Four big differences between hiring professional movers and doing it yourself

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There’s one question that seems to come up when talking to those who are deciding between hiring professional movers and moving themselves: How much will it cost?

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.

The answer? Not as much as you’d think.

Below we’ve broken down some of the costs and factors built into the moving process to show you the differences between hiring a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and renting a moving truck and recruiting some friends as you do it yourself.

What moving equipment will you use?

Speaking of renting a truck – you’re probably going to need more than a pickup truck and a few boxes if you plan on moving an entire home.

Generally, the plan of action here would be to rent a moving truck from a rental company, but with already built-in cost of doing this plus the recent spike in gas prices, it’s going to run up a bigger bill than you’d think. You’ll also need to invest in other moving equipment such as stretch wrap, furniture pads, packing supplies, moving boxes, moving straps, moving dollies, and more if you plan on keeping your belongings protected.

The time

This might not show up in terms of “actual money spent”, but time is valuable and important, and moving yourself can often take more time than you think. You need to pack everything up, rent the truck, buy or rent your moving equipment, load up the truck, drive the truck to your new home, and then unload the truck. After all is said and done, it may be a larger task than you envisioned.

When you hire a company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you’re hiring an experienced and efficient team who has the knowledge and proper equipment to complete any type of move. Plus, you’ll save yourself the trouble of potential injuries or soreness from doing the heavy lifting on your own or bugging friends and family to help.

Protection of your items

Unless you already have professional moving experience (and in that case, you should join our team!), you’ll quickly realize moving furniture and other belongings isn’t easy.

You’re not only putting yourself at risk for injury by doing more than you can handle, but you’re also putting your belongings at risk, too. The potential for damages can significantly increase throughout the move if items aren’t properly wrapped, secured in the truck, or being safely handled by trained professionals.

Who is helping?

As a professional moving company, we have help – and plenty of it. But if you’re doing it on your own, you’ll need to recruit others to help you. This means the awkward texts to friends or family seeing if they’re available on Saturday and telling them you’ll pay in beverages and pizza. This adds costs, and it’s a drag to do.

Why TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

When you factor in everything above – the money you’ll spend on trucks and equipment, the potential for damages, the extra time and effort, or the long-term health effects of trying to move yourself – you’ll realize you’re not saving as much as you might think.

Hiring a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ensures all the instances listed above are taken care of while you sit back and focus on more important things. The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been truer than with our company, and you’re getting a full-service, professional experience when you use our teams.

With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you get:

-Free moving estimates, in-home, over the phone, or online

-Packing options and packing supplies for sale

-An in-home walk through with our professional moving teams, followed by a walk-through of your new home so we know exactly how to plan for your move

If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to get the job done and let us show you why we’ve earned the nickname “Movers Who Care®”!

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A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Truck

Check out TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service to assist with your spring cleaning efforts

It’s hard to believe yesterday was officially the first day of spring, which means we’re getting closer and closer to the summer season!

With the turn of the seasons means many people take the time to clean and get organized around the house before the busy, summer months. Whether you’re planning a few home  renovations, reorganizing your belongings, or just getting rid of items you no longer need – spring cleaning is a good way to get a fresh restart.

However you define spring cleaning, one valuable resource you should consider when beginning is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service!

While we’re generally known for moving people from home to home, we’re also known as junk removal specialists who ready to help you dispose of any unwanted items around the home or even business. With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service, you’ll experience the same levels of service you’d get with our traditional home moving: professionally trained movers, specialized equipment, and a dedicated team to to save you from heavy lifting.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal option is great for those looking to remove the following from their home or business:

  • Household furniture
  • Business furniture
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Appliances
  • Carpeting
  • TVs
  • Exercise equipment
  • Electronics or appliances (may vary by franchise)

From garage cleanouts to furniture removal, estate cleaning, business cleaning, downsizing, and more, our junk removal teams can help you get rid of those unwanted belongings so you can focus on more important things.

Please note: the junk removal service is only available at select franchise locations. Please contact the location in your area to see if this service is available. To learn what we aren’t able to move with junk removal, click here.

While we’re at it here are a few of our tried-and-true spring cleaning tips to get you started!

Create a plan

Know what you want to get done around the house and come up with a step-by-step plan to follow. This will help you stay on track and organized as you work through your spring cleaning tasks.

Equip yourself with the proper cleaning supplies and materials

You can’t complete your spring cleaning without the proper cleaning materials and supplies, right? Before you get started, ensure you have enough of everything – from cleaning products to wipes, trash bags, rags, and more. Stock up in advance or pull out the supplies you probably already have in your home.

If you don’t need it, toss it

A good rule of thumb during your spring cleaning efforts is to work on decluttering your home, too. Are there items lying around that don’t serve a purpose anymore? Have they gone unused for the past 6 months or year? Toss them! You could also set these items aside for a garage sale at a later date.

Chip away at the process

Spring cleaning probably won’t be finished in two hours – it’s going to take some time to work through your entire home, so pace yourself and take everything in stride. Chipping away with a few things or rooms at a time will make the whole process go a lot smoother.

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

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The busy moving season is quickly approaching! If you have a move coming up, you may have several questions swirling around in your head.

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.

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions below to help you get started!

How much does moving cost?

This question will vary by whatever professional moving service you decide to use. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our locations are all independently owned and operated and most charge hourly for a local move and charge by weight for a long-distance move.

We’d recommend reaching out to the location closest to you and getting started on a free moving quote for a general idea on the cost for your move.

What can affect the total cost of a move?

A few of the biggest factors that come into play when determining the cost of a move are time and the amount being moved. Flights of stairs, walking time from the trucks, the amount of time it takes to load and unload your belongings, and drive time between the two locations are all major factors, too.

What’s the best way to pack up my old house?

Packing is a critical part of the moving process and making sure you do a good job on it can save you a lot of stress down the road. Planning ahead, staying organized, and slowly chipping away at it leading up to moving day are some of the best recommendations we have.

For more expert packing tips, click here.

What items should I have with me on moving day?

Since most of your belongings will be packed in boxes and loaded onto a moving truck, you aren’t going to have access to many items you own. Make sure to keep snacks handy, chargers, a change of clothes, toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and any other important medications or paperwork you think you’ll need.

How do I get a quote for a move?

When using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you can get a free online moving quote just by visiting our website. We’d recommend starting the quote process a month out from your desired moving date at the latest to make sure you can get moved on time.

How do I change my address to my new home when moving?

The best way to do this is by visiting the US Post office online. You will be able to fill out prompts with your change of address information to get set up.

What types of payment do moving companies like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK accept?

All major credit cards are accepted with us, but additional payment options may be available depending on the location you move with.

Should I tip my movers?

Our movers are trained to never ask for or hint at a tip. However, they are allowed to accept them should a customer feel inclined to do so. In this case, we would recommend tipping whatever you feel was appropriate for the job completed.

If you are interested in moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and want to get started on a free moving quote, click here!

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Use these 5 professional packing tips for your upcoming move

The calendar has finally turned to March, and while many of you might be thinking of the warmer months soon approaching (we are too!), we’re also thinking about the upcoming busy moving season.

As the weather turns, so does the moving industry, and a large majority of our moves for the year will begin to happen over the next six months. If you’re planning to move soon, there are plenty of things you need to prepare for and plan, and a big one is packing.

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!

Thankfully, we’ve learned a thing or two about packing up a home since we began moving people back in the 1980s, and we’re happy to dish out some of our best packing tips.

Follow along!

Start planning well before moving day

You can never be too prepared for moving. Planning ahead will make it easier to take everything in stride, will save you from scrambling, and help you keep better track of what you’re doing with the move. If you get an early start on packing, you’ll have less to worry about come moving day.

Label, label, label

Falling in line with the “organizational” side of things, be sure you label each box clearly when packing. This will help both you and the moving teams handling your belongings to know where each box is going and what is inside.

Room-by-room packing

Like we’ve stated, this is a process which takes time. You can’t knock it out in one day, as nice as it would be to do so. Start going room by room around your home, completing the packing process in chunks to make it more manageable and to leave yourself some room for error.

Protect your belongings

The whole point of packing is to keep your items safe and protected, right? This starts by using professional packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper go a long way with the safety of your items as they’re loaded up and moved to your new home.

A helpful packing tip to remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the moving box.

Some tips from the professionals

You know who really knows the ins and outs of packing? The frontline team members at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK who do it every day. Here are some of their best tips!

“Have all of your loose items boxed up and packed away, and also make sure to label the boxes. Make sure to have a game plan for unpacking the boxes, too.” – Shawn – Operations Manager – Lorain-Medina, Ohio

“With your packed boxes, take them all into the garage. It’s going to save a lot of time for us with the move and will also save you some money on your bill at the end of the move.” – Anthony – Team Lead – Lincoln, Nebraska

For more details on the types of packing services and packing supplies that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is able to offer customers, visit our website.

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Moving tips from the experts themselves!

When it comes to moving techniques and tips, it seems obvious you’d want to get advice from those who qualify as experts in the field, right?

Of course!. That’s why there’s no better people to listen to than those who lift furniture and transport the most important belongings in a home or business – our frontline teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK..

They’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, what you should look for and what you should avoid. From moving couches and beds to moving unique, specialty items, there is hardly a scenario you’ll find where our teams haven’t handled.

So, if you have a move upcoming and need some expert moving tips, listen up!

If you are planning on completing a move soon, give us a call!

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Determining the right fit for your needs when looking at storage solutions

Space can be hard to find around your home or business, and there are times when you just need more space to either get something done or get stuff out of your way.

Whatever the reason may be, storage solutions are a great way to create more space for yourself, whether it’s with long-term or short-term storage plans. However, there is more to the process than just stuffing your belongings into a storage locker and calling it good. You need to figure out what plan fits best for you, what type of preferences you want to work with, and what will keep your belongings safe and protected.

Many places offer storage solutions – including select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises – so we decided to put together some of our best tips and ideas to guide you in the right direction.

Figuring out what type of storage you need

Specific items you plan to put into storage can make a big difference in what type of storage unit you’ll need. Some items can be affected by heat, cold, dust, or moisture, so in this instance you’d want a climate-controlled storage unit. Other items like important documents, electronics, or clothing may also need to be stored in a climate-controlled setting.

How big or small of a storage unit do you need?

When searching for a storage unit, it’s always a good idea to have a mental inventory of what you’re planning to put in it and go a little bit bigger than the number of items you have. This will allow you the space to navigate around the unit should you need to.

Do research to find the best fit for you

Like any business, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re spending your money in a safe way. Using resources like online reviews will give you a good feel for the company and how past customers have felt about their storage plans.

How much access do you need?

This is another important question to ask. Some places offer 24-hour access to their storage units, while others may run on set schedules.

Figure out what’s important to you and how often you’ll need to gain access and purchase accordingly. Also keep in mind that some places can charge access fees.

Always purchase insurance

Like any insurance plan, you’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. You can’t be too safe when it comes to protecting your belongings, so check with the storage facility to see if they offer insurance protection for your items. If not, contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance to come up with a plan.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

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.

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See what our customers have to say about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

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With any business, the best way to find out what you’re getting with your money is to hear directly from the customers themselves.

We can tell you all about how we offer the best moving services in the industry, with professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers who use top-of-the-line professional moving equipment to keep your belongings safe and protected during the moving process. Or we could point out how we have a wide-variety of service options outside of just our traditional home moving options so that we can meet every moving need from our customers.

But sometimes, you just need to hear it from someone other than us. Thankfully, some of our past customers have been gracious enough to detail their experiences using us and how their moving process went.

Check it out!

Norman Wedderburn – Florida

Dyann Fults

Todd Derby

Michael and Mikalene Torpea

Lynne Pearcey – Florida

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Avoid falling victim to moving scams by asking important questions and completing thorough research

It’s often said that moving is one of life’s most stressful events. We can see this to be true as you work to buy a new home, pack up your belongings, and move on from your last home in what seems like a quick whirlwind of events.

We’ve built our brand on helping to alleviate some of the stress involved with moving by offering professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers paired with professional moving equipment and trucks to ensure your belongings stay safe and protected throughout the entire process. Unfortunately, this same level of care and commitment isn’t always available, and the industry has taken on a bit of a bad reputation at the hands of illegitimate operations who are out to scam customers, not help them.

These shady, “scam” moving operations offer lower prices than the professional services to draw in new customers who are looking to save extra cash while avoiding the heavy lifting themselves. However, this usually means sacrificing quality and getting movers who aren’t properly trained, are day laborers, and who don’t have the experience or equipment to do the job correctly. They’ll take your money and leave you with a nightmare of an experience.

There are a number of ways to do your research into reputable companies, and one of these ways is through reading customer reviews online.

“The number of Google reviews a brand has makes a significant impact on the customer’s decision-making process, but what most customers don’t know is that some moving companies pay or falsify their online reviews, which is against Google policy,” said Jon Nobis, the CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “This lack of authenticity in online reviews makes the process of hiring a trustworthy, reliable mover even more difficult for consumers.”

So, while there can be illegitimacy to some online reviews by scammers, they can still be a great way to take a measurement on what the public is feeling about a business. Since these are through third-party apps generally, the brand has no influence over the review and they come straight from the customer. Both good and bad, you can get a good feel through online reviews for what you’re about to purchase.

Researching the internet about a brand can also give you some insight into other important factors like how they treat their employees, how professional they are, what types of services they offer, and company policies regarding their services.

“As a brand, we are laser-focused on transparency and building trust, ensuring that our customer experience is world class,” said Nobis. “Because moving scams are on the rise, we’ve taken these measures up a notch and are committed to further developing our customer service initiatives with the launch of new technology-focused solutions that make booking a move easier for our customers.”

Another thing to look for specifically with moving is online quote forms. Getting your moving quote directly from the moving company is critical to ensure your personal information isn’t being sold to advertisers and data aggregators.

“It’s important to make sure that you are requesting an online moving quote directly from a moving company that you are intending to work with,” Nobis said. “It can become very frustrating for a customer who believes they are submitting a moving request for a specific company and then three or four moving companies follow up with phone calls and emails. Customers need to be careful during their research phase to ensure they’re only providing their personal information to companies they’re interested in moving with.”

To learn more about how to avoid moving scams, please watch the video below from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO Jon Nobis.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK business moving solutions keep distractions to a minimum during relocation

Did you know TWO MEN AND A TRUCK also specializes in business moving and relocation?

It’s true! People generally think of us as home movers when they see us driving around their communities, but through our nearly four decades of experience, we’ve also become experts at helping businesses move forward, too. If you’re a business looking to upgrade your office or relocate to a new area soon, give us a call to learn more about how our business moving professionals can lend a hand.

As a business, we understand the nuances of running a business, and this is all factored in as we create a detailed moving plan to help limit the downtime for your operation during the relocation. We’ll build a personalized schedule to best fit your needs so you can keep things running smoothly!

A business moving plan for you

Each moving team we send out for a business move is made up of professionally trained, background checked, and drug screened movers who have experience moving large office equipment and furniture.

We’re proud to offer a dedicated level of care and efficiency to our move, which fits great in the world of business moving as we keep your belongings protected and move efficiently to get the job done.

Our business moving services are great for the following:

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

And, as a business, we understand how important time is. Time equals money, and you want to save both when it comes to relocating your business. We’ll tailor a business moving plan to specifically fit your needs, ensuring we don’t interrupt the normal flow of your operation while moving equipment and belongings.

This could even include moving on nights or on weekends if necessary – whatever it takes to get the job done right!

More ways to help your business than just relocating

We have an abundance of specialty moving services to offer customers outside of just loading up items and moving them to a new home, and this applies for businesses as well.

With our new junk removal option, we’ll arrive to your business and help you get rid of some of items that need to go. Using our specialized junk removal trucks, our teams can quickly remove and dispose of anything you no longer want or need, which saves you the time and hassle of having to rent a dumpster and do it yourself.

Need storage for items at your business? Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises can help with that, too! Business owners can also utilize our in-home moving services to have our moving teams just move heavy items or furniture around the office or business, if you’re looking to rearrange or move items around. Whatever your business moving needs are, we’ll help!

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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A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Junk Truck

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s specialty services provide alternative moving options for customers

When customers see our trucks driving around their communities all over the country, the first thing they generally think of is home moving – and rightfully so.

We’ve made our name in the home moving industry by helping customers move to their next destination since the mid-1980s, but did you know TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers more than just home moving services? We offer a wide variety of specialty moving options, too.

We know there are times when you might need help with the heavy lifting, but aren’t exactly moving your entire home. That’s why we’ve worked hard over the years to expand our service options to fit the many moving and storage needs out there.

Junk Removal

One of our newest services is junk removal and we’re thrilled to assist customers with the removal and disposal of items they no longer want or need. Using professionally trained movers and specialized junk removal trucks – separate from our standard moving trucks – we can help you get rid of whatever belongings might be accumulating in your garage, attic, or basement. This service can be utilized for both home and businesses and can be booked separately or as part of a move.

For availability or to see if this is offered in your area, click here.

Business Moving and Storage

Not only can we move customers from one home to the next – we can move entire businesses, too! If you’re looking to relocate your office or if you need to move items already within your office, we’re ready to help.

We understand the importance of having limited interruptions to your operation, and that’s why we work diligently with you to schedule around busy times so we can create as little distractions as possible.

Load and Unloading

Sometimes, you just need the muscle and moving help, not the moving truck. Don’t worry, we can help there as well.

If you have rented a moving truck but don’t want to actually load up or unload your items, you can call one of our professional moving teams to come out and do all the heavy lifting for you. We’ll move as little or as much as you need!

Pickup and Delivery

The excitement of making a large purchase such as a piece of furniture or a new appliance can quickly fade away when you start thinking about how you’ll get that item home.

Thankfully, we can help with the delivery of large items! Using our moving teams and equipment, we’ll pick up whatever item you have purchased and deliver it right to your home or business, and we’ll even move it inside where you need it, too.

From items like new washers or dryers to refrigerators, exercise equipment, tanning beds, and more – we’ve got you covered.

In-Home Moving and Heavy Item Lifting

Much like our loading and unloading services, sometimes you just need moving help and heavy lifters.

You can call our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams to help with the moving of items within your home to save yourself the hassle of doing this heavy lifting yourself. This could cover anything from moving a piece of furniture up or down stairs or into another room, or just rearranging a room.We can handle items like pianos, gun safes, furniture, and much more.

Please note: With each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location being independently owned and operated, specialty moving services can sometimes be limited to select franchises. Please use our franchise locator link to find the location closest to you and see if they offer these types of services.

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