Budget-friendly projects to give your home instant curb appeal

Written by Jessy Howe

It’s officially spring which means the only thing many of us want to do is get outside to enjoy the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and begin working around the house. Thanks to this wonderful time of year, we’ve compiled our favorite budget-friendly project ideas to give your home instant curb appeal!

Update your front door

Give your home an easy update by putting a fresh coat of paint on the door. This is a much easier update than repainting your entire home and selecting a bright, fun door color can easily transform your look.

Blue front door
Courtesy of  Beneath My Heart
Yellow front doorCourtesy of  By Stephanie Lynn

Detail the garage

Add simple hardware for extra detail or channel your inner Joanna Gaines and build a pergola. Go big or go home, right?

Pergola over garageCourtesy of  Better Homes & Gardens
New garage hardwareCourtesy of  Coach House Accents

Welcome in your guests

And yourself for that matter. Decorate your porch space by hanging a wreath or welcome sign, setting out flower pots, replacing your old door mat, cleaning your door, and touching up paint if needed.

Front porch make overCourtesy of  Lonny.com
Front porch decorCourtesy of  Frugal Coupon Living

Front porch, home exterior

Add shutters

Spruce up those boring windows by adding nice, new shutters. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, add flower boxes for good measure.

Wooden exterior window shutters
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Window shutters
Courtesy of  Southern Living

Refresh your house numbers

There are so many great creative takes on freshening up your house numbers. Smaller details, as shown in the photos below, can make all the difference.

Statement house numberCourtesy of  Sprezzatura-Eleganza
House numbersCourtesy of  Family Focus Blog

Plant flowers

Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do is plant flowers and spruce up your landscaping. Before purchasing flats of flowers or potted plants, be sure to think about where you’d like them so you know if you’ll be buying for full sun or partial shade.

Front lawn flowersCourtesy of  Garden Gate Notes
Potted flowersCourtesy of  The Friendly Home

Edge your flower beds

Use stones, bricks, or timber to close in your flower beds. This will give your landscaping a fresh clean look and you’ll protect your flowers while mowing the lawn.

Flower bed surrounding tree
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Edged flower bed
Courtesy of  remodelaholic.com

 

 

Light your space

Not only is this a functional improvement, but it looks great in the evenings along your walkways and on the porch.

String porch lightsCourtesy of  Liz Marie Blog
Solar garden lightsCourtesy of  gardeners.com

Make a statement

Here is where things can get fun. Statement yard and garden art has been a long time favorite by many and if you’ve been dying to try it, this is your moment.

Garden bicycle planterCourtesy of  Hymns & Verses
Garden tree stumpsCourtesy of  Glamshelf

With these ideas, you’ll find a renewed love for your home and want to show off its mini makeover to all your friends and family! For more curb appeal inspiration follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

The ultimate beginner’s guide to self-storage

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK storage

Finding and using self-storage can be a daunting task, and if you’re looking for storage you probably already have your hands full. Maybe you’re undergoing a life change such as a move or military relocation, or maybe you simply are trying to restore order to a home that’s overgrown with clutter. Whatever your reason for self-storage, here’s the lowdown on the self-storage basics.

Why use self-storage?

One of the most common uses for self-storage is for home use. When a homeowner or renter realizes they have accumulated more than they can comfortably keep in their home, they may turn to self-storage to help manage the chaos. Some people seasonally rotate their items between their home and storage unit, including summer and winter wardrobes, swimming pool supplies or holiday decorations.

You may also consider self-storage if:

  • You need to store personal or business documents in a safe place
  • You’re a service member or college student with frequent moves
  • You’re a car collector or boat owner

How do I choose a storage unit?

When selecting a storage unit, while location matters, it isn’t the only critical factor. Also ask yourself which amenities you may need. For example, if you have any items that are sensitive to heat, cold, dust, or moisture, you may want to ensure the storage unit is climate controlled. Items that need climate control may include:

  • Documents
  • Fur coats
  • Electronics
  • Computer equipment
  • Vehicles

Additionally, think about when you are hoping to access your belongings. Some storage units have fixed hours, while others have 24-hour access. If safety is a concern, ensure the facilities have surveillance cameras, ample lighting, security fences, or management that lives on-site.

What size storage unit do I need?

For determining your storage unit size, make a list ahead of time of the items you would like to store. Units can range in size from 5’ x 5’, which is like a standard closet, to 10’ x 30’, which can contain the contents of a 3- to 4-bedroom house. In-between, there are sizes comparable to standard and large walk-in closets, as well as those that can hold the contents of multiple rooms or a small home. When choosing a size, be sure to go for something a little bigger than the items you actually have so that you are able to walk around freely as needed. Also leave some room between the walls and stored items for better ventilation.

Do I need self-storage insurance?

Generally, self-storage units do not automatically provide self-storage insurance. We highly recommended you research insurance options before storing your items. Even if a self-storage company is highly secure, floods, fires and other natural disasters could still happen. Your first stop should be your homeowner/renter’s insurance policy, as you may already have coverage. If not, you may be able to purchase add-on coverage at a better price than if you were to purchase directly from a self-storage company.

The next step if you are unable to secure insurance through your current provider is to see what kind of insurance the self-storage facility can provide. If you have items of high value, either monetary or sentimental, it may be worth the investment to pay more to insure these items. When insuring your items in storage, be sure to always include a detailed and current list of the stored items and their values.

Self-storage packing tips

If you decide to pack and move items on your own, organization and forethought are key. Try sticking to boxes that are the same size for easy stacking and avoid plastic bags, where contamination can breed. Be sure to fill out the boxes completely to avoid caving, but not so full that your boxes are overflowing. If you have oddly-shaped items, fill in the empty spaces with newspaper or packing material. Be sure not to pack your boxes so heavy that you are unable to lift them, and be sure to choose the right type of container material. For example, you may consider more heavy duty boxes for your books.

Here are some additional packing tips to get you started:

  • Stack books rather than standing them on-end to protect the spines.
  • Plates, on the other hand, should be stacked on-end and wrapped individually.
  • Use bubble wrap for framed art and criss-cross masking tape for mirrors and other glass.
  • Don’t forget to label your items and mark boxes as fragile as needed. You may consider drilling down your contents even more with a brief list of what’s in the box.
  • Clean, polish, wipe and treat items before their relocation to preserve and keep germs away. Cover furniture with tarp or sheets.
  • Take apart bed frames and other furniture for easy transport and storage. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® recommends taping all the pieces to the main base during the packing process to avoid misplacing them.

Self -storage alternative

Sometimes moving your home requires additional space and added flexibility. An alternative option to storage is seeking out availability from a moving company such as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. They provide secure onsite storage facilities whether you have just a few boxes or countless crates and furniture. This option is a perfect fit during home renovations, downsizing or during transitional living between homes.

Moving your items to self-storage

When it comes to loading the moving van, place heavy boxes at the bottom and fragile items on top, with rarely used items toward the front of the van. This way, during the unloading process, the least-used items will be pushed behind more frequently used items. Keep highly valuable items out of plain view to deter theft, and place fragile items on top of heavier, less fragile boxes.

Depending on your schedule and budget, you may decide it’s worth the investment to hire professional movers to pack and move your belongings. If this is the case, be sure to thoroughly research the moving company before entrusting them with your items. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® frequently moves items in and out of storage and arrive with fully trained, uniformed movers to ensure the process is completed with care and efficiency. If you move frequently, you may even be interested in mobile storage, where movers come to your home and pack and store your items in a cube that travels with you.

And that’s it – you are now ready to take charge of your self-storage future! Whether your life is in transition or you just need some of your space back, self-storage units help make daily living a whole lot easier.

Content developed in association with The Parham Group and Noah’s Ark Self Storage.

A clean closet makes for a happy home

Written by Jessy Howe

Tips to an organized closet!

Decluttering your closet can be quite the task and it’s definitely not the most fun weekend activity. Often times there never seems to be enough room and the mess always works its way in, despite our best efforts to find a place for everything. Through a mixture of personal trial and error and Pinterest inspiration, we’ve gathered some of the best ideas on mastering the challenge of a clean, organized closet you’ll never want to leave!

Clear out your clothes

The best way to begin tackling your closet reorganization and gain additional room is to clear out clothes. Begin by trying on everything! Yes, everything.

Keep the item if: you love it, you wear it often, it is flattering, or if it has sentimental value.

Throw the item away if: it is damaged beyond repair. If it has a minor blemish such as a missing button, this is a quick fix. If it has a rip or permanent stain, it goes in the garbage.

Donate the item if: it is in good condition, you no longer wear it, it no longer fits, or if you just don’t need it.

If you’re like me and can find a “good” reason to keep everything or there is just an item you’re feeling a bit indecisive about, put it in a bag. In three months, revisit the bag and items inside and reevaluate your decision to keep, donate, or toss out.

Go by season

Out with the cold, in with the warm. Store away your bulky sweaters, boots, and scarves in a box (or suit case!) during the spring and summer months. When the weather begins to cool down again, clear your closet of shorts, swim suits, and sandals and replace them with your cold weather items. If you’re in need of a storage box for an inexpensive price, we carry a wide variety, including wardrobe boxes!

Keep the floor neat

Floor space is commonly overlooked as an area for organization. Consider investing in a shoe rack to neatly place shoes or line up baskets or bins to store your swim suits, ties, or hats while keeping them out of sight.

Use the door to your advantage

Display accessory items by purchasing over the door hooks to hang belts, ties, bags, and scarves. Over the door jewelry organizers and shoe bins can also be a huge help, especially since shoe organizers can store almost anything!

Organize in a way that makes sense

There is no right or wrong way to organize your closet as long as it is done in a way that makes sense to you. But rest assured, once you find your organization method, getting ready each morning becomes so much easier. Some of the most common ways to organize are arranging by color, sleeve length, or by type of item. For example hanging all button-up shirts, followed by all t-shirts, followed by all sweaters and so on. Another idea is to categorize sections such as work clothes, dress clothes, casual clothes, and workout clothes.

Organized and clean closet

Once you’ve found a process that works for you, hold yourself to it! This might be the most important tip in mastering closet organization. Revisit the status of your closet every few months so your hard work doesn’t go to waste.

If you have any closet organization tips we’d love to hear them! For more closet inspiration and tips, visit our Pinterest board or like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® works to support moms in need across the country

Written by Arika Ford

Movers For Moms® is a community program that is a spring tradition for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The program has been very successful and has spread to all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in 39 states with more than 300 participating franchises!

You may already know that three out of 10 women are victims of domestic violence. Movers For Moms® is committed to helping support women living in women’s or homeless shelters by providing essential care items for the past nine years. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® works closely with local community partners such as banks, stores, schools, and other organizations to collect items women need in their day-to-day life. Essential care items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are donated by the general public into boxes provided by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and then delivered to the local shelter recipient just in time for Mother’s Day.

In 2015, more than 230,000 essential care items were collected by our local franchises and delivered to hundreds of shelters to offer hope and support to women across the country.

Movers for Moms® was extremely instrumental in providing a wonderful and meaningful Mother’s Day for the Shelter’s participants,” says volunteer and resource coordinator of the Naples, Fla., Shelter for Abused Women & Children. “Without community support like this, the Shelter would not be able to provide our life changing programs and services, and we certainly would not be able to create such a special day for all of our survivors.”

This support extends its reach far beyond mothers in need. As we work to support mothers who are struggling, we in turn support others that depend on these women including their children, parents, and friends. An important part of the process to help build strong communities and families is doing our part to give back. Giving back is a core value that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees embody and live by.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chair Melanie Bergeron shares the importance of the program and coming together is reaching moms across the country.

Each year our numbers continue to grow and it brings us great joy to know we are helping to positively impact lives. If you would like to get involved with Movers For Moms® or learn more, please visit twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms and like us on Facebook to stay updated with current program happenings!

An interview with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s leading ladies, Mary Ellen Sheets and Melanie Bergeron

Written by Jessy Howe

March is Women’s History Month, so we’d like to take some time to celebrate our leading ladies: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron.

Mary Ellen Sheets

Founder Mary Ellen SheetsBrothers Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber began moving people in the Lansing, Mich., area using an old pickup truck as a way to make extra money. Their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, drew up a logo for them and put an ad in the weekly community newspaper to help with their new found venture. The stickmen logo still rests on every truck, sign, and advertisement to this day.

Once the Sorber brothers left for college, Sheets found herself taking calls for moving services. She decided to continue booking local moves while working as a full-time data processor for the State of Michigan. In 1985, she decided to make things official and purchased a 14-foot truck for $350 and hiring a pair of movers to assist in the boys’ absence. This is the only capital Sheets has ever invested in the company.

After her first profitable year, Sheets generously donated her $1,000 profit to 10 different charities. It is this spirit that gives meaning to the company’s motto “Movers Who Care®” and led to the core value of “Giving Back to the Community.”

Melanie Bergeron

Chair Melanie BergeronWhen a friend who shared a spot with Mary Ellen on the 1988 graduate business panel at Michigan State University recommend she franchise the business, she consulted with an attorney on the idea.

In 1989, Sheets awarded the first location outside of Michigan to her daughter, Melanie Bergeron, in Atlanta, Ga.

Melanie was living and working in Atlanta as a pharmaceutical sales representative before deciding to take on a franchise. She ran the business out of her apartment and as it turned out, the service was in demand and the company began to grow! In 1991 she became the vice president TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and in 1994, she was named president of the company. She now serves as chair of the board and has been a member on the Board of Directors since 1996.

Helen Eberly

Helen Eberly, Grandma EbAmong the set of company’s core values is The Grandma Rule®, in honor of Mary Ellen’s mother Helen Eberly, or more commonly known as Grandma Eb. In the early years of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® when Mary Ellen was in need of a space to keep her trucks, Grandma Eb welcomed her to park the trucks in her backyard. She played an important role helping with various business duties and handling the move sheets and money movers would leave in a box on her back porch. Before long she was referred to as the “Yard Boss.”

As each of these amazing women has been honored with numerous awards and recognition through the years, they have never stopped learning and growing as individuals and businesswomen. We caught up with them in a Q&A interview!

How has working alongside one another strengthened your relationship? What have you learned from one another?

Mary Ellen: Melanie and I have almost been Velcroed together, not only as mother-daughter, but because of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  We traveled together non-stop, visiting franchisees, conferences, and speaking engagements and have many, many shared memories … touching and hilarious. I had the determination to develop TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in the beginning, but Mel had the drive that took it to a higher level. She is the ultimate professional.

Melanie: We did a lot with pure passion and survival instincts. We didn’t have money then for outside resources. My mom taught me to work hard, wear lots of hats, be optimistic and have fun in the process. She led me by example.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron, 1992
Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron share a laugh at the company Annual Meeting in 1992.

Have you ever faced any gender-related roadblocks in your career?

Mary Ellen: The first gender related roadblock was more like the Alps! Moving was a man’s business, from beginning to end. None of the “good old boys” wanted some upstart women coming in and meddling in their field. They did everything they could to stop us – some very dirty tricks. We inched a long, chin held high, and never gave up. I decided early on it was more important to focus on our customers and put worries about the competition and what they were doing on a back burner.

Melanie: My mom never let the gender thing get to her. Focus on the customer. I have been exposed to many male business groups. I have learned so much by listening and learning from their best and worst practices. The key for all business people is to not just listen and learn but implement. I see a lot of analysis paralysis.

What advice would you share with young women preparing to begin their career?

Mary Ellen: I’ll leave this question to Mel. It was easier for me, I was 46 when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® first began, single and my kids were grown and out of the nest. I didn’t have to contend with all of the young family issues.

Melanie: Get in the habit of taking care of yourself now. Chances are if you want that career you will work hard for it and get it. So … career will be time consuming, marriage, kids, life. It will be very important for you to find balance to have energy in all areas. For me, I got up very early to work out, pray, and have peaceful reflective time. It made be a better person all day.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron, 2006
Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron split the cover of Greater Lansing Woman magazine in 2006.

What are your favorite things to do?

Mary Ellen: I’ll be 77 this year, so my entertainment is simple. I have always loved to read, watch movies, and boating (as a passenger!). My husband and I spend the winter in Florida. We enjoy visiting with friends and family. 

Melanie: I find joy in my quiet morning time, praying and reflecting – everyday. I love to cook! I can’t think of anything more relaxing than chopping vegetables. I love to be with family. I love animals and little kids. I love to be active and doing anything outside. I’m pretty simple!

Final thoughts?

Mary Ellen: I am beyond blessed. I thank God every day for our success and am proud we have provided good jobs for so many, and of course, good moving services for our customers. I wish my parents could see. I loved them so much. 

Melanie: God has blessed my family and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. I’m so thankful. I’m thankful that God is the center of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and it continues to bless others in quality service, job creation, career opportunity, and relationships.

Thank you to our leading ladies for your dedication and leadership! Without the determination and hard work of Mary Ellen and Melanie, and all those who have played a part in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s growth, we would not be where we are today.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Refreshing your home in preparation for spring

Written by Jessy Howe

It’s nearly time to enjoy the long-awaited spring weather once again! With the warm sunshine and flowers beginning to bud, there is nothing worse than coming back inside to space that feels like it could use freshening up! Below is a checklist of spring cleaning to-dos in each room of your home, but before we get to that, here are a few simple tips to help this process run smoothly.

  • Do a quick inventory check of your cleaning supplies before beginning your spring cleaning. If you find you’re out of paper-towels or running low on Windex, make a list and head to the store.
  • Consider investing in a cleaning caddy. These are inexpensive and can be found at most stores. They are convenient not only for carrying supplies through the house while you clean, but also to provide an organized storage place for your items.
  • I find it is easiest to work on one room at a time. Jumping around the house from room to room allows for distraction, tasks not being completed, and results in spending much more time cleaning then necessary.
  • Due to the amount of deep cleaning that is done during the “spring cleaning cleanse”, remember it is okay if not everything is completed at once. Spread your tasks out between two days to avoid feeling overwhelmed or simply take breaks between rooms.
  • During this time, I also gather unused items and put them in either a donation bin, or storage spot for garage sale items come summer. Since I am already going room to room deep cleaning, it is easy to lump this into my spring cleaning routine.

Now on to the list. As mentioned, I find it most efficient to clean one room at a time so naturally tasks are separated in this fashion. Of course depending on where you live or if you reside in a house versus an apartment, the list may vary from person to person, but hopefully it will serve as a good starting guide when you begin your spring cleaning!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you have any spring cleaning tips we’d love to hear them! For more cleaning tips and tricks, head on over to our Pinterest page or like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

7 moving hacks to simplify your move

Written by LeafFilter

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK- 7 moving hacks

Moving can be an exciting time! However, along with the excitement of getting a new place, there is the stress that comes along with packing and relocating. Whether you are moving down the street, to a new neighborhood, or across the country, it is important to get things done efficiently.

With all of the challenges that come with moving, staying organized and sticking to a budget can quickly become difficult. Fortunately, LeafFilter has come up with the top seven moving hacks to help you keep on track before, during, and after your move to make your experience more manageable.

Packing fragile items

When packing your fragile items, use anything soft around you such as blankets, stuffed animals, towels, and pillows for padding. You can even utilize socks as padding around the gaps in the boxes. Taping other breakables, like mirrors, will help absorb any shock and keep your belongings in tip-top shape. Place Styrofoam plates between your expensive, breakable plates; this is a cheap and easy way to ensure your plates don’t break while in transition!

How to pack your clothing

Don’t waste time taking clothes off their hangers and putting them into boxes. Instead, simply take a trash bag and wrap your clothes around the hanger. This is an easier, and cheaper way, of investing in garment bags. Then, simply pile all of your bags in your car and rehang the clothes in your new home! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® also offers wardrobe boxes which hold up to three feet of closet space for even more protection and ease!

Labeling boxes

More than likely, your moving boxes are going to be placed one on top of another. Instead of labelling what’s inside on top of the boxes, label your boxes on the side, so you and your movers can easily see where they should go! Another great moving hack is to color code the boxes. For example, everything that goes in the kitchen will be in red, while the living room is labelled blue. Organization is key to any successful and stress-free move!

Make money

Make money during my move? How is that even possible? Well, as you are going through all of your belongings, you may find things you never use or wear any more. In order to make a little extra cash, you can post these items on the latest apps that allow you to sell your clothes. Poshmark, Vinted, Tradesy, and Threadflip are just some of the sites that you can utilize to sell your clothes to people across the nation. Use the money you make to assist with moving costs for a win-win situation.

Avoid slips

Tracking in snow, sleet, dirt, and ice while you are moving into your new home can be dangerous! Avoid slips and keep your crew safe by keeping old rags and towels handy to wipe away the snow, dirt, and mud that gets tracked in. This can come in handy regardless of what season it is, but will be especially important if you are moving during the winter.

Keep the essentials on hand

You’ll want to make sure you keep any tools and essentials you deem necessary for the move within reaching distance. This can include a box cutter, paper towels, power strips, tool kit, eating utensils, toilet paper, and cookware. You’ll also want to make sure toiletries such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, and shampoo are nearby for the night. Using clear bins can help keep you organized and will allow you to see everything that is in the boxes for easy access! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a Day of Move box for those last essentials that you may need on the day of your move.

Enlist help!

Hiring a moving company, like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, can take the pressure off of you. When you choose to hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you are sure to be in good hands. Their professional team takes the stress of moving off you and your family, making the entire process more enjoyable and worry-free! Contact them today to begin planning your move.

We think moving should be exciting and fun! Not overwhelming. These moving hacks are sure to eliminate stress, allowing you to stay organized and under budget during your next move!

 

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A match made in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® heaven; the story of Johanna and Ryan Weitzel

Written by Hannah Conlin

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Johanna and Ryan

Love is in the air at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it is not just for the amazing brand that has been around 30 years and has seen continued success as the premier leader within the moving industry. Many couples within the company have met and fell in love through their employment with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Johanna and Ryan both worked at the Lansing, Mich., franchise when they first met; Johanna now works at Home Office as a retention and recruitment consultant and Ryan is now a manager for a granite fabrication and installation company. It all started with an unapproachable look, a hood, and a big red beard … and the rest is history.

Q: What were you doing at work when you first met your significant other?  

Ryan: Johanna and I met when we were both in a weekly meeting.   

Johanna: We were in a staff meeting when we first met. I was an administrative assistant, and he was a driver team lead.

Q: What was your first impression of your significant other when you met?  

Ryan: She looked beautifully unapproachable.

Johanna: I first wondered what this guy’s story was, he seemed so calm and seemed so genuinely nice. He was wearing his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® hoodie with his hood on, of course, if he has a hood, it will be on his head. He always rocked a big red beard, and everyone called him ‘Big Red’.

Q: Describe your first date.  

Ryan: It was a typical innocent work lunch.

Johanna: I believe he conned me into going to lunch with him. I think it was Applebee’s.

Q: When did you realize you were in love?  

Ryan: I can’t remember a specific moment, but I know it was within a year of first meeting her.

Johanna: I think I realized I was in love, when I wanted him to meet my parents, and friends. That didn’t happen very often, and my friends were taken back by this “big red” that I kept talking about. I found myself needing to talk to him about everything. It was just easy.

Q: Describe your engagement.  

Ryan: Our engagement was perfectly unknowingly planned by her. She planned what she thought was a surprise birthday party for me and my best friend. She made food, set up the decorations, and invited almost everyone. Little did she know that I was in on it the whole time. I was freaking out from the moment I got the ring. I had the ring made by a guy in Chicago. It barely made it in the mail on time which didn’t help my nerves. So the day came, which as cliché as it sounds, was Valentine’s Day because my birthday is February 15. I have never been so nervous. She and her best friend placed pillow cases over my head and my friend’s head and they drove us to the party acting like they were so brilliant and that they had this awesome surprise. When we walked in the door they pulled the pillow cases off of our heads. Johanna had never been more tickled with herself thinking she had pulled it off. Then my best friend handed me the ring and the rest is history. It was awesome.

Johanna: Well, one thing you need to know about me, is that I am the nosiest person around. My coworkers can attest to that. So, he had to pull a fast one on me for me not to find out. So, we were out one night with our best friends, BJ and Katie. Katie out of nowhere said, “Let’s have a surprise birthday party for Ryan and BJ.” So, naturally I said that sounds like a great idea! We got to planning, and the only date we could do was Valentine’s Day, which I said was perfect, because I am not the biggest Valentine’s fan, and it would give people something to do. Ryan’s birthday is on February 15. Katie and I met, we created the guest list, the food list, and everything else that goes into a surprise party. I went out and bought all of the food and decorations.

Fast forward to that day. I was so tired, and the last thing I wanted to do was put on this party, I was dreading it. We told the guys we had a Valentine’s Day surprise for them and they couldn’t be around us all day. We spent the day decorating and making food. I asked Katie if it was appropriate to wear sweats to the party, and she said, “Absolutely not!” She made me get dressed up and curl my hair because we had time while the guys were out doing whatever guys do. When it came time for the surprise, we put pillow cases over their head and drove them to the party. We walked them into the house and pulled the pillow cases off their head and bam, surprise! I thought I was the most clever girlfriend in the world, and as I turned around to see his reaction, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was in such shock! Ryan, Katie and BJ pulled a real fast one on me that day. One of the best parts of the surprise on me, was that my parents and his parents had no idea that it was coming that night either. He did such a good job, he even had my girlfriends come into town for it! It was awesome!

Q: How do you balance your work life and personal lives?  

Ryan: We try to take it easy at home. We leave work at the door and enjoy our time together, when she doesn’t have me working on projects on the house.

Johanna: We try to keep work at work. It is nice to be able to talk about things when we need to about work, because we both know the business, but we try really hard to keep a positive home. We enjoy doing house projects together, or mainly me managing his projects around the house.

Q: Describe your wedding.  

Ryan: Our wedding was real easy going, we had no arguments about wedding plans. It was low stress and just a great time.

Johanna: Of course I thought our wedding was the best! It was a very low stress planning process, and wedding. He is very easy going, which is a great balance to me. Since this was the only time we are going to do this, we wanted to have a good time doing it, and have everyone feel relaxed. We got married on a lake in Michigan. It was a chilly and windy October day, which was obviously not in the plan, but we made the best of it. I was nervous, and I know he was too. One of the best parts of our wedding was having the old 66′ TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truck there. Brig Sorber was gracious enough to bring it to the wedding, so we could get our pictures taken in front of it. He parked it in the perfect place for everyone to see.

The reception was an awesome party! Exactly what we had expected, surrounded by all of the people that we love. A special touch from our guests, Mike and Karen, was fireworks over the lake! We didn’t want the reception to end! I would definitely do it again, to Ryan of course.

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Q: What advice do you have for other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® couples?  

Ryan: Keep the company’s best interest ahead of what you think is your best interest. If your relationship causes an issue at work, it’s most likely going to be a regret later in your relationship. Of the many things I learned working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the most important thing I learned is keeping a positive attitude at work and at home. If you do that, your Johanna will show up. But be careful, weddings are expensive! #lovetmt

Johanna: I would tell them not to fight it, but to be sure to keep your relationship out of work. Keep the company’s best interest at heart, after all, they are the reason why you two met. Also, take a chance on someone who you may not think is your type because he may turn out to be the perfect match for you. I know Ryan was for me.

We are very grateful for the opportunities that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has presented for both of us. We both are living examples of our core purpose, which is to Move People Forward®. Without TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we wouldn’t be together, or in the place in our lives that we are. I am forever grateful for this company and everything it stands for. I can say that I am a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® lifer.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Wedding Johanna and Ryan

We wish Johanna and Ryan Weitzel a lifetime of love and happiness!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® seeks to hire 1,000 new employees during annual Career Move Month

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK team members

Career Move Month is quickly approaching! With the official kick-off on March 1, we can’t help but share our excitement about the new team members across the country who will soon join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Ahead of the busy moving season adding motivated, hardworking individuals to local teams is essential to support loyal TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® customers.

Throughout March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is dedicated to hiring new talent to fill various positions within the company including managers, marketing and sales coordinators, movers, drivers, and customer service representatives. These individuals will become part of our franchise teams in more than 330 locations.

“Career Move Month is a nationwide campaign to introduce the many opportunities that exist in the TMT system, but we never stop hiring,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “We will hire more than 9,000 employees in 2016 and are always looking for people who want to move forward with us!”

Our goal is to receive 10,000 applications within the month and to hire 1,000 new employees. Whether you are just beginning your career or are an experienced professional, the career opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are endless. This year’s theme is “boxes to briefcases” as many team members quickly advance within our system. In fact, 75 percent of our managers began as frontline employees before working their way into management roles.

Our core purpose is to move people forward, personally and professionally. Our employees tell us they love working here because of the variety, great people, and opportunity to make a difference. Are you looking for something more fulfilling? Apply now to get a jump start of the hiring process!

We know interviews can be intimidating but the best way to get rid of your nerves is to prepare. We want to help you on your path to landing your dream job! Check out this fun video on interview etiquette.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. We are currently looking for new team members, including movers, drivers, managers, marketers and more! View all openings online at careers.twomenandatruck.com. Let us help you move forward in your career today!

From mover to marketer in a matter of months

Written by Jessy Howe

Moving People Forward® is our core purpose. We make it a priority each and every day to move people forward, both personally and professionally. So much so, that 75 percent of our managers started in frontline positions before moving into management roles!TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Dirk Knowles

Like many employees within our system, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Wayne, Ind., Marketing Coordinator Dirk Knowles has experienced this firsthand.

After attending high school in Bluffton, Ind., Knowles went on to attend the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.

Although Knowles had known about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since 2008, it wasn’t until August 2012 that he joined the company as a mover. Two months later, he was offered a position in the office as a customer service representative (CSR). TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchisee Matt Schiffeneder took notice of Knowles’ potential and knew of his knowledge in marketing. After two months of working as a CSR, Schiffeneder presented him the opportunity to further advance his career and take on the role of marketing coordinator at the franchise. Knowles jumped at the opportunity.

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has not only given me the opportunity to come up through the ranks but has also given me the chance I have been looking for to do what I love and that is bring awareness and build the reputation for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® here in Fort Wayne, as well as work with the community through our charity programs,” said Knowles.

This coming spring, Knowles will have the chance to do just that as he coordinates the Movers for Moms® campaign in his community. The program is held at all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country to collect donations for essential care items to be delivered to women’s and family shelters on Mother’s Day. He and his team have already gained the support of six Fort Wayne businesses who will be donation partners throughout the program.

As he plans for this large campaign and tackles day-to-day duties, Knowles feels supported by the corporate office and resources available to him.

“My favorite part about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is how open the line of communication between home office and the franchise is,” said Knowles. “Being very new to the position and being my first opportunity to focus on the marketing aspect of a company, it is reassuring to know that when I have a question I can contact home office directly and speak with someone who has the experience and knowledge.”

While he continues to excel and grow within the company, Knowles encourages others considering beginning careers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to take the leap.

“Having experience as a mover significantly helped me when working as a CSR when explaining to customers how and what our movers would do. Now having worked as both a mover and CSR, it helps when explaining the moving process starting with that first initial customer call to the signing of the paperwork at the end of the move,” said Knowles. “My advice for anyone thinking about starting a career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be to take every opportunity you are given and to work in different positions within the company.”

 

If you are interested in beginning your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, please visit our careers site! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward in your career!