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Safety tips to keep in mind when you own a home

-Written by Christina Baker

Moving into a new home gives you and your family a chance for new beginnings. You may be feeling a mix of emotions such as excitement and stress – after all, a new home means more responsibility. There are many different safety precautions that must be taken before you move, and we’re here to help break a few of them down for you!

Use this checklist to ensure proper safety precautions are taken before you move into your new space!

Smoke alarms and detectors

Make sure your home has enough smoke detectors throughout the entire house. Then, make sure each detector has batteries and test them to be sure they work properly. Keep some backup batteries just in case! It’s also a good idea to put carbon monoxide detectors on each level of the home.

Electrical

The best safety tip to live by for the electrical in your home is if it doesn’t look quite right, check it out. If you’re unfamiliar with electrical work, call an electrician to double check that everything is how it should be. Since frayed wires and cords can easily start fires, it’s best to make this a priority for your new home.

Water and pipes

In case of an emergency such as a broken pipe or flooding, it’s best to know exactly where you can shut off the water to your house. You should also have the pipes of the house inspected to make sure they’re fully equipped to work properly without any leaks or breaks.

Home protection system

A home protection system may not be needed by everyone, but it’s a great investment for those who would like a little more peace of mind. Since home burglaries are unfortunately quite common, finding good home security will help to keep the chances of someone breaking in lower.

It’s also crucial to double check the locks on all doors in your house, including the garage.

Have an emergency plan

Have a discussion with your family on exactly what you will all do incase of an emergency. This can include plans for a fire, flood, etc.

If everyone has an idea of what they need to do and where they need to be in case any of these events take place, your family will feel slightly more at ease and in control.

Miscellaneous emergency items

  • Several stocked first-aid kits around the house
  • Keep all the emergency phone numbers somewhere safe and visible in the house
  • Use this comprehensive guide from the American Red Cross to create an effective emergency kit

Once you’ve taken the proper safety measures, you’re ready to make your new house a home!

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Top 5 expert tips for moving into college dorms

As summer comes to an end, many young adults are starting to get ready to move into their college dorms. Whether it’s your first or fourth year, these tips will help you to maximize your storage and make the most of your small living space!

Start with a packing list

Creating a packing list before moving into your dorm will allow you to save time and space. A list can also help make sure that you’re only bringing the necessities so you don’t have extra clutter you probably will not need.

Look at your dorm before you move in

Since there are a few different types of dorm styles, look on your school’s website before moving in to see pictures of your future space. This will help you to come up with ideas on how you’re going to organize the room and make it livable for you.

Every space is a storage space

Whether you’re living in a dorm or a smaller apartment, finding storage can be tricky. Places like underneath the bed, desk drawers, a shelf of the closet, etc., can be used to store any of your things. You can even use the back of your door as a hanging shoe rack, or to hang towels.

Hold onto your boxes

Be sure to hang onto the boxes you use when you move in. This will make the process of moving out much less stressful. Flatten out the boxes when you’re done to minimize the amount of space they take up.

Make it your own

Since you’ll be spending the next several months in your new dorm, make it a place you enjoy being in. Create a plan with your roommate on how you want to decorate and personalize your room so you’re both able to have a space you’re comfortable in.

Although it may seem like you don’t have much room in a college dorm, you can always get creative with your new space. Follow these tips to start your new school year in college off right!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s movetrac and other planning resources will get you prepared and organized for move day

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If you’re a regular TWO MEN AND A TRUCK blog reader, you’ve probably noticed how often we talk about organization. It’s critical to a successful move, and we can’t stress it enough how important proper packing and organization is before, during, and after a move.

Moving stress can amplify as your move date gets closer, and figuring out how to even get organized may not be your number one priority. Thankfully, that’s no longer something you need to worry about with movetrac. Developed by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, movetrac is your guide to preparation, planning, organization, and helpful resources leading up to your move. Best of all? It’s free!

It’s another way we work hard to help our customers create an efficient and positive move experience. Here are a few ways movetrac can help you!

Checklists

After you fill out a movetrac profile with your move information, movetrac will build a tailored moving checklist just for you. It features an easy-to-follow to-do list that you can monitor as you work toward moving day.

Progress tracking

Your progress throughout your move is tracked in movetrac, and it has a timeline feature that lets you know how you are coming along. It will even alert you about tasks you have missed on your to-do list.

Extensive resources

To match the information presented with your checklists, movetrac also features an extensive library of resources that will help to answer any questions you have about moving. From moving tips to ideas on how to get prepared, all things moving are covered in this section of movetrac.

Our list of moving resources doesn’t stop with movetrac, either. Here are a few more helpful links that’ll help you take on any move!

Moving Tips

Packing Tips

Moving With Pets

Moving With Kids

Moving with Seniors

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Follow these simple tips to allow your pets to adjust during your next move

-Written by Christina Baker

Moving is a hectic time for everyone. There is an endless to-do list and your mind may seem as though it’s in a million different places at once. With that said, it’s important not to forget about your pet as you make your move.

Whether this pet be a dog, cat, fish, smaller animal, etc., helping them throughout the move will impact how they adjust to their new home. Moving may come with its challenges, but don’t let giving your pet a new home be one of them! Follow these tips on how to best help your pet adjust to their new atmosphere. 

Dogs

  • Make sure your dog’s health is a top priority during this move. Take them to their vet to make sure they are healthy enough to be included in the moving process, as this will ensure that both you and them have a better moving experience.
  • Introduce your dog to the movers! Dogs can be very protective over their family. Make sure you show your dog that your movers are not a threat to them or their family. This will help to calm them down and become familiar with these new people.
  • Carry objects that remind them of home! To help keep your dog calm during this crazy time, try to carry a toy or small blanket on you that will help to distract them.
  • Since most moving companies don’t handle moving animals, be sure to have other arrangements for them. We recommend keeping a crate in your car to help move them from home to the next.

Cats

  • It’s no secret that cats can be very anxious. Help them through the move by making sure they have a quiet place to themselves far from all the moving commotion.
  • Be sure to have a crate in the car for your cat when moving. Try to have objects such as toys and bedding in the crate so your cat is more comfortable in the car ride.
  • Talk to your veterinarian before the move to check if your cat needs any type of medication to help keep them calm during the moving process.

Fish

  • To help your fish better acclimate to their new environment, start by cleaning out their tank the morning of your move.
  • Drain all the water out, take any toys out of the tank and clean those as well.
  • Put your fish in a secure bag or container with clean water for the trip.
  • Once you’ve arrived in your new home, put fresh water into the new tank and put your fish back into their tank!

Small Animals

  • Small pets usually include hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils, who may also need help adjusting to a move.
  • Small pets can travel in their normal cages, just be sure their cage is sealed so they cannot escape during this hectic time.
  • Its extremely important to regulate the temperature of their cage to help keep them healthy during the move.

We hope you enjoyed reading these tips for moving with your pets!

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Create a moving checklist to keep you on track during the moving process

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Home moving is a delicate process, one where a good amount of planning is required in order to eliminate unwanted stress or chaos as you transition from one home to another.

Some of the steps required include packing all of your belongings, figuring out which items you’ll be parting ways with, changing addresses for utilities and bills, hiring movers, and much more. We’ve helped people move for more than 35 years now and the best piece of advice we can give to customers for eliminating move stress is always the same: proper planning and organization – specifically by using a moving checklist.

A moving checklist is the best way to take your move in stride and chip away at the process piece by piece as you work toward moving day. From figuring out your plan of action to determining how you will go about packing, and everything else in between – a moving checklist is a good way to track your progress and give you an idea of how things are going.

One helpful moving checklist resource we’ve developed for those who want to take this virtual is Movetrac, which is a comprehensive list of moving resources and checklists where you can see real-time progress and get your moving questions answered all in one place!

We’ve also put together some of the most important tasks in a comprehensive moving checklist you can follow below. Enjoy!

Moving Checklist

One month before your move

  • Contact, schedule, and hire a mover as soon as you know you are planning to complete a home move to ensure you get the moving day you want and that movers are available.
  • Begin the cleaning of various areas of your house – closets, attics, garage, etc.
  • Begin changing your local address where necessary in areas like mailing, insurance, school records, and so on.
  • Purchase moving boxes and packing supplies to help get things rolling on your move – local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations offer a wide-variety of moving and packing supplies to fit all of your moving needs.

1-2 weeks before moving day

  • Start canceling anything that is tied to what will soon be your past home address – Internet, cable, newspapers, or any labor services you receive around your home.
  • Call all of your local utility companies and be sure they know the exact day to stop charging your old home address for services.
  • Start the packing process and go room by room so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Be sure to properly label and organize boxes so you know where everything is on moving day.

The week of moving day

  • Finish up any last-minute cleaning around your home and make sure everything looks nice for when you officially move out.
  • Continue working on packing all of your belongings and try to be finished before moving day arrives. For items you no longer need, donate them to a charitable cause or sell them if possible.
  • Make transportation plans for the day of the move so you know how you’re getting to the new place. If you have kids or pets, develop a plan that fits their needs, too, and figure out where they will be while the home move is taking place.
  • Mail in any change of address forms so your new place is ready to go with your information.

The day before moving day

  • Be in contact with your moving company and double-check that everything is set in stone for the ensuing moving day. If you’re moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we will send a pre-move email solidifying all important details of your home move.
  • Ensure all breakable items have been removed from dresser drawers and packed away.
  • Take out some cash to hold you over during the moving process. This might come in handy if you need to get some pizza or snacks to feed everyone!
  • Perform one final cleaning of your home and appliances.

Moving day

  • Pack an essentials bag for items you can access immediately when arriving at your new home. This can include anything from chargers to toothbrushes, quick snacks, etc.
  • Make sure there is a clear moving path inside and outside of your home for movers to operate.
  • Be sure you are at the home when the professional movers arrive so that you are accessible should they have any questions and concerns.
  • Once the movers have loaded everything onto the moving truck, do one final walkthrough of the home and make sure nothing was left behind. Last but not least – go say goodbye to your neighbors!

If you’ll be moving soon and would like to see more of this moving checklist, click here! If you are interested in using our moving services for your next home move – or if you need any other service such as junk removal – visit our website to learn more!

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What our moving teams are unable to transport during your next home or business move

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The weather is heating up, the school year is slowly coming to a close, and it’s  getting to be the time where most people will find themselves moving throughout the summer months.

Moving can be tricky, and organization skills and planning are key to having a stress-free moving day. It can certainly be overwhelming as you get ready for a move, from buying a house to packing up your belongings, switching your bills and utilities, hiring professional movers, and determining a moving date – it’s quite the process.

An area we like to often remind our customers about – one which normally gets overlooked – is what moving companies can’t move. It’s important to know this information because it will save you the time and hassle of arranging a new plan last-second if you find out a certain item mentioned below cannot be transported by our team.

We’ve compiled a list of common items we cannot move below. Be sure to ask prior to moving day if you have additional questions about this, too!

Plants and animals

Generally, anything which falls under the category of “living” is unable to be moved in our trucks for safety concerns, and this includes plants and animals. Please make prior arrangements on how your plants and animals will be transported. For helpful tips on moving with pets, click here.

Medications and prescription drugs

This is to prevent an emergency situation where a customer would need said prescriptions or medications which are packed away on our trucks.

Gasoline engines and 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.

Perishable food items

Anything which is fresh, frozen, or refrigerated cannot be moved on our trucks to avoid a situation of rotting or spoiling during transport.

We recommend planning a few days’ worth of meals leading up to your moving date so you have something to eat and aren’t relying on your old food. You can also pack a cooler with your refrigerated items and transport them in your personal vehicle.

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.

Flammable items

The following items fall into this category and cannot be moved: propane, car batteries, paint, household cleaners, antifreeze, ammunition, and weed killer. Federal law prohibits these from being transported in our moving trucks.

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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Important details to know when moving during the busy moving season

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We’re pushing along through the month of April, the weather is warming up across the country, which signals to all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that busy moving season is near.

We’re gearing up with hiring efforts, training our new team members, and prepping our locations to handle the surge of customers wanting to move during the spring and summer months. If you’re someone who has an upcoming move during this time, you should be getting ready, too!

According to statistics compiled at MovingLabor.com, nearly 80 percent of all moves that happen across the United States occur between the months of April and September. While things may be “different” everywhere, people still need to move, and we’re here to help.

So if you’re one of the individuals who fall into this statistic, how should you be getting ready? There are a variety of moving tips we can offer and services to meet any moving need, and we’re even offering our customers junk removal options for a different kind of moving service these days. Our number one piece of advice for moving day? Be prepared!

Preparation when it comes to moving will significantly decrease the stress involved with it, and it can be a stressful time if it’s not done right. This sounds easier said than done, but thankfully for you, we’ve pinpointed some areas where you can start this preparation.

Follow along!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and COVID-19 precautions

We’ve adapted our business to be conscious and compliant with federal and local guidelines, as well as information recommended by the CDC. Our franchises are working hard to practice social distancing when possible, while taking extra sanitation precautions to keep moving equipment clean and our employees and customers to safe.

To learn how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Use these top moving tips to get ready for moving day

With any subject, the best people to ask are the professionals themselves. We took that literally and decided to ask some of our frontline team members – the ones who live and breathe moving every day – what their top moving tips are, which you can view, here.

Moving checklists to stay organized

One of the most important factors in completing a home move is using a moving checklist. Thankfully, we’ve developed a comprehensive moving checklist, which you can find, here.

Or, if you’re looking for a more interactive checklist through your phone or computer, you can learn about our newest moving resource – movetrac.

Packing tips

Another major factor in the moving process is properly packing your belongings. Our in-depth packing guide will show you the right way to tackle the packing process, and will also point you in the right direction of packing services and packing supplies that are available to you.

Money saving tips for your next move

Who doesn’t want to save money? This important information will help save you some cash on your next home move.

Know what movers can and can’t move

While we do our best to help you with all of your moving needs, there are some things that moving companies can’t move. It’s important to know what these items are so you don’t find yourself scrambling on moving day. We’ve put together a list, here.

Specialty moving services

Not every moving need is for a home or business move – sometimes you just need something moved around your home, a truck unloaded, junk removal, or more. Thankfully, we can help you there, too! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers a variety of specialty moving services for those who just need some help with the heavy lifting. Learn more, here.

Moving with kids and pets

You might not think of it, but kids and pets can also become a big part of the moving process as you work to keep them happy and involved. We’ve put together helpful tips for moving with pets and moving with kids.

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Top 5 money-saving tips for your next home move

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There’s never a bad scenario to save some money, right? We know the biggest concern people have with hiring professional movers can be the cost, so we’ve developed a few easy tips for you to keep in mind for your next move.

The most important factor when it comes to saving money during the moving process is time. Local moves are generally charged by the hour, so anything you can do to cut down on the time your movers are there will save you money in the long run.

Take a look at some of our helpful tips for preparing and saving time and money on your move!

Be honest with your moving company

It’s extremely important to be as accurate as possible when setting up a move with a professional moving company. You may think leaving out a detail or two about what you need moved is ok when getting your estimate and booking a move, but in the end, it could end up causing your move to take longer and cost more than your estimate outlined.

When the moving company is working with you to complete your moving estimate, be as accurate as possible with their team so they can accurately prepare for your move. Failing to mention certain items or belongings (like large objects), how many boxes you have, or how big your home actually is may add more time to the move as they make adjustments on the day of.

Disassemble all furniture and beds

While not necessary – movers at most of our locations can disassemble and reassemble furniture and beds for you – however this will save you time if you do it on your own. Generally, items like this need to be disassembled before being loaded onto the truck, so if you are able to do it before the moving team arrives, that is less time they’ll spend doing it at your home.

Pack efficiently

Packing is vital to any home move, and if your items are packed upon the arrival of your moving team, they can begin loading the truck immediately.

If you need help with packing, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams are professionally trained to pack your belongings and can pack as little or as much as you’d like! Or, if you want to pack on your own, we offer a full line of moving boxes and packing supplies that will help with any move.

For more packing tips, click here.

Organize all belongings

Another way to significantly cut down on time is by organizing all of your belongings in a central location. This can be somewhere like the living room or the garage, but having one central location will cut down on the time the movers have to spend navigating through your home. An easily accessible area will allow them to quickly work back and forth between the moving truck and your home.

Be prepared

Above all else, be prepared. Many of our frontline team members have mentioned that nothing beats good planning when it comes to moving day, and doing so will eliminate any last minute change ups, eliminate the need to add more time, and again – save you money! Try using one of our moving checklists or our movetrac app to help with preparation.

For more helpful moving tips to get you ready for moving day, click here. If you are looking to complete an upcoming home move, visit our website to learn how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can help you move forward today.

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Research and ask important questions beforehand to avoid falling victim to moving scam operations

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We’re a brand who is committed to providing the best customer experience possible when it comes to the stressful task of moving.

Moving is known for being one of life’s most stressful events – deservedly so – and we make it our mission to alleviate this stress by providing you with the best customer service, professionally trained movers, and a work ethic that is unmatched in the moving industry. Unfortunately, the moving industry’s reputation is often damaged by illegitimate operations who don’t have the customer’s best interest in mind and are looking to scam them out of money.

These “scam” operations will make a promise of low-priced moving services, which draws in potential customers who are looking to find the best deal. However, this usually comes with a sacrifice: movers who aren’t professionally trained, who don’t care about your belongings, and teams who might not even show up at all despite taking your money.

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

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

These online reviews are a good gauge for a company’s reputation. Customers don’t hold back when it comes to online reviews, so you’ll get a good feel for what you’ll get with a company. Looking at both the good and bad are crucial, and more importantly, how the company responds to the negative ones.

Online research is also another good route to take when looking into a company. It will help you find out information on issues like how they treat their employees, how professional they are, if they offer the necessary equipment for moving, and more. This is all important information to know when you are hiring a moving company.

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

Lastly, another area where you can decipher scams from legitimate operations is with online quote forms. Shady advertisements and data aggregators can often give the impression of being real online, but they’re just looking to sell your customer info to other companies. This is why it’s important to get your moving quotes directly from the moving company itself.

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

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

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Tips to consider on your next move, straight from our frontline moving experts!

We consider our frontline team members – movers, drivers, and move consultants – our moving experts. They interact and create memorable move experiences with our customers daily! It’s safe to say, they know a thing or two about home and business moving, packing, and everything in between.

So when it comes to providing the best tips for completing your upcoming move, who better to ask than our moving experts?

A few of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise team members provided their best tips for customers looking to save a little bit of money and take some stress out of their next move.

Here’s what they had to say!

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