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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!

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.

Downsize your home with these handy tips

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Completing a downsizing move isn’t like a standard home move, as you’re not only moving to a smaller space, but also working hard to donate or sell unwanted items in the process.

For those making a transition where a smaller living situation and less belongings makes sense, learning the best ways to effectively downsize can get you well on your way to the next chapter of your life. Whether you’re retired and looking for more simplicity in life or you’re looking to save a little bit of money, downsizing can be a great option.

It’s best to begin a downsizing move by starting small well in advance, and handling tasks individually, that way you ensure every detail is covered and nothing gets overlooked.

An expert list of downsizing tips is a good place to start, and we’re here to help!

Planning

Try to establish a plan on how you’re going to begin the downsizing process. When determining what will get packed and shipped to the next house and what will get thrown away, go room-by-room to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Effective planning also includes preparing a time frame for your move, hiring professional movers, packing, and much more. Call your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise for help, here!

Don’t organize everything all at once

Downsizing and packing can’t be done in just a few hours – it takes time and patience to get the job done right. As previously mentioned, have a plan for each room and tackle them one by one.

Does this fit with your next step?

This is one of the toughest questions when evaluating what items will be moved, but one of the most crucial. If an item doesn’t make logistical sense and won’t be of much use at your next home, it’s best to part with it now.

Taking it along to the next location will only take up space and effort.

Is it broken and can it be fixed?

Some items you own may be on the fence between “useful” and “garbage”, and this is another tough decision that needs to be made when downsizing.

If something can be fixed or repaired before your move, keep it! If there’s no chance of either of those ever happening, send it to the curb.

How often is it being used?

Many of your belongings may seem important at first glance, but in reality, might not be of any use. As you’re going around organizing and determining what gets packed, asked yourself how much you’ve been using each item.

If the answer is “not often”, toss it! This will save you the hassle of dealing with it at a later time, and will also making the moving process much easier. Another good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used the item in a year, don’t take it with you,

Stay flexible!

With any type of move, whether downsizing or not, packing and moving can get complicated. Plans can change, opinions can differ, and last-second decisions are usually required. Stay flexible during this process!

Staying flexible will help you keep a level head during your home move, and will also ease the stress of moving and while keeping everything going at a relaxing pace.

If you’re looking to complete an upcoming downsizing move, or know somebody who is, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is ready to help! Use our franchise locator to find the location nearest you, and let us make your next home move a breeze!

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

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

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Written by Erik Sargent

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

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

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

-6,200 moves completed

-An average of 22 moves completed per franchise location

-3,100 trucks in operation

-372,000 miles traveled

-37,131,800 pounds worth of belongings moved

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

The “Movers Who Care®” difference

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

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

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

Get organized and ready for your big move!

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

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

Get organized!

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

Packing

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

Communicate and relax!

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

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

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® expert tips for relocating south

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-Written by Erik Sargent

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the television sets are constantly streaming football, basketball, playoff baseball, and hockey, which can only mean one thing – winter is near! For those that live in the northern regions of the country, these are the last few months before the cold weather sets in and we’re all bundled up inside.

For those who aren’t interested in spending that much time in the cold, they often pack up their belongings, hit the road, and relocate to warmer climates for the winter. This can seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is here to help ensure you’re on the beach in no time!

We’ve compiled a few key areas that are important to tackle as you prepare for this journey, and hope it can create a smooth moving process a for you.

Downsizing and organizing

If you’re relocating south – even just temporarily – then you’ll want to be selective of items you take in addition to being organized. Downsizing and eliminating clutter will take an immense amount of stress off when it comes time to actually begin moving, while also saving space and time.

Here are a few important ideas to keep in mind as you downsize and organize your items:

Plan ahead: Make sure you have a plan in place for how you’re going to tackle downsizing, and stick to it. This helps so that when you’re ready to move, you aren’t wasting time trying to determine what to do with unwanted items.

Determine what’s necessary: Examine the items you’re considering moving, and ask yourself if it’s really necessary to be moved. Have you used or even looked at the item in the last year? Did you forget you even had that item? Would you even miss it if it was gone? Ask yourself a few questions to determine if those items are things you could easily part with.

Packing

Effective packing will get your journey south on the right track! Check out our expert packing tips video, compiled from over 30 years of being leaders in the moving industry. Also, remember these important tips as you pack:

Labels: Take the time label everything so you know what’s in each box.

Sort by importance: Make sure your essential items – like chargers and bathroom supplies – are stored together so you can get them right away upon arrival.

No used boxes: Used boxes run a high risk of breaking, which could result in broken items during the move. Check out the available moving boxes we provide when contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise about a move!

Getting you where you need to go!

Now that you’re organized and packed, the final step is completing the move so you can get to warmer weather! The thought of long-distance relocation can make people shudder, but thankfully, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is here to help!

We offer an excellent expedited long-distance moving service, using the same outstanding customer service we provide with our local moves to get you anywhere you need to go across the country. The same moving team that loads your belongings is the same moving team that will unload your items at your new place, and we provide you with an exact date of delivery so you can stay on schedule.

For those looking to relocate long-distance but looking for more flexible pricing options, try our new, innovative Value Flex® long-distance moving option!

“The Value Flex model has opened up a new market for our brand, and created a great option for our customers moving a longer distance,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Co-CEO Jon Nobis. “It combines the same great service customers have come to know and love locally, with the efficiency provided by a national logistics network.”

Launched in May of 2017, Value Flex has paved a new path for customers moving long-distance, and brought a new spin to the tradition long-distance experience. With professional loading and unloading services, your items are kept safe in our 16 ft. portable containers from start to finish.

“Value Flex is ideal for those who need long-distance moving services on a budget, and provides the same great customer service and stress-free moving and packing services customers have come to expect with local moves,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Moving Services Director Lindsey Schaibly. “In exchange for a reduced price, customers are given an increased lead time on delivery. Although this may take longer than the expedited long-distance service, dedicated delivery dates are given once a move is booked so customers know exactly when to expect their belongings.”

For those looking to relocate – particularly those interested in moving south to warmer climates this winter – Value Flex® is the perfect option to get you where you need to go.

“The best part of the service is we can now give our customers’ options,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Multi-Unit Franchisee Cory Christensen. “In any sales environment, you want to present the customers with more than one option, and Value Flex gives us that opportunity. All of our customers have been satisfied with the Value Flex moves we have performed, and we are grateful to have the new option.”

If you’re looking to make a long-distance move this fall or winter season, we’d love to help! Be sure to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and get the moving process started today.

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.

Handling the mental and physical aspects of senior relocation as the demographic continues to grow

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

Moving can be an extremely difficult and emotionally challenging time for anyone, especially when it comes to seniors. Often times these moves require downsizing, parting ways with belongings and possessions they have owned for years, and leaving behind a home where priceless memories have been made.

The fall months bring a busy time for senior moves, as many retirees and seniors make the move to warmer climates in the southern and western regions of the country. According to SmartAssest.com, the five states most retirees relocate to are Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oregon.

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With the drastic changes that come from not only downsizing but making a long-distance move of this nature, it’s important to work closely with the senior who’s making the big move to ensure they are being properly cared for, and that their emotional and physical needs are being tended to.

Senior move managers specialize in this field which involves everything from helping decide which belongings they might need to keep or get rid of, to finding a new place for them to live and helping them adjust to their new life.

“I think you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. So much of what is associated with aging is loss,” said Jennifer Pickett, the associate executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. “You may have lost a spouse, lost physical or cognitive abilities, lost a friend, or lost driving privileges. So when it comes to having to part with possessions that you’ve had for a lifetime or a family home, it’s not uncommon for older adults to draw a line in the sand and say ‘I’m not doing this’. This usually means that it’s overwhelming, and they don’t’ know where to begin.”

NASMM is a nonprofit trade association that represents professional senior move managers, and provides training and support to their members to help put them in the best position to work with aging seniors during this big life change.

“Working with older adults is very different than working with a normal, 35-year-old couple that is moving,” Pickett said. “There are legal issues, communication issues, safety issues, and ethical issues that need to be addressed. Senior move managers specialize in dealing with these specific issues to help families and the older adult client with the tremendous amount of emotional and physical stress that is associated with a move at that age.”

Hiring a senior move manager can serve as protection for the senior who is moving, and to ensure the entire process from start to finish is a smooth one.

Senior move managers do everything from working with the client to ensure the belongings they no longer need are properly handled or donated, and not just thrown away. They also put extensive work into finding the right living situation for the client, whether that be a new apartment, condo, or senior living facility.

“That’s sort of the beauty of bringing in a third party – senior move managers come in to alleviate some of that stress,” Pickett said. “They have the knowledge, the tools, and the resources to help the family through the process. So many times, we hear of adult children who think they can downsize the family home in 48 hours, and that’s just not possible. Not only is that not physically possible, it’s also emotionally damaging to the older adult.”

Aside from the work that senior move managers do, another key piece in the senior moving process is the actual moving company itself, as they are responsible for handling the customers’ belongings and streamlining the process. One company that prides itself on taking quality care of senior citizens is the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and they have built their brand around this motto.

With their company core value THE GRANDMA RULE® – to treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated – they have developed a niche for moving seniors, and even implement specialized training and practices for handling this delicate process.

“Our Raleigh and Durham locations have been certified as a dementia-friendly business by the Orange County Department on Aging,” said Jeanette Gulledge, multi-unit director of marketing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in North Carolina and Georgia. “We thought this additional level of training would be beneficial for our teams as our business continues to grow. Quality health care options continue to be an important factor in attracting a growing number of retirees to the area. With this increase in retirees comes an increase in the potential number of people with various stages of dementia.”

The moving and sales teams at the Raleigh and Durham locations were provided training by the Orange County Department of Aging, which consisted of videos demonstrating the different stages of dementia and tendencies of people who are affected. It offered various insight to what they might encounter when working with this type of patient, and opened a door for discussion with the moving team.

“Since many of us having aging parents, the videos were very relatable and served as great learning tools,” Gulledge said. “We learned that many of our movers and drivers had experience working with clients who were dealing with dementia, and they shared their own best practices for delivering excellent customer service during these moves.”

As the population of seniors (classified as people ages 65 and over) continues to rise, so too will the importance of senior moving strategies and planning. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by the year 2060.

Continuing to learn about support seniors who are making big life moves, especially those with dementia or other serious diseases, is vital. It’s important to remember these interactions are special, and should be treated with dignity and care as this stressful process can be mentally and physically exhausting.

“Older adults need to be treated with dignity, as do their possessions,” Pickett said. “If you think about your own life, these possessions define you in a lot of ways. [We] have to help these adults part ways with their possession without parting ways with the memory.”

Creating a stress-free moving environment for your favorite pets

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-Written by Anna Stephens

Even if you know your furry friend better than anyone, it is hard to predict how they will act when moving time comes. Every pet responds differently to change, so it is best to be over-prepared and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your pets, children, and furniture. Here are a few tips for moving your pets to a new home.

Dogs on the move

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Dogs can become mopey, sad, or even aggressive when they are in stressful situations like moving, and they could act on these emotions in various ways. Dogs are known to gnaw on furniture and corners of walls, urinate on carpets, or cry loudly when they are stressed.

Quick tips:

  • Put your dog in doggy day care during the first few weeks while no one is home to watch them. This will prevent any damage they may do while they’re recovering from the stress of the move.
  • Purchase doggy diapers to prevent urination in your new home.
  • Take your dog to their veterinarian before the move to make sure they are healthy enough to move. Get multiple weeks’ worth of any prescriptions they have, so you have plenty of time to find a different vet in your new location. In extreme cases, you can get a prescription of anxiety relievers for your dog.
  • If your dog’s collar tag has your current address, update the tag before you move, so it’s ready to be switched on moving day. Also, change the phone number on the tag if your area code changed.
  • Our movers do not move any living things, so make sure you have safe and comfortable arrangements for your dog on move day. We recommend a crate or sectioned off area in your personal vehicle that will be comfortable and temperature-controlled.
  • Bring familiar objects to comfort your dog such as their favorite blanket, toys, and treats.
  • Assign a moving buddy for your dog. Pick a family member to keep your dog company. Also, be sure your pet is well fed, take it for walks, and give it plenty of affection to ensure they don’t feel forgotten about.

Cats on the move

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Cats are tricky when it comes to moving because of their sensitive and quirky personalities. Cats are hyper-aware of their surroundings, so they will feel uncomfortable with any major change. When stressed, cats may run away, hide, or become more aggressive.

Quick tips:

  • Speak to your veterinarian before the trip to ensure they are healthy enough to move, and stock up on prescription medicine if necessary.
  • While packing your current home and moving in to your new home, keep your cat away from the commotion and behind a closed door with their favorite play toys, plenty of food and water, and litter box.
  • Our movers do not move living things, so it’s important you have safe and comfortable arrangements for transporting your cat to the new home. The safest option is to crate your cat and transport it in your car so the temperature and environment are controlled.
  • Change their collar tags before your move to match your new phone number and address.

Fish on the move

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Fish are very sensitive to their environments, so you should plan far in advance how you will transport them. You should prepare to transport your fish at the last possible second, because they are not meant to stay in small containers for more than a day or two. You can either transport your fish in a plastic bag with clean water, or a brand new sealed and large plastic container.

Quick tips:

  • Make sure your fish don’t endure much shaking or instability, as it’s extremely stressful for them when they’re exposed to great amounts of movement. You can secure the fish by placing them in an insulated container with bubble wrap connecting the fish bag and container to ensure it stays upright.
  • Regulate the temperature of the fish bags because changes in temperature can make the fish sick. Take the temperature of the aquarium prior to moving, and keep it consistent throughout the move.
  • Reduce stress of the fish by placing them in darker areas during transport.
  • Don’t feed your fish while you’re transporting them so the water stays as clean as possible.
  • Make sure the aquarium is totally clean when you move into your new home and the water temperature is the same as it was before.
  • Avoid putting lights directly overhead of the aquarium after the move so the fish can recover from the stress endured while being transported.

Small animals on the move

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Small animals such as gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs can travel in the cage they live in. Make sure the container is stable and sealed completely so they cannot escape.

Some quick tips:

  • Cover the container with a towel so they endure less stress from the light and movement during the move.
  • Regulate the temperature of the cage by transporting them in a location where temperature can be controlled, such as your personal car.

Birds on the move

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Birds are fairly easy to transport because they can remain in the cage they live in. Most birds enjoy traveling in the car, but every bird will behave differently.

Some quick tips:

  • Take your pet bird to the vet to ensure you have the proper documents and health certificates, as some states require that.
  • Keep treats handy to make the moving experience a positive one.
  • Make sure the cage remains upright throughout the transportation process by placing them in a secure area.

Regulate their temperature throughout the move, including the amount of time they are in the sun.

We hope this provided helpful tips for you and your pets to experience a stress-free moving experience. For more information, check out our moving with pets checklist. We also offer several items made for your furry friends on our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gear Site.

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.

What movers can’t move during the moving process

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Written by Anna Stephens

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we strive to provide our customers a successful, stress-free, and safe moving day. For these reasons, along with certain rules and regulations, there are a few items that our movers will not move.

We highly recommend speaking to your movers well in advance about the items that you are unsure of in order to avoid any confusion or conflict on your moving day. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to make other arrangements.

Here is a list of items that our movers are not able to transport:

  • Any flammable, explosive, or corrosive items: Some items in this category include propane, paint, car batteries, antifreeze, household cleaners, weed killer, and ammunition. Federal law prohibits the transportation of these items, so under no circumstances will it be moved.
  • Gasoline-filled engines or machines: Any items that run on gasoline must be emptied prior to move day. Items such as lawnmowers, grills, tractors, or mopeds must be completely empty in order for movers to transport them.
  • Any living thing: In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your plants and animals, we do not transport any type of plant or pet, including potted plants.
  • Perishable foods: We have banned food from our trucks to prevent rotting, spoiling, or producing odors in the truck.
  • Sensitive or sentimental: Items such as cash, jewelry, insurance papers, or birth certificates.
  • Prescription drugs: We do not move prescriptions to prevent any emergencies where you may need to access these medications.

We have highlighted these items in our animated video to help you prepare for your successful move. Please watch below to view a detailed list.

It’s important to note that certain franchises may have different policies regarding non-allowable items. For a complete list of items that movers are not able to transport on your moving day, please contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office.

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

Make your move as easy as possible using five organizational tips

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-Written by Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel

Even in the best of circumstances, moving is stressful. In fact, researchers have found that most people find it even more taxing than getting a divorce! Save yourself the headache by making your move as organized as possible with these five moving tips.

Downsize before you pack

There are few instances where planning a move needs to happen overnight. Usually, most of us have weeks, if not months, to prepare in advance of the big day. Spend that time wisely by weeding out old clothes or books, and sorting through piled-up stacks of mail and paperwork early. Decluttering can feel like a daunting task at first, but tackling a specific category of items — rather than an entire room — can help make the job feel more manageable. Set a schedule for downsizing and stick to it. Come moving day, you’ll have far fewer boxes to lift, and a lot less to unpack in your new home.

Labels, labels, labels

It’s hard enough to find anything in the sea of cardboard boxes. Save yourself unnecessary frustration by creating a labeling system that clearly identifies which room in your new house that box should go. Whether you choose to print off your own or purchase pre-made labels, aim to have roughly 100 per room, since you’ll want to stick one to each side, as well as the top of the box. If you have children who feel anxious about misplacing their favorite things, let them pick out their own patterned duct tape that can be used for only their special boxes. This will make them easy to identify, even for the youngest of kids.

Be descriptive

Even though it’s easy to just start throwing things into boxes mindlessly, fight the urge. Instead, write a general list on either the top of the box or in a Google doc. If you opt for Google docs, be sure to number each box so that it’s no sweat to find exactly what you need.

It’s important to think about how quickly you’re going to need each item, too. For example, you’re most likely going to need a spatula long before you need your Halloween decorations.

For those boxes that will need to be opened immediately, label them with an ‘A’. Boxes with items that you’ll probably need the first week, mark with a ‘B’. For things that you need access to, but aren’t crucial right away, mark ‘C’, and any seasonal or keepsake boxes will be ‘D’. Before moving day, head over to your new house and assign specific areas for each of those groups in every room of the house.

Save essentials for last

Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find your contact case and toothbrush after moving all day. Hold off on packing up any essential items like toiletries, charging cables, and your children’s favorite toys until the very end. If possible, stow those boxes in your car rather than the moving truck. If that isn’t feasible, make them easy to find by using clear plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes, and load them toward the back of the truck. Either way, save unpacking those items from your car or truck for last so they don’t get buried under other boxes.

Furniture first, individual boxes last

When it comes time to pack up the moving truck, load your heavy furniture pieces like sofas and safes first. Then, fill in with lighter items like nightstands and lamps. Don’t forget that some pieces will fit better flipped on their side or upside down. Once all of your furniture is secured, organize the boxes by room so that when it comes time to unload, you can grab all the boxes for the same room at the same time.

Though it may take a bit more time and planning at the outset, an organized move will save you hours of frustration, and make your new house feel like home even sooner.

This was a guest post for Movers Who Blog by Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel. Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a mother of two, and lover of all things Danish modern. She enjoys writing professionally for Home Improvement Leads, with the goal of empowering homeowners with expert guidance and connecting them to qualified contractors to make their dream homes a reality.

Downsizing made simple with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Herman

Whether you are simplifying your living arrangements or moving to a condo, downsizing is never easy. The thought of going through your many belongings can be overwhelming, but there are things you can do to simplify downsizing when moving to a smaller home.

As soon as you know you’re moving, begin cleaning out areas of your home which tend to have the most clutter. This includes the attic, basement, and garage. And while the thought of throwing items away can be hard to cope with, there are alternatives. For high-end possessions you won’t be taking with you, pass them down to a family member or try selling them at an antique shop or auction. This will help ensure they go to a good home and will remain well cared for. For all other items, have a garage sale, donate what you can, or simply put them in storage.

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