Use these 5 overlooked moving essentials to stay organized on your upcoming spring move

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We’ve entered the month of March, and slowly but surely are working our way toward spring, which means one thing: warmer weather!

Warmer weather is usually the signal for many to start thinking about home moving, which means it’s our sign to ramp it up and help our customers move forward. Often times, we tell our customers that organization is one of the most important factors in having a successful home move. If you are organized before, during, and after the move, you will eliminate lingering stress and find yourself with a seamless experience.

However, this is much easier said than done. From finding your new home, selling your old home, switching over utilities, packing, cleaning, hiring movers, and everything else in between – your brain can get overwhelmed making sure every base is covered.

What’s mentioned above are the high-level priorities, but there’s also aspects of the move that fly under the radar – we like to call these “overlooked moving essentials”. These are the things you’ll want with you before moving day and when you arrive at your home. Follow along!

Detailed moving checklist

With all of the high-priority ideas we mentioned above, it’s important to keep everything in line – that’s where moving checklists come in. Moving checklists are crucial when it comes to organization, and helps you process everything in real-time so tasks are able to be completed one-by-one.

A good moving checklist will help you navigate from a few weeks prior to your move all the way through the day you arrive at your new home. If you aren’t sure where to find a moving checklist, don’t worry. We’ve got one right here!

Cleaning supplies

It probably isn’t news to anyone that moving isn’t exactly the cleanest activity in the world. Moving equipment, trucks, boxes – it can get cluttered and a little messy. Not to mention cleaning your old and new home in the process. This is why having cleaning supplies handy can go a long way on moving day.

Soap, cleaning spray, bleach, Clorox wipes, toilet cleaner, paper towel, and anything along those lines are good to have purchased and ready should a mess occur.

Tool kit

Having a tool kit is one of the most necessary, yet forgettable details when you’re rushing around on move day.

Having one on hand will help with taking items apart or reassembling them throughout the day and will help clear up any quick fixes you might see around your new home during the move.

Chargers and batteries for electronics

It’s an electronic world out there, right? Chargers and batteries are as important as they’ve ever been, so make sure you have a few of each ready for use so that everyone’s phones and other electronic devices can stay charged.

Plastic bags, paper plates, and utensils

Plastic bags are a cheap, versatile, and easy tool on moving day. Everything from carrying loose items that didn’t make it in the packing process to quickly disposing of trash can be handled with plastic bags, so have a stash of them ready. Since it also might be a few days before you get to unpacking, having a stash of paper plates and disposable silverware on hand might be an easy way to eat your meals.

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!

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Tips to consider on your next move, straight from our frontline moving experts!

We consider our frontline team members – movers, drivers, and move consultants – our moving experts. They interact and create memorable move experiences with our customers daily! It’s safe to say, they know a thing or two about home and business moving, packing, and everything in between.

So when it comes to providing the best tips for completing your upcoming move, who better to ask than our moving experts?

A few of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise team members provided their best tips for customers looking to save a little bit of money and take some stress out of their next move.

Here’s what they had to say!

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Internal moving services means we can move items around within your home

Usually when people think of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, they think of our professionally trained movers relocating belongings from one home to the next.

While this may be our bread and butter when it comes to moving, we can do much more with our moving services – including internal moving! Instead of hiring our teams to take you from one location to the next, you can hire them to do the heavy lifting around your home.

Our internal moving services are ideal if you need to move a large piece of furniture from one room to the next, up and down the stairs, or out to the garage. It’s also a good choice if you need something heavy moved like a large appliance, as our teams have the proper training and experience to handle this heavy lifting with ease. It’s not a service that is limited to the indoors, either. We can move yard furniture or other items for you with ease!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK internal moving services work well for:

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

You can parlay this option with our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivery services to really take the stress out of your life, too. If you have purchased heavy items mentioned above like furniture or appliances, we can pick it up, deliver it to your home, and move it throughout the home to where it needs to go.

As always with any TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving service, you’ll receive professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers who have the necessary experience to handle the lifting of these large, bulky items. We’re here to help you, and our moving teams want to deliver the best customer experience possible!

This service is also available for business, too! If you need your office furniture rearrange or moved out, we’re happy to lend a hand.

To learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s in-home moving services, click here.

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Top 7 tips for moving during the winter months

The fun of the holidays has worn off, most people have returned back to work, and for many regions around the country, we’re stuck with one thing for the next few months: the cold, winter season.

Winter is in full-swing, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still moving. Regardless if the weather is beautiful or snowy and cold, you can count on TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to be there to help you throughout the moving process. We’ve compiled some of the most crucial tips for you to follow if you’re moving anytime soon during the winter season.

Pay attention to the conditions

Seems obvious, right? Either way, it’s still important to have an idea of the forecast out there and what is coming weather-wise. This will help you and your moving team prepare for an increase in snow, slush, or ice and let you make the necessary adjustments to keep everyone safe.

Protect your floors

Moving teams will provide floor runners to help with this, but there are some things you can do to help as well. Have towels or old sheets handy, and cover your floors where possible to stop snow, dirt, and salt from getting tracked inside. Be sure to wipe down your shoes and moving equipment too incase they get wet outside.

Watch your step

Another tip which could seem obvious, but it’s still very important for safety reasons. Be careful when maneuvering around during moving day if the outside conditions are bad, as ice and slick sidewalks can be a factor. If possible, lay down salt on sidewalks and driveways to eliminate the risk of falls.

Dress warm

Most people will do this anyways, but it’s always easier to remove layers than it is to find new layers to add on. You don’t want to be uncomfortable during your move, and we all know how fast winter weather can change on us. Be sure to leave out weather-appropriate clothing from your packed boxes so you’re ready for move day.

Prepare for the early nightfall

One of the main downsides to winter is how fast the sun goes down at night, and this is something you should factor in when planning for your upcoming move. Starting earlier in the day is great, but if that isn’t possible, but make sure there are lights accessible should darkness come into play.

Stay hydrated

Remembering to stay hydrated may not be on your mind when sunshine is replaced by snowflakes, but any heavy lifting you’re doing requires extra energy, regardless of temperature. That means drinking water during the moving process is a must!

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 done right.

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

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moves businesses forward smoothly while eliminating downtime

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We talk about our moving services all the time – how we help our customers move from one home to the next with outstanding service and care as they relocate in life.

However, our services are built for more than just home moving, as we can help you move your business, too! If you’re a business owner and have decided it’s time to upgrade your office or relocate to a new location that makes more sense for you, your employees, and your customers – give us a call! The same high-quality service we’re known for with home moving translates perfect into business moving. As a business ourselves, we understand the needs and nuances of relocating an entire office and team.

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At the end of the day, moving is moving, and our skills translate where needed. Our professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers are equipped and ready to handle the moving of office furniture, equipment, desks, chairs, and more. This is done using extreme care and efficiency as we relocate your business.

Our business moving services are great for the following:

  • Professional offices
  • Retail stores
  • Medical offices
  • Educational facilities
  • Non-profit organizations

We understand that time is money. That’s why our business moving solutions cater to your operation’s schedule to ensure we aren’t disrupting the flow of your business. Our moving experts will customize a schedule that best fits you – even if it means nights or weekends – so you can stay up and running while we take care of the heavy lifting.

More than just moving business furniture

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s business moving solutions don’t just stop at moving your office furniture and belongings. We’re able to assist in a variety of other ways as well, mainly with our junk removal and storage services.

Using our specialized junk removal trucks, we’ll load and dispose of old equipment, furniture, or debris you no longer need if you’re completing office renovations or just want to get rid of them.

If your business has storage needs, we can help there, too! Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations offer on-site storage and will happily store your belongings for as little or as long as you need.

Need further proof? Check out a verified customer review of our business moving services!

“We had a large last minute business move that they were not only able to accommodate, but accepted the challenge without hesitation. All were pleasant, fast, listened to special directions, and got the job done in one day, which was a huge bonus to us.” – Janet

To learn more about our business moving options or to schedule a business move, visit our website and contact us today!

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Holiday décor still on display? Use these 4 helpful packing tips to safely pack them away for the season.

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Just like that, the holidays have somehow passed us by and now we’re gearing up for the rest of the winter months as we head into 2021.

Although the holidays were a bit different than most years, there’s still a good chance that some decorations and other holiday items were brought out around the home to bring some holiday cheer. Whether it’s decorations, furniture that needs to be rearranged, or just determining what to do with old items you’re replacing with new gifts – packing away the holiday season can be tiresome.

Thankfully, we’re here to point you in the right direction with a few packing and storage tips to make the process a little more manageable.

Develop a plan

When completing a packing job, it’s always best to come up with a plan that you can follow and execute. Packing is a process, and not always a quick endeavor. It’s important to keep this in mind as you go along.

Assess the areas where you will be packing stuff away, pick a starting point, and go room-by-room throughout your home or business. This will help you tackle the packing process in chunks, and will help you stay organized.

Pack with efficiency

This is another extremely important thing to keep in mind when packing. Holiday decorations and other items of that nature tend to be a little more fragile, so using care while packing is a must to prevent them from breaking.

Use professional packing supplies to keep everything safe and protected. Packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap go great with quality moving boxes to help keep your items from breaking during packing and when they go into storage. This also makes it even easier for the next holiday season when you’re unpacking and putting out your décor.

Need packing supplies? Give us a call! We offer a full-line of packing supplies to fit any need.

Use professional moving boxes

Building off the point above, high-quality moving boxes are ideal for safety and protection. They stack nicely and ensure your items will be protected as they are stored for the year.

Quality moving boxes – like the ones we offer to customers – will give you the peace of mind that your keepsakes are packed away safely as they’re put into a closest, attic, basement, or storage area. Be sure to label these boxes accurately so that next holiday season, you know where everything is.

Rearranging or putting furniture back into storage

If you displayed extra furniture for more seating during the holidays, that means you’ll need to get it back into storage at some point. Or you might need an extra hand with rearranging it in your home.

Regardless of the type of furniture you have – don’t move more than you can handle. If you have too much or something too heavy to move, give us a call – our movers can come to your home and move whatever you need! This includes moving items around within your home or to a storage facility.

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Wrapping up 2020 on Movers Who Blog

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The last few days of 2020 are finally here and wow – what a year it has been for everyone all over the world.

This year proved to be more challenging than ever, but our teams endured and made the best of it. With moving being deemed an essential business, we continued to move our customers and give back in the community – while adapting to new health and safety guidelines as we worked to keep customers, our teams, and the public safe.

We used our resources to give back to our communities when possible to help with COVID relief efforts, as well as our normal work with outstanding organizations like Convoy of Hope and Cheeriodicals.

We also continued to roll out or new junk removal service across the country, as well as fine-tuning some of our other specialty moving services. It’s been a wild ride in 2020, but we’re proud of the large strides we’ve made even through a trying year.

Check out some of our most popular blogs this year.

Moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

Five items to avoid packing in a storage unit

What professional movers can’t move during your next home relocation

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Removal – what we can’t haul away for you

Moving soon? Don’t miss these money-saving tips!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises use resources to give back amid COVID-19 crisis

Top 8 things you should know about moving during the busy moving season

The differences of moving yourself vs. hiring professional movers

Forget the heavy lifting! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides load and unload services

Using a moving checklist to stay organized during your next home move

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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All of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK would like to wish our customers and followers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s no surprise 2020 has been tough on us all, and we’re more thankful than ever for everyone who continued to trust our brand, use our services, or work together with us to give back in communities everywhere. It is a major understatement to say that without all of you, we would not be where we are today.

The challenges of this trying year were not lost on us, but we’re incredibly grateful we’ve had the opportunity to remain in operation as an essential business and still work on moving customers forward who needed us most, doing so safely and within the guidelines of each community we operate in. We also were able to open franchises in new markets across the country, continue our work with our wonderful partners Cheeriodicals and Convoy of Hope, and also give back to the community in a variety of ways to help those who needed it.

Big news also came out this year regarding our new junk removal service!. We did all of this while maintaining and even improving our 96 percent system-wide customer referral rating, living up to our nickname, “Movers Who Care®”!

For those who have continued to work with us, follow what we do, or are thinking about using us in the future – thank you!. Here’s to hoping 2021 improves and we can get back to living our normal, everyday lives!

Enjoy a warm holiday season filled with relaxation, memories, and most importantly – stay safe!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2020 Fall “Boxtume”: Quarantine Couch Potato

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Somehow, someway, October is officially here, and that means Halloween is just around the corner.

Although the world is very different right now – and Halloween will be too – that doesn’t mean you can’t craft a unique costume at home, right? For several years, we’ve brainstormed creative costume ideas that can be make out of recycled moving boxes and materials around the house called “Boxtumes”, and we’ve come up with another that fits in well with the theme of the year: Quarantine Couch Potato!

That’s right. It’s time to make our favorite lazy hobby into a costume that you can show off come items you may need to purchase at a craft store.

Follow along!

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Materials you’ll need:

  • Box (medium size: 16 x 16 x 17)
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors/box cutters
  • Snack food wrappers/boxes
  • Old remote and movie
  • Paper towel rolls (2)
  • Blanket (fleece throw 50in x 60in)
  • Wrapping paper roll
  • Brown towel
  • Safety pins
  • Fabric glue
  • Suspenders (kid size)
  • Paints (black, brown, cream)

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Important tips to remember:

  • Since the paper towel and cardboard will not hold up well in the rain, consider wrapping plastic wrap around the items before adding blanket
  • The project should be completed over a few days to allow glue to adhere and paint to dry
  • Snack wrappers and boxes should be empty to help with weight of costume

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How to make it, step-by-step:

  1. Tape your box to make a couch shape and glue the paper towel and wrapping paper roll to the box
  2. Use a large mixing bowl to cut a hole in the box
  3. Glue, tape, and pin the blanket around the box
  4. Cut fabric at the hole and glue to the bottom of the box
  5. Glue suspenders to the box, under and inside the back of the couch
  6. Paint towel using your hands and blotting over the entire surface
  7. Fold towel in half, pin and cut hole at the fold
  8. Glue snack wrappers, remote, and video to the couch
  9. Put the couch on over your child’s head and hang it off their shoulders using the suspenders
  10. Put the potato over your child’s head and over the suspenders

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There you have it – easy as that! If you decide to get together with your loved ones and create this fun Boxtume idea this year, be sure to take a picture and tag us on social media!

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How TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s “THE GRANDMA RULE” helps shape the brand

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Throughout the years, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been defined by a mindset of giving back, providing outstanding care for our customers, and making a difference in our communities.

It’s what drives our brand daily at our franchises nationwide, and it’s what inspired our list of company core values – which is highlighted by THE GRANDMA RULE®. Simply put, this means that we treat each customer the way we would like our own grandmothers to be treated. It’s a value that resonates with team members and customers alike, and in many office buildings, you can find a picture on the wall with “Grandma Eb” and the meaning of THE GRANDMA RULE.

Grandma Eb – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother – was the inspiration behind the core value, and she played an instrumental part in helping the brand get started. She offered her backyard as a spot for parking the trucks in the early days of the business in Lansing, Mich., and gave incredible support as Sheets helped to grow the brand. THE GRANDMA RULE is a fitting tribute to her contributions, and it helps carry her memory while giving our team members a great visual in how to treat all customers.

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The first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK “office” at Grandma Eb’s house.

“I believe THE GRANDMA RULE® is such an important core value because it truly represents the culture of this company,” said Lauren Trost, marketing and sales manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chicago locations. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees not only practice this core value while at work – it is deeply ingrained in their everyday life. Before I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the Lansing franchise actually moved my grandma. I witnessed a wonderful display of compassion and strength. For several weeks after her move, my grandma could not stop talking about how impressed she was with the two young men who moved her.”

The core value helps to inspire our movers and drivers when they’re out on movers, reminding them that being courteous and using great care with customers is important when representing the brand.

“THE GRANDMA RULE, to me, exemplifies everything we want and expect out of our employees and ourselves,” said Brian Stern, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multi-unit franchisee with locations in New Jersey and Maine. “The idea is to treat each and every one of our customers as if they were our grandmother. If we do that, every customer will be treated with respect, patience, and empathy during difficult moving situations.”

THE GRANDMA RULE applies to every customer we work with, but it’s especially important when providing moving services for seniors.

Nearly 52% of all the moves we complete are for people over the age of 50 and based on our experiences, these can be some of the tougher moves that people endure. Whether it is downsizing to a smaller home as you enter retirement or making a move into a retirement community, these types of moves can be filled with emotion as you leave somewhere you’ve called “home” for many years. Our teams understand this, and work hard to provide care and compassion to customers as they work through this difficult time.

“Often times, a senior move involves downsizing from a long-term home, and it can be a complicated and emotional experience,” said Alexa Lanier, a multi-unit marketing director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations. “Our customer service representatives and in-home consultants work with the customers to account for the destination of all items, which can involve multiple stops or storage. Our movers then take the time to make sure every item gets to where it needs to go.”

This training is crucial for our moving teams because it shows our customers that we are a company they can trust during this emotional time. But more than anything, it’s just about showing care and compassion during an emotional time.

“A lot of times, a senior citizen just wants someone to come and talk with them at their home about what is happening and what we are able to do,” Stern said. “We make it a goal to try and accommodate this any time it is requested, because we know how important it is.”

If you or someone that you know is looking to complete an upcoming senior move, be sure to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and see why we are known as the “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.