Sinkhole Damages Plague Fraser Homes

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Misfortune struck on Christmas Eve in the Michigan town of Fraser and the effects are still being felt, and will continue for months.

A broken sewer line’s failure caused the soil and sand in the area to wash away, creating a sinkhole that spanned roughly 250 feet long and 100 feet wide on 15 Mile Road in Macomb County. Many people in the area of the sinkhole faced flooding in their basement, and a few houses were condemned due to structural failures, with people being forced to evacuate immediately.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Wraps Up Successful Fall Season of Giving Back

-Written by Erik Sargent

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Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, giving back to the community is a staple of who we are as a company. Ever since its founding, finding ways to make an impact on local communities has been a main point of focus, and this belief is carried over to every person who joins the team.

We give back in a number of ways, but our favorite are the campaigns we’ve created from the ground up. One of our biggest seasons is the fall, where some of our best charity work takes place, and helps to get people in need set up for the winter months.

We have our own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® fall programs we call Movers for Meals, Movers for Military, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth. Franchises around the country run the program of their choice, each positively affecting specific groups or causes. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises running Movers for Meals collect nonperishable food items for local food pantries or homeless shelters. Items collected for Movers for Military include personal care items and gently used clothes for local veterans or homeless shelters. Movers for Mutts focuses on collecting food, treats, and toys for humane societies or animal shelters. Truckload of Warmth aims to put provide those in need with essential warm clothing for the winter months.

We experienced another successful year in 2016; here are a few highlights of how we’re able to move people forward once again.

Movers for Mutts

For many households across the globe, pets are important members of a family, and they hold a special place in the hearts of people everywhere. Unfortunately for some pets, they are without a home or proper care, and are forced to live in shelters.babzoe

“We have partnered with and sponsored the Humane Society multiple times this year, and dedicating or fall program to them not only solidified our relationship with them, but opened the door to more cause marketing opportunities for 2017,” said Panama City marketing intern Savannah Hasty.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we take the time to collect items shelters need most to help pets in need, partnering with local businesses, schools, and organizations across the country to collect  items shelters need most.

In 2016, we were able to collect a grand total of 12,946 items through the Movers for Mutts campaign, totaling 1,000 lbs., and $2,000 in total collections.

Movers for Military

Without the men and women who serve this country, we would not be able to enjoy the many great freedoms we experience each day and often take for granted. Unfortunately, many of these men and women return from their service and struggle, often dealing with homelessness.

“Seeing how thankful everyone at the shelter was when all of the items were being dropped off was truly a great feeling,” said Dayton marketing intern Justin Greear.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams up with local partners such as businesses and other organizations each fall to collect essential items such as towels, bedding, clothing, toiletries, and other care items to help out veterans in need.

With the 2016 Movers for Military campaign, we were able to collect 5,125 items, totaling $250.

Movers for Meals

The hunger crisis in the country is an ongoing issue, and more and more people find themselves in situations where they aren’t sure how they’ll get their next meal.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® acts upon this each fall, just before Thanksgiving, partnering with various schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items, hoping to put more food on the table for those in need.

In 2016, franchises collected 2,637 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Movers for Meals program.

Truckload of Warmth

Each year as the cold winter months approach, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes an effort to provide more people in tough situations with the appropriate clothing to stay warm during the cold, winter months.

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“The Self-Help Closet and the Pantry is a wonderful organization,” said Des Plaines marketing coordinator Lauren Trost. “It is so neat to see local businesses and organizations get so passionate about helping keep local families warm this winter.”

Partnering with local organizations, businesses, and schools, we aim to collect anything that could help someone stay warm, including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and much more. We donate these items to local shelters who help distribute them to those who need it most.

For 2016, franchises collected 13,736 items to help those in their local communities stay warm this winter.

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.

Moving Careers Forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

-Written by Erik Sargent

Providing excellent customer service to our loyal customers is a huge priority for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team. However, none of that is possible without the hard-working, passionate team members across the country who strive to also move their careers forward.

Time and time again, you’ll find stories of employees who have started as movers in the system, and who have worked their way up to higher positions on the company ladder. Other times, you find people who’ve developed various professional skills with us and went on to be successful in other fields around the globe. We offer a wide variety of career options, including jobs in marketing, accounting, management, and many more.

Moving People Forward® is a lifestyle that is taken very seriously at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it’s something we strive to do each and every day. Take a look at stories of our team members to see how the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system has allowed them to reach their career goals!

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.

Wrapping Up 2016 With The Top Blog Posts

-Written by Erik Sargent

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As 2016 officially wraps up, we’re taking the time to reflect on what a positive year we had. One of the major initiatives from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team was producing meaningful content for our customers through our company blogs, and 2016 saw some highly engaging posts.

With topics ranging anywhere from moving tips to home DIY projects, the Movers Who Blog platform aimed to give insightful and helpful information to complement our moving services.

 

Check out the Top 10 Movers Who Blog post from 2016!

  1. 11 Dorm Room Essentials You Can’t Live Without

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s helpful tips list on how to make your dorm room move easy and effective.

  1. Candy, Costumes, and Creative Decorations…Oh My!

Halloween is a special time of year for many people, and it’s important to have your home prepared for all of the festivities that come with it.

  1. A Match Made in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Heaven – The Story of Emily and Michael Sham

This is the story of Emily and Michael Sham, two people who met as employees of the company in 2013, and ended up married to each other this year.

  1. Six Things People Do To Complicate Their Move

Moving is a stressful event. This post focuses on how to limit the stress and keep things moving along smoothly.

  1. Budget-Friendly Projects to Give Your Home Instant Curb Appeal

Some fun and creative ways to improve the look of your home, without breaking your bank account.

  1. Why Your College Town Is Important to Consider When Choosing A School

For young students, going off to college is one of life’s biggest moments, and choosing the right location can goa long way in the enjoyment of your college years.

  1. Three DIY Halloween Costumes in 30 Minutes or Less

Use these quick and creative DIY Halloween ideas to make a fun costume for yours kids who are dressing up.

  1. Refreshing Your Home In Preparation For Spring

Spring cleaning is essential to every home, and this to-do list will make sure you’re on top of everything as you get ready for the warm weather.

  1. Moving Day Essentials – What to Pack

Make the moving process easier by knowing what to already have packed when the movers arrive, so they can get the move started right away.

  1. Valentine’s Day Crafts in Four Steps or Less!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these easy to do crafts that can decorate your home for a low cost.

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® Wishes Everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

-Written by Erik Sargent

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wants to thank all of our customers for their outstanding loyalty to us, and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We feel extremely blessed this year, and with our 96% referral rate, more than 380 locations, six million moves completed, and a never-ending commitment to our communities – it’s the wonderful customers that make it possible to celebrate our many milestones.

If you’ve moved with us recently, we hope you’re all settled in and satisfied with your experience. If you’re looking to move in 2017, check out what we have to offer, especially our new, budget-friendly long-distance service, Value Flex!

We wish you all the best during the holiday season from the “Movers Who Care®”!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Holiday Moving Solutions

Written by Erik Sargent

The holiday season is here, which means many hours will be spent packing and unpacking your decorations and gifts. When it’s time to take down your décor, our specialty boxes make all the difference in how easy it can be, and fortunately for you, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help.

Check out our holiday-themed packing tips video, and use the knowledge and cheer from the “Movers Who Care®” to help you get those decorations stored away nicely for next year!

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.

Three Easy Holiday DIYs for the Home!

Written by Jessy Herman

With the holidays upon us, we’re digging out the lights, putting up the tree, and starting on our shopping lists. If you’ve been following Movers Who Blog for a while now, you’ll know this time of year means we’re crafting up a storm! Last year, we crafted everything from giant glittered snowflakes to festive displays to give your Christmas cards the attention they deserve.

This year we’re sharing three new DIY ideas to make your home more festive, without breaking the bank. Grab your cardboard boxes and heat up the hot glue gun – even the not-so-crafters will want in on this fun!

Fur covered letters

These DIY fur letters take no time to make and are so versatile. Get creative and choose a holiday themed word, or for a more personalized touch, your last name (which can double as a great gift!).

Supplies needed:

1 small cardboard box
Box cutter
White faux fur fabric
Hot glue gun
Pencil

Step 1: Draw out the letters you’ll need onto the cardboard box.

Step 2: Use a box cutter to cut out your word.

Step 3: Cut the fabric so it fully wraps around the letters. Secure it to the backside by hot gluing the fabric down.

Step 4: Arrange in your home for a fun display!

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Holiday wall hangings

Rather than purchase expensive holiday décor, opt for a more cost effective (and fun) route by creating your own. Between selecting fabric and the holiday shapes, these wall hangings have infinite possibilities.wall-hangings-1

Supplies needed:

1 small box
Box cutter
Selection of printed fabrics
Burlap
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil

Step 1: Cut three cardboard squares to the size wall hanging you desire.

Step 2: Cover each square in burlap and secure down by hot gluing the backside.wall-hangings-4

Step 3: Print out holiday shapes on your home printer such as a reindeer, snowflake, or mistletoe. Use these to trace the shape onto the printed fabric. Tip! If you have holiday cookie cutters, they make this step super easy!

Step 4: Using your hot glue gun, secure the fabric holiday shapes to burlap.

Step 5: Secure ribbon to the back of your finished wall hanging and find it a cozy place in your home!

 

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Hanging window garland

This is possibly the simplest holiday DIY, and can really spruce up your space. Keep those shapes from our wall hanging décor nearby, because they’ll come in handy while making this fun garland.star-garland-1

Supplies:
1 small cardboard box
Scissors
White craft paint
Paint brush
Elastic string
Pencil

Step 1: Begin by tracing out any holiday shapes you like onto a cardboard box. Tip! If you made the DIY holiday wall hanging, use those shapes!

Step 2: Paint your holiday shapes on both sides. We decided to use white paint to give the room a snow covered look.

Step 3: Poke a small hole at the top of your shape using your scissors. Loop the elastic string through, and secure above a window or on the ceiling to create your hanging garland. Optional! Hang shapes from a tree branch for a more rustic look.star-garland-2

 

We hope you’ve found décor inspiration in our three simple DIY tutorials. If you’re in need of boxes to kick off your DIY decorating, we are happy to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a wide variety of boxes tailored to your needs, and can easily be picked up at a location near you. If you create any of these festive DIY’s, we’d love to see! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Hiring Professional Movers for Holiday Help

-Written by Erik Sargent

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Thanksgiving has wrapped up, and Christmas is right around the corner! That means it’s time to head to the attic or garage and get out the holiday decorations to light up the house for the holiday season.

Having the house look nice for the holidays is important to many people, and if you’re hosting holiday parties, a lot of effort goes into the decorating. For some, this task can get difficult with each passing year – and that’s not even considering the hard work you put in when taking down all the decorations and packing them away once January comes around.

One of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s core values is THE GRANDMA RULE® – to treat everyone the way you would want your grandmother to be treated. We offer services to a number of people each year who might struggle with holiday preparation, taking the burden off of the customer and making decorating easier than ever.

“When people think of our company, they think of our teams moving them into new homes, or across the country,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moving Services Director Lindsey Schaibly. “We have a lot of other great services, including ones to make the holiday season much less stressful, like rearranging furniture for additional guests, or moving decorations around as needed.”

Here’s a list of top services TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can provide during the exciting holiday season!

Moving decorations from storage

Whether it’s an attic or a basement, constant trips to either can be difficult – let us get those decorations for you! If these items currently sit in a storage unit, we can safely transport them from the unit to your home.

Furniture rearranging

Christmas trees or other seasonal items can take a large amount of space on their own, and sometimes, furniture needs to be rearranged. Whether it’s moving furniture across the room or to a different level of the home, our movers are willing to help, and can
accommodate your needs.

Gift pick up

Shopping for gifts is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the holiday season – transporting these gifts is not, especially for larger items such as safes or appliances. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers can pick up holiday purchases for you and deliver them to your home, taking the hassle out of transporting.

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Hosting a holiday party means extra guests in your house, and everybody needs a place to sit. Our movers can bring in any additional furniture you might need, easily moving it from a garage, basement, or storage unit, so you don’t have to.

Extra boxes

Storage becomes crucial around the holiday season, and you can never have enough boxes for storage purposes or transporting items. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can tailor to all your needs with the variety of boxes we offer!

The moving process is unique for each customer, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is more than happy to customize a plan to best fit your needs. Our uniformed movers and drivers are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed with care and efficiency.

 

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How Much of My Family’s Budget Will Go to Utilities?

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Depending on where the moving adventure takes you, the cost of utilities can play a significant role in your overall home costs, and most importantly affect your family’s budgeting. This can be particularly true in less expensive areas; in fact, a family can spend just as much on utilities as they do on their mortgage payments!

How is this even possible? Utilities are a hidden cost of housing that a family should realize before moving, and evaluating utility costs in different areas can help a family better understand their future budget.

Utility Spending Breakdown

Nationally, UtilityScore found that people in single family homes spend roughly $2,715 annually on utilities, which equates to $226 per month. With that, some metros have a surprisingly low utility spending that may surprise families who are moving. With Miami’s heat, most assume utility costs would be high, however the metro averages only $157.17 a month. In fact, it was found that climate isn’t the only factor of a steep utility bill. Other metros with utility costs that fall below the national average include Dayton, Denver, and Anaheim.

Metros with Higher Utility Budgets

Some metros may also fall close to the national utility spending average, yet their estimated monthly mortgage payments are uncomfortably comparable. For example, families living in Detroit are in for a rude awakening when they learn comparison of utility spending to mortgage spending. A single family will spend $227.29 on their monthly utility payment, which meets the national average, but let’s not rejoice so fast. An average single-family home in Detroit is $53,930, which equates to an average mortgage spending of $277.99 per month. Because utilities and mortgage payments are practically the same in Detroit, utility spending becomes a much bigger portion of the household budget for families. Therefore, families have to budget more for utilities than anywhere else.

The Atlanta metro is another area that may have residents on tighter household budgets. Of the 100 largest metro areas in the country, Atlanta has the most expensive median annual utilities by dollar amount. Families average $4,353 per year on utilities, or $362.75 per month. The metro also ranks in the cities where utilities play a bigger part in a family’s monthly budget. An Atlanta homeowner spends $169,516 on a home, which creates a monthly mortgage payment of $873.46 for families. In total, 29.3 percent of monthly payments (mortgage plus utilities) are credited to utilities, which is the third highest metro.

Where Do Utilities Become Less of a Budget Priority?

Not to fear, there are metros where utilities are a smaller part of a family’s monthly budget. Major cities in California are included in this list, some being: San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Oakland. Let’s look at those living in San Diego, for example. Monthly utility bills project $288.00 and estimated monthly mortgage payments are roughly $2,769.26. The combined monthly spending for a family living in America’s Finest City equate to $3,057.26, which puts utility spending at only 9.4% of the monthly budget.

While a family’s household budget isn’t overtaken by utilities for those living in California, families have to spend more time worrying about mortgage payments. After all, an average home price in San Diego is $537,444, and that is nothing compared to San Francisco. Don’t underestimate the power of hidden costs like utilities when it comes to your overall home costs. While you might be spending less overall, it’s important to ask how much are you spending on each costing factor.

 

Katie BassettKatie is a freelance blogger based in San Diego who is inspired by all things around her. Using this, along with a passion for writing, she covers a wide array of topics within the real estate industry as well as the overall lifestyle for millennials. Katie’s work is published on Inman, Trulia and other real estate sites. You can follow her on Twitter @bassett_katie.

Why your college town is important to consider when choosing a school

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Written by Katie Peterson

With so much to worry about, choosing the right school is a tough decision for many prospective college students. Typically, students make their college decision based on their impressions of the campus, quality of the academics, proximity to home, and the school’s size. As important as these are to take into account, there is one very important aspect that is frequently overlooked. When committing to a school it is also important to keep in mind the town you will be living in; after all, you won’t be sitting in your dorm room four years straight! Most colleges and universities have a strong impact on the surrounding community, so before you commit to your place of higher education, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

School spirit and community pride associated with your school will be at an all-time high. No matter where you go to college, the city you are located in will be beaming with pride for every home football game and sporting event. The people who live in your college town have been living there much longer than you and will have some intense support for your school’s team, so make sure the hype is something you will enjoy, there will be plenty!

In addition to sporting events, you’re going to want fun things to do on the weekends! Exploring the town surrounding your potential campus is a smart way to learn all the cool hangouts and nightlife before making your school decision. Check out the restaurants and movie theaters; find out what people do for fun when they aren’t studying!

Even if you aren’t worried about off-campus fun, you’ll need to find a place for all of your errands! A grocery store, bank, or even a mall could make your list of essential places. Be sure your college town offers these necessities or has options on campus for you. This will make your life much easier when it comes time to restocking your fridge, wallet, or closet.

Finding transportation off-campus could factor into your decision-making process. In large cities you will either need to spend some cash on cab-fare or be comfortable with public transportation. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are looking at a college surrounded by countryside you might need to think about bringing a car to college in order to leave campus.

Another very important thing to consider is the area surrounding the university you choose, because it could very well be where you apply for jobs after you graduate. With this in mind, your college town should be somewhere you could see yourself living after your degree is finished, at least for a little while. Thinking about job opportunities after college may seem like it’s a while away, but it will creep up faster than you think. You’ll want to be ready to take on all the opportunities you possibly can when it does.

College is an amazing opportunity to call a city “home” for a few years. As important as your college decision is, keep in mind that life on campus will not be your whole life. Use the change of scenery to branch out and try new things in a different setting! Be prepared for everything your new home has to offer, and if your college town is one that you love as much as your college itself, then you can be sure you’re in for a great experience.

Kaitlyn-PetersonKatie Peterson is a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. majoring in Business and Communication. What advice do you have for moving into a college town? We’d like to hear!

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