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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plants and animals

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

Medications and prescription drugs

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

Gasoline engines and machines

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

Perishable food items

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

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

Sentimental items

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

Flammable items

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

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

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Important details to know when moving during the busy moving season

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

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

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

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

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

Follow along!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and COVID-19 precautions

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

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

Use these top moving tips to get ready for moving day

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

Moving checklists to stay organized

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

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

Packing tips

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

Money saving tips for your next move

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

Know what movers can and can’t move

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

Specialty moving services

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

Moving with kids and pets

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

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

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.

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

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What you should know if you’re moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since it was designated that moving is an essential service we could provide to customers, we’ve worked hard to establish best practices and guidelines to safely move our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times are still tough out there and safety is more important than ever as we do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the year, we’ve worked to develop sanitation and safety habits with our moving teams so our customers feel safe during their moves. This includes arming moving teams with hand sanitizer and disinfectants, social distancing, and keeping our movers and drivers educated on how to interact safely with customers.

We’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK operates within COVID-19 guidelines.

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

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

If I have an upcoming booked move, is it still happening?

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming move, please contact the location you’ve booked your move with to confirm whether your move is still on schedule. In most cases, if your move has been cancelled or needs to be postponed, a member of the team will reach out and discuss those options.

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

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

To learn more about how we are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our website.

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

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Complete your stress-free downsizing move with these 4 simple tips

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Summer is winding down, the trees are about to start changing colors, and for many this is a time where they begin to toss items they no longer need and work on downsizing their home.

Downsizing can seem like a daunting task when moving as you decide on how to get rid of belongings while transitioning into a smaller living space. This is incredibly popular for people who are starting a life in retirement, or who want to get away to a home with less size and responsibility. The biggest hurdles of downsizing come with deciding on what you need moving forward and what you can get rid of, something that is not an easy task.

Developing an effective plan on how you want to downsize can take the stress out of this type of move, and we’ve come up with some helpful tips to make this process easier. Follow along!

Start your planning early

In order to decide what will stay and what will go when downsizing, you need to do a full assessment of your belongings.

Start by going through all of your things well in advance of your desired move day so you can determine if there’s a logical need for certain items when you move. If you see something and can’t figure out a reason to keep it right away, it’s probably best to part ways with it. Bringing something just to bring it when moving to a new home will just take up space.

Ask yourself how much you’ll use a certain item

Building off the idea from above, it’s important to determine how much use certain belongings will get.

If you see something and your initial thought is “not that often”, it’s time to get rid of it. This mindset will become especially useful when you’re looking at items that you’ve been storing away for years without using – now is the best time to get rid of them. If you have items that you need to get rid of but don’t want to take care of it yourself, we now offer junk removal services at select locations!

Practice patience

A downsizing move and the process that it requires won’t in happen in one day – it takes time. Once you have an ideal move date in mind, work slowly, day-by-day, to chip away at the necessary tasks in order to eliminate as much stress as possible when moving day arrives.

Be flexible

The moving process can be complicated, and that’s why staying flexible and calm throughout the process is important. Plans can change, last-second decisions can come up, and opinions can differ as you work toward completing your move.

If you’re looking for help on completing an upcoming downsizing move, we’re here to help! Whether it’s helping with the entire move or just assisting with packing, delivery, or loading and unloading – our professional moving teams are ready to help. To learn more about all of our moving services, 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.

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Keep your move organized and on track with these 6 overlooked moving essentials

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Above all things that are important when moving to a new home, arguably none rank higher than organization. If you are organized before, during, and after your move – there’s a good chance your move will go even smoother.

We’ve completed more than 7.5 million moves over our 35 years as movers, and time and time again, we’ve seen that organization is the key to moving. However, this is much easier said than done. From taking care of all your bills and utilities at your old home to packing, cleaning, hiring movers, and so on – there is a lot to think about. These all generally are at the top of mind when preparing to move, but what about some of those overlooked essentials you might be forgetting?

Generally, these “overlooked moving essentials” are things you’ll want with you on moving day when you arrive at your new home. They are all of varying degrees of importance, but all things you don’t want to go without!

Moving Checklist

Seems simple enough, right? It’s sometimes so simple that customers forget to do it! Create a plan for how you want to attack your upcoming move so you have something to follow throughout the process.

If you don’t feel like creating your own, no worries – we’ve created one for you.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are cheap, easy, and versatile on moving day. Whether you need them for carrying new items that didn’t end up getting packed away or they’re just filling in for some quick trash duty, there is always a use for plastic bags. Keep a stash ready so you can quickly access one if needed.

Batteries/Chargers

What doesn’t use some type of battery or charger these days? While chargers are still needed for items like phones, laptops, or tablets, there are still a large number of items that run on batteries: remotes, clocks, and varying home appliances.

Have a supply of batteries handy should you need them.

Cleaning Supplies

It’s no secret that moving in or out of a home can create a bit of a mess. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to have some cleaning supplies close and ready should there be a mess that occurs during the moving process. Items like rags and sponges, Clorox wipes, toilet cleaner, cleaning spray, laundry soap, and more are all good items to have on moving day.

Toilet paper/Paper Towels

Without getting into too much detail, we’ll just say that these fall under the category of “you’d rather have it and not need it.” Buy both in advance.

Tool Kit

Ideally, you could move into your home without any issues. However, that is unlikely to happen, so get a tool kit together that you can have handy so you’re able to make any quick fixes that might be needed once you are moved in.

These are just a few important and often overlooked moving essentials you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re getting ready for moving day. To find more helpful moving tips to make your moving day a success, search through our company blog or visit our website!

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.

Develop a moving checklist to get you ready for your next home move

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

If you have an upcoming home move planned, you’re well aware of the fact that moving can be a stressful and chaotic process.

From figuring out what items will be going with you or getting thrown out to handling utilities, changing addresses, packing, planning, and so on – there’s much to be considered before the actual moving day arrives. As a company who has been helping people ease the stress of home moving for over three decades now, one of the most helpful tips we recommend to customers is developing and following a moving checklist.

This keeps you organized and on track throughout the days, weeks, and months leading up to moving day and will help your mind stay focused on important tasks. Thankfully for you, we took the time to develop a checklist for you – so follow along and take some of the hassle out of your home move!

Moving Checklist

One month before your move

  • Contact, schedule, and hire a mover as soon as you know you are planning to complete a home move to ensure you get the moving day you want and that movers are available.
  • Begin the cleaning of various areas of your house – closets, attics, garage, etc.
  • Begin changing your local address where necessary in areas like mailing, insurance, school records, and so on.
  • Purchase moving boxes and packing supplies to help get things rolling on your move – local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations offer a wide-variety of moving and packing supplies to fit all of your moving needs.

1-2 weeks before moving day

  • Start canceling anything that is tied to what will soon be your past home address – Internet, cable, newspapers, or any labor services you receive around your home.
  • Call all of your local utility companies and be sure they know the exact day to stop charging your old home address for services.
  • Start the packing process and go room by room so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Be sure to properly label and organize boxes so you know where everything is on moving day.

The week of moving day

  • Finish up any last-minute cleaning around your home and make sure everything looks nice for when you officially move out.
  • Continue working on packing all of your belongings and try to be finished before moving day arrives. For items you no longer need, donate them to a charitable cause or sell them if possible.
  • Make transportation plans for the day of the move so you know how you’re getting to the new place. If you have kids or pets, develop a plan that fits their needs, too, and figure out where they will be while the home move is taking place.
  • Mail in any change of address forms so your new place is ready to go with your information.

The day before moving day

  • Be in contact with your moving company and double-check that everything is set in stone for the ensuing moving day. If you’re moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we will send a pre-move email solidifying all important details of your home move.
  • Ensure all breakable items have been removed from dresser drawers and packed away.
  • Take out some cash to hold you over during the moving process. This might come in handy if you need to get some pizza or snacks to feed everyone!
  • Perform one final cleaning of your home and appliances.

Moving day

  • Pack an essentials bag for items you can access immediately when arriving at your new home. This can include anything from chargers to toothbrushes, quick snacks, etc.
  • Make sure there is a clear moving path inside and outside of your home for movers to operate.
  • Be sure you are at the home when the professional movers arrive so that you are accessible should they have any questions and concerns.
  • Once the movers have loaded everything onto the moving truck, do one final walkthrough of the home and make sure nothing was left behind. Last but not least – go say goodbye to your neighbors!

 

We hope you found this extensive moving checklist helpful and that it was able to help you organize a little better as you plan for your upcoming move. If you are thinking about moving but haven’t started the moving process, give us a call – we’d be happy to help!

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 tips for moving with pets

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Moving is hard enough for humans, but when it comes to moving pets,  a whole different level of planning is required as you go from one home to the next.

Many families have a dog, cat, or other animal, and making sure you’re prepared to move your pet – as well as yourself – can save you tons of stress when completing a home move. It can be hard to predict how your animal will respond to a change in living environment, but over the years we’ve come up with some helpful tips for moving pets that can make the process a little easier.

Dogs

Everyone knows that when dogs are put in stressful situations, they can act up, become sad, or even aggressive on short notice. This can lead to them having an accident on the carpet, chewing on furniture, or crying loudly due to the commotion.

-When you’re moving, purchase some doggy diapers to prevent accidents in your new home.

-Bring objects that the dog is familiar with to the new home such as toys, beds, or blankets.

-Take your dog to the veterinarian before you complete your home move to make sure they are healthy enough for a move. They may even be able to provide you with anxiety relievers to calm the dog down during the move.

-If your dog’s collar has information such as an address on it, be sure to update it to your new home address and phone number before moving day.

-Most moving companies will not handle a dog move, so make sure you prepare alternate arrangements of getting the dog from one location to the next. We recommend a crate or sectioned-off area in your own personal vehicle.

Cats

Moving with cats requires extra attention to detail because if there’s one thing everyone knows about cats, it’s that they can be super unpredictable.

-Keep your cat away from the moving commotion as much as possible to keep them from feeling stressed out or anxious.

-Speak to a veterinarian beforehand to ensure the cat is able to move, and get prescribed medication if necessary.

-Much like dogs, moving companies will not handle a cat move. Arrange for a comfortable crate that can be put in your personal vehicle to get your cat from your old home to your new home.

Fish

-Help to lower the stress level of the fish by putting them in darker areas during transport.

-Regulate the temperature of the fish bag when moving the fish, because temperatures can change rapidly.

-Try to prevent shaking or instability while moving a fish in order to prevent distress for the pet. This can be done by placing the fish in an insulated container with bubble wrap.

-Make sure the new aquarium they are being placed into at the new home is clean and fresh with the same water temperature as it was before.

Birds

Birds are relatively easy to move because they can remain in their normal cage and be placed in a car, and traveling tends not to affect them as badly as other animals.

-Make sure the cage remains upright throughout the transportation process by placing them in a secure area.

Small Animals

Hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs are usually what fall under this category, and their moving usually involves traveling in the cage they are normally in.

-Make sure their cage is stable and sealed completely so they aren’t able to escape during the chaotic moving hours.

-Cover their container with a towel or blanket to eliminate stress from the light and movement.

-Regulate the temperature of the cage when transporting them from one home to the next.

We hope these tips for moving with pets were helpful and that you – and your furry friends – are able to get to your new home with ease! If you’re looking to book an upcoming move, give the “Movers Who Care” at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK a call or click here for more moving details.

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Use these 4 holiday packing tips to ease your holiday fatigue

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With the bustling holiday season now behind us, that means the fun decorations and lights must come down and get packed into storage for the next 11 months until it’s time to do it again!

Although it’s not always an enjoyable task (hence why we still see Christmas lights in February!) but with the proper planning and execution, it doesn’t have to be such a burden.

We’ve put together a few quick and helpful tips to make the holiday season clean up a breeze.

Have a plan

Taking down the holiday decorations and getting everything moved and packed can’t be finished in 20 minutes – it takes time and planning to get the job done right and to get those breakable items stored away safe and sound.

Examine your current situation, pick a place to start, and go room-by-room as you take everything down, carefully and efficiently wrapping and packing them away. This will also help when it comes to organizing your belongings in storage.

Boxes, boxes, boxes

There’s no such thing as “too many” boxes, especially around the holidays, and that’s why it’s important to have an abundance on-hand to ensure everything has a place to go.

Boxes will provide enough space to keep everything, and will also make moving items into a closet or storage that much easier and organized. Be sure to label each box so that when next year comes, you can find exactly what you’re looking for!

Put away that extra furniture

Chances are that at some point during the holiday season, you had to get out extra furniture to accommodate for guests during holiday parties and visits. Whether this furniture will be moved into another room, a closet, the garage, or storage – be sure to only move what you can handle.

If there is too much to move or something that is too heavy, give our movers a call – they’re happy to help you move items in your home!

Pack with a purpose

Even more so than normal, packing away holiday items requires extra care and attention to detail, as these are often specialty items that can be fragile or easily broken. Remember to use proper packing supplies like packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap to protect those ornaments and decorations as they go back into boxes. It’s also a good idea to pack ornaments in our specialty dish pack box where there are sections that are perfect for wrapped ornaments.

Always keep in mind, the heavier the items, the smaller the box. Be For additional packing tips from our moving professionals, 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.