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What you should know if you’re moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since it was designated that moving is an essential service we could provide to customers, we’ve worked hard to establish best practices and guidelines to safely move our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Times are still tough out there and safety is more important than ever as we do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the year, we’ve worked to develop sanitation and safety habits with our moving teams so our customers feel safe during their moves. This includes arming moving teams with hand sanitizer and disinfectants, social distancing, and keeping our movers and drivers educated on how to interact safely with customers.

We’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK operates within COVID-19 guidelines.

How is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK working to operate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19?

All franchises still in operation at this time are following guidelines that have been put in place by the federal and local governments, as well as the CDC. All locations are taking extra measures and precautions to adhere to the highest safety standards, including the regular sanitation of trucks and equipment, having movers and drivers use hand sanitizer throughout the move, and maintaining a strict social distancing with our team members and customers.

If I have an upcoming booked move, is it still happening?

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming move, please contact the location you’ve booked your move with to confirm whether your move is still on schedule. In most cases, if your move has been cancelled or needs to be postponed, a member of the team will reach out and discuss those options.

Can I cancel my move due to COVID-19 concerns?

You will need to reach out directly to the location you booked your move with to talk through canceling or rescheduling it to a later date.

To learn more about how we are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our website.

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Movers for Military® allows TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises to provide most-needed essentials for local veterans

Veteran’s Day is later this week and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we prioritize the annual recognition of the incredible efforts made by the brave veterans of this country.

We believe strongly in this and do our best to our best to ensure they receive the proper celebration when possible. However, many veterans don’t come home to celebration at all and instead, find themselves in unfortunate situations filled with hardships after their time in the military has ended.

As a company who is committed to giving back to the community – and with the struggles that veterans face when returning to normal life – we used this inspiration to form one of our branded campaigns, Movers for Military.

This was designed by us with a focus on our franchises working within their communities to collect and deliver essential care items to veterans who need them most. Franchises partner with local organizations to set up collection sites where members of the community can drop off these essential care items, which are later delivered and donated to veteran’s shelters.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

With a number of franchise locations employing veteran staff members in a variety of positions, it’s a natural fit for our frontline staff members as they work to give back during the fall season.

“Both myself and Franchisee Alan Oversmith come from military families, so we are both very passionate about this campaign,” said Charlene Bush, marketing manager for all four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Southeast Michigan and Boston locations. “In addition, we have several veterans that now work at each of our locations as movers or drivers. This campaign is a great way to both honor them and show our appreciation for their service to our country.”

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

“Our movers and drivers love helping with the different campaigns we run, so I get a ton of support from both management and our frontline staff,” Bush said. “I was very pleased with each campaign and the amount of donations we were able to deliver.”

To learn more about the work our franchises do with Movers for Military and to learn how you can get involved and help the cause, click here.

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Get organized with these 5 overlooked moving essentials

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We’ve said it before, when it comes to home moving, organization is key to a successful moving day!

If you stay organized before, during, and after the move, you will find it to be a much more seamless – and less stressful – transition into your new home With more than 8 million moves under our belts, we’ve seen the good and the bad on moving day. Those with who are more organized tend to be the ones who have the best moving experiences..

Like anything, however, this is much easier said than done. Everything from finding a new home to taking care of your utilities, bills, packing up your old home, cleaning, hiring professional movers, and more – there is quite a bit to think about as you get ready to move. These are often the high-level priority items in a home move, but what about the overlooked areas of moving?

We call these “overlooked moving essentials”, and they are just that – essential. These are things you’ll want with you before moving day and when you arrive at your new home.

Moving checklist

Nothing says “organization” like a moving checklist, and we can’t stress the importance of these enough. This is an organized plan on how you’re going to attack your move, starting from a few weeks before your move all the way through moving day and into your new home.

If you’re asking yourself how you’re supposed to come up with a moving checklist, don’t worry – we’ve made one for you.

Tool kit

In a perfect world, you can move into your new home with zero issues. But that is a perfect world, and this is the real one.

Having a tool kit handy as you start transitioning into your new home will be extremely handy for making any quick fixes that are needed around the house.

Cleaning supplies

It’s not much of a secret that the moving process can be a little messy. This makes having cleaning supplies readily available an important part of moving so that if a mess happens, you’re able to clean it up right away.

Clorox wipes, toilet cleaner, laundry soap, cleaning spray, and more are all good ideas to have purchased prior to moving day.

Plastic bags

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.

Batteries and chargers

We can’t live without technology anymore, right? Well, that makes chargers and batteries essential. You want to make sure that when you’re moving into your new home, you still can access phones, tablets, laptops, remotes, clocks, and various home appliances.

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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween DIY “Boxtume” Classic: Dinosaur

Halloween is this weekend! If you don’t have a costume yet and are still looking for an idea, we’ve got another good “boxtume” for you to make: a dinosaur!

Who doesn’t love a dinosaur for Halloween? This boxtume can be made from two moving boxes and a few easy supplies to create a fun, easy costume for the weekend. If you’re looking for other ideas, you can find more options, here.

Follow along to get crafting your dinosaur boxtume!

Step 1: Cut holes for the arms and head into a medium-sized moving box and a hole for a head and mouth in a small moving box.

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Step 2: Glue the two boxes together where the head holes meet, with the small box on top. Then paint a base color over the black wording on the boxes.

Step 3: Paint the boxes any dino color of your choice and let them dry.

Step 4: Spray paint textured paint onto your boxes for a scaly, striped look.

Step 5: Cut out small triangles for teeth and circles for eyes then paint pupils on the eyes and glue all of them to the dyno using leftover triangles to stand the eyes up.

Step 6: Enjoy and capture plenty of pictures to document this unique, handmade boxtume!

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

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Things look a little different right now across our country, but leases still expire and homes are still selling, so moving services will continue to be used as we navigate through the pandemic.

With all the planning that goes into home moving, there’s no question it can be an overwhelming process. From finding professional movers to do the move for you to packing, deciding what is going with you to the next house, picking a moving date, and more – there are no shortage of details to plan..

One area that often gets overlooked is what moving companies aren’t able to move for you. It’s important to know what these items are so come moving day, you’re prepared and not left scrambling to make last-second accommodations.

We’ve compiled a list of items that come up during our moving experiences that we aren’t able to transport.

Gasoline engines or machines

If you’re moving anything that is run on gasoline, such as a lawn mower, grill, smoker, tractor, or moped, please make sure the gasoline is completely emptied out of them before they are loaded onto the truck. Moving teams cannot transport anything with gasoline in it for safety reasons.

Plants or animals

Another safety precaution – anything that falls under the category of anything living, such as pets or plants, cannot be moved by our teams. Prior arrangements should be made for handling their transportation. For tips on how to best move your pet, click here.

Prescription drugs and medications

In order to avoid any emergency situations where you might need access to something that has been packed on the truck, we do not move any types of drugs or medications.

Sentimental items

We do not move cash, jewelry, insurance papers, birth certificates, or any other sentimental items when completing a move. This prevents anything of this nature from getting misplaced or damaged, and saves you the stress of worrying about their transportation.

Perishable food items

We ban anything that is fresh, frozen, or refrigerated from our moving trucks to avoid rotting or spoiling during the move.

We would recommend planning out a few days’ worth of meals leading up to moving day so when you arrive to your new home, you have these items accessible.

Flammable items

Under no circumstances can we move any of the following: propane, paint, car batteries, household cleaners, antifreeze, weed killer, or ammunition. Federal law prohibits the transportation of these items.

For more information on what items your franchise location can and cannot move, contact your local TWO MEN AND TRUCK location and they’ll be happy to assist you with any questions.

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Moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

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With each passing day, more and more news comes forward about COVID-19 and just like everyone else, we’re navigating through it using the proper precautions and safety measures to keep our teams and customers safe.

According to guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the moving industry falls under their category of “essential business”, which means most of our more than 350 locations are still able to operate based on local and state requirements. With each franchise being independently owned and operated – and with certain areas of the country being hit harder than others – the decision to continue operations and serve customers is a case-by-case basis, and it’s up to the discretion of the location owner.

While there are differing definitions of “essential” held by the public, we are doing our best to ensure we are safely taking care of people and businesses who must move. Even during this health crisis, there are urgent moving needs, including people who need to move into a safe and healthy living environment, and businesses requiring essential items be transported.

Additionally, the health, safety, and peace-of-mind of our frontline team members including movers and drivers, is a priority. Letting the movers decide if they feel safe performing moves, arming move teams with hand sanitizer and disinfectant tactics, in addition to providing education on social distancing are all critical during this time.

For some of our locations who have chosen to halt moving services temporarily, they are still taking calls and booking moves to be completed at a safer time.

Take a look at these FAQs we’ve received since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

How is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK working to operate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19?

All franchises still in operation at this time are following guidelines that have been put in place by the federal and local governments, as well as the CDC. All locations are taking extra measures and precautions to adhere to the highest safety standards, including the regular sanitation of trucks and equipment, having movers and drivers use hand sanitizer throughout the move, and maintaining a strict social distancing with our team members and customers.

If I have a move, is it still happening?

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming move, please contact the location you’ve booked your move with to confirm whether your move is still on schedule. In most cases, if your move has been cancelled or needs to be postponed, a member of the team will reach out and discuss those options.

Can I cancel my move due to COVID-19 concerns?

You will need to reach out directly to the location you booked your move with to talk through canceling or rescheduling it to a later date.

 

Supporting our communities

This is a tough and uncertain time for everyone across the country, but there are also wonderful stories of heroism and compassion that have come from it all.

As with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK value of giving back to the community, we’ve been able to use our resources and trucks to help give back to our communities and people who need it most.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across different regions of the country have been recognized for the assistance they’ve provided to their communities:

Columbus, GA location assists with medical supply delivery

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offering 30 days free storage for students

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville helps deliver pallets of food for Food4Kids

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Chattanooga uses trucks to deliver snackpacks to kids in need

Keeping you busy at home

Along with the work we’ve been doing for those out in our communities, we thought we’d offer a few ideas for entertainment at home that can keep all ages occupied.

Here are a few fun and easy DIY craft ideas we’ve come up with over the years that can be made from recycled materials you already have at home. We’ve compiled them all into one playlist, so go through and find the one that looks best to you!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZiZAPmIzGrEuC9nYFeAXSERNmAGxxLX3

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK announces D’Angello Thompson as 2020’s “National Move Hero”

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we work hard to earn the nickname “Movers Who Care®”, and it’s the individuals on our frontline teams who help keep this name going strong.

With so many outstanding movers, drivers, and customer service representatives across our franchises in 44 U.S. states, we have an entire network of people who can be considered “move heroes”. This year, it was D’Angello Thompson of our Garland, Texas franchise who took home the honor of “National Move Hero” recently at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

“He is always putting the customer first,” said Kirsten Wilson, the regional sales director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK North Dallas, Texas franchise location. “He’s always trying to figure out what’s going to make the best move they’ve ever had.”

This same sentiment was echoed by all of Thompson’s coworkers, who all point to his positive attitude, his dedication to making customers happy, and his commitment to his team as reasons why he was so deserving of the award.

“Any situation that D’Angello gets put into, he always makes the best of it,” said Derek Peets, relocation consultant at the North Dallas, Texas franchise location. “It always turns into a positive outcome.”

To learn more about Thompson, check out his “National Move Hero” video below!

Be sure to check out the two runner-ups for the “National Move Hero” award as well!

Ferris Owens – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Theresa Jack – Holly Springs, North Carolina

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Keep your move organized and on track with these 6 overlooked moving essentials

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Above all things that are important when moving to a new home, arguably none rank higher than organization. If you are organized before, during, and after your move – there’s a good chance your move will go even smoother.

We’ve completed more than 7.5 million moves over our 35 years as movers, and time and time again, we’ve seen that organization is the key to moving. However, this is much easier said than done. From taking care of all your bills and utilities at your old home to packing, cleaning, hiring movers, and so on – there is a lot to think about. These all generally are at the top of mind when preparing to move, but what about some of those overlooked essentials you might be forgetting?

Generally, these “overlooked moving essentials” are things you’ll want with you on moving day when you arrive at your new home. They are all of varying degrees of importance, but all things you don’t want to go without!

Moving Checklist

Seems simple enough, right? It’s sometimes so simple that customers forget to do it! Create a plan for how you want to attack your upcoming move so you have something to follow throughout the process.

If you don’t feel like creating your own, no worries – we’ve created one for you.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are cheap, easy, and versatile on moving day. Whether you need them for carrying new items that didn’t end up getting packed away or they’re just filling in for some quick trash duty, there is always a use for plastic bags. Keep a stash ready so you can quickly access one if needed.

Batteries/Chargers

What doesn’t use some type of battery or charger these days? While chargers are still needed for items like phones, laptops, or tablets, there are still a large number of items that run on batteries: remotes, clocks, and varying home appliances.

Have a supply of batteries handy should you need them.

Cleaning Supplies

It’s no secret that moving in or out of a home can create a bit of a mess. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to have some cleaning supplies close and ready should there be a mess that occurs during the moving process. Items like rags and sponges, Clorox wipes, toilet cleaner, cleaning spray, laundry soap, and more are all good items to have on moving day.

Toilet paper/Paper Towels

Without getting into too much detail, we’ll just say that these fall under the category of “you’d rather have it and not need it.” Buy both in advance.

Tool Kit

Ideally, you could move into your home without any issues. However, that is unlikely to happen, so get a tool kit together that you can have handy so you’re able to make any quick fixes that might be needed once you are moved in.

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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Easy DIY Valentine’s Day crafts you can create from recycled boxes

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, and what better way to get ready for the day than with a few fun and easy DIY crafts?

Each February at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we like to put out a few creative, fun, and easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas that can be made from your recycled moving boxes or even a few items around your house. These ideas are fun for all ages, and can help bring some Valentine’s Day cheer into your life. Grab some scissors, get some glue, and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day dessert toppers

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Dress up dessert by creating heart shaped toppers. We chose to go with cupcakes, but they’ll work great with almost any treat!

Supplies:

Cardboard
Craft paper
Toothpicks or small dowel rod
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Step 1: Cut out cardboard hearts. Tip: If you have a heart shaped cookie cutter, use it as a stencil for perfect heart shapes.

Step 2: Cover the cardboard in craft paper. We selected a variety of designs to make our cupcakes more playful.

Step 3: Push your toothpick into the bottom of the cardboard heart. You may need a small amount of hot glue to secure it in place.

Step 4: Pop them into the tops of your dessert and enjoy!

Cardboard heart

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This cardboard heart décor is perfect to display in a window, on a bedroom door, or above your dining room table. The best part is this takes less than 20 minutes to make!

Supplies:

Cardboard
Yarn or ribbon
Craft paper
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Step 1: Cut out two large hearts from a cardboard box.

Step 2: Fold each heart in half to form a crease down the center, giving you four outward half-heart shapes. Use a hot glue gun to secure the two pieces together at the back of each fold.

Step 3: Time to be creative! Cover the hearts in craft paper of your choice.

Step 4: Secure ribbon or yarn around the heart and hang in your home!

Candy Name Hearts

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Celebrate the little loves of your life – your kids!

Supplies:
1 small box
Scissors or box cutter
Ribbon
Paint and paintbrush
Stickers or marker
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut out the number of hearts needed for your banner. TIP! Use a heart stencil for evenly shaped hearts.

Step 2: Paint each heart with your desired colors. Be sure to let them fully dry!

Step 3: Use stickers or markers to spell out the names on your candy hearts. For extra fun, include your kids on this project and let them decorate their name heart however they’d like!

Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to secure hearts to the ribbon. Tie a bow at the top and you’re done!

Check out more ideas in the videos below!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK continues to give back with 12th annual Movers for Moms campaign

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Another spring has passed, and we are proud to announce we had another successful year running our Movers for Moms campaign at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations all across the country!

It was year 12 of Movers for Moms, a program  we designed to help provide essential care items for mothers who are facing the horrible situation of homelessness or domestic abuse. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations partner with local businesses and organizations to set up collection sites in their community before taking the items and delivering them to local women’s shelters on or around Mother’s Day.

As a company that was founded by a mom and her children, we believe strongly in the importance of moms everywhere and want to make sure Mother’s Day is special for them.

“[Our Movers for Moms program] was great for 2019,” said Fabiola Simon, the marketing coordinator for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Treasure Coast, Fla., location. “We partnered with multiple businesses in our area to set up the collection sites, and this program is great because it puts an emphasis on giving back to those in need.”

With the program continuing to grow each year and awareness spreading about the cause, our numbers continue to grow, and 2019 was one of our best years yet.

2019 Stats:

-383,236 total items collected across the system

-1,212 total collection sites (894 collection sites and 318 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations)

-163 different women’s shelters supported

-Top 3 collection sites: Huntsville, Ala., Treasure Coast, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla.,

“This year’s Movers for Moms campaign went fantastic,” said Stephanie Mills, the marketing and communications director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Huntsville, Ala., location. “We had so much support from the beginning. In the first few weeks, we started to gather partners and had different companies and organizations calling us daily to get involved. We ended up with more than 140 partners and more than 23,000 donations gathered to benefit women and children living in Downtown Rescue Mission’s Owen’s House! We’re so thankful for how generous this community is.”

Movers for Moms is yet another chance for the entire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family to get out and make a difference, and the response across various communities is always positive.

“The response is always beyond what we could ever imagine,” Mills said. “We wanted to double what we did last year, and we exceeded those expectations! Our community was all in and ready to give back for this campaign.”

Thanks to everyone who helped participate and set up collection sites for 2019’s Movers for Moms – without you, none of this is possible! We are looking forward to doing even bigger and better things in 2020. If you are interested in learning more about Movers for Moms or looking to get involved, click here.

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