A first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving experience

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With more than 7 million moves completed as a brand and locations all across the United States, and even internationally in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s safe to say we’ve got the hang of this moving thing.

Our 96% customer referral rating speaks for itself, but sometimes, numbers just don’t tell the whole story. Why not hear it directly from the source?

Customer Rob Derderian of Pasadena, California, was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek into his home move last month, and was able to shed some insight on what it was like to have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s help with a home move.

Here’s what he had to say!

Why are you moving?

“We are moving because we sold this house, a friend of mine bought it. I already live in another location, so this was a second house, so we are liquidating it and we’re getting out. We’re taking the things out of it and moving them to a couple different places and just getting everything out of here.”

How did you learn about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

“A few years ago my son and wife were referred to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and that’s how we got hooked up this time. My son moved around during college a few times and my wife contacted TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I guess after contacting a few other movers, and were satisfied with what they heard from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. So, they did a couple of moves a few years ago and this time around when we decided we had to find a mover again, we just went right back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

What was your initial impression of the movers?

“These guys are good guys – young, strong, healthy specimens, so that’s a good thing because it’s a lot more than I can lift or pack or move. They’re very polite, nice, and clean, doing a good job and wrapping things up as I would expect or any customer would expect, and I’m happy with it.”

Talk about the moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

“The moving experience is going well. I haven’t done this for over 30 years, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Planning is really important, planning in advance is important, and contacting the movers in advance is important. In my line of work I’m a project manager, so I tried to line things up with the way you’re supposed to when you have a big project, so it’s going according to plan. I didn’t expect anything different, so I think we’re OK.”

What advice would you give to customers about to complete a home move?

“I would say that if you cross the line where you know you’re going to move, you make plans immediately. You contact your movers, you come up with a checklist. [This checklist] can be found on the website of the mover. You start going down the checklist, you start to plan everything in advance as best as possible, you decide where everything is going to go. We actually color-tagged everything in the house as far as exactly where we want it to go. We did a walk-through with the movers when they got here, so I think the early planning is really important. It’s important to not have any surprises later.”

Why would you recommend the services of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to someone looking to move?

“Because I would share a good experience. If I have a good experience, I’m happy to make referrals, if it’s not a good experience I’m probably not going to make good referrals. I have no problem with referring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Save your friends the hassle – leave it up to the moving pros!

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As you can see above, you don’t want to be the one hassling your friends by borrowing their truck for help. The smart choice? Calling TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

It’s officially moving season and whatever your moving needs may be, the Movers Who Care can handle the move – regardless of the size. We can even help with packing, too! We are in the middle of summer and that means moving season, so each of our locations are fully-staffed and ready to help out.

Save your friend the pain. You’ll both be better off using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. If you’re going to move, use these money-saving tips to help you get prepared and shave some money off your next move.

 

Start your packing early

Getting a jump start on your packing will pay off huge during your home relocation. This gives you time to get stuff in the right place, labeled, and will give you a clear idea of just how much is being transported on moving day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides a wide-variety of packing services and packing supplies to make your move easier, which you can see here.

Label your boxes!

Once your items are securely packed in a box, finding them becomes a whole new ballgame. One of the most important steps someone can take during their home move is labeling everything. This organizational tool keeps you in the know with the location of all items you move, and helps the movers know what is happening, too.

Keep what you need, get rid of what you don’t!

The less boxes you have to move on moving day, the easier the entire move will go. If you prepare your move in advance, this will give you time to go through your belongings and ask one important question – do I need this? If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s safe to say you don’t need it.

Toss it! And save the hassle of moving it.

Create a moving checklist

The best way to approach a home move is with a detailed plan. This keeps you on a schedule, gives you a direction, and will help you keep track of everything that is happening in front of you during a time when it’s easy to forget things.

Click here to see our expert TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving checklist, which we’ve developed using our 30-plus years of moving experience!

Keep your essential items together

Pack your essential items last when completing a home move, and even transport it in your personal vehicle so you have access to them if needed. This way, when you arrive at your new home, you can get the important stuff– like toiletries, chargers, etc. – first. It also prevents these essential items from getting mixed up with stuff that won’t be unpacked right away, and won’t leave you scrambling. When packing boxes, go room by room, keeping like-items together and making sure to label the tops and sides of the boxes so the movers know what room they belong in when getting to your new home. Stay accessible in case your movers aren’t sure where a certain item goes and you’re able to direct them!

Know what movers can and can’t move

Although we are more than happy to help with your move, there are some things we can’t move, and it’s important to keep this in mind as you are preparing. Anything from prescriptions to cleaning products, flammable items, or animals cannot be placed on our moving trucks.

To find out more about what we can and cannot move, click here.

Once boxes are packed, put them in one central area

Saving time means saving money! If your movers can quickly grab boxes and load them into the truck, that’ll make for an easier and more efficient move. If you’re able to, transfer your packed boxes to the garage or living room, and that’ll save your movers from going throughout the house to collect your items, thus saving time during the load process.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises gearing up for Busiest Move Weekend

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Written by Erik Sargent

The sun’s out, the temperature’s rising, and that means one thing – it’s moving season! All around the country, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises are gearing up for our 2018 Busiest Move Weekend, which will take place from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1.

According to MovingLabor.com, the peak moving season usually begins in April and continues until September, with an average of 40 million people in the United States completing moves each year and an estimated 80% of that number coming during the peak moving season. That’s a lot of moving! As the nation’s largest franchised moving company, this is our time to shine, and we are more than ready to tackle Busiest Move Weekend with the highest levels of customer service and care found in the moving industry.

BusiestMove-Infog-June2018During our 2017 Busiest Move Weekend, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises all across the country completed a whopping 6,008 moves. For 2018, we’re on pace to have another crazy weekend, with a few projected numbers that include:

-6,200 moves completed

-An average of 22 moves completed per franchise location

-3,100 trucks in operation

-372,000 miles traveled

-37,131,800 pounds worth of belongings moved

Busy indeed! Moving is what we do best, and Busiest Move Weekend gives us a chance to show case all of the hard work put in by our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK move teams!

The “Movers Who Care®” difference

Each of our 350 plus franchise locations have been preparing their professionally-trained teams to tackle each move with our renowned professionalism, ensuring a smooth moving process.

These moving teams will be working relentlessly to ensure our customers are comfortable during their moves, going out of their way to get to know the customers and establish a relationship to ease the stress.

“I would say the biggest thing [to make customers comfortable] is just getting to know the customer,” said Jabrion Burnside, a mover and driver at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena, Cali., location. “At the end of the day, we have a service we are performing for them, but nothing is better than them actually getting to know us on a more personal level, because that allows them to trust us more and it adds to the overall quality of the move.”

Get organized and ready for your big move!

With more than seven million moves completed, we’ve seen it all when it comes to the world of home moving – and we’re ready to help you next. If you’re looking to complete a move in 2018, be sure to visit our website and find the franchise location closest to you for your free moving estimate.

In the meantime – check out these helpful tips to be as prepared as possible for your move.

Get organized!

It’s important to be prepared and know what you want tol make the moving process a whole lot easier- this includes what you want the movers to take, what you plan to move yourself, and where you’d like belongings placed in your new home.

Packing

Efficient packing is crucial! If your items are packed and ready to go when the movers arrive, they can begin moving almost immediately. We offer a variety of packing services and packing supplies for those who either want us to do the packing for them, or those who’d like to do it on their own.

Communicate and relax!

Moving is stressful – nobody understands that better than us. Thankfully, hiring a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving team can eliminate this stress and help you focus on other important things. We will be in constant communication from the minute you inquire about a move, and will be there to answer any questions along the way.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

How to effectively combine two living spaces into one in a new home

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Moving in with a significant other is an exciting milestone for any couple, but if it’s a new experience, it can seem a little overwhelming. Before getting caught in the excitement, there are a few steps that can help to make the transition into your new shared space a little easier.

Combining two interior styles into one can be a challenge and may spark some frustration between you and your partner. But, luckily for you, we have some tips on how to avoid the arguments, and create the perfectly styled home of your dreams that features both of your unique tastes.

Sorting through the old

Packing can be a headache, and it might seem like a daunting task, but it’s also a great opportunity to sort through some old items. When packing up two spaces, there’s bound to be duplicate appliances and furnishings, so this is a great time to make a list of the items you don’t need, items you can take with you to the new space, and items you are lacking. Before throwing away any items you don’t want to move to your new place, consider donating, selling, or even refurbishing to make the old, new.

Donating items is an effortless and quick solution to unloading old furnishings you no longer need or want. Try researching local thrift shops or charitable organizations that would accept furniture and electronics to create an affordable option for others looking to cost effectively furnish their homes.

The Salvation Army is another option that comes right to your door to pick up your gently used items, quite literally taking the weight off your shoulders of carrying and bringing said items to a nearby location yourself.

Selling your old items is another option that will put a little extra money in your pocket to purchase new home furnishings. With warm summer months approaching, keep an eye out for local flea markets and antique shows to request becoming a vendor for a small fee, to showcase those older items that may have historical value. Or, just set up a garage sale in your own front lawn to save money on the vending cost.

Refurbishing old furniture is another creative way to give your old pieces new life, while saving some money. All you need to do is take a trip to your local hardware or craft store for some sand paper, paint, and brushes.

Make it a fun creative experience for you and your partner, and spend some time in front of a variety of paint swatches to determine which accent colors you would like to bring into your new space. Having a creative project to focus on is a great way to add some fun within the stressful process of moving, and keep you and your partner focused on the excitement of your new transition.

In with the new, and combining styles

When you’re packed and ready to move into your new shared space, it’s time to reference that packing list one more time, to determine what you both are lacking in terms of furnishings. After settling in and establishing what rooms need what, it’s time to hit the showrooms or online shops and find the perfect pieces that fit both your interior design standards.

Maybe it’s time for some new living room seating, and your partner likes simplicity and clean lines, and you like versatile colored family room furnishings, easily accented with pops of color. Or maybe it’s time for a new bedroom set, but you can’t decide on a color scheme to match your partner’s desire for dark oak pieces and your love of minimalist inspired design. Don’t get frustrated.

Sit down with your partner and talk about ways to combine your styles in a way that compliments each individual taste. A great way to get started is to browse Pinterest or Instagram accounts of your favorite brands and designers. You might come across combinations that you hadn’t thought of and be inspired.

Designing a space should be a fun way to get to know your partner, so don’t get flustered or overwhelmed by indecisiveness. Be open to new styles and communicate openly with your partner, and you just might find new designs you both like to make your new home the perfect reflection and combination of both of your interior tastes!

 

What we can’t move during your home relocation

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re dedicated to making your moving experience stress-free and successful. To ensure the safety of both our customers and movers, we must follow certain rules and regulations that restrict the transportation of certain items.

In order to avoid conflict and confusion on moving day, we recommend you speak with your local franchise beforehand to ensure you have time to make arrangements to move the items we’re not able to.

Our movers are unable to transport the following:

Flammable, explosive, or corrosive items

Federal law prohibits the transportation of propane, paint, car batteries, antifreeze, household cleaners, weed killer, and ammunition. These items will not be moved under any circumstances.

Gasoline-filled engines or machines

Prior to move in day, make sure to empty any items that run on gasoline. Items such as lawn mowers, grills, tractors, and mopeds must be completely empty in order for our movers to transport them.

Plants and animals

In order to guarantee the safety and well-being of your plants and pets, we do not transport any living thing, including potted plants and fish.

Perishable food

Fresh, refrigerated, and frozen foods are banned from our trucks to prevent rotting and spoiled, unpleasant odors. Plan out your meals the week before the move so you don’t have a fridge full of food on moving day. Or, plan to box and transport in your personal vehicle.

Sensitive or sentimental belongings

We care about your things and take care of them as if they were our own. To ensure your prized possessions and important items are not misplaced during the process, we do not move items such as cash, jewelry, insurance papers, or birth certificates.

Prescription drugs or medications

In order to prevent any emergencies where you may need access to your medications, we do not move prescription drugs.

Reminder: Each franchise has their own policy regarding non-allowable items. For a complete list of items we are not able to move, please contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving and storage solutions to prepare for the holiday season!

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December is in full swing, the snow is falling (for some of us), and the holiday cheer is abundant which can only mean one thing – Christmas is near!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get a jump on your Christmas preparation! Get those decorations out of storage, get your furniture ready and arranged for your holiday parties, and make sure you are ready to spread that Christmas spirit. While TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is known for our outstanding local moving services, we also specialize in home moving, and can help assist you with anything you may need as you prepare for Christmas.

Having your home looking festive and ready for the holidays is a must, and there’s a lot more into decorating than you might think. From getting the lights and trees out of the attic to making sure you have your furniture in the right place – and enough furniture for everyone – there’s a lot of moving involved, and it’s important to maximize the space in your home.

What better way to prepare for all of this than with a special, Christmas-themed TWO MEN AND A TRUCK song on how to prepare for holiday moving?

We’ve also put together an expert list of moving tips for you to follow to make sure everything is on track and ready to go. If you need help with your home moving during the holiday, be sure to reach out to your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and see how they can help move you forward this Christmas!

Rearranging your furniture

This comes as no surprise, but your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations can take up additional space you don’t normally have to account for during the rest of the year, which can lead to your furniture needing to be shuffled around to make room.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s professionally trained moving teams can come to your house and help get that large couch or table in exactly the right spot so you’re able to properly accommodate your guests.

Have extra furniture available!

Christmas parties can include a lot of extended family and extra guests, and making sure everyone has a place to sit is important. If you have extra furniture in an attic, storage facility, or out in the garage, our movers would be more than willingly to help bring it inside and place it accordingly.

Make sure to have extra boxes

Storage is at a premium during the holidays, and you want to make sure you have enough boxes to safely put everything away. It’s better to have the boxes and not need them then to need them and not have them, so make sure you’re prepared to put away all of your lights, ornaments, and other Christmas decorations.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers a wide variety of moving and specialty boxes, and we can deliver these right to your home at your convenience!

Gift delivery

Did you make a special gift purchase for someone this year such as a large piece of furniture, appliance, or other heavy object that you aren’t sure how you’ll transport? You’ve come to the right place!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK now offers a pickup and delivery service to handle this very problem. We can pick up the large object you’ve bought, deliver it right to your home (or wherever needed), and help bring it inside and set it up.

This eliminates the hassle – and potential danger – of trying to do it yourself, allowing you to shift your focus elsewhere!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Busiest moving days are here! Prepare for a smooth experience.

Written by Hannah Conlin

TMAAT525-2258159751-ONot only did we just complete our five millionth move, we’re about to dive into our busiest moving days of the year!In addition to being entrenched in the busy season, the entire system will see its busiest move days taking place this weekend, Saturday, June 28, and Sunday June 29. The Home Office finance department has calculated that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will complete 4,941 moves over the two-day period, equating to 2.1 moves each minute, and recognizing almost $4.3 million in revenue. This is a major increase from last year, when the company was projected to collect around $3.5 million in revenue, a 23% increase. Needless to say, in a few short days, we will be moving a record amount of people forward onto their next life chapter.

This is our crazy-busiest time of the year, and we could not be more excited. We love serving our customers, and we will keep our promise to continuously exceed our customers’ expectations. In order to make your move as easy and seamless as possible, please consider the following to ensure your experience is top-notch:

Pre-pack and centralize

Having all items packed the day before the move and place all boxes in one central location; these steps are an immense time- and money-saver. Place all packed items in one room of your home, such as the living room or the garage for an overall quicker move as our movers will be able to grab your belongings and load the truck with ease.

Disassemble

Completing 2.1 moves each minute over the course of 48 hours will not be an easy task; however, if our customers can make the packing of their items a quicker process, the overall experience will be enhanced. Disassemble all furniture prior to movers arriving, storing all pieces in one room of the home. This will not only save on time for our movers to pack up your furniture but will ultimately keep you on budget.

Be patient

All of our locations are well-prepared and plan, but with so many moves taking place in such a short span of time, please try and be patient as our movers are working their hardest to ensure your move is flawless. Although we cannot promise perfection, we will promise to come as close as possible. We take pride in our 96 percent customer referral rating, and we work every day even in the busiest of days to live up to our high standards.

Have fun

TMAAT443-2258122996-OOf course moving is stressful; still, we want you to enjoy the experience. There are opportunities to enrich the moving experience with children. There are effective ways to minimize the negatives for pets in transition. Additional services we can provide will even help you get set up in your new space faster and with less headaches. We are professional movers with experience. Relax, and count on us to take care of the details so you and yours can best enjoy the excitement of moving forward to the next step in your life.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.