TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams follow THE GRANDMA RULE® to provide extra care for seniors

TMAT257

-Written by Erik Sargent

Since the very beginnings of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, a special emphasis has been placed on helping our senior customers and providing special care when moving.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets had incredible support from her own mother, who we call Grandma Eb. Grandma Eb allowed Sheets and her two sons, Jon and Brig, to use her backyard for parking trucks. This small offering went on to be instrumental in building the brand, and we can trace our success back all the way to this time.

With that in mind, it was what inspired one of our company core values – THE GRANDMA RULE. Quite simply, this means to treat each and every customer the way we would like our own grandmother to be treated. It’s something that is preached and practiced with each and every one of our moving teams all around the world, and it’s something customers have come to know over the years.

“THE GRANDMA RULE, to me, exemplifies everything we want and expect out of our employees and ourselves,” said Brian Stern, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multi-unit franchisee with locations in Boston, New Jersey, and Maine. “The idea is to treat each and every one of our customers as if they were our grandmother. If we do that, every customer will be treated with respect, patience, and empathy during difficult moving situations.”

It’s less of a core value and more of a way of life, and it really inspires our movers and drivers – as well as every position in the company – to be courteous and careful when handling a move or representing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in public.

“I believe THE GRANDMA RULE® is such an important core value because it truly represents the culture of this company,” said Lauren Trost, the marketing and sales manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® “Chicago 5” locations. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees not only practice this core value while at work – it is deeply ingrained in their everyday life. Before I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the Lansing franchise actually moved my grandma. I witnessed a wonderful display of compassion and strength. For several weeks after her move, my grandma could not stop talking about how impressed she was with the two young men who moved her.”

While THE GRANDMA RULE does apply to how we treat every customer we come into contact with, we’ve put a special emphasis on providing care for our seniors during the moving process. Nearly 52% of all moves completed are for people over the age of 50, and in our experience over the years, we know some of the hardest moves are with our older customers.

Whether it’s time for downsizing to a smaller home as you enter retirement, or making a big move from a family home to a retirement community, these moves can often feature a heavy dose of emotion as you leave a place you’ve called “home” for many years. Our moving teams understand this, and work hard to relieve as much stress as possible during the moving process.

“Often times, a senior move involves downsizing from a long-term home, and it can be a complicated and emotional experience,” said Alexa Lanier, a multi-unit marketing director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations. “Our customer service representatives and in-home consultants work with the customers to account for the destination of all items, which can involve multiple stops, dump runs, or storage. Our movers then take the time to make sure every item gets to where it needs to go.”

This training is imperative for our moving teams to undergo because it shows our customers that we are a company they can trust during this emotional time. But more than anything, it’s just about showing care and compassion during a move.

“A lot of times, a senior citizen just wants someone to come and talk with them at their home about what is happening and what we are able to do,” Stern said. “We make it a goal to try and accommodate this any time it is requested, because we know how important it is.”

If you or someone that you know is looking to complete an upcoming senior move, be sure to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and see why we are known as the “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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving teams keep “THE GRANDMA RULE®” in mind when moving senior customers

TMAT218

-Written by Erik Sargent

To say that a love and desire to provide the best possible care for seniors is a point of emphasis at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be a major understatement. In fact, the story of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK never happens without the help of our company’s very own special grandma.

“Grandma Eb” – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother – was instrumental in helping Mary Ellen and her two sons, Jon Sorber and Brig Sorber, start the company in Lansing, Mich., when she allowed them to use her backyard as space for storage and to park trucks. This played a huge role in the development in the company, and more than 30 years later, we are still paying homage to Grandma Eb with one of our main company core values – THE GRANDMA RULE®.

THE GRANDMA RULE is simple – to treat each and every customer we deal with the way we would want our very own grandmothers to be treated. It’s a simple yet effective motto to live by, and it has shaped who we are as a company.

“THE GRANDMA RULE is especially personal to us here,” said Janelle Ishman, marketing manager for multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations in the greater Philadelphia area. “As a family-oriented company, it is important for us to treat our customers, our employees, and any individual that we have the privilege of encountering on the road with the same respect and care as our own family.”

Senior moving is different from a standard home move. While it still can be stressful like an ordinary moving situation, there is an added level of emotion to the process as often times, seniors are leaving behind the place they have called home for many decades.

“Moving is extremely stressful, but our teams are specifically trained on senior care services, which teaches our staff about the stages of dementia, downsizing, and security in senior housing,” Ishman said. “Our movers are trained to be attentive to the emotional aspect of senior relocations, as we realize that not all requests – especially those involving downsizing or relocating to a retirement community – are joyful circumstances. Our crews do their best to move every customer forward optimistically.”

With such an emphasis on care and compassion with our movers – especially senior moves – it makes perfect sense that we have specialized in senior moving since the very beginning.

Being able to handle these moves requires delicate planning and training for everyone involved, and it’s the attention to detail that sets TWO MEN AND A TRUCK apart when it comes to senior relocation.

“A lot of times, a senior citizen just wants someone to come and talk with them at their home about what is happening and what we are able to do,” said Brian Stern, a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. “We make it a goal to try and accommodate this any time it is requested, because we know how important it is.”

From moving people in and out of retirement communities to helping them downsize from a large home, we have done it all when it comes to moving our beloved senior citizens, and are prepared to handle any situation.

“Quite frankly, these moves are right in our wheelhouse as a company,” Stern said. “We are built around customer service first and foremost. With our unique ability to deliver a high level of customer service and compassion for our clients, other moving services simply cannot compare.”

Not only are TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s professional moving teams trained on the best practices for handling senior moves – certain franchises have different benefits and options they offer during senior moves.

“We have a special place in our hearts for these customers,” Ishamn said. “Because of Grandma Eb’s influence on the company, we make sure to offer senior citizens a 25 percent discount on boxes and packing supplies at our greater Philadelphia locations.”

If you or someone that you know is looking to complete an upcoming senior move, be sure to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and see why we are known as the “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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® celebrates “National Grandparents Day” every day with THE GRANDMA RULE®

TMAT228

-Written by Erik Sargent

Yesterday on Sunday, September 10th, it was “National Grandparents Day”, a day to take the time to recognize our beloved grandparents and all of the wonderful things they bring into our lives.

For us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, every day might as well be considered “National Grandparents Day”, because our loyal senior following are a large focus of what we do, and we pride ourselves on easing their transitions as best as possible. From helping with downsizing moves to long-distance relocations, in-home moving, and providing special training to our employees who work with seniors – our goal is to make life easier for our retired friends.

grandmaeb2One of our strongest company core values is THE GRANDMA RULE®, which was created in honor of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother, Helen Eberly, or Grandma Eb for short. In the early stages of the company when Mary Ellen was in need of storage space, Grandma Eb allowed her to park trucks in her backyard. She went on to play a huge part in the development of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, and the THE GRANDMA RULE® still resonates with employees throughout our system.

brian-stern“THE GRANDMA RULE®, to me, exemplifies everything we want and expect out of our employees and ourselves,” said Brian Stern, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multi-unit franchisee in Boston, New Jersey, and Maine. “The idea is to treat each and every one of our customers as if they were our grandmother. If we do that, every customer will be treated with respect, patience, and empathy during difficult moving situations.”

THE GRANDMA RULE® highlights the family atmosphere that has been built here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it is a major reason people are drawn to our brand.

lauren-munson“I believe THE GRANDMA RULE® is such an important core value because it truly represents the culture of this company,” said Lauren Trost, the marketing and sales manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® “Chicago 5” locations. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees not only practice this core value while at work – it is deeply ingrained in their everyday life. Before I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the Lansing franchise actually moved my grandma. I witnessed a wonderful display of compassion and strength. For several weeks after her move, my grandma could not stop talking about how impressed she was with the two young men who moved her.”

It’s this kind of attention to detail – especially with the senior crowd – that has helped build the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand into what it is today. The care and effort we put into helping our older generation move is appealing to customers, and helps them to feel comfortable when we are handling a delicate situation like a senior move.

Each franchise has special tips and tricks they use, but all of them have a main focus of providing an easy, relaxed moving experience.

Alexa Lanier“Often times, a senior move involves downsizing from a long-term home, and it can be a complicated and emotional experience,” said Alexa Lanier, a multi-unit marketing director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations. “Our customer service representatives and in-home consultants work with the customers to account for the destination of all items, which can involve multiple stops, dump runs, or storage. Our movers then take the time to make sure every item gets to where it needs to go.”

Working with seniors during the move process to ensure everything will be ok is a big deal, as downsizing and parting with belongings they’ve had for a lifetime can feel like a major loss. It can be difficult for them to let go of certain items due to memories created from these belongings, and it’s important to ease them into the next transition of their life.

“We offer a discount on all of our senior moves,” Stern said. “We also try to send our more patient crews that will take their time and move at the customer’s pace. Often times, senior citizens are less concerned with speed, and just want to understand everything in great detail.”

Check out what some of our loyal customers have had to say about our outstanding senior moving services!

“Our experience was outstanding. I needed help moving my Mom to assisted living. Ben was gracious and professional on the phone – explained all options to me and helped me set up the move within the time frame I needed. Nick called ahead to give me the heads up that they had finished their previous job and were on their way. Nick and Jose were both polite, professional, and friendly. They took good care with Mom’s belongings, and they offered their help in getting everything exactly as we wanted when we arrived at the new location. The move was done within the time (and cost) expected. Overall, an excellent job. Thank you to Nick, Jose and Ben.” – Debra, McHenry, IL

This is the third time we have used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they’re excellent! I would highly recommend them for anyone’s moving needs. They have moved my daughters twice, and this past move was for my mother. It was a very emotional time for her and my Pop who has dementia, the gentleman were sweet with them both. The guys came all the way to Boerne from Corpus Christi, worked two days, and it was still less than the other guys. They are good, kind, respectful, hard-working, and fast-moving men who are wonderful to work with. Do not go with the other brand, I know from experience their prices change. Thank you again for your most excellent service!” – Debbie, Corpus Christi, TX

Be sure to take some time this weekend and let your grandparents know how much they mean to you! Grandparents are a treasure to us all, and they play a major role in each of our lives! If you are a senior in need of moving services this fall, be sure to contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and find out how the “Movers Who Care®” can assist with your move!

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.

Downsizing made easy with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

TMAT201

-Written by Erik Sargent

When it comes to moving, some of the most delicate and emotional situations are moves that require downsizing. Downsizing often involves seniors as they look to condense their lives and sell a home they’ve lived and created memories in for the past few decades. Leaving this all behind can be difficult, and the move itself adds extra stress into an already difficult process.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, it’s important we take extra care of seniors during the move process and ensure they feel safe and secure as they make this major life transition.

After all, one of our company values is THE GRANDMA RULE®, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. We feel this is an important motto to live by, and across our more than 350 locations, we instill this value in each and every employee.

lauren-munson“We understand moving can be a difficult time for senior citizens, so we strive to provide them with a smooth moving experience,” said Lauren Trost, the Marketing and Sales Manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® “Chicago 5” locations. “Our franchise works closely with many senior living facilities, so we are aware of what to do and what not to do, as well as policies and other protocol. Having that extra knowledge and familiarity helps to put the customers’ mind at ease. We make sure our movers and drivers are reminded of THE GRANDMA RULE® before they perform any moves at senior living facilities so they are extra polite, friendly, and respectful to the customer.”

For those beginning to work on downsizing for an upcoming move, it can be an emotionally draining process that requires intense care. To help streamline the process, review this list of questions to help determine what stays and what goes prior to your move:

-Does it have sentimental value?

-Is it broken? If yes, is it fixable?

-Do I love it? Have I used/worn it in the last six months?

-Do I own more than one of these?

-Am I keeping it out of obligation or expectation?

For more helpful tips on downsizing, check out our video with tips on tackling the process!

Using Value Flex® to assist with your downsizing move

Many downsizing moves involve relocation long-distance to warmer climates. Long-distance moving can be even more difficult to organize, but now, it doesn’t have to be thanks to our new Value Flex® moving service!

Value Flex® is our new solution to the hassle that has been long-distance moving. When you decide to move with Value Flex®, your items will be loaded into a 16 ft. container at your home by a professionally trained TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving crew. This container will be transported to your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise, and then loaded onto a third-party carrier truck to be transported to your new destination.

The box is delivered to the franchise location closest to your new home, and will then be delivered at your new residence by a new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving team. Throughout this entire process, your belongings are kept safe and secure in our containers, and you never have to share space with another customer.

Customers who have used this new, innovative moving service have found the convenience, care, and affordability to be extremely helpful as they work through the moving process.

“[Regarding TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®] I had heard great things, and I just didn’t want to have any hassle when I was moving,” said Kirsten Hawkens, who used Value Flex® to move from Atlanta to Orlando. “I had priced other companies, and it was going to save me so much on my move to use Value Flex®. The ease of knowing that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was going to take care of my move and work out the logistics of moving from Atlanta to Orlando was just the best. Go with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and you don’t have to worry about anything – you can just leave it to them and relax.”

To find out more about how Value Flex® can help with your downsizing move and get you where you need to go, 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.

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.

For more helpful tips, watch the video below!

Like us on Facebook for more helpful tips and updates. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Let TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® take the stress out of holiday preparation

Written by Jessy Howe

DSC_0523_edited

It’s time to venture to the attic and bring out holiday decorations, make room for the Christmas tree, and deck the halls in preparation for the entire family gathering to celebrate the holidays. You want everything to be perfect, after all, you’ve been hosting for the past 30 years! Though you won’t admit it, it is becoming more difficult to climb the stairs, move the couch to make room for your beloved grandchildren to play, and let’s not forget packing it all back up once January arrives.

We follow THE GRANDMA RULE®, one of our key core values, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. And as the “Movers Who Care®”, we help a number of retirees with their holiday preparation each year, making the season easier than ever!

“Many people think of using our services when moving to a new home, but in reality, we can provide other services such as rearranging furniture or moving items up from a basement to make the holiday season much less stressful,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Move Execution Specialist Jeremy King.

We’ve compiled the top holiday services we can provide to you and your loved ones during the most wonderful time of year!

Bringing decorations out of storage DSC_0516_edited

Multiple trips to the attic or basement can be downright difficult, so let us bring out the Christmas decorations for you! If you have downsized and these items are in a storage unit, we can also transport them from the unit to your home.

Rearranging furniture 

If you’re like most and need to rearrange your home in order to make space for the Christmas tree and other seasonal items, we are happy to move your furniture so you don’t have to. Whether the couch is moving two feet to the left or two flights up, we will accommodate your needs.

Picking up presents

Holiday shopping deals are a wonderful thing. However, getting the heavier gifts home and through the front door is another story. Our movers frequently pick up large purchases, such as safes and appliances, and deliver them right to you, taking the hassle out of gift giving.

Bringing in extra furniture

As many friends and family arrive for Christmas, make sure everyone has a comfortable place to enjoy the day! We will bring in any extra tables and chairs from your basement, garage, or storage unit that you may need.

Provide boxes

Whether you need extra storage for your holiday decorations or are transporting holiday gifts, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs!

We realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a plan to provide the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed with care and efficiency.

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.

Making moves for retirees smooth and simple

Senior CoupleDeciding to move is often the most difficult step in the moving process for retirees. In some instances, they are leaving the home in which they spent a better part of their lives and where they watched their family grow. From Sally taking her first steps to Joe graduating high school, their home symbolizes their past, and leaving that behind can be emotional. However, there are many reasons for retirees to consider moving including retirement, warmer climates, changes in lifestyle, and to be closer to family and friends.

Here are a few tips to guarantee a smooth experience for retirees.

Prepare for your move:

• Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before moving day.

• Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early to avoid being overwhelmed as moving day draws near.

• For large appliances, check the owner’s manuals to take note of any special instructions for moving.

• As you disassemble furniture and other items, tape all parts to the main base.

• Schedule disconnect times for about a week before you move, including cable, Internet and utilities.

Pack smart

• Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint can bleed onto your valuables.

• Always stack dishes upward when packing.

• Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.

• Use custom boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing.

• Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap as an alternative.

• Label boxes on top and sides. Mark boxes as they’re packed, labeling boxes containing breakable or sentimental items “fragile.”

• Pack important and sentimental documents separately for easy access, including children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.

• Keep in mind: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.

• Always tape boxes; don’t interlock the tops.

Pare down expenses:

• Assure packing is done before the day of your move.

• Minimize move time by putting all boxes in a central location – living room or garage are great areas.

• Disassemble furniture such as beds, tables and desks prior to the mover’s arrival.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a move to ensure the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers undergo extensive training; they are permanent employees and undergo background checks and are subject to random drug testing. They are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed efficiently to keep your moving costs affordable.

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.