Expert moving tips to help tackle a home move during the winter months

It doesn’t seem to matter where you are around the country lately, as cold temperatures have swept the nation and given us a frigid transition into 2023.

While your main goal might be to stay bundled up and warm inside, there still may be some of you out there who are planning on moving during the winter months. Thankfully for you, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is still operating like normal and moving in the snow – we might just have a few more layers on!

Whether you live in an area effected by the winter season or not, there are still some important tips to keep in mind when you’re planning on home moving during this time of year. We’ve been doing this for a long time, so we’ve added seven of our best winter moving ideas below.

Follow along!

Dress appropriately

Seems obvious, right? Well, it’s still an important reminder when moving during the winter season. It’s always easier to shed a layer than add one. We all know how unpredictable the weather can be this time of year, so it’s important to stay as warm as you can for safety reasons and to avoid getting sick.

Check the weather forecasts

Building off the last line above, it can be unpredictable this time of year when it comes to the weather. You never know when a snowstorm might come in, so it’s important to pay attention to the weather forecasts in your area leading up to moving day so you can try and get an idea for what you’ll be experiencing.

Be prepared for early darkness

One of the hardest parts about this time of year is how dark it gets very early in the day. This needs to be considered when planning your move, as you want to avoid having to move in the dark if possible. Factor the sunset into your scheduled time, and make sure to have accessible lighting in the area where moving will be taking place should you need it.

Be mindful of where you are walking

This is another one that may be considered “obvious,” but it’s no secret the ground can get slick out of nowhere this time of year. While that might not be as much of a worry on a normal day, it becomes much more worrisome when your personal belongings are being moved.

Make sure everyone involved is utilizing proper footwear, and be sure to lay down salt ahead of time to counter some of the ice and snow.

Keep floors protected

With snow and salt being so prevalent on the ground, it runs a high risk of being tracked into your home, which can cause damage to your floors and carpets. Be sure to use floor runners, towels, and old sheets to lay down in areas of heavy walking traffic to limit this type of damage.

Hydrate

Cold or not, heavy lifting while moving is a strenuous activity, and it’s always important to stay as hydrated as possible.

Hire professional movers

Instead of using all of these tips above for your own moving process, it might just be easier to hire professionals like us to get the job done right. We’re trained, equipped, and ready to handle the winter elements to get your move completed safely and efficiently.

To get a jump on your next move and to create your own moving checklist to stay organized, click here!

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Wrapping up another year on Movers Who Blog!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK truck in front of home

As 2022 comes to a quick close, it’s hard to believe the year passed us by so fast as we celebrate another successful one for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Above all else, we were able to continue our mission of moving customers forward. With services like our traditional home moving, long-distance relocation, junk removal, storage plans, and more – we strive to be the go-to resource for anyone with moving needs.

On our blog platform, we continue to push out information and useful content to help our customers, whether it was moving day tips and tricks or information about our services for those interested in hiring us.

Take a look at some of our top blogs from the year and see if you missed anything that might be helpful to you!

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

“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.”

2. What your TWO MEN AND A TRUCK movers can’t transport during your next move

“Organization and planning can go a long way in eliminating some of this stress for you. Another area that’s important to keep in mind is learning what moving companies can’t move for you. This is vital information to know as you prepare ahead of time what belongings you might need to transport in your own vehicle.”

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

“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!”

4. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving services that don’t require a moving truck

“Our moving teams provide many services which don’t require a moving truck, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with whatever moving situation they might have. Like any of our services, we will show up with professionally trained moving teams who are ready to handle any type of lifting, ensuring your belongings stay safe and protected from beginning to end.”

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

“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.”

6. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gearing up for this year’s “Busiest Move Weekend”!

“With our upcoming ‘Busiest Move Weekend’, people can expect the same great service from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that has helped build our reputation into what it is in the moving industry,” said Randy Shacka, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President. “This weekend will challenge our core value of ’being your best and having fun’, and we gladly accept the challenge knowing how high the demand is for moving. This is a reflection of the great people working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and we take great pride in embracing this moment as we look forward to providing the best experience for our customers during this time.”

7. Avoid these 5 items when preparing to store items in a storage unit

“Storage facilities all have their own set of regulations and guidelines specific to their business, but there are also many things which cannot be put into storage, and it’s important to know what these are. We’ll go over a few of them below!”

8. Four big differences between hiring professional movers and doing it yourself

“Cost is usually the deciding factor when it comes to hiring professionals or spending time and energy to move yourself. Throughout the years, we’ve noticed there is a common misconception about the cost of moving and how much you’ll “save” if you do it yourself.”

9. Cut down on last minute moving tasks by utilizing a moving checklist

“Moving checklists are essential to organization with a home move, and organization goes a long way in ensuring you stay on track with your tasks, while helping to ease some of the pressure that comes with moving day. With a moving checklist, you’ll have the ability to track your progress in real time and get an idea of where you are in the moving process to get a better idea of what still needs to be done before the big day.”

10. Use these 5 professional packing tips for your upcoming move

“Packing is essential to a successful home move, and it goes a long way in taking the stress out of the entire process. Between proper packing and organization, you can significantly reduce the hassle of moving, save yourself time, and possibly even save yourself some money. Sounds like a win!”

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.

Take some stress out of the holiday season with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s delivery service plans

The calendar hit December last week, and across the world people are fully immersed in another holiday season.

This is a time for giving, specifically with gifts for friends and loved ones – or even giving a gift to yourself! There are plenty of good deals to go around right now, especially for large appliances, televisions, exercise equipment, and more. However, we’ve all been in the situation where we buy something like this and the excitement quickly vanishes as you wonder, “how will I get this home?” Well, we have the answer: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

We are known for our home moving, but we can also assist you with delivery and transport of heavy items, too. Our professionally trained moving teams and their moving trucks can deliver large items from a store where they were purchased directly to your home, and then move it inside for you.

It will save you a great deal of trouble (and back pain), as well as peace of mind knowing you’ll get whatever you ordered to your home safe and secure.

All of our movers and drivers undergo extensive training before ever going out on a move, and they’re also background checked and drug screened prior to being hired. We’ll work with you each step of the way to make sure you’re happy with the process of getting your item delivered and moved in. Also – with the COVID-19 pandemic, our movers take extra precautions when it comes to safety, which you can learn about here.

Don’t just take our word for it – hear it from our very own 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 professional and fast! I would highly recommend them.” – Jim

If you’re interested in learning more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivery options, 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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Movers for Military® program focuses on helping veterans in need

As the country prepares to celebrate Veteran’s Day later this week and honor the brave men and women who have served this country, so to will TWO MEN AND ATRUCK®, as we are a company who has been greatly impacted by veterans since our very early beginnings.

Throughout all levels of our brand, you’ll find a strong presence of veterans working with us to help us move people forward. From movers and drivers all the way up to franchisees and team members at our Michigan Support Center, we’re extremely proud of the veteran presence within our teams. While hiring and promoting veteran team members is a big part of what we do to give back to the veteran community, we also developed our own program to help give back to their community called Movers for Military®.

This was designed for our franchises to collect, donate, and deliver essential care items to veterans in their community who are in need. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises will partner with businesses and organizations near them to set up collection sites for the public to drop of donations, and our team will deliver them to shelters in the area.

“We run this program every fall because many of us on our team have come from a military family, have served or we have veterans that currently work or have worked for us in the past.  It feels like a natural fit,” said Charlene Bush, a multi-unit marketing manager within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise network. “Everyone [at our locations] gets behind this campaign, including our communities.  It’s been a great experience and a campaign that we are all really proud to support.”

Franchises often align well with Movers for Military, especially when they have a large amount of veterans working within their teams, and it creates a seamless transition for running the program.

“We have multiple managers, movers and drivers, our director of operations, and staff spouses/family that are veterans or active-duty military,” said Amanda Wokal, another multi-unit marketing manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “We find it important to give back to those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country and unfortunately in Dallas, there are way too many veterans living on the streets without access to the necessary care they deserve.”

This campaign is a great opportunity for members of our frontline staff to get out in the community and partner with them to make a difference. The break from the normal day-to-day job is welcomed by our movers and drivers, and they love helping out and making life a little better for our nation’s veterans.

“I believe it’s impactful for our brand because we have franchisees, managers, CSR’s, movers and drivers who work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that have served in some branch of the military,” Bush said. “It’s a great way to honor their and honor the brave men and women in our communities who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

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 Halloween Boxtume classics for last-minute costumes

Halloween is officially one week from today! If you’ve been paying attention to our blog or social channels this month, you’ve probably noticed us promoting our newest boxtume costume ideas.

“Boxtumes” are a term we created for fun and easy DIY costume ideas which you can make using normal household supplies and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes. These creations can be an entertaining activity to put together with your kiddos, are easy to assemble, and can give you a unique costume, too!

If you’re still looking for a quick costume idea, we have you covered! First, take a look at our three newest ideas for 2022:

2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: Snow Monster

2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: S’mores

2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: Ghost

However, if these three new ideas aren’t your style, we thought we’d bust out a few more TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Boxtume classics for you.

Check it out and have fun!

2021 Halloween Boxtume Tutorial : iPod

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtumes”: Mermaid Dog

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtumes”: Dinosaur

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween DIY “boxtume” Classic: Tractor

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ghost Boxtume

2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: Ghost

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ghost Boxtume
2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: Ghost

Halloween is approaching quickly! If you’re still looking for a costume idea, try one of our “boxtumes”! Boxtumes are quick and easy costume ideas that can be made from simple materials and moving boxes. We’ve already unveiled two new ideas for 2022 with our Snow Monster and S’Mores boxtumes.

We have one final idea for the year, and it fits right in with the Halloween season: a Ghost!

Ghost “Boxtume”

To get started, watch our video of the process below or follow along with our step-by-step guide !

Step 1: The first step is to tape the flaps of the bottom of the box together so the packing box can sit upright. Next, you’re going to cut the top middle flap of the box across like an arch of a rainbow to give the ghost a round head.

Step 2: Now, it’s time to give the body of the ghost a white, flowy figure with white party streamers. Cut long strips of the streamer just long enough to hang over the bottom edge of the main section of box. Cut enough to cover the whole front part of the box. Paste glue all across the front section of the box (including the head of the ghost) where you’re placing these streamer strips and press the strips into the glue, so they stick.

Step 3: The next step is to cut out the eyes and mouth of the ghost face. Take the black poster board and draw out long eyes with a pencil so you have an idea where to cut. Do the same for the mouth, draw a wide outline for the mouth. Cut these drawings out.

Step 4: Take the eyes and lather glue across the back of the eye shapes and stick it on the face of the ghost accordingly. Do the same for the mouth and place it below the eye shapes.

Step 5: Your ghost boxtume is now ready to be shown off!

We hope our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxtume ideas get your kids excited about Halloween and inspire the family’s creative side. Get the whole family in on the fun project! Have a safe and fun Halloween, and be sure sure to tag us on social media with your boxtume pictures!

For more TWO MEN AND A TRUCK “boxtume” ideas, 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.

2022 Halloween “Boxtume” Tutorial: Snow Monster 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Snow Monster Boxtume

Every year at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we put together a fresh new batch of “Boxtumes” – which are fun, easy Halloween costumes which can be created from simple materials and moving boxes. Now that we’re into October, it’s time to show off this year’s ideas as Halloween approaches!

Snow Monster “Boxtume”

Our first affordable boxtume idea to try at home is this snow monster! Get creative with this fun project for you and your family.

Step 1: After gathering the necessary supplies, start by lathering the glue in circular motions around almost the entire middle section of the packing box. Leave room in the very center of the box for the googly eyes and fluffy pom poms.

Step 2: Take the strings of cotton balls and place each around the box onto the glue. It should end up making an oval shape of cotton ball rings that get smaller as you go around the box and cover it.

Step 3: Now you’re going to take the big googly eyes and lather glue on the back of them. Place them in the top center of the space inside the oval shape you made with the cotton ball strings. Be sure to leave space in between the eyes.

Step 4: Next, lather glue in the area surrounding the eyes – this is where the white pom poms will be placed.

Step 5: Take the pom poms and place them accordingly in the space that’s left in the oval center. Two will go in between the eyes and the rest surrounding the eyes. Space them out as needed so it covers any empty space in the center of the snow monster’s face.

Step 6: Make any adjustments to the pieces if needed and you’re ready to go!

Your snow monster boxtume is complete and ready to make an appearance at any costume parties and for Halloween night!

For more TWO MEN AND A TRUCK “Boxtume” ideas, click here!

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6 easy tips to prepare kids for back to school season

Back to school time can be stressful for the whole family, especially for the soon-to-be students. We want to help make this transition back to school as seamless as possible, which is why we’re breaking down some tips for sending your kids back to school.

Use these tips and ideas to help ease the back-to-school jitters and make it a fun, positive experience!

Get them familiar with their schedules

Have your kids print out their class schedules ahead of time so they can familiarize themselves with their classes and find out where they will be held. In fact, you could take your kids on a trip to the school to check out where their classes will be. Let your kids know it may be a good idea to send their schedules around to their friends so they can find some class buddies. This will help get them excited about beginning their school year!

Build a routine ahead of the big first day

The adjustment period from summer to school time can be rough, so have your kids practice getting into the school day routine. Getting up a bit earlier and having a set bedtime. Make sure they are using a trustworthy alarm clock, too.

Check out activities throughout the school year

Many kids aren’t too excited about summer ending. As a parent, reminding them of the things to look forward to with a new school year may help get them motivated.

Remind your kids of their favorite classes and teachers. You can also show them what clubs, extracurriculars, or sports the school offers to get them to try new fun things! Get them excited about seeing familiar faces again and how they will have the chance to make new friends.

Take your kids meet their new teachers

It can be scary starting fresh with teachers they may not be familiar with, so set aside time before school starts to introduce them to their teachers. Getting them comfortable beforehand will ensure they feel more inclined to go to their teachers for help.

Plan a school supply shopping trip

This can be a fun process for kids to pick out their own supplies. Get them in the creative spirit by having them pick out fun decorations/designs to add to their folders, notebooks, lockers, etc.

Set aside time to help your kids with homework

Making your home a safe space for your kids to feel comfortable going to you for help with their schoolwork or problems at school is crucial. This way you can readily find solutions and make your kids school experience more pleasant.

Follow these tips to ensure your kids have a smooth transition into the school 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.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s movetrac and other planning resources that will get you ready for move day

-Written by Megan Loop

It’s no surprise the moving process can be a bit stressful and chaotic, which is why it’s important to get organized ahead of your move. Knowing how to properly pack and organize your belongings before, during, and after a move will save you from some of this stress and allow the entire process to go a little smoother.

To reduce these worries, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has developed movetrac, which is a guide you can use to prepare, plan, organize, and utilize helpful resources for your moving needs. You will be glad to hear you can use this resource for free!

Check out the ways movetrac can benefit your entire move experience!

Checklists

To start with movetrac, fill out your profile with your move information. movetrac will build a tailored moving checklist that’s custom to fit you based on the details you share. Another great feature is the simple to-do list that you can easily monitor as the move day approaches. This list could be gathering any necessary moving supplies, cleaning, or organizing your storage spaces, and setting aside donation piles to reduce your packing tasks.

Progress tracking

movetrac also tracks the progress you make throughout the moving process, as it shows you the tasks you completed. The timeline feature allows you to see how everything is coming along. You will receive an alert about anything you may have missed in the to-do list as well. You’ll be able to stay on track and stress less.

Extensive resources

Another feature is an extensive library of resources and articles that’ll help you unravel all the answers to your questions about the big move. This also includes moving tips on how to prepare yourself. This section will prove very beneficial, especially if you haven’t moved around much before. It’ll help you stay on top of things throughout the whole process so you get the job done right!

We have more information for all your concerns with the moving experience. Visit our website to find more valuable resources to help make moving day a little more simple!

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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15 tips when moving with pets

One area of moving that is easy to overlook but very important to consider is what you’ll do during the move if you have pets.

Often times, pets can be territorial and anxious about moving to an unfamiliar setting, which is why we’re breaking down some of our best tips to help with your pets’ transition to a new home. Helping our little companions with this process will ensure they grow to love their new home space!

Whether your pet is a cat, dog, fish, or any other small furry friend, these are a few suggestions that can ease any concerns.

Dogs:

  • Be sure to do an introduction to the movers that your dog will be around during the entire process. Dogs can be protective over their families, so familiarizing them with the new faces will help to ease their worries.
  • Bring their favorite toys or other comfort items to keep them calm and comfortable. Incorporating these items in the new home will make them feel more at ease.
  • Treats! Dogs love treats and will be very pleased with you if you bring along their favorite treats to keep them preoccupied. Dogs can have a one-track mind when it comes to food anyway, so this will be a good distraction amid the chaos.
  • Have a plan when it comes to the actual moving of your pets, as moving companies cannot handle this part. The best plan would be to transport them in a crate in your own car alongside your family where they would feel most comfortable.
  • Stay up to date with their health by ensuring they have all their necessary treatments or medications from the vet, especially if you’re moving far enough away to require a new vet office.  . If your new home will be near a woody area or one with lots of other dogs, you will want to make sure your dog stays healthy through any new exposures they may experience.

Cats:

  • Cats can be hesitant around strangers and dislike commotion, so be sure to keep them in a calm, quiet, and trusted location in your home during the packing or unpacking process. Check in on them during this process to calm their anxiety.
  • Bring a crate with a bed in it for your cat to rest in during your drive to the new home. Put any familiar toys and treats in the crate to keep your cat preoccupied.
  • Introduce them to the new home slowly, as too much all at once is not good for cats. Give them time to adjust to their new space and they will come around!

Fish:

  • To begin the relocation process, make sure the fish tank is cleaned out right before you make the move.
  • Have a secure place to transport your fish. Place them in a proper container with fresh water and food for the trip.
  • When you arrive at your new home, set up the same tank so they feel they are still in a familiar place. You want them to feel at home even though the environment may look a bit different to them.

Small Pets:

  • Other pets could include anything like bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and more. These little pets also need your help in getting acquainted with their new homes.
  • House these pets in a trustworthy cage so they can’t get out during the transportation process.
  • They may feel better if you provide them with familiar toys and a private area in their cage where they can unwind and hide from any chaos.
  • Make sure their cage has enough food/water, is clean, and kept at the proper temperature to ensure maximum comfortability during the process.

We hope these suggestions ease any concerns you have with transporting your pets during this hectic time. Follow these tips and your pets will get acclimated in no time. Your pets will soon love the new place as much as you do!

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.