TWO MEN AND A TRUCK long-distance moving options for all move sizes and budgets

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People tend to think of local home moving when they think of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK – and rightfully so – but did you know we also specialize in long-distance moving, too?

It was only right for us to take our local home moving expertise and turn it into multiple service options for long-distance relocations, and we’ve done just that. Long-distance moving can be a challenge, but with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you can trust your belongings are in good hands as we help you get to your new destination quickly and efficiently.

We have three long-distance options for our customers: Expedited, crated, and Value Flex®.

Expedited

This is the traditional option of the three, and is exactly what you’d expect when thinking of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and long-distance moving: our drivers will load up your belongings into one of our 26 ft. moving trucks and hit the road to your new home.

This option provides you with an exact date of delivery for your items, allowing you to plan ahead as you commute to the new destination yourself. Also, your items are the only belongings in the truck during transport, and we offer GPS tracking so you can stay up-to-date on the whereabouts of your items.

Value Flex-Container

For those moving long-distance on a budget, Value Flex is your answer. Providing the same great service you’d get with a normal, local move, you get pricing and flexibility not normally found in long-distance relocation.

Your items are loaded into a 16 ft., portable container by the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location in your area, and then loaded onto a third-party carrier and shipped to your new city. There, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in the area will complete the unload and help deliver the items to your new home.

We provide customers with a 48-hour window of delivery, and you’ll never share container space with other customers.

Value Flex – Crate 

This is a new service at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and 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 carry 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 the same 48-hour window of delivery you would get with Value Flex. Please note: This option is only available at select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations.

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

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.

Use these 4 simple tips for planning a downsize move  

Somehow, some way, the summer season has already passed us by and we’re working our way into the fall season.

This means football, back to school, the weather finally cooling off, and for some people – downsizing their home. If there was ever a time to downsize – whether it’s getting rid of some old belongings, or moving on from your home and transitioning to a new, smaller living space – it’s right before winter hits.

However, downsizing is much easier said than done, and can be a stressful task as it usually involves parting ways with certain items that might be meaningful to you and your family. Deciding what you still need and what you don’t have any use for is not easy, but it’s part of the downsizing process.

The best advice we can give is to build a plan on how you want to downsize and take it step by step to avoid getting overwhelmed. We’ve built out four helpful tips below to help you with the process!

Start early

This is especially important for those who have a downsizing plan that involves moving. You’ll want to get started a few months in advance of moving day so you’re ready when the movers show up at your door. Go day-by-day, room-by-room, and slowly chip away at your downsizing plan so you can manage everything without having too much on your plate.

Toss or donate items you no longer use

When figuring out what you’re going get rid of, one easy question to ask yourself is this: how much will I still use this?

If the first thought you have is “not very often”, then maybe it’s time to part ways. This is a helpful mindset to have during the process of downsizing and will help you feel better about moving on from certain things. You can also evaluate certain items by determining how recent you’ve used it. If it’s been sitting for more than a year, chances are it’s no longer of use to you.

If you have items that you need to get rid of but don’t want to take care of it yourself, we now offer junk removal services at select locations!

Try to be flexible

Moving is complicated, and so is downsizing. This is why staying flexible – and calm, if possible – is important. Plans can change, people can have different opinions, and you never know how you’re going to feel until you’re in the moment. Do your best to keep your downsizing and moving tasks simple and work patiently toward your goal.

Practice patience

A downsizing move and the process that it requires won’t in happen in a day – it takes time. Once you have an ideal move date in mind, work slowly, day-by-day, to chip away at the necessary tasks in order to eliminate as much stress as possible when moving day arrives.

If you’re looking for help on completing an upcoming downsizing move, we’re here to help! Whether it’s helping with the entire move or just assisting with packing, delivery, or loading and unloading – our professional moving teams are ready to help. To learn more about our moving services, click here.

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What to expect on your move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

From the early days of two high school students moving customers’ belongings around Lansing, Mich., to Founder Mary Ellen Sheets selling the first franchise to her daughter, Melanie, one thing has always remained the same at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: a commitment to providing a high-quality moving experience to our customers.

As we’ve continued to expand and evolve the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, this has been a constant which drives the entire company, and it’s what our customers have come to know us for during the last 35 years. However, throughout this time, we’ve learned people can be a bit skeptical when it comes to hiring movers – and understandably so.

Trusting strangers to come into your home and move your items for you can seem overwhelming, especially as you work to pack up your belongings, switch homes, and start a new chapter in your life. Thankfully, our moving teams understand the nuances of moving and how it effects people, and we work hard to take the stress out of this difficult time.

What can you expect from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience? Find out below!

“Movers Who Care®”

Not only is this a nickname which has stuck around for years, it’s a lifestyle: we want to provide the highest levels of care in the moving industry.

From using top-of-the-line moving equipment and moving trucks on every move, to sending only professionally-trained, background-checked, and drug-screened movers to your home or business – you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Services for any moving need

We’re more than just home movers. We can help customers with business moving, packing, junk removal, storage, long-distance moving, and much more.

Whatever your moving needs might be, we can help!

Support from loyal customers

What better way to learn more about a company than to hear it from customers themselves?

Listen below to what they had to say!

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 gear up for “Busiest Move Weekend” 2021

For all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we know that when the school year starts to wind down and the weather starts to warm up, it means one thing: busy moving season.

The summer months are always our busiest time of year, and our franchises nationwide are geared up and ready to rock as they help customers and businesses move forward in these next few months. Studies show that the months of April through September generally contain the most moves throughout the year, and we can confirm this based on our three-plus decades of moving!

“There’s a lot of excitement and energy around Busiest Move Weekend for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, as it truly reflects the brand’s strength and how hard our teams are working in their communities,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President Randy Shacka. “We embrace this as a brand and look forward to serving a record number of customers during what may be one of the most stressful times in their lives.”

For 2021, this last week of June is looking to be what we call our “Busiest Move Weekend” – the time when our franchises are completing the most moves over one weekend as a brand.

It’s a time to celebrate all of the hard work our movers, drivers, and customer service representatives put in and to show our appreciation to customers for trusting TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to handle their moves.

“We take great pride in our moving services and are so appreciative of the record number of customers choosing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, whether they’re moving across their town or across the country,” Shacka said.

Whether you’re planning to move this weekend – or anytime this summer – we’ve added some helpful tips, resources, and ideas below for you to ensure you have best moving day possible!

Moving Checklist

The most important factor in completing a stress-free move is using a moving checklist. Thankfully for you, we’ve put one together using all of the tips and tricks we’ve accumulated over the years. You can find it, here.

Packing Tips

A seamless moving experience starts with effective packing, and this packing tips guide will point you in the right direction to make sure everything is taken care of when the movers arrive at your home or business.

What Moving Companies Can’t Move

Unfortunately, not all of your belongings can be handled by professional movers, and it’s important to know what they can and can’t move so you aren’t left scrambling on moving day. We’ve put together that list, here.

Moving With Pets

For those with pets, that’s another dynamic of moving you have to worry about when moving day arrives. You can find useful tips and tricks for moving with your pets, here.

Home Safety Guide

Although not necessarily a “moving tip”, this safety guide for when you arrive at your new home is a good idea to look over so you don’t run into any issues as you get settled in.

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Customer testimonials share a positive glimpse into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Since the mid-1980’s when Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and her two sons began a local moving service in Lansing, Michigan called “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK”, one singular focus has always remained in everything we do: provide outstanding customer service.

It’s what drives our brand and what has built our reputation in all of the communities we work. It’s important for us to provide the best customer experience possible while working to take the stress out of moving. This mindset is also represented in our company core values, which each member of our brand strives to live by each and every day.

Whether we’re completing a traditional home move from one side of town to the next, moving across the state or across the country with long-distance moving, hauling items away with our new junk removal service, or providing a smaller service like packing or storage – customer service always comes first. We do our best to live up to the nickname “Movers Who Care®”.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Take it from the ones who have lived and experienced it: our customers!

If you’re moving soon and are looking to hire professional movers, visit our website to learn more about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can assist you!

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.

Five easy ways to make the moving process a positive experience for kids

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-Written by Christina Baker

Moving tends to have an emotional and even daunting reputation – especially for children. They may not like the idea of too much change at once, and it’s probably overwhelming for them. However, there are several ways a child can learn to adapt to – and even enjoy – their moving experience.

Follow these tips to better your move for the whole family!

Explain the situation

Your children may be having a hard time understanding exactly why you’re moving. Have an open and honest conversation with them on why this is what’s best for your family. Encourage them to ask any questions they may have.

Prepare your kids for the move by having these conversations throughout the moving process so they will feel more comfortable.

Stay in touch & meet new people

A big part of the reason kids don’t want to move is because they might be scared to leave their friends. However, you can assure them they will still see their friends from your old neighborhood. Set up playdates for the future with the other parents so your child knows for certain that you’ll stay in touch.

It’s also important to let kids know they can make friends anywhere. Take them to your new neighborhood and introduce yourselves to the other families in that area. Taking this approach helps kids to see they can have friendships regardless of where they live.

Get them excited

You can get your kids excited about the move by taking them to the new house, if possible. Show them their new bedroom, and even ask them how they want to decorate it. Walk them through the house and explain to them the benefits of the new house, such as a pool, a new playroom, etc. Showing your children the endless possibilities of memories that can be created in your new space will allow them to look forward to living there.

Make it fun

Throughout the process of the move, try not to take it so seriously in front of your kids. Make games out of packing your belongings and allow them to have fun during this time. You could even keep your moving boxes. Kids love to be creative with objects that may otherwise be thrown away. Encourage them to even make a fort out of your moving boxes once you’re finished with them.

Mini Mover Mania Game & Coloring

If you want to keep your kids busy during the move, we have the perfect fix! Our interactive video game, Mini Mover Mania, gives players the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat. This exciting racing game encourages players to get their customer’s belongings to their new destination in a safe way, while still trying to beat time and tackle rough terrains. For kids who would rather color, print off this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK coloring page! It’s sure to keep kids occupied as they color in Truckie embarking on a new travel.

To get TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Mini Mover Mania video game as well as the coloring page, visit our “Moving With Kids” page on our website!

Moving can be a hard time on your children. However, by following these steps, your transition should become much smoother for your kids, and the rest of the family as well!

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.

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Moving yourself vs. hiring professionals: The differences between the two and how each cost is different

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Often times when we get asked about moving, the first question is always the same: How much does it cost?

Cost is usually the deciding factor in how people go about home moving, whether they’re planning to hire a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, or try and complete the move themselves. The common misconception thrown around in the world of home moving is that doing it yourself is a “cheaper” option than hiring professionals. On the surface, this might seem like the case, but once it is broken down, you’ll see moving on your own can add up price-wise.

Below, we’ve broken down some of the costs and factors you should consider when moving yourself vs. hiring professional movers.

Time

While not technically a cost, time is still important and valuable, and moving yourself takes a lot of your own personal time. You’ll still be responsible for packing up all of your belongings into boxes, loading them into a rental truck, and unloading  at your new house

If you’re doing this alone or with friends who aren’t professionally trained, it will more than likely take a few trips. Multiple trips can generally lead to multiple days of moving as opposed to just one, and this is more time spent on gas, renting the truck, and the miscellaneous costs of keeping you and your friends happy, hydrated, and fed.

Moving equipment

If you’re planning on moving yourself, what equipment will you use? It’s not a smart idea to try loading it into a pickup truck. For a full home move, you’re going to need a moving truck, which means renting a truck from a rental company. The costs of renting also includes the gas for the truck, which isn’t cheap.

You’ll also need to get your hands on equipment like moving straps, dollies, ropes, stretch wrap, and furniture pads, or packing supplies and moving boxes so your belongings stay safe.

The potential for damage and injury

Moving isn’t as easy as it looks, and there’s a reason moving companies are considered “professionals”. Trying to move heavy items on your own puts you at risk for injury if you aren’t properly trained on moving techniques.

This can also lead to added stress during the move, which creates a miserable experience for everyone.

Finding “help”

The old “find a friend with a truck” has been around forever when it comes to moving, but in all seriousness, you’re going to need help if you plan on handling a move yourself.

Recruiting friends can be tough, but you’ll also need to compensate them for their time – whether that’s just paying them straight up, or offering them food for their troubles. Either way, this is more cost on your end.

Why you should consider hiring movers

When you factor in everything above – the money you’ll spend on trucks and equipment, the potential for damages due to not being professionally trained, or the long-term health effects of trying to move yourself – you’ll realize you’re not saving as much as you might think.

Hiring a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ensures all of the instances listed above are taken care of while you sit back and focus on more important things. The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more true than with our company, and you’re getting a full-service, professional experience when you use our teams.

With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you get:

-Free moving estimates, in-home, over the phone, or online

-Packing options and packing supplies for sale

-An in-home walk through with our professional moving teams, followed by a walk-through of your new home so we know exactly how to plan for your move

If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to get the job done and let us show you why we’ve earned the nickname “Movers Who Care”!

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.

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What you should consider before moving into a rental property

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We’re cruising through the spring months and as we head into the summer season we get into the time of year that we call the busy moving season.

Some might be moving into a new home or moving their business, but another area of moving we see often during the spring and summer months is with rental properties – mainly apartments and condos. As leases come to an end, those who choose to live in rental properties – or those looking for one for the first time – will be searching for the best fit for them as they look to sign their next lease.

Like any type of moving, apartment and condo moving brings its own unique set of challenges and to-do lists, but unlike home moving, you aren’t dealing with mortgages or other house-related issues. Instead, you take on things like renter’s insurance, deposits, and leases.

We’re experts in apartment and condo moving and have handled just about every situation imaginable, so we put together a few important pieces you should know if your next move is into a new rental property.

Use extensive research to find the best fit for you

This should be the first step of any apartment or condo search. In any instance where you are signing a lease, you are locked in for a set amount of time, so you want to make sure you’re completely comfortable with the situation before signing.

Make sure you are comfortable with the area you are moving, the price range of the rent, and with the amenities being offered or the things required of you as a tenant. It’s also encouraged to go take a visit of the property before signing.

Know all the details of what you’re paying

There’s generally a list of fees required when you sign up for a lease, like security deposits, a month’s rent in advance, and paying for additional appliances. It’s important to sit down with the landlord and go over each cost expected of you so you are fully aware of how much you are paying.

Ask questions at signing

As you sit down for your final meeting with the landlord to sign your lease, use this time to ask any final questions you might have about your contract, the facilities, or just about leasing in general. Be sure to review everything you are signing so you understand what is expected of you.

Buy renter’s insurance

This is an absolute must for anyone who is renting. This will give you peace of mind as a renter, and also keep your personal belongings protected should some unfortunate instance occur. Whether it’s a break-in, a flood, or a fire – you’ll be covered and will be able to get back some of what you lost.

Set up your utilities in advance

Once you know you’ll be signing your lease for a new rental, begin contacting the necessary utility companies in your area to get accounts set up with what you’ll need. Some apartments and condos have certain utilities included with your rent.

Complete a move in checklist

Once move in day arrives and you start bringing your belongings into your new home, the landlordwill provide you with some type of move in checklist to assess the current state of your rental property. Be sure to go around and examine everything to check for any damages or things missing and write them down so you aren’t charge for it at a later date.

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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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A look into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

Having celebrated 8 million moves as a brand earlier this summer, and with franchises in 44 states across America and in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – we’ve established ourselves as pioneers within the moving industry.

We’re proud to boast a 96% customer referral rating – and happy to tell you about it – but sometimes, you don’t want to hear it from the brand itself. You want to hear it from the people who have done it: customers!

Thankfully, some of our loyal customers have been nice enough over the years to take the time and share their experience moving with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Rob from Pasadena, California, spoke with us about his big moving day and how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was able to help him get to his new home.

Enjoy!

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