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Relocating during the busy summer season? Here are 6 important areas of focus as you prepare for moving day

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises across the country are locked into the busy moving season, and schedules are filling up quickly!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK crews are ready to move customers forward and ensure their moves go as smoothly as possible during this busy time. According to MovingLabor.com, summer is the busiest time of year to move, and 80% of all moves in the United States occur between April and September.

Below you’ll find useful information about packing, building a checklist, what items TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can and can’t move as well as ways to ease the stress when moving with pets and kids.

Getting a head start on proper packing

Packing can be a dreadful task, but unavoidable during the moving process. Giving yourself enough time to pack and doing it correctly is extremely important for a successful move. Planning, labeling as much as you can, and organizing boxes by room are a few things to keep in mind when it’s time to start packing your items. Check out this packing guide to learn more on what packing supplies you will need and how to keep your items protected.

Doing your research

Moving is a stressful process, but TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has your back to make sure you’re prepared for your move. We’ve put together several resources to prepare our customers for an efficient, positive experience. Check out these moving tips from our team members.

Knowing what your movers can’t move

As you gear up for your move it’s very important to keep note of items that our movers won’t be able to transport. Our movers aren’t able to move items like gasoline engines or machines, plants or animals, prescription drugs and medication, perishable food, and flammable items. Customers should plan to load and transport these items on their own.

Building a moving checklist

Checklists are a great way to help prepare for a successful move, and the great thing is that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has a guide laid out for you to easily use. If you prefer to have the checklist on your phone, you can use movetrac ,our free online moving resource to set you up for success as you prepare!

Moving with pets and kids

Moving can be a stressful time for everyone in the family, especially on kids and pets. Here are some tips to think about if you’re moving with kids. Take a look at this full list of tips for moving with kids and pets.

Money-saving tips to keep in mind

Moving can be costly, but there are some ways you can save some money on your next move. Here are a few money-saving tips:

  • Disassemble furniture and beds prior to your move team’s arrival to cut down on time
  • Making sure items are properly packed and boxes are in one area
  • A very important tip to remember is when you call to book your move, make sure you’re honest with the customer service representative. All that information will allow the customer service representative to give you the best estimate possible.

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How to hire professional movers for your next home move

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If you’re a first-time home buyer and are moving from one home to the next, you’ve probably found yourself looking around at your belongings and wondering how you’ll get them to your new home safe and sound.

Wondering where to even start with the moving process can be daunting. You must pack up your things and start fresh which can feel a bit overwhelming as you go through it all.

Some people choose to do it all themselves, but others want to let someone else handle it. If you’re one of those people, you’re probably wondering how to hire professional movers.

The good news? It’s easy! While the actual lifting and transporting of items takes some heavy lifting, calling a professional moving team from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK doesn’t. So how do you hire professional movers?

Let us explain!

Use our free moving quote form

If you’re someone who prefers to use a computer to handle your business, then this is the option for you. We have intricate software built into our website to help you begin the free moving quote process and get your move on the right track. You’ll provide us with information of how much you’ll be moving, when you’d like to move, and how far you’re going and we’ll either provide your quote online or over the phone with a team member.

Text us

We want to make communicating with you as easy as possible. This is why we have a specialized text feature for you to get in contact with your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise!

You can begin the process of hiring professional movers by texting with one of our agents and giving the necessary info to help them start your moving quote.

Call your local franchise

Technology is great, but for some of you, doing things the old fashion way by picking up the phone and calling us is the preferred method, and we’re ready for that, too! When you call your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise, you’ll get in touch with one of our experienced customer service representatives who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the moving process and getting you booked for a move.

These hard-working CSRs are here to help you as your main point of contact so you feel comfortable throughout the entire process!

If you’re ready to move, we’re ready to help! Make sure to book fast as our schedules are filling up for the busy moving season!

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Hiring a professional moving company vs. doing it yourself

If there’s one question we get asked more than others: How much does it cost to move?

Figuring out the cost of a home move can be tricky – you can learn more about it here – and can often be a deciding factor in whether people will hire professional movers or try to complete the move themselves. However, there is a common misconception that it’s “cheaper” to move yourself, and that’s not always the case.

While on the surface it might seem like it will cost less because you aren’t paying someone else to do it, you’ll quickly find out those things you aren’t paying a company to do may end up being things you pay for yourself to do.

Below, we’ve went through and highlighted different costs and factors that go into any move, regardless of who is doing it. This helps to show the differences between the cost of moving companies and renting a moving truck to DIY.

Moving equipment: What will you use?

When evaluating the cost of professional movers, one thing to know is that everything is included with your final bill – the moving truck, the moving equipment, the movers themselves, and so on. You’re paying moving professionals to do their job for you with top of the line moving equipment.

If you opt to complete a home move on your own, the equipment used will now be your responsibility. You’ll need to rent a truck for transporting your belongings, get the proper moving equipment to lift heavier items so your belongings don’t get damaged, pack your things, purchase moving pads and stretch wrap for extra protection, and much more. As you pinpoint everything you’ll need to complete a successful move, you will start to realize the price adds up after a while – and you’ll still have to do the heavy lifting on your own.

Time is money

While the time of completing a move might not show up in terms of actual money spent, it will take a significant chunk of your valuable time to complete the move. You’re the one responsible for loading and unloading the rental truck, buying or renting the moving equipment mentioned above, driving the truck to your new home to unload your belongings (sometimes this requires more than one trip!) and then driving it back to the rental company after everything has been unloaded. This is a lot to handle on your own, especially if you don’t have any experience with it, and may end up taking more time that you anticipated.

When you hire professional movers, you’re trusting your money with a team who doesthis every day at a high level. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, all of our moving teams are professionally trained to complete moves efficiently while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and keeping your items safe.

Protection of your items

Speaking of keeping your items safe: if you don’t have professional moving experience already, this can be extremely difficult! Moving is not easy, and it’s difficult enough to keep your items safe while moving them in and out of a home without also having to worry about keeping yourself safe from injury.

There is a potential for damage when moving homes, and this is why people trust the services of a professional moving company instead of doing it themselves. An incident on a move trying to save some money could end up costing you big time.

Who is helping?

As a professional moving company, we have help – and plenty of it. But if you’re doing it on your own, you’ll need to recruit others to help you. This means the awkward texts to friends or family seeing if they’re available on Saturday and telling them you’ll pay in beverages and pizza. This adds costs, and it’s a drag to do.

Why hire professional movers?

Simply put, there is way less risk involved when you leave a home move in the hands of professionals. The saying “you pay for what you get” has never been more applicable than it has in the world of home moving, and you really do get way you pay for.

With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you get:

-Free moving estimates, in-home, over the phone, or online

-Packing services and supplies available at ad added cost

-An in-home walk through with our professional moving teams, followed by a walk-through of your new home so we know exactly how to plan for your move

If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to get the job done and let us show you why we’ve earned the nickname, “Movers Who Care®”!

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

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These 5 overlooked moving essentials are key to a successful move

Moving can be a bit of a jumbled process as you prepare to buy and/or sell new home, pack up your belongings, and hire professional movers to get you from one place to the next.

With all this happening in such a short period of time, it’s easy for some things to get lost in the shuffle as you plan your move. We preach planning and organization as the biggest components of a successful, stress-free moving day because it eliminates the likely hood of having to scramble with last-minute decisions or packing.

Organizational tips like packing and planning ahead will go a long way in keeping yourself on track, but there are a few things you can focus on to take the stress out of moving day – we like to call these overlooked moving essentials.

These are the “essentials” you’ll want to have leading up to the move and on moving day that will make things much easier so you can experience a positive, efficient move!

Moving Checklists

In terms of organization and planning, perhaps nothing is more valuable than a moving checklist. This will help create a roadmap of your moving process from the time you decide to move all the way through moving day, helping you visualize where you are and what you need to work on. Moving checklists provide a detailed outline on how things will go so you can know what to expect all the way up to the moment movers arrive at your door.

If you’re asking yourself how to make a moving checklist, don’t worry – we did it for you.

Cleaning Supplies

If you’ve ever moved before, you probably know how valuable it is to having cleaning supplies on moving day. Whether it’s antibacterial wipes, cleaning sprays, laundry soap, or another cleaning supply – you’ll want to have a box handy so you can start cleaning your new home as soon as possible.

Chargers and Batteries

Everything seems to be centered around our technological devices these days, so it makes sense to have all the chargers and batteries you might need for things like phones, laptops, cameras, etc., ensuring they are in working order throughout the entire move day.

Plastic Bags

Simple, right? Plastic bags are a cheap, easy, and versatile tool to have on moving day and they make it easy to carry around loose items which didn’t get packed away. You may also want a few to use as trash bags as miscellaneous trash and debris get left behind during the move. Keep a stash handy and be ready if needed.

Tool Kit

The chances of you moving into a new home and not needing to assemble something or make a few quick fixes are very slim, which is where a tool kit comes in handy. Make sure you have one ready (or at least know someone who does and can help) so you can tend to anything that needs to be done when you arrive at the new house.

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Top 4 tips you can follow to avoid falling victim to moving scams

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Make no mistake about it – moving can be a difficult and stressful process as you work to pack up your belongings and transport them from one home to the next.

We’re very well aware of this as we’ve done our best to help ease our customers’ moving stress for nearly four decades. We offer professionally trained movers who all undergo drug screenings and background checks before ever stepping foot on a move, and we pride ourselves on using top-of-the line moving equipment to keep our customers’ belongings safe throughout the entire process.

While this may seem like it would be standard across the moving industry, unfortunately, it is not always the case, and there are many moving operations who don’t have the best interest of the customer in mind.

These moving “scam” operations may entice customers by offering lower prices than anyone else to capitalize on people looking to save some money. When this happens, however, you may find that there’s a massive sacrifice in the quality of your move, and you might get unprofessional movers who damage belongings and don’t treat your items with care. They’ll take your money, not offer any solutions, and leave you with a nightmare of a moving experience.

There are a few ways you can work on your own to avoid running into moving scam operations like this, and whether you end up choosing us or another moving company, we want to share these helpful tips so you don’t fall victim to these shady moving operations.

Search customer reviews

A company can tell you all about the great things they do and why you should choose them, but sometimes, it’s best to see what others have to say about the brand.

Searching through customer reviews for the company you’re considering for your move can give you a good insight into how they operate, how they treat customers, and how they treat belongings during the move.

Find out what goes into the moving cost

Any reputable company should offer a free moving quote to give you a ballpark estimate of what your move will end up costing. They should also be upfront with you before hand about deposits, any extra fees and what they might cost, what is refundable, and more.

Ask all of these questions before paying anything and if a company isn’t able to answer them, they might not be legitimate movers.

Ensure the movers are … actually movers

Your belongings are important to you, and the safety of these belongings should be important to the moving company you hire. Never hire a company that doesn’t employ professionally trained movers, or a company using day laborers to get the job done.

Ask about background checks and drug screenings for the moving teams, too. You want to ensure your belongings are in good hands.

Make sure there is open communication

Hiring professional movers can be a major commitment, so it stands to reason that you should be able to have a direct line of communication.. When talking with the moving company, make sure they are able to answer the questions you have, and that they’ll work with you to ensure all proper paperwork is filed prior to moving day.

If you’re interested in using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK for your next move, click here!

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Learn firsthand what to expect with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience through customer testimonials

Moving can be an overwhelming experience as you go through the home buying process, pack up your belongings, and get said belongings into the new home you purchased – all within a relatively short amount of time.

With so many things going on in such a short window, many people turn to the help of professional moving companies like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. While we often hear people being worried about moving costs, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that when you hire us, your belongings are in the trusted hands of our professional, trained moving teams. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and efficient process, eliminating your moving stress and allowing you to focus on other tasks with your move.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer moving into a new home, have moved before and are upgrading into something bigger, or you’re looking to downsize into your next chapter – give us a call!

If you need a bit more information on what the moving process entails, check out the customer testimonials below and see what others have to say about using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

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Wrapping up another year on Movers Who Blog!

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As 2022 comes to a quick close, it’s hard to believe the year passed us by so fast as we celebrate another successful one for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Above all else, we were able to continue our mission of moving customers forward. With services like our traditional home moving, long-distance relocation, junk removal, storage plans, and more – we strive to be the go-to resource for anyone with moving needs.

On our blog platform, we continue to push out information and useful content to help our customers, whether it was moving day tips and tricks or information about our services for those interested in hiring us.

Take a look at some of our top blogs from the year and see if you missed anything that might be helpful to you!

1. These 5 items cannot be transported with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s junk removal service

“Your favorite home and business moving brand has expanded its service options to help you with junk removal, too. Utilizing our professionally trained movers and specialized junk removal equipment, we’ll now help you properly dispose of old items and junk you no longer need around your home or business.”

2. What your TWO MEN AND A TRUCK movers can’t transport during your next move

“Organization and planning can go a long way in eliminating some of this stress for you. Another area that’s important to keep in mind is learning what moving companies can’t move for you. This is vital information to know as you prepare ahead of time what belongings you might need to transport in your own vehicle.”

3. Five money-saving tips to save you some cash during your next move

“Cost is determined by a variety of factors when hiring movers: how much you’re moving, drive time, total hours or distance of the move, how many movers or trucks are needed, and more. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help save yourself money on your next move!”

4. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving services that don’t require a moving truck

“Our moving teams provide many services which don’t require a moving truck, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with whatever moving situation they might have. Like any of our services, we will show up with professionally trained moving teams who are ready to handle any type of lifting, ensuring your belongings stay safe and protected from beginning to end.”

5. Frequently asked questions to think about as you prepare for your next home move

“Moving can be a stressful process, but when you hire professionals, it doesn’t have to be. We provide professionally-trained, background-checked, and drug-screened movers who use quality moving equipment to ensure our customers’ belongings are safe and secure throughout the entire move.”

6. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gearing up for this year’s “Busiest Move Weekend”!

“With our upcoming ‘Busiest Move Weekend’, people can expect the same great service from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that has helped build our reputation into what it is in the moving industry,” said Randy Shacka, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President. “This weekend will challenge our core value of ’being your best and having fun’, and we gladly accept the challenge knowing how high the demand is for moving. This is a reflection of the great people working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and we take great pride in embracing this moment as we look forward to providing the best experience for our customers during this time.”

7. Avoid these 5 items when preparing to store items in a storage unit

“Storage facilities all have their own set of regulations and guidelines specific to their business, but there are also many things which cannot be put into storage, and it’s important to know what these are. We’ll go over a few of them below!”

8. Four big differences between hiring professional movers and doing it yourself

“Cost is usually the deciding factor when it comes to hiring professionals or spending time and energy to move yourself. Throughout the years, we’ve noticed there is a common misconception about the cost of moving and how much you’ll “save” if you do it yourself.”

9. Cut down on last minute moving tasks by utilizing a moving checklist

“Moving checklists are essential to organization with a home move, and organization goes a long way in ensuring you stay on track with your tasks, while helping to ease some of the pressure that comes with moving day. With a moving checklist, you’ll have the ability to track your progress in real time and get an idea of where you are in the moving process to get a better idea of what still needs to be done before the big day.”

10. Use these 5 professional packing tips for your upcoming move

“Packing is essential to a successful home move, and it goes a long way in taking the stress out of the entire process. Between proper packing and organization, you can significantly reduce the hassle of moving, save yourself time, and possibly even save yourself some money. Sounds like a win!”

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

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Celebrating 2022 and another big year of giving back for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand

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You see us talk about it often, but it’s no secret that at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we pride ourselves on being more than just movers.

Giving back is essential to who we are and what we, and from the very beginning, we’ve made it known in the communities where we live and work that we’ll utilize our moving resources for good and do what we can to make a positive impact. This mindset was instilled by Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and has lived on for almost 40 years!

Whether it’s through our own giving campaigns like Movers for Moms®, Movers for Mutts®, Movers for Military®, Movers for Meals®, or Truckload of Warmth®, or through partnerships with wonderful groups like Cheeriodicals and Convoy of Hope, we do what we can to make a difference to those in need.

2022 was another big year of giving back for our brand and so many different people who work with us were able to get out there and do positive, impactful work outside of their normal job responsibilities. We wanted to reflect on some of the best moments from the year and revisit some of our best giving back efforts.

Enjoy!

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What it means to live by THE GRANDMA RULE®

To understand the history of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, it’s important to go back to the very early days of the company when it was just the original “two men” – Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber – moving customers in and around Lansing, Michigan.

It was the early 1980s and the two were doing a good job for themselves as high school students. Their mother, Mary Ellen Sheets, helped them place ads in local newspapers to advertise their services. Eventually, the time came for the two to go off to college, but Sheets was still getting calls about the services. So, she kept the little business going.

Being a working mom, she didn’t necessarily have a lot of experience running a business, let alone a moving business. With moving trucks taking up space, she needed a place to store them– and that’s where her mom stepped in.

“Grandma Eb”, as she was known, offered her backyard and barn to serve as the original office for the brand and a place to park the trucks. The brand’s early days began here, and her generosity and help were instrumental in helping TWO MEN AND A TRUCK grow to what it has become today.

Her influence led to the development of arguably our most important company core value, THE GRANDMA RULE, which means to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. This motto has been adopted by the brand and serves as the overall mindset for our teams nationwide.

“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 New Jersey and Maine. “The idea is to treat each and every one of our customers as if they were our grandmothers. If we do that, every customer will be treated with respect, patience, and empathy during difficult moving situations.”

A large part of our customer base involves senior moving, and this makes the mindset of THE GRANDMA RULE all the more important.

Nearly 52% of all moves we complete are for people over the age of 50, and these can generally be tough moves due to the emotional factors involved of people parting ways with a home that has meant so much throughout their lives.

Our teams are specifically trained on how to handle senior moves and understand the importance of making sure they are able to communicate with the customer and provide the highest levels of care in order to make them feel at ease as they complete their moves.

“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 or storage. Our movers then take the time to make sure every item gets to where it needs to go.”

To learn more about THE GRANDMA RULE and its beginnings, click here! If you know a senior looking to complete an upcoming move, visit our website to get started on a free moving quote.

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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.

 

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