Summer months provide the best time frame for home moving

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-Written by Anna Stephens

While you and your family have been enjoying the summer season, our movers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have been helping thousands of people move forward the last few months. There’s no doubt that summer is the busiest time of year to move, but why is that exactly? We’ve assembled a list of 10 summer moving benefits to keep in mind when it comes time to relocate your home.

  1. School year gap. Moving during the summer lets your kids get settled in their new home without having school on their minds. If you move to a new city, the summer affords the opportunity for the kids (and the adults) to make new friends before the school season begins.
  2. Sports season gap. You won’t miss out on any football, March Madness, NBA playoffs, or postseason baseball games. Plus, your kids won’t have to pause in the middle of their sports seasons, either.
  3. No snow or ice. If you live in colder climates, you have the comfort of knowing you won’t slip on ice while moving things out of the home.
  4. Garage sale season. As you’re packing, throw the items you no longer need into a garage sale pile. It’s an exciting way to start fresh and make a little money. For most areas in the country, the spring and summer months are perfect for having garage sales.
  5. Social events. Barbecues and outdoor events held in the summer months are easy ways to meet your new neighbors.
  6. Real estate market timing. Spring and summer months are the best months to list your home based on average rate of sale. Specifically, homes listed during early May and June are sold faster on average than any other months.
  7. Summer weather. You’ll need to have doors open frequently as you move belongings from your house to the truck, and light summer breezes are completely bearable compared to blustery, winter winds. Depending on where you live, temperatures are somewhat easy to predict and stable. This makes your planning process much easier.
  8. Work flexibility. Some companies offer more schedule flexibility during the summer, so taking a few days off of work to pack is less of an inconvenience.
  9. Longer days. More daylight during the summer months means you can get everything checked off your to-do list while it’s still bright outside.
  10.  Renovation time. If you are looking to renovate your new home, that’s much easier to do in the summer. Especially when those renovations are exterior or involve landscaping.

When the time comes for your family to move, let us do the heavy lifting! At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we strive to provide our customers with the most excellent customer service and take the stress out of moving, regardless of the season. For your local or long-distance moving needs, reach out to your local franchise for a free estimate today.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prepares to move people forward with 2017 Busiest Move Weekend

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

The summer season is upon us! And that means warmer weather, sunshine, and moving! The busiest time for moving around the country starts during the month of May and peaks around July, according to the American Moving and Storage Association.

As the “Movers Who Care®”, we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are gearing up for our own busy season, and our Busiest Move Weekend which falls June 23, 24, and 25. That weekend alone, we’re expected to complete more than 5,500 moves! This averages out to 20 moves per franchise with an average distance traveled of around 25 miles for our move teams.Jeff-Wesley

“Busiest Move Weekend is something we are excited to celebrate each year,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “Our locations take pride in our ability to move people forward each year with the best customer service experience in the industry. We are also excited to launch our new Value Flex® service this busy season, which is just another way we continue to serve our customers with a new, long-distance service.”

With more than 350 franchise locations in the United States, we will have our plates full with “Busiest Move Weekend”, and the amount of customers we’ll reach is bigger than ever before. Having recently completed our 6.5 millionth move, there isn’t a moving situation we aren’t prepared for in the moving and packing world.

St. Louis (MO), Columbus (OH), Des Moines (IA), Colorado Springs (CO), Tulsa (OK), Milwaukee (WI), Birmingham (AL), Charlotte (NC), Columbia (SC), and Cleveland (OH) are a few franchises within our system projected to knock out the most moves during this busy weekend, showing our reach across the map, moving our customers forward to a new stage in life.

If you are looking to complete a move this summer, look no further than TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! Give us a call today, and find out how we can be of assistance. If you are scheduled to complete a move this summer, follow these outstanding moving tips we’ve gathered over the past 30 years of moving experience to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be when the big day comes.

Stay organized

It’s important to make sure when the movers arrive at your door, you’re ready to go with everything you need. Making sure all of your things are packed away in the correct boxes is key. Visit our packing and supplies page, here, to find out how we can assist you with packing services, or how we can provide you the proper packing materials.

It’s also a good idea to make sure all of your appliances are unplugged, and to make sure there is enough space throughout your home for the movers to navigate throughout the process.

Communication is key

We’ve been in the moving business long enough to know good communication between us and the customer, is critical to a positive experience. Be sure you have boxes labeled and your movers know where everything belongs in your new home. It’s also a good idea to know who your contact is at the office should you have questions or need anything else during or after your move.

Call for a free estimate today, and work with us to find out all of the details prior to your move so that when the day comes, everything is scheduled correctly and we can get you on your way.

Don’t stress – we’ve got this!

Moving can be a stressful time, but when you hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, there’s no need to worry. We try our best to take all of the stress out of the moving process, and do everything to make sure our customers receive the best service possible.

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.

Don’t get burned: Your guide to moving during the summer

Tips for summer moving

While summer moves may be easier, with the longer days and the kids out of school, the heat can also bring its own set of problems. And if you’re planning to pick up soon and put down roots elsewhere this June, July, or August, it’d be a smart move to plan ahead so you don’t get burned. With our quick tips guide, you’ll be more than ready to keep your cool throughout your move.

Beware the busy season

According to the 2011 U.S. Census, more than one-third of all moves happen during the summer months. With these months being the most popular for moving, many companies such as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are booked solid for weeks in advance. If you can, start looking for moving companies at least 6-8 weeks before the date you’d like to move, and book one not long after you’ve found your favorite company. It’ll make your movers happier and your own stress subside.

Things that melt

No matter how large your moving truck may be, some things just aren’t meant to be stowed back there in the summertime. And that’s because, as you drive them on over to your new home, they’ll either melt or get damaged by the heat that’s trapped inside your big metal box on wheels.

When you’re packing, be sure to leave some cool space inside the car for things like candles (which will melt); CDs, videos, and cassette tapes (which will warp); and any items pressurized inside of cans, such as sodas and hairspray (which could burst). Also, furniture upholstered in leather will “sweat” if wrapped in plastic, so be sure the company you’ve hired to move you uses furniture pads under their stretch wrap to keep furniture protected.

Stay hydrated

When you’re in the thick of moving, it’s easy to shrug off the small things – like drinking enough water. In the heart of summer, that’s a dangerous choice. Instead, you have to be smart about keeping the heat of your movers in mind.

If possible, either schedule your move early in the morning to get a jump on the day, or late in the evening to avoid the heat of the high-noon sun. Beyond that, have cold water and sports drinks readily available for both your family and the moving crew. Respect their needs to take breaks from being beneath the blaze of the summer sun. And, if it’s financially feasible for you, buy lunch for the whole crew as well. Since it’s the busy season, your moving guys have probably been working 14 days straight (or more) throughout the summer, and a little kindness and consideration can go a long way here.

Also, be sure to keep an extra eye on the kids and pets, as they aren’t as good as keeping their cools as you are.

The cost of being cool

Moving always comes with a number of financial costs – whether that’s having to pay a moving company, asking for days off of work, or connecting home utilities and services in your new place. But the cost most folks forget, especially in the summer, is the cost of cooling when moving.

Even if you remember to turn the A/C off completely when you leave your old place, and turn it to a moderate, chilled temperature at your new one, the bill’s always higher than you’d expect. Here’s why:

  • Your new home likely didn’t have the air conditioning turned on before you moved in, so it’ll need to do a lot of cooling just to get caught up.
  • The doors to your home will be open for extended periods of time as people walk in and out moving your belongings, making it harder for your home to retain the cooler air.
  • You’ll have a number of sweaty people moving hot boxes and warm furniture into your new place, transferring all that heat inside along with it.

If you’re moving in the summer and would rather not be swimming in sweat the entire time, then you’ll want your A/C up and running. Just be sure to keep in mind that you’ll be paying for this cooling cost so you may prepare your wallet accordingly.

Even before you bring that first box outside, remember to apply sunscreen, wear light and loose-fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water. Moving is more marathon than sprint, and you’ll want to make sure you make it to the end to enjoy the cool fruits of all your summer labors inside your new home.

 

Rob Caiello - AllconnectAuthor: Rob Caiello is a Vice President of Marketing over at Allconnect. Since 1998, Allconnect has simplified and expedited the purchase and setup of home utilities and services (like Internet, TV, and Electricity) for millions of movers relocating all across the United States.