Budgeting for a long-distance move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Life can change quickly and without notice and sometimes this can include needing to relocate yourself to a new state or region.

This can be daunting and stressful as you pack up your belongings and head to a new area, but with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, it doesn’t have to be! Generally, people think of us as your local, residential moving professionals helping you move from one home to the next across town. What many don’t know is we specialize in long-distance relocation services, too.

Just like our local moving options, you’ll have a dedicated and professionally trained moving team handling your belongings for the loading and unloading portions of the move, giving you peace of mind that your items are safe and protected. Even better – we offer exact dates of delivery and GPS tracking of your items, as well as the guarantee of never having to share your shipping space with the belongings of other customers.

Check out our long-distance moving options below to see what works best for you!

Expedited

This is the original long-distance moving plan for our brand, and it’s as simple as it gets: a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving team loads up your belongings into a moving truck and hits the road!

Our expedited plan offers you an exact delivery date, which will help you plan ahead as you commute to your new home. Like we mentioned above, you’ll have GPS-tracking abilities to check the progress of your move, and you’ll never share truck space with another customer.

Crated

This TWO MEN AND A TRUCK long-distance option is ideal for those who just need to ship a few belongings long distance. Your items are loaded into a secured cardboard crate that holds approximately 1,000 lbs. The crate is then loaded onto a third-party carrier and delivered to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location closest to your new destination.

As always, your belongings are the only items in the containers, and you are given a 48-hour window of delivery for your belongings. Please note: This option is only available at select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations.

Corporate Relocation

For business professionals on the go, we can help with our corporate relocation option. Through this employee relocation service, you’ll get all the benefits of a traditional TWO MEN AND A TRUCK move mentioned above as we get you to your next stop. We’ll work with you and your company to set up the best plan for you so you can get where you need to be without the added stress or effort.

To learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK long-distance options or to get a free quote, click here!

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Top 4 tips for an easy and efficient downsize

As summer concludes, we quickly begin planning for what needs to be done during the fall season. During this time, many are looking to downsize their homes before the winter season hits. Downsizing means freeing up the clutter of your unused items, moving to a new home altogether, or transitioning into a smaller space.

If you know you have a downsize moving on the horizon, we’re here to help you through any concerns and offer advice to make it a success. Parting ways with the home you’ve grown close to and built memories in is not an easy task, and we’re here to relieve some worries.

Follow along with these tips to make the process a little easier!

Get ahead

Start the process early. You want to have a good idea of the downsizing plan. Get started a few months ahead of the move day so you’re prepared when the movers arrive. Each day, gather more and more of your belongings to pack in boxes. Taking it day by day will allow for less chaos on move in day.

Get rid of clutter

During the packing process, it’s a good idea to sort through the items you do and don’t need anymore. Donating is a great way to give back and will free up room for you as well. You don’t want your new home to be packed with unnecessary clutter. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers junk removal services at select locations and can get rid of unwanted items for you! A good rule of thumb for sorting is if you haven’t used or worn it in the last year and don’t see yourself using it, it’s probably safe to get rid of.

Stay on track

It’s easy to get sidetracked with all that we have going on in our lives, but with a move its important to stay focused and be prepared. Have a checklist as well as a packing list ready to help track your progress. Remember to be flexible, as things don’t always go as planned. For more resources and checklist to help you stay on track, click here!

Be patient

Keep in mind, not everything will get done in one day. It’s important to stay patient with the process and allow yourself time to relax when you can. Take it day by day as the move approaches approaches so you won’t have as much to tackle when the day arrives.

With a downsizing move, we have all the right professional tools to help you. We can assist you with the entire move, the packing, delivery, loading/unloading, junk removal, or even storage for things you don’t want to keep in the new house. Learn more about these services by clicking here.

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Customer testimonials give a glimpse into the moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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Before you put your trust in a company, it’s always a good idea to hear from customers themselves about their experiences. You want to make sure your money is in good hands with a team that cares, and ensure you hire a business you can trust.

As the largest franchised moving company in the U.S. and a 96% customer referral rate, it’s fair to say you will be in good hands here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK! Our team is professionally trained and background checked with drug-screened movers who use professional moving equipment to ensure your belongings are properly cared for. We specialize in all types of local and long-distance moving with trained professionals to tackle any situation.

Additionally, we have a variety of services to accommodate our customers’ moving needs outside our traditional home moving option, including junk removal, storage, packing/moving supplies, and more.

Check out what a few of our recent customers had to say about their moving experiences with us!

Customer Testimonial: Holly Cash, Dallas, TX

Customer Testimonial: Sam Upton, Dallas, TX

Customer Testimonial: Richard Daddi, Dallas, TX

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s movetrac and other planning resources that will get you ready for move day

-Written by Megan Loop

It’s no surprise the moving process can be a bit stressful and chaotic, which is why it’s important to get organized ahead of your move. Knowing how to properly pack and organize your belongings before, during, and after a move will save you from some of this stress and allow the entire process to go a little smoother.

To reduce these worries, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has developed movetrac, which is a guide you can use to prepare, plan, organize, and utilize helpful resources for your moving needs. You will be glad to hear you can use this resource for free!

Check out the ways movetrac can benefit your entire move experience!

Checklists

To start with movetrac, fill out your profile with your move information. movetrac will build a tailored moving checklist that’s custom to fit you based on the details you share. Another great feature is the simple to-do list that you can easily monitor as the move day approaches. This list could be gathering any necessary moving supplies, cleaning, or organizing your storage spaces, and setting aside donation piles to reduce your packing tasks.

Progress tracking

movetrac also tracks the progress you make throughout the moving process, as it shows you the tasks you completed. The timeline feature allows you to see how everything is coming along. You will receive an alert about anything you may have missed in the to-do list as well. You’ll be able to stay on track and stress less.

Extensive resources

Another feature is an extensive library of resources and articles that’ll help you unravel all the answers to your questions about the big move. This also includes moving tips on how to prepare yourself. This section will prove very beneficial, especially if you haven’t moved around much before. It’ll help you stay on top of things throughout the whole process so you get the job done right!

We have more information for all your concerns with the moving experience. Visit our website to find more valuable resources to help make moving day a little more simple!

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15 tips when moving with pets

One area of moving that is easy to overlook but very important to consider is what you’ll do during the move if you have pets.

Often times, pets can be territorial and anxious about moving to an unfamiliar setting, which is why we’re breaking down some of our best tips to help with your pets’ transition to a new home. Helping our little companions with this process will ensure they grow to love their new home space!

Whether your pet is a cat, dog, fish, or any other small furry friend, these are a few suggestions that can ease any concerns.

Dogs:

  • Be sure to do an introduction to the movers that your dog will be around during the entire process. Dogs can be protective over their families, so familiarizing them with the new faces will help to ease their worries.
  • Bring their favorite toys or other comfort items to keep them calm and comfortable. Incorporating these items in the new home will make them feel more at ease.
  • Treats! Dogs love treats and will be very pleased with you if you bring along their favorite treats to keep them preoccupied. Dogs can have a one-track mind when it comes to food anyway, so this will be a good distraction amid the chaos.
  • Have a plan when it comes to the actual moving of your pets, as moving companies cannot handle this part. The best plan would be to transport them in a crate in your own car alongside your family where they would feel most comfortable.
  • Stay up to date with their health by ensuring they have all their necessary treatments or medications from the vet, especially if you’re moving far enough away to require a new vet office.  . If your new home will be near a woody area or one with lots of other dogs, you will want to make sure your dog stays healthy through any new exposures they may experience.

Cats:

  • Cats can be hesitant around strangers and dislike commotion, so be sure to keep them in a calm, quiet, and trusted location in your home during the packing or unpacking process. Check in on them during this process to calm their anxiety.
  • Bring a crate with a bed in it for your cat to rest in during your drive to the new home. Put any familiar toys and treats in the crate to keep your cat preoccupied.
  • Introduce them to the new home slowly, as too much all at once is not good for cats. Give them time to adjust to their new space and they will come around!

Fish:

  • To begin the relocation process, make sure the fish tank is cleaned out right before you make the move.
  • Have a secure place to transport your fish. Place them in a proper container with fresh water and food for the trip.
  • When you arrive at your new home, set up the same tank so they feel they are still in a familiar place. You want them to feel at home even though the environment may look a bit different to them.

Small Pets:

  • Other pets could include anything like bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and more. These little pets also need your help in getting acquainted with their new homes.
  • House these pets in a trustworthy cage so they can’t get out during the transportation process.
  • They may feel better if you provide them with familiar toys and a private area in their cage where they can unwind and hide from any chaos.
  • Make sure their cage has enough food/water, is clean, and kept at the proper temperature to ensure maximum comfortability during the process.

We hope these suggestions ease any concerns you have with transporting your pets during this hectic time. Follow these tips and your pets will get acclimated in no time. Your pets will soon love the new place as much as you do!

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5 helpful things to consider when moving into a college dorm or housing

-Written by Megan Loop

With a new school year right around the corner, it’s almost time to get packed up for the fall college semester! For those heading to housing on or off a college campus in the coming month, this can be a stressful process, especially with everything else college students have to prepare for. Here are a few tips to make the entire process a little smoother and less stressful.

Make a plan

Get started on a packing list, figure out your move in schedule, and start gathering your essential items. Be sure to wrap any fragile items delicately, and hold onto any boxes you use so when the time comes to pack everything back up, you have the necessary supplies. It’s a great idea to fold down your boxes and place under your bed or in a closet so when it comes time to move out, you have your boxes ready to go!

Figure out your dorm layout and nearby amenities

Familiarize yourself with your dorm layout before moving in so you have an idea of how you will set up your belongings. Figure out where you have room to store your items and check out what amenities your dorm area offers. You could also look up good places to eat, shop, and hang with your friends!

Get rid of items you don’t need or use anymore

Getting rid of unneeded items will reduce your packing list and any overflow when finding storage in your room. Reducing clutter will also ensure your room stays neat and organized throughout the school year.

Get creative with your new room

Get started on any decorations or personal touches you want to add to your room so it feels like home. Bring along any posters or picture frames you like to make the space personal to you. Have any cool lights or cozy items that make you feel safe? Be sure to bring those items to make your new room feel homey.

Much needed items to consider bringing

  • Sanitary items: This could be anything from paper towels, toiletries, cleaning products like Lysol or sanitizing products, and more.
  • First aid kit: In the case of any emergency or injury, you’ll want first aid essentials nearby and any necessary medications.
  • Towels: You will need these for bathing or any swimming opportunities.
  • Fan: It can get pretty hot in dorms. be sure to bring a fan for comfortable room temperature control.
  • Racks and storage bins: Try to keep things organized; you’ll make much better use of your space with these organizational tools.
  • Trash cans and bags: Keep your room tidy by having trash cans nearby.
  • Any necessary cords: You will need to make sure you have your charging cords and extension cords accessible in your room.
  • Shower items: You’ll need all your shower goods like the basics (shampoo, conditioner, bar of soap, etc.) but also keep in mind you may need a shower caddy to hold everything. Flip flops will also come in handy for the bathroom trip.

College move in can be stressful but we hope this guide eases some worries. Laying out a plan and being prepared will allow you to adjust to your new space quicker. Whether you’re on or off campus, this is a fresh start and the perfect time to make your living quarters your own while enjoying your college experience!

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8 tips for preparing your kids for a positive moving experience

-Written by Megan Loop

Change can be hard for kids – especially moving homes – as they uplift their life from a place they’re used to and start somewhere new.

As overwhelming as this might be, there are some steps you can take to make the process a bit more digestible and comforting for them as they adapt to their new surroundings. You may find these tips make the challenge a little less overwhelming for the entire family!

Sit them down for a talk

The first step in this process is sitting your kids down for a talk to explain the transition. Tell them why the move is necessary and listen to any concerns they may have. Be honest and open with them so they feel inclined to ask any necessary questions about the process.

Remind your kids they can easily remain in contact with friends

Typically, the most common issue kids have with moving is the fact that they are leaving their friends. It’s important to remind them to stay in touch with friends and that there will still be opportunities to see them, especially with technology making it easier to stay in reach.

Introduce them to the movers

When the movers arrive, introduce them to your kids so they will feel more comfortable with the team handling their belongings. Establishing trust will make kids feel more at ease with the process. Our teams are professional and friendly and will always do their best to make sure it is a pleasant experience for all.

Encourage them to make new friends in the area

Remind your kids that they now have the chance to get out there and meet new people from different backgrounds in the area you are moving to. Setting up playdates with the neighborhood kids will make them more at ease with the change. Maybe walking over to the houses next door and introducing your kids to the new families will be the start of something great!

Take them on a tour around the new area

Taking a break from getting the new home ready and exploring the area will help your kids get acclimated. Check out restaurants, ice cream shops, parks, and fun activities to do nearby. Getting them used to your new neighborhood and area will help them become excited and comfortable with the change.

Create excitement around their new room

Be enthusiastic about the fact that they get a brand new room and can decide for themselves how they want to set it up. This part is aways exciting for kids. Set aside an area for play that they can go to when they’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Find a fun new use for the packing boxes

Give the kids fun projects with the boxes that’ll keep them busy. Have them get creative with making fun box costumes or drawings on the cardboard! Keeping them preoccupied with a fun new project while you work on unpacking can be beneficial to all.

Keep a positive attitude

Set a positive demeanor for your kids to look to for encouragement. If they see that you are happy with the new home and area, then they may look at the bright side as well! Encourage them to see it as a new adventure that you will take on together.

Utilize these helpful tips to allow for a smooth transition for the entire family. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we want the move to be as seamless as possible!

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Follow these 6 important safety tips as a new homeowner

Being a new homeowner is an exciting and new experience as it signifies a huge steppingstone in your life with making such a big purchase.

With this huge step comes  responsibility, which is why we are breaking down 6  safety measures to consider after the big move. With our more than 35 years of experience in moving people in and out of their homes, we’ve picked up on some helpful tips to share with you.

Check out this safety checklist to ensure your new home experience will be a safe space moving forward!

Electrical hazards

Follow your gut when you notice something off regarding anything electrical. Hazardous situations may arise from a damaged cord, wire, or outlet. It’s best to get it checked out by an electrician to ensure a problem doesn’t arise. Make sure everything is working properly and in the case of an emergency, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the electrical box.

Locating the water and piping system

Take the time to locate the water and piping system so you can familiarize yourself with the inner workings along with how to shut your water off. This is prudent information in the case of a broken pipe or flooding. By knowing this information, you would be able to locate it and turn off the water quickly in any emergency.

Invest in a security system

Nowadays, it’s very common to have security cameras surrounding your home. This could be a Ring camera on your doorbell or some sort of alarm system that will alert you when there is an entry breach. This is always a smart idea in the case of a burglary attempt, or just for monitoring any strange behavior or activity taking place near your home.

Check your smoke alarms and detectors

Ensure that your new home has working smoke alarms and that you and your whole family know how to operate them. Look around to see where they are and if there are enough alarms in the proper places as well.

Check the battery life and ensure you have backup batteries in an accessible place. It also doesn’t hurt to test these alarm systems so you know they will work when an emergency arises. Knowing how to function these devices will save your family from panicking and not knowing what to do when the time comes.

First aid equipment

Be sure to have a designated area in the house for first aid supplies. This could be anything from band aids, bandage wraps, ice packs, antibiotics/creams, thermometer, and so forth. Also make sure you have other emergency items such as flashlights, non-perishable foods, water, batteries, multi-purpose tools, medications, etc. readily available.

Create emergency plans

There are extreme situations that can arise where it is crucial to be prepared, such as tornados, hurricanes, flooding, fires, and so forth. Sitting down with your family to discuss a detailed plan in the event of these emergency situations is critical.

For example, understanding where to go in your home for tornado shelter, how to react to a fire, or having an escape route. It is also a good idea to have emergency contact information in an easily accessible place, especially if there are kids in the household. This way they know exactly who they can call in an emergency situation, especially if parents aren’t home or available.

Follow these safety measures and you and your family will feel more at ease in your new home. It is always wise to be safe rather than sorry, so be sure to educate the whole household on the proper safety measures to be taken. Once this important step is taken you are ready to enjoy this exciting new chapter in your life!

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Top 6 “How-To” moving tips to prepare for your next move

Make no mistake about it: moving isn’t easy! What is easy is when you seek the help of professional movers like us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, which can lift the difficulty and stress out of home moving and make your life a little easier.

To help you even more, we’ve developed a quick guide of “how-to” moving tips to answer some of the bigger questions you might have about moving your home and hiring professional movers.

How To Pack My Belongings

Packing is critical for a successful move and doing it the correct way will make your life significantly easier. Begin the packing process a few weeks before your move so you can slowly chip away at each room in your home. By taking your time and tackling one area at a time, you can avoid getting overwhelmed with all that needs to get done. While packing each box, be sure to label everything accurately so your move team knows where to place each box in your new home. For more packing tips, click here.

How To Stay Organized With A Move

Much like packing, organization goes a long way in eliminating stress, too. The best way to keep yourself organized is by utilizing a moving checklist. If you’re wondering where to find a moving checklist, no worries: we’ve got you covered here

How To Get Ready For Moving Day

First and foremost, make sure you have a day of the move bag ready with anything you might need like toiletries, chargers, extra clothing, and snacks. Since most of your belongings will be packed away, you’ll want this to avoid having to dig through moving boxes.

Be prepared for the movers’ arrival by placing all packed items in a central location such as by the front door or in the garage. This will create a clear path for the movers to go from your home to the truck and back, and will significantly cut down on the time of your move if they can easily grab boxes or other items to load into the truck.

How To Save Money On A Home Move

Everyone wants to save a little money, right? The best way to save yourself some extra cash on moving day is by being prepared, organized, and ready. Like we mentioned above – having all of your items packed up and in a centralized location will cut down on the time movers have to spend navigating around your home to load up the moving truck. Similarly, if you disassemble all beds and furniture before they arrive, it will save them even more time – which will save you money in the long run.

How To Figure Out The Cost Of A Move

Simply put, the best way to figure out the potential cost of hiring professional movers is by reaching out to the company you’re planning on moving with and getting a free moving quote. Be sure to stay honest with the company about how much you’re moving so they can provide you with the most accurate moving assessment. Some companies may opt to do an in-home or virtual estimate where they walk through your home to gauge the size of your move. This option provides an even more accurate estimate for the team.

How To Pick The Right Moving Company

Start by doing your homework on reputable moving companies in your area. Checking out their websites and reading customer reviews are a great start.  Once you’ve narrowed it down, you can compare quotes with companies you’ve reached out to, along with checking the companies are licensed and insured before booking your move. There are plenty of sketchy moving operations out there, so be sure to do your homework and find a reputable, legitimate moving company you can trust!

For more moving tips and ideas, visit our website or our blog and find many more helpful resources to guide you on moving day! If you’d like more information on moving in general, check out our downloadable e-Book on Amazon.

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What to look for when selecting a moving company for your next move

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The idea of moving may sound great: you’re selling your old home, you’re packing up your belongings and movers are helping you with getting them to your new home … a fresh start!

As great as this all sounds, it’s much easier said than done, and there’s quite a bit more that goes into it. Hiring movers might seem as easy as hoping online and paying like you would any other service, but it’s a little more detailed than that. There are plenty of factors which can go into the decision of hiring professional movers and selecting the best moving company for you.

From figuring out moving dates to how much you want moved, how much you want packed, how many movers and trucks it will take for your move, and more – it’s important to have a detailed plan ready and in place before hiring the movers.

Below, we’ve asked a few frontline team members about what customers should be asking and looking into before selecting a moving company.

Take a look!

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