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Follow these simple tips to allow your pets to adjust during your next move

-Written by Christina Baker

Moving is a hectic time for everyone. There is an endless to-do list and your mind may seem as though it’s in a million different places at once. With that said, it’s important not to forget about your pet as you make your move.

Whether this pet be a dog, cat, fish, smaller animal, etc., helping them throughout the move will impact how they adjust to their new home. Moving may come with its challenges, but don’t let giving your pet a new home be one of them! Follow these tips on how to best help your pet adjust to their new atmosphere. 

Dogs

  • Make sure your dog’s health is a top priority during this move. Take them to their vet to make sure they are healthy enough to be included in the moving process, as this will ensure that both you and them have a better moving experience.
  • Introduce your dog to the movers! Dogs can be very protective over their family. Make sure you show your dog that your movers are not a threat to them or their family. This will help to calm them down and become familiar with these new people.
  • Carry objects that remind them of home! To help keep your dog calm during this crazy time, try to carry a toy or small blanket on you that will help to distract them.
  • Since most moving companies don’t handle moving animals, be sure to have other arrangements for them. We recommend keeping a crate in your car to help move them from home to the next.

Cats

  • It’s no secret that cats can be very anxious. Help them through the move by making sure they have a quiet place to themselves far from all the moving commotion.
  • Be sure to have a crate in the car for your cat when moving. Try to have objects such as toys and bedding in the crate so your cat is more comfortable in the car ride.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before the move to check if your cat needs any type of medication to help keep them calm during the moving process.

Fish

  • To help your fish better acclimate to their new environment, start by cleaning out their tank the morning of your move.
  • Drain all the water out, take any toys out of the tank and clean those as well.
  • Put your fish in a secure bag or container with clean water for the trip.
  • Once you’ve arrived in your new home, put fresh water into the new tank and put your fish back into their tank!

Small Animals

  • Small pets usually include hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils, who may also need help adjusting to a move.
  • Small pets can travel in their normal cages, just be sure their cage is sealed so they cannot escape during this hectic time.
  • Its extremely important to regulate the temperature of their cage to help keep them healthy during the move.

We hope you enjoyed reading these tips for moving with your pets!

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 TWO MEN AND TRUCK can’t move during junk removals

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You’ve probably seen us talking about it on our websites, our blog, our social channels … just about everywhere, but if you still need a reminder: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK now offers junk removal!

That’s right – our professional moving services can now be used to help you remove and dispose of unwanted junk and other items. It’s a natural fit for our brand, and we can now send our professional moving teams to your home or business to remove as little or as much as you need utilizing our specialized junk removal trucks. Why do all the heavy lifting when we can do it for you?

This service fits perfectly with those doing home renovations, decluttering, staging a home for sale, renovating their office building, or for those who simply just want to get rid of items they’ve accumulated over the years. We won’t judge on your reasons for moving on from certain belongings, but we’ll definitely help you get rid of it!

However, we can’t haul away everything, and it’s important to know which items we aren’t able to handle during your junk removal.

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.

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.

Customer testimonials share a positive glimpse into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Since the mid-1980’s when Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and her two sons began a local moving service in Lansing, Michigan called “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK”, one singular focus has always remained in everything we do: provide outstanding customer service.

It’s what drives our brand and what has built our reputation in all of the communities we work. It’s important for us to provide the best customer experience possible while working to take the stress out of moving. This mindset is also represented in our company core values, which each member of our brand strives to live by each and every day.

Whether we’re completing a traditional home move from one side of town to the next, moving across the state or across the country with long-distance moving, hauling items away with our new junk removal service, or providing a smaller service like packing or storage – customer service always comes first. We do our best to live up to the nickname “Movers Who Care®”.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Take it from the ones who have lived and experienced it: our customers!

If you’re moving soon and are looking to hire professional movers, visit our website to learn more about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can assist you!

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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Determining a storage solution to fit your needs: 6 important tips to know

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You never know when the need for storage options might come into play, but it’s important to do your research and find the best solution for you before making a decision.

Storing your belongings is a great option for short or long term when you need to get items out of the way. This could be when you’re moving, completing home renovations, or if you’re a business who is undergoing changes at the office or moving from one building to the next.

There are many places that offer storage, And select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises across the country offer customers multiple storage plans for those who just need storage, or for those who plan to add it to their moves.

Contact your local franchise today to see what storage plans they offer and how they can assist with your storage needs. In the meantime, here are a few helpful storage tips we’ve come up with for you!

Determine your specific need for storage

Generally, there are two main types of storage: standard and climate-controlled. What you’ll need depends on what type of items you’ll be putting into storage.

Factors like cold, heat, or moisture that can cause damage – as well as items like documents, electronics, or clothing – might require climate-controlled storage.

Do some research

Be sure to do extensive research and see what others are saying about a company before you decided to pay for storage with them. Company reviews online can be very telling, and you’ll be able to get a sense for how they treat their customers and their customers’ belongings based on what has been said in the past about service options.

What size storage unit will you need?

Figure out everything you’re going to be placing in storage and make an assessment of how much it is to help you determine what size storage unit you’ll need. A helpful reminder: always get a storage unit slightly bigger than the amount of belongings you have so you are able to navigate through it if needed.

Ask about accessibility

Some facilities offer 24-hour access, and others operate on set schedules based on their hours of operation. Be sure to ask about this and then determine how important this is to you when deciding on a storage plan. It’s also important to remember some storage facilities charge access fees if you need to get into the unit.

Purchase insurance

As it is with most situations involving your personal belongings, it’s always a good idea to get insurance to protect your items in case of damages or an accident. If your storage facility doesn’t offer insurance plans, check with your home owner’s insurance company to see if they can offer protection.

Things that shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit

Not everything is meant to go into storage, and it’s important to know what items you should avoid putting into your storage unit.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK junk removal services ideal for parting ways with your unwanted items

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If you haven’t heard us talk about it over the past year, then it’s worth a reminder: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK now offers junk removal services!

Our professionally trained moving teams have gained a reputation for being among the best in local home moving, but we can now help with junk removal from your home or business, too. Using specialized junk trucks and professional movers to save you the trouble of lifting heavy items, our teams can arrive at your home or business to properly remove and dispose of any items you no longer need. Save the hassle of renting a dumpster or removing those bulky items yourself- we’ll handle that for you!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK junk removal is the perfect service for people who are cleaning out the basement or garage, going through home renovations, decluttering, or just purging old belongings that are continuously in the way. And, with the holiday season upon us, you might find yourself with even more junk lying around the house that you don’t want.

PLEASE NOTE: Junk removal services are only available at select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises. Please visit our website to find out if junk removal is available in your area.

Unfortunately, there a few items we can’t remove for legal and safety reasons, and it’s important to know what these are so you can plan accordingly.

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

To learn more about our junk removal services or to book a junk removal, 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.

Prepare for upcoming holidays by using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivery services

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It’s not uncommon during the holiday season to go all out and make large gift purchases– so much so that these items are truly too big to move alone.

Anything from a new piece of furniture to a new appliance, a large TV, exercise equipment, and more – they are great gifts to give or purchase even for yourself, but then reality sets in about how you’ll get it home. Many items like this require professional moving assistance, and we’re happy to lend a helping hand for the upcoming holiday season!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is known for home moving services, but we can help you out with delivery services, too. That’s right – our professional moving teams can use our moving equipment and resources to pick up and deliver items directly to your home, even helping move it inside and place it where you’d like. This saves you the hassle of lifting and helps to ease the stress of worrying about how you’ll get a large item to your house after purchasing.

Couches, exercise equipment, refrigerators, tanning beds, display cases, gun safes, and more – you need it moved, we will help! As always with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving services, you can have peace of mind knowing that our moving teams are all professionally trained on how to handle the heavy lifting for items like this to ensure there are no damages to your purchase or to your home.

Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover and driver undergoes extensive training before ever stepping foot on a move, and all frontline team members are background checked and drug screened. Our moving team will work with you each step of the way to get your item picked up and delivered in a timely fashion, letting you focus on more important aspects of the holiday season. Also – with the current COVID-19 pandemic, our movers are taking extra precautions when it comes to safety, which you can learn about here.

Don’t just take our word for it – hear it from verified customers!

“I needed an appliance picked up from Lowe’s since they would not deliver the item. The team met me at the store at the time promised, delivered, and set up the fridge. It was more work than we expected, involving removing the doors. But the men were positive, and more than willing to help complete the job. It took longer than expected (so cost more), but it saved me lots of aggravation doing it myself or pulling my husband away from his job to work on it. It was well worth it!” – Maria

“I recently moved from Franklin to Pennsylvania. I purchased my furniture here in Brentwood. Because I purchased the furniture that was on the sale/floor models, I had to care of delivery on my own. My real estate agent recommended TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I’m very glad he did. I was able to get everything delivered the very next day. The men who moved everything were courteous and professionally and fast! I would highly recommend them.” – Jim

To learn more about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s pickup and delivery service option can be of use for you, 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.

A look into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Having celebrated 8 million moves as a brand earlier this summer, and with franchises in 44 states across America and in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – we’ve established ourselves as pioneers within the moving industry.

We’re proud to boast a 96% customer referral rating – and happy to tell you about it – but sometimes, you don’t want to hear it from the brand itself. You want to hear it from the people who have done it: customers!

Thankfully, some of our loyal customers have been nice enough over the years to take the time and share their experience moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Rob from Pasadena, California, spoke with us about his big moving day and how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was able to help him get to his new home.

Enjoy!

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.

Customer testimonials show the quality of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving services

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Since the day TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was formed by Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, there has been a commitment to providing excellent customer service to our customers. After all, Mary Ellen once said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a customer service company that just happens to do moving.

Above everything else we do, our goal has always been aimed toward taking the stress out of moving and providing a customer experience that is second-to-none in the industry. From our corporate office down to our franchisees, managers, movers and drivers – it’s something we live and practice daily, backed up by a strong set of core values.

With a variety of moving services that range from standard home moves to business moving, long-distance moving, storage, packing, specialty moving and junk removal, and more – we do our best to live up to our nickname “Movers Who Care®”.

What better way to validate our efforts than from our customers themselves? We’re fortunate enough to have outstanding customers who are willing to speak about their experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. Take a look at what they had to say!

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.

 

Taking a minute to discuss rogue moving companies

There’s no denying that moving is stressful. Shifting all of your personal belongings to a new home can take an emotional toll as you leave behind a place that is special to you or transition to a new phase of your life.

With all of the emotional factors that come with moving, it’s important the moving company you hire is one you can trust. Time and time again, you hear of nightmare stories involving fraudulent moving companies that wreak havoc for unsuspecting customers.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, this is what we aim to eliminate. We want to take the unnecessary stresses out of your life during the time of moving so you can focus on what’s important.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO Jon Nobis took time to address this issue and assure our loyal and potential customers that we are a trustworthy brand, and deserving of the nickname “Movers Who Care®”.

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 to expect when moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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-Written by Erik Sargent

If you find yourself moving soon, there’s an important decision lingering – move the belongings yourself or hire professional movers?

It’s an age-old question that people have juggled for years, and one that people often struggle to make. There are some common misconceptions about hiring professional movers that often push people to move the belongings themselves, but is it really worth it?

Moving is already stressful enough, but pile on the need to find friends and family to do the heavy lifting with you, rent your own truck, ensure your items are packed away safely so you don’t damage them yourself …  the to-do list can pile up just as quickly as the stress.

The old saying “you get what you pay for” applies to the idea of hiring professional movers, and when you hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you can feel good knowing you’re getting top-notch movers in the industry.

Free moving estimates- in-home or over the phone

Our Customer Service Representatives are ready to assist you in figuring out just what it will take for one of our moving teams to help you and what the cost will look like for your move! The best part of these moving estimates? They’re free.

How much does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK cost?

Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving location is independently owned and operated, with each setting their own specific rates for moving. A majority of our franchise moving locations charge hourly for local moving and by weight for a move that is long distance. To find out more, contact the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location nearest you for a free estimate and costs.

Packing options and supplies

Need packing supplies? We’ve got plenty of them! Need packing done and don’t want to do it yourself? We can help with that, too! Our movers can come out and do all of the packing for you prior to move day, or drop off the proper moving boxes and packing supplies to ensure your items stay organized and safe throughout your move.

An in-home walkthrough with the movers

Prior to your moving team getting to work, they’ll do a walkthrough of your home. This allows them to see the landscape of rooms so they can bring the proper moving materials to keep your belongings safe and secure during the moving process.

This also helps your team know where they’ll put extra protection on doors or walkways, and what furniture needs to be padded and stretch wrapped before loading into the truck.

A walkthrough of your new home location

A necessary step in the moving process is your move team getting to know your new location before they begin unloading your belongings. They’ll want to identify key rooms, like the master bedroom or spare bedroom, so they know what boxes and furniture will belong to each room when unloading.

Final walkthrough of the home and truck

Here your movers will want to go through the home with you to ensure everything is where it needs to go. If something isn’t in the correct spot, be sure to let them know before they leave! You’ll also want to do a final look inside the truck to ensure no items, furniture, or boxes are left on the truck.

Time to leave a review

After each move, our customers receive a customer satisfaction survey emailed to them. We greatly appreciate our customers filling these out and telling us how we did- good and bad! This helps us train and reward our teams accordingly. Reviews left on sites such as Google, Facebook, and Yelp are also greatly appreciated to help spread the word about the move you received with us.

 

We can tell you all about our moving services and how we can help you, but nothing speaks louder than the words of our own satisfied customers. To hear it directly from the source, check out some of our customer testimonials below.

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