Revisit our top stories from the year!

2018 is quickly coming to a close, and it’s always worthwhile to look back and reflect on some of the brightest TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moments throughout the year.

Here on our blog, we aim to be a trusted voice for our loyal and potential customers by giving the latest and greatest in moving tips and tricks, telling the stories of the outstanding individuals within our company, and highlighting all of the charitable efforts our franchise locations do on a regular basis nationwide.

We work to tell the best stories in our company and believe 2018 was another successful year for that! From our community outreach to moving tips, storage tips, and a look inside the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience – we touched on it all.

Enjoy!

  1. What we can’t move during your home relocation

When preparing for your upcoming home move, it’s important to know what items movers can and cannot move when the big day arrives.

  1. Five things you should never keep in your storage unit

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just keep ANYTHING you want in a storage unit, and this post was created to let you know the things that aren’t acceptable.

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

When the end of June rolls around, that means one thing for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand – busiest move weekend!

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

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, moving seniors is one of our specialties, and we tailor our services to specifically cater to our beloved seniors as they transition to the next step in their lives.

  1. Downsize your home with these handy tips

There are many tricky hurdles when getting ready to complete a move, but figuring out how to downsize might be the hardest. Thankfully, our helpful tips can make any downsizing move less stressful!

  1. Finding solutions to help homelessness in America

The unfortunate reality of society is that not everyone has a place to sleep when the cold months hit, but thankfully, there are hardworking individuals all across the country doing their best to end homelessness – including here at TWO M EN AND A TRUCK.

  1. A first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

As a brand, we can tell you about the quality of our moving services over and over again, but sometimes it’s best to hear it directly from the source – a satisfied customer.

  1. Keep yourself prepared with these overlooked moving essentials

When you’re completing a home move, there is an endless amount of information to process and items to keep track of. Stay on schedule and organized with these overlooked moving essentials.

  1. What’s it like to be a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover?

Find out what the moving experience is like first-hand for the hard-working individuals who make these moves possible.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works to make life easier for veterans

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has made it a point of emphasis company-wide to be as accommodating to veterans as possible, while also doing our best to give back to the brave men and women in the community who have served this country.

 

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 first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving experience

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With more than 7 million moves completed as a brand and locations all across the United States, and even internationally in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s safe to say we’ve got the hang of this moving thing.

Our 96% customer referral rating speaks for itself, but sometimes, numbers just don’t tell the whole story. Why not hear it directly from the source?

Customer Rob Derderian of Pasadena, California, was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek into his home move last month, and was able to shed some insight on what it was like to have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s help with a home move.

Here’s what he had to say!

Why are you moving?

“We are moving because we sold this house, a friend of mine bought it. I already live in another location, so this was a second house, so we are liquidating it and we’re getting out. We’re taking the things out of it and moving them to a couple different places and just getting everything out of here.”

How did you learn about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

“A few years ago my son and wife were referred to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and that’s how we got hooked up this time. My son moved around during college a few times and my wife contacted TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I guess after contacting a few other movers, and were satisfied with what they heard from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. So, they did a couple of moves a few years ago and this time around when we decided we had to find a mover again, we just went right back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

What was your initial impression of the movers?

“These guys are good guys – young, strong, healthy specimens, so that’s a good thing because it’s a lot more than I can lift or pack or move. They’re very polite, nice, and clean, doing a good job and wrapping things up as I would expect or any customer would expect, and I’m happy with it.”

Talk about the moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

“The moving experience is going well. I haven’t done this for over 30 years, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Planning is really important, planning in advance is important, and contacting the movers in advance is important. In my line of work I’m a project manager, so I tried to line things up with the way you’re supposed to when you have a big project, so it’s going according to plan. I didn’t expect anything different, so I think we’re OK.”

What advice would you give to customers about to complete a home move?

“I would say that if you cross the line where you know you’re going to move, you make plans immediately. You contact your movers, you come up with a checklist. [This checklist] can be found on the website of the mover. You start going down the checklist, you start to plan everything in advance as best as possible, you decide where everything is going to go. We actually color-tagged everything in the house as far as exactly where we want it to go. We did a walk-through with the movers when they got here, so I think the early planning is really important. It’s important to not have any surprises later.”

Why would you recommend the services of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to someone looking to move?

“Because I would share a good experience. If I have a good experience, I’m happy to make referrals, if it’s not a good experience I’m probably not going to make good referrals. I have no problem with referring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

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® reaches another milestone achievement: its 7 millionth move

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-Written by Erik Sargent

One 1966 Ford pickup truck, a creative mother, and two high school brothers who were looking to make a few extra spending dollars during the summertime.

This was the recipe that led to the formation of the international moving company now known as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and since the official first move was completed in 1985, the journey has been a long, winding road – a road leading to the brand officially completing its seven millionth move last week.

Along its journey, the company has seen its ups and downs, numerous new ideas, rapid expansion across the United States and internationally, and a growing and dedicated team of employees. But most importantly, one thing has remained the same.

“Technology has brought so much change to how we have done business,” said Brig Sorber, co-CEO and one of the original stickmen. “One thing that has not changed and that still holds supreme is that first interaction our customers have with our CSRs and movers – that remains constant. My brother Jon and I radiated care, empathy, and confidence. Our frontline staff continues these qualities, and hardware, software, and technology can never replace that. The human touch can never be replaced.”

For Sorber – who began working with his mother, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, when the company started – it has been interesting to reflect on the path of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. As it has grown into an international brand and made an impact on communities worldwide, he’s realized you never stop learning as a leader.

He’s continuing to learn even to this day, and despite all the success, keeps that competitive edge to continue moving forward.

“You never stop learning with this. Teachers when I was younger would say, ‘you will never stop learning,’” Sorber said. “Well, they were right. In business and your professional career, if you aren’t growing, you are dying. We as individuals and businesses need to learn, evolve, and grow, or we diminish. God made us in His image, he built us for adventure. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK continues to evolve and change, even after 10-straight years of month-over-month growth. We will never stop – it’s a choice we make every day.”

From the very first move to the seven millionth, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been able to open locations in 43 U.S. states and also in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We have made major strides to be involved in as many charitable campaigns as possible, even starting our own branded campaign, such as the national Movers for Moms® program.

We’ve reached 100 months of consecutive growth to-date, and completed moves of just about every variety. More important than all of that, though, is the impact the brand name has made in so many different lives.

“Many people have made their careers here or used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK as a stepping stone to get the career they wanted, and I am so proud of both,” Sorber said. “Our employees are not equipment to be used and discarded. We have a responsibility to take care of them, and we as group have made an environment conducive to learning and growth. It comes down to each individual investing the time into learning and growing while taking the time to build their careers. We make a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK path of success for our employees, and most of them take it.”

For some of the original franchisees of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system – the ones who started early in the formation of the company and who have built exceptional frontline teams to help the brand succeed – it’s been rewarding to reflect on the journey and where the company has come from.

“The achievement means a lot to me, because if I am going to be honest, in the beginning I didn’t think TWO MEN AND A TRUCK would ever get this big,” said Eric St. Pierre, co-franchisee for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, Colo., location that opened in 1993. “I was trying to work for myself and make a decent living. To see the brand grow this much and have the reputation that we have earned nationwide is amazing. It makes me proud that we have been a part of that. Being a company that has performed seven million moves means that if TWO MEN AND A TRUCK went away today, people would still remember us 50 years down the road.”

For longtime Franchisee Cindy Tometich – who opened the Des Moines, Iowa location in 1996 with her husband John – it’s the ability to still provide that local feel the Sorbers started in 1985 while we continue operating on an international scale.

“There are certainly many customers who are aware of the fact that it’s not just two men and a truck anymore,” Tometich said. “Many have seen our trucks everywhere, and have seen us on the news. We feel even as we have grown, what our customers are most focused on is still their specific move, and how we can help. They feel like they know and trust us.”

To all of the outstanding frontline employees who have put in the tough work over the years, the managerial teams and franchisees who have helped organize their franchises, and most importantly the customers who have kept us going – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK thanks you! Without each and every individual who played their part in this journey, seven million moves would not be obtainable.

To check out some of the history of the brand, watch the video below!

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

Finding solutions to help end homelessness in America

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As we roll through the winter months and the holiday season, many people are spending time with their loved ones in nice, warm homes, enjoying this wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of people in the country, this is not the case.

The issues of homelessness in America is an ongoing problem, one that needs constant attention and solutions as organizations and groups work to get people off the streets and into better situations.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single given night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States, and approximately 65 percent were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing program.

Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, showing almost a one percent increase from 2016, according to the same report. So how does the nation solve homelessness? What is causing homelessness? It’s a complex issue with many layers.

Various issues leading to the problem

“Far and away, the number one cause is eviction,” said Darin Estep, vice president of community engagement for the Volunteers of America Michigan department. “There are underlying causes for eviction, but it’s usually unemployment, loss of job, or a medical condition. Almost all homeless cases result when someone does not have a support system.”

Along with the problem of eviction, drugs and alcohol can play a key role in homelessness, but another major issue is the problem of mental health.

“Some of it can be drug and alcohol related, but a great part of it is mental health issues,” said Jody Naylor, a board member for Homeless Angels, an organization based in Lansing, Mich., that provides temporary shelter for clients and helps them work toward getting back on their feet during rough patches.

“It can be people not taking their medication like they should be. A lot of our clients have mental health issues, and the other large segment is just people who have fallen on hard times and don’t know where to turn.”

One common misconception about homelessness is that it occurs during the winter months, but as both Estep and Naylor pointed out, homelessness has become such a large problem that it now has no season – it’s year round.

“It’s unfortunately a year-round problem,” Estep said. “It’s much more painful and dangerous in the winter because winter can kill you if you’re not in shelter, so it’s important to get people inside and out of the weather. But it is important to remember this problem is year-round, and we are pretty much full 365 days a year.”

Spreading the message

For organizations who provide assistance to people struggling with homelessness, aside from actually providing these services, one of the biggest tasks is making sure people in need are aware of how to get help.

For Estep and the VOA of Michigan, they work on collaborating with other agencies in the Ingham County area where they are based to ensure there is a wide web cast so people are aware they can turn to these organizations for help. This starts by word of mouth or distributing outreach cards in certain areas to spread the message.

For Naylor and Homeless Angels, they often do networking on their own, and also leave their lines open for people to contact them with issues of their own, or if they see someone struggling.

“We have a street ministry team, where there’s a team of people that actually comb the parks in Lansing and they know where a lot of homeless camps are,” Naylor said. “They work on building relationships with the homeless people in the community, because they have trust issues. Once they trust them and know that we are there to help them, that helps with bringing them in.”

Naylor and the Homeless Angels also put a lot of effort into using social media to increase their presence in the Lansing area, and receive messages on a daily basis from people in the community that will point out a person who might be sleeping in their car or in a bridge, and offer the location so the organization can go check on them.

Everyone getting involved

23032491_10155137186921647_1663434852797734851_nAt TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we put a heavy emphasis on giving back to each of the communities we work in, trying to make a difference in the lives of the people that reside there and making the areas a better place to live. One of our top fall campaigns – Truckload of Warmth – was specifically designed to help with the issue of homelessness, and during it, our franchises partner with organizations in their areas to help provide warm weather clothing that can be distributed at shelters during the cold months.

“We have been doing this drive for several years,” said Kara Berhow, marketing and recruiting director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines, Iowa, location. “Within our community, there is a huge need for these winter wear items. We see that need in our schools and especially in the area’s refugee population. We received request for more than 12,000 items this year. Many people arrive in our city with nothing more than light clothing, and being prepared on a tight budget is a real struggle for families just trying to get started again.”

IMG_0281Berhow and the Des Moines location partnered with a local non-profit organization in the area to help with their campaigns, and also partnered with a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant to collect over 10,000 items that were distributed throughout the area.

“The campaign was incredibly successful, and it is a joy to watch it grow each year,” Berhow said. “Our teams are always thrilled to help with dropping off boxes, picking up donations, manning the ‘Fill the Truck’ events, and delivering the donations. The ability to give back is something that we celebrate here, and it is a blessing to work for a company that puts so much emphasis on philanthropy.”

How the public can get involved

Homeless organizations and companies working to use their resources to fight the issues of homelessness is great, but in order to make a true swing at ending it in certain areas, it takes the efforts of as many people as possible.

These organizations are always seeking volunteers, and they encourage people to contact them and ask for ways they can either assist with their efforts, donate, or provide resources to help the cause.

“I would say there’s three main ways to get involved,” Estop said. “One is to come and volunteer and see the people so you get a ground-level understanding of the problem. Another way is to simply come in for a tour, where we can show you around. Third is to just contribute. We take donations of cash, goods, and time. Any way people want to share with our less fortunate brothers and sisters, we are happy to facilitate that. That’s one of the main reasons we are here – to provide that opportunity.”

Giving back to veterans in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® communities with Movers for Military

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-Written by Erik Sargent

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we are all about giving back to the people in our community and helping to move people forward in life. This is especially true with our veterans, and we make sure to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and allow us to do what we do each day.

Each fall, multiple franchises from across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system run our Movers for Military campaign, where locations partner with local organizations to help collect and deliver essential care items to homeless veterans and veterans who are currently living in shelters. With a large number of employees throughout our system equipped with a military background, this is a cause that is extremely important to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and we try to make a difference for as many people as we can.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations partner with local shelters and veteran organizations and use manpower and trucks to help with the collection and delivery of the items these veterans need.

“Last year was our first year doing Movers for Military, and I had only six collection sites and collected a total of 1,800 items,” said Stefanie Shook, the marketing manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena location. “This year, I started to get a lot more interest in the program, and was able to expand to 27 donation drop-off locations and collect 6,770 items!”

Shook and the Pasadena location partnered with three different chambers of commerce, a realtor association, a printing company, four different credit unions, five hotels, two YMCAs, three cleaners, a local newspaper, a blood donor center, and a medical hospital to help expand their collection range.

For Eugenia Parlow – the regional sales and marketing manager for multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations in Florida – they also put a heavy emphasis on Movers for Military, and work hard each year to make an impact on the veterans in Florida. Parlow and her franchises partner with local chambers, radio stations, school ROTCs, universities, banks, golf courses, realtors, and other businesses, and are always looking to add additional business partners.Movers For Military Golf outing picture Larry

“We deliver boxes and set them up at collection partner locations, and a wish list is put on each box,” Parlow said. “In addition to the donation drive, we organize an annual golf outing, where 100 percent of the proceeds are given back to a local veteran’s organization.”

It’s a constant effort each year to make sure we are doing all we can to help these veterans who have given so much for this country and put their life on the line for our freedom, and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is happy to help out.

“These men and women sacrificed so much to give us our freedom, and it is only right that we protect them and help them when they return home,” Shook said. “Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation, with an estimated 4,000 homeless veterans living on the streets. Many of these men and women suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic medical problems. Post-military life can feel overwhelming to many veterans, and they often don’t know where to turn for help. The charity we work with is an amazing resource for our veterans, and we love spreading the word of the wonderful work they do!”

To find out more about how you can get involved and help with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Movers for Military campaign visit https://twomenandatruck.com/.

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® enters the gaming world with “Mini Mover Mania”!

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Attention all gamers! Grab your mobile device, head to the app store of your choice, and check out the “Mini Mover Mania” game from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

While we are known as the “Movers Who Care®” and spend most of our time helping people move all across the country, we like to provide a little fun for our customers – especially the kiddos. The IT department at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., partnered with IT Capstone Experience students at Michigan State University to work on and develop a game to keep kids occupied and entertained during the moving process.

Developed for children ages eight and up, Mini Mover Mania creates a virtual, fast-paced game setting centered around the moving process. This game is no walk in the park, either, and gamers will have to use focus and strategy to earn points and advance in the game.

“Kids love games and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK loves kids, so adding Mini Movers Mania to the list of ways in which kids can interact with our family-friendly brand is a win,” said Dawn Kroeger, the marketing and communication director at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. “And, based on my experience, parents may find the new game entertaining as well!”

Here’s a breakdown of what gamers can expect when they download Mini Movers Mania:

-The name of the game is maneuvering through each course, trying to reach the end of each course with as many boxes remaining on your truck as possible.

-Your truck is loaded with boxes at the beginning, and sudden movements or jumps cause the boxes to fall off.

-Each course is layered with stops and elevations to create a challenge.

-Points are based on the time it takes you to complete the course and the amount of boxes you have remaining. Better results, more points.

-There are three levels of difficulty to choose from, creating a fun and engaging experience for all.

This game isn’t just a time-waster for a few minutes here and there, either. The more points you collect completing the various levels, the more you earn that can be spent in the store to unlock new vehicles and other perks to be used in-game.

Mini Mover Mania is now available in the App Store for Apple-based devices, as well as the Google Play store for Android-based devices, so everyone is able to join in on the action!

To find out more about how to get involved with this fun game for kids and other exciting activities we have developed to make the moving process more enjoyable for the young ones, visit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Moving with Kids page.

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.

Sinkhole Damages Plague Fraser Homes

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Misfortune struck on Christmas Eve in the Michigan town of Fraser and the effects are still being felt, and will continue for months.

A broken sewer line’s failure caused the soil and sand in the area to wash away, creating a sinkhole that spanned roughly 250 feet long and 100 feet wide on 15 Mile Road in Macomb County. Many people in the area of the sinkhole faced flooding in their basement, and a few houses were condemned due to structural failures, with people being forced to evacuate immediately.

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Tis’ the Season: How to Complete a Hassle-Free Holiday Move

The holidays are a time of gifts, giving thanks and more white elephant invitations than you know what to do with. But what if you also have a big move scheduled during the joyful chaos of the holiday season? You may be worried sick about how to fit packing, recitals, decorating and hiring movers all into a span of a couple of months – we hear you.

While moving during the holidays can present an additional layer of challenges, there are ways to make it easier than you’d expect. Learn what to do and more importantly, what not to do when preparing for a big move during the holiday season.

1. Get in Touch with Your Inner Giver

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When it comes to preparing to pack for a move during the holidays, less is more. This means that it’s best to eliminate as much unnecessary clutter and extra baggage before you start. There are several ways to purge your home of items in order to shave significant time off packing, ultimately saving yourself money with a shorter move.

Option #1: Host a Garage Sale

A garage sale is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of old items. It’s also a way to earn some additional cash to help with your holiday moving budget! Crank up the music and set out some snacks, your garage sale will be buzzing with eager customers looking for budget-friendly holiday gifts in no time.

Option #2: Donate to Charity

The holidays are the perfect time to donate lightly used toys, clothing and shoes to charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, churches and homeless shelters. You can also donate your unused food to organizations where non-perishable food items donated by those in the process of moving are used to fight hunger. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has a program called Movers for Meals Think of it as a win-win, you’ll be able to save precious cargo space on your moving truck while giving back to the community.

Option #3: Give it Away

This third item may seem overly simplistic but it still works. If you have tons of stuff that isn’t worth the cost of transporting to your new home, give it away! Your friends, neighbors and relatives will love you, as will your moving company.

2. Do Minimal Decorations and Pre-Scheduled Events

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The biggest concern when moving during the holidays is having to juggle the holiday traditions with moving must-do’s. The holidays are filled with decorating sessions, recitals, Christmas parties and lots of shopping. While you will need to sacrifice some holiday festivities, there’s no need to completely give up on your favorite holiday traditions. Instead of going all out, settle for a smaller, plastic Christmas tree with minimal decorations so you can easily transfer it to your next home. While decking out the entire yard with Christmas lights isn’t the best use of your time, you can still achieve the same feel by decorating just the front porch or balcony.

When attending holiday events, compromise on which ones are essential to attend such as Christmas mass or your child’s recital and skip the holiday happy hours with co-workers. You’ll save money and have more time to focus on the task of moving.

For more information on how to expertly weave in family-friendly holiday fun during a move, check out design expert, Libby Langdon’s holiday moving tips on cablemover.com.

3. Get Going on Hiring Movers Early

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Hiring a moving company should be approached with lots of research, competitive analysis and communication with the company. Given most moving companies may have limited hours during the holiday season, it’s best to book your company at least a month in advance. Once you’ve determined which moving company is flexible and willing to adhere to your moving timeline, check out the four factors below to consider when hiring the right moving company by Cablemover.

Tip #1: Research the Reviews

Tip #2: Don’t Skimp on Moving Insurance

Tip #3: Negotiate with Multiple Moving Companies

Tip #4: Licensing: Check the Credentials

Many people hiring movers have lost thousands of dollars by placing their trust in unprofessional and scammy moving companies. Since moving during the holidays is hectic enough, make sure to do your due diligence when completing this important task.

4. Don’t Rush into Unpacking

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Congratulations, you made it! Feel free to bask in the glow of your own accomplishment because you successfully completed a holiday move. Once moving day is behind you, it’s normal to want to dive right into unpacking and setting into your home. However, we recommend an alternative. If possible, hold off on unpacking the entire house until after the holidays. After the busy and action-packed season of moving during the holidays, allow yourself to relax and unwind.

As you can see, moving during the holidays doesn’t have to be an arduous endeavor. From when to start the process to balancing holiday fun with moving tasks, a hassle-free holiday move is all about your approach. The best part is, you’ll be all moved in and ready to start the new year in your new home!

If you’re ready to start the holiday moving process, make sure it’s seamless by checking out Cablemover’s customizable moving guide – from movers to timelines, our guide allows you to customize your move exactly how you want it.

This article was contributed by our friends at Cablemover.

 

Candy, costumes, and creative decorations … oh my!

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Written by Katie Peterson

It’s that time of year again! Fall is upon us, and the kids are already on premature sugar rushes; it’s time for Halloween! Your kids are mentally prepared, but are you? We’ve compiled the most useful and creative things to know so you’re ready for anything this Halloween season.

Candy

Candy always seems to be a stressor on Halloween. What if you leave a bowl out and the neighborhood kids take too much? What if you run out? What if your kids eat way too much while they’re out trick-or-treating? A really great way to save yourself from worrying about candy on Halloween is to be as prepared as you can.

Buy more candy than you think you’ll need and keep the receipts! You can return whatever you don’t end up using later.

If you can’t be home to pass out candy, placing a bowl out with one of these cute reminders should help encourage the trick-or-treaters to help you ration your candy for a while:

  • Roses are red. Violets are blue. We’re out trick-or-treating just like you! Please take one treat!
  • Take a treat! But leave the rest for other boys and ghouls!
  • Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, please take just one sweet to eat!
  • Although we’re not home to give you a scare, here’s a bowl of tricks and treats, take one … if you dare!

After Halloween is over, take full advantage of the candy on sale at the stores and begin stocking up for next year (assuming the candy isn’t the type to go stale). You’ll thank yourself when the prices rise again right before the holiday.

Costumes

Costumes can cause unwanted stress without the proper preparation. With these tips in mind, your kids will be safe, and you will be stress-free.

Depending on where you live, encourage costumes for your kids that will look good while still keeping warm. For instance, a genie outfit with high heels might not work out so well on a cold night of walking. And if you can help it, you don’t want your cute costumes (and the kids inside them) to be covered up with big coats while out for the night. A good solution for making your costume warmer is to layer turtle necks and leggings of the same color underneath.

For Halloween safety, fasten reflective tape to candy bags and add it as an accent to your child’s costume. No need to go overboard with this one, but as long as your child can be seen by cars in the dark, the tape will be worth it. Another good thing to keep in mind, utilize all sidewalks or walkways to avoid walking close to traffic. Be sure to keep an eye on your little ones and have them by your side to avoid any accidents.

To avoid last-minute stress before going out, be sure your kids try on their costumes a few weeks before Halloween to double check there aren’t any last minute adjustments or accessories needed. Make sure everything fits and isn’t broken beforehand so you have extra time to rebound if you find a problem.

 

Creative decorations

One of the best parts of Halloween is the decorating, but it can also be one of the most stressful and expensive. You’ve got to round up all the boxes from the attic, untangle the lights (and end up buying more when you find all the bulbs broken), and there never seems to be enough money in the budget for all the ready-made decorations at the store. Whether you are the house on your block to “Deck the Halloween Halls” or not, we’ve gathered some of our favorite DIY decorations that might scare the kids, but certainly not your wallet or gumption to decorate.

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Use the light from inside your house to create window decorations:

Grab big pieces of black construction paper, colored crepe paper, and scissors, and you’ve got all you need for this creative and easy decoration hack. The light from the room behind the paper is all the illumination you need to make a big statement on your street.

Reuse milk cartons to make a lit pathway for trick-or-treaters:

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All you’ll need for this one are milk cartons, a craft knife, sharpie marker, and lights. Draw the ghost eyes and mouth on the empty milk carton, and cut a small round hole in the back for the lights to go in. After that, you’re all set to line them up and plug the lights in! (Just make sure the plug side ends up somewhere near an outlet or extension cord).

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Make your door a monster with whatever crafts you have lying around:

The best part about this DIY is, whether you have time to go all out with spider webs and sparkles or you just slap on streamers and eyeballs, the door monster will still come to life!

Create hanging ghosts:

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All you need for this project are a few Styrofoam  orbs from the craft store, cheese cloth, eye-hooks, string for hanging, and black craft paint for the ghost’s eyes. Just drape the cheesecloth over the orbs after you’ve painted on the eyes and start shredding the ends. A few of the ghosts grouped and hanging on your porch or from trees makes for some cute (and cheap) Halloween decorations.

Utilizing these creative DIY’s and tips this Halloween will save you money and stress so you can focus on what really matters… enjoying the holiday, however you’ll be celebrating! Have fun this year, and remember, this is a day when too much candy is the goal, as long as the majority is saved and shared rather than eaten!

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