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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

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.

Top 8 things you should know about moving during the busy moving season

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Normally, our teams across the country would be gearing up for our “Busiest Move Weekend” of the year – a weekend where we are completing nearly 6,000 moves– but with complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to adjust a bit

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.

Below, we’ve compiled some of the most important information we think could be beneficial to know prior to your upcoming move.

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.

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.

Eight ways to make moving with kids an experience to remember

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-Written by Andie Millerov 

Whether it’s a few blocks away or across the country, moving to a new place with unfamiliar surroundings can be nerve-racking. Many adults may experience that uneasy feeling as they prepare to move and envision how they will settle in. Now, imagine that feeling from a child’s perspective. No matter your child’s age, moving can be tough for them. Consider the suggestions below to help them adjust to the idea and help you breathe easier.

Give them time – Springing a move on your kids, even if your new destination is only a few minutes away, can lead to overwhelming feelings to arise. Take the time you need to figure out a gentle way to break the news, but try to give as much notice as possible so they have plenty of time to process the change before it happens. Be sure to answer questions and address any concerns they may have.

Introduce the movers – When the movers arrive on the big day, take a moment to introduce them to your kids. Doing so will establish trust and reassure them that their most treasured possessions are in capable hands.

Get to know your new neighbors – Depending on how long you lived at your old house, you and your family may have formed relationships with neighbors. Make an effort to do so at your new house if possible, showing your kids that a new house means new connections!

Get them excited about their new room – Be sure your child is involved in unpacking their own belongings and let them get creative in how they set up their bedroom and play areas – with your help, of course.

Keep in touch with old neighbors and friends – As you get settled in your new home, carve out some time to help your child write a letter to a friend or old neighbor telling them about their new house. Better yet, ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, or family friends to send a letter to your child. Everyone loves happy mail, and it’s bound to brighten their day to receive something at their new address.

Explore – Take a break from unpacking and go on a bike ride or walk with the kids through your new neighborhood. Or, if the weather is nice, pack a simple picnic and find a nearby park to enjoy it at. It’s important to take a break from the chaos to unwind and spend time together.

Repurpose your boxes – Once you’ve unpacked, use some of the boxes to create box costumes! The kids will love getting creative.

Be enthusiastic – The more positive you remain during the whole move experience, the more confident your children will feel about the change. Show them you are ready for this new adventure, and they will be too!

Click here for more information about moving with kids.

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 7 expert tips for your next apartment move

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Regardless of the size of your move, or where you’re moving to or from, packing and relocating from one place to the next is still a stressful process!

Apartment moving can present some challenges, too. From finding roommates to learning the rules and regulations of the apartment complex you are moving into, navigating stairs and organizing your belongings into your new, sometimes smaller space, can present a unique set of obstacles.

We’ve developed some helpful tips for our customers to use when moving into a new rental that are sure to make the moving process much easier on you.

Follow along!

Questions, questions, questions!

Be sure to find out everything possible from your landlord or apartment office, and ask questions on anything you feel is important. Everything from what utilities are included to what amenities are available, what perks are included, the best way to pay your rent, etc.

Also – be sure to look at reviews from past tenants to get a feel for what the management is like at your new complex and what you can expect as a new tenant.

Get a head start on packing

One of the biggest  tips we can offer customers is to start your packing early. If you get an early jump on packing for your move, the rest becomes so much easier and will help to alleviate some stress leading up to move day.

Figure out what important items are going with you to your new apartment, what you’ll throw out or donate, and go from there. Also be sure to label your boxes clearly so the movers know where the boxes belong in your new place, and when you begin unpacking at your new home, you know exactly what’s in each box.

For more packing tips, click here.

Purchase renter’s insurance

If you don’t already have renter’s insurance prior to moving into a new apartment, you’ll want to take care of this. Renter’s insurance protects your belongings from unfortunate incidents like burglary or damage from fires or leaks, and will provide you with the peace of mind that your items are safe at all times.

Set up utilities ahead of time

The last thing you want is to show up to your new apartment and not have anything work. More times than not, the water bill is included in an apartment lease, but the rest – gas, electricity, cable, and internet – is up to the tenant.

Be sure to get these services set up well in advance, giving your providers the move in date so services are turned on when you’re ready for them.

Clean up your old place

Although it’s time to say goodbye to your old home, you don’t want to leave it a mess. Going through and doing a thorough cleaning will not only save you from any necessary charges or complaints, but it can also help you spot anything you may have accidentally left behind before the move.

Gather all details of your move

Many apartments have a certain set of guidelines that people must follow when moving into a complex, from figuring out where to park, special move in hours, and even elevator reservations if you’re relocating to a high rise.

Be sure to find out these details from your landlord or apartment office, and also ask about the following: what utilities you need, when to pick up your keys, what elevator regulations are, and when the first rent check is due.

Leave your move to the pros!

Save yourself the hassle of moving your belongings – call us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to handle it for you! We’re the go-to source for apartment movers, and we aim to take the stress out of moving, and have professionally- trained, courteous movers ready to make your move a breeze. We‘re experienced in figuring out all of the important details required for an apartment move, and will have you settled in your new place in no time.

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.