental

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As we continue to make our way through the spring and into summer, the busy moving season continues to ramp up as more homes get listed to buy or rent.

Many rental property leases expire in the spring or summer months which can be an exciting time as you look for a new place, but it does come with a unique set of challenges and things to remember.

You aren’t dealing with mortgages and home repairs, but you are dealing with landlords, renter’s insurance, deposits, and leasing agreements.

Thankfully for you, we’re experts in rental property moving and have been moving people in and out of them for more than three decades. We‘ve put some of our best tips together to help you prepare for your next rental property move!

Do your research

Regardless of where you plan to move, the first step should always be determining what you want in your next living quarters and how long you’d like to live in your next rental..

Be sure you’re comfortable with the area you’re choosing to move to, the price of your rental property, and the amenities that do or don’t come with it. Generally, it’s a good idea to tour a rental property and ask all of your questions prior to signing a lease, too.

What are you paying for?

You want to know where your money is going, right? With leases, there are usually a list of fees required at signing, including security deposits, a month’s rent in advance, or paying for additional appliances you’ve requested. Sit down with the leasing office and ensure you have a clear understanding of what you need to pay for before signing anything.

Ask questions

On that same note, don’t be afraid to ask the leasing office questions about anything that comes up as you prepare to sign your lease. Have them review your entire leasewith you and explain anything that stands out clearly so you have a solid understanding of what you’re locked into.

Set up utilities before moving in

After you have signed a lease and determined your moving date, be sure to contact the utility companies you’ll need to pay for to get setup in advance of your moving date so everything is ready when you move in.

Purchase renter’s insurance

This is an absolute must when renting. Whether there’s a break in, a flood, or a fire, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered should anything happen.

Complete a move in checklist

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

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These 5 items cannot be transported with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service

If you haven’t heard by now (and we hope you have), then listen up: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK now offers junk removal!

Your favorite home and business moving brand has expanded its service options to help you with junk removal, too. Utilizing our professionally trained movers and specialized junk removal equipment, we’ll now help you properly dispose of old items and junk you no longer need around your home or business.

With spring cleaning here and summer quickly approaching, this is the perfect time for a junk removal service to help with whatever you have going on. For those completing home renovations, decluttering, getting a home ready to sell, cleaning out the garage, or just removing stuff from the basement to clear out of the way – we’ll save you the trouble of lifting these heavy items as you work to get rid of them.

However, there are a few things we are unable to handle, and it’s important to know what these are prior to our team showing up.

Items that cannot be taken with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® junk removal service:

  • Hazardous materials, liquid-based items, wet paint, oil, chemicals, household cleaners, HAZMAT materials, flammable items, gasoline, propane, mercury-based materials, oil filters, and batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Sealed tanks/drums
  • Medical waste
  • Household trash or garbage

Items that may be restricted (please check with your local government, state regulations, or disposal facility):

  • Electronics that are considered e-waste, including CRT televisions
  • Appliances with liquids associated with them (considered hazardous materials), AC units, refrigerators, freezers, and dehumidifiers
  • Appliances not emptied
  • Yard waste such as trees, brush, grass, sod, mulch, and other vegetative waste can be hauled with guidelines. Most disposal facilities recycle this material so it shouldn’t be mixed with other junk material. Dirt, sod, or mulch may have capacity limitations due to weight.
  • Tires are usually not accepted at disposal facilities and considered hazmat, however, you could reach out to a local tire recycle or business to see if they would take them.
  • Heavy or dense material such as roofing shingles, concrete, asphalt, dirt, brick, or miscellaneous debris

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

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Frequently asked questions to think about as you prepare for your next home move

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The busy moving season is quickly approaching! If you have a move coming up, you may have several questions swirling around in your head.

Moving can be a stressful process, but when you hire professionals, it doesn’t have to be. We provide professionally-trained, background-checked, and drug-screened movers who use quality moving equipment to ensure our customers’ belongings are safe and secure throughout the entire move.

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions below to help you get started!

How much does moving cost?

This question will vary by whatever professional moving service you decide to use. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our locations are all independently owned and operated and most charge hourly for a local move and charge by weight for a long-distance move.

We’d recommend reaching out to the location closest to you and getting started on a free moving quote for a general idea on the cost for your move.

What can affect the total cost of a move?

A few of the biggest factors that come into play when determining the cost of a move are time and the amount being moved. Flights of stairs, walking time from the trucks, the amount of time it takes to load and unload your belongings, and drive time between the two locations are all major factors, too.

What’s the best way to pack up my old house?

Packing is a critical part of the moving process and making sure you do a good job on it can save you a lot of stress down the road. Planning ahead, staying organized, and slowly chipping away at it leading up to moving day are some of the best recommendations we have.

For more expert packing tips, click here.

What items should I have with me on moving day?

Since most of your belongings will be packed in boxes and loaded onto a moving truck, you aren’t going to have access to many items you own. Make sure to keep snacks handy, chargers, a change of clothes, toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and any other important medications or paperwork you think you’ll need.

How do I get a quote for a move?

When using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you can get a free online moving quote just by visiting our website. We’d recommend starting the quote process a month out from your desired moving date at the latest to make sure you can get moved on time.

How do I change my address to my new home when moving?

The best way to do this is by visiting the US Post office online. You will be able to fill out prompts with your change of address information to get set up.

What types of payment do moving companies like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK accept?

All major credit cards are accepted with us, but additional payment options may be available depending on the location you move with.

Should I tip my movers?

Our movers are trained to never ask for or hint at a tip. However, they are allowed to accept them should a customer feel inclined to do so. In this case, we would recommend tipping whatever you feel was appropriate for the job completed.

If you are interested in moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and want to get started on a free moving quote, click here!

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

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

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

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

Checklists

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

Progress tracking

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

Extensive resources

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

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

Moving Tips

Packing Tips

Moving With Pets

Moving With Kids

Moving with Seniors

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

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

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

An area we like to often remind our customers about – one which normally gets overlooked – is what moving companies can’t move. It’s important to know this information because it will save you the time and hassle of arranging a new plan last-second if you find out a certain item mentioned below cannot be transported by our team.

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

Plants and animals

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

Medications and prescription drugs

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

Gasoline engines and machines

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

Perishable food items

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

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

Sentimental items

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

Flammable items

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

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

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Important details to know when moving during the busy moving season

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

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

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

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

Preparation when it comes to moving will significantly decrease the stress involved with it, and it can be a stressful time if it’s not done right. This sounds easier said than done, but thankfully for you, we’ve pinpointed some areas where you can start this preparation.

Follow along!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and COVID-19 precautions

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

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

Use these top moving tips to get ready for moving day

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

Moving checklists to stay organized

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

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

Packing tips

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

Money saving tips for your next move

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

Know what movers can and can’t move

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

Specialty moving services

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

Moving with kids and pets

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

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Research and ask important questions beforehand to avoid falling victim to moving scam operations

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We’re a brand who is committed to providing the best customer experience possible when it comes to the stressful task of moving.

Moving is known for being one of life’s most stressful events – deservedly so – and we make it our mission to alleviate this stress by providing you with the best customer service, professionally trained movers, and a work ethic that is unmatched in the moving industry. Unfortunately, the moving industry’s reputation is often damaged by illegitimate operations who don’t have the customer’s best interest in mind and are looking to scam them out of money.

These “scam” operations will make a promise of low-priced moving services, which draws in potential customers who are looking to find the best deal. However, this usually comes with a sacrifice: movers who aren’t professionally trained, who don’t care about your belongings, and teams who might not even show up at all despite taking your money.

There are a number of ways to do your research into reputable companies, and one of these ways is through reading customer reviews online.

“The number of Google reviews a brand has makes a significant impact on the customer’s decision-making process, but what most customers don’t know is that some moving companies pay or falsify their online reviews, which is against Google policy,” said Jon Nobis, the CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “This lack of authenticity in online reviews makes the process of hiring a trustworthy, reliable mover even more difficult for consumers.”

These online reviews are a good gauge for a company’s reputation. Customers don’t hold back when it comes to online reviews, so you’ll get a good feel for what you’ll get with a company. Looking at both the good and bad are crucial, and more importantly, how the company responds to the negative ones.

Online research is also another good route to take when looking into a company. It will help you find out information on issues like how they treat their employees, how professional they are, if they offer the necessary equipment for moving, and more. This is all important information to know when you are hiring a moving company.

“As a brand, we are laser-focused on transparency and building trust, ensuring that our customer experience is world class,” said Nobis. “Because moving scams are on the rise, we’ve taken these measures up a notch and are committed to further developing our customer service initiatives with the launch of new technology-focused solutions that make booking a move easier for our customers.”

Lastly, another area where you can decipher scams from legitimate operations is with online quote forms. Shady advertisements and data aggregators can often give the impression of being real online, but they’re just looking to sell your customer info to other companies. This is why it’s important to get your moving quotes directly from the moving company itself.

“It’s important to make sure that you are requesting an online moving quote directly from a moving company that you are intending to work with,” Nobis said. “It can become very frustrating for a customer who believes they are submitting a moving request for a specific company and then three or four moving companies follow up with phone calls and emails. Customers need to be careful during their research phase to ensure they’re only providing their personal information to companies they’re interested in moving with.”

To learn more about how to avoid moving scams, please watch the video below from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO Jon Nobis.

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