The Best and Worst Times to Move

Stress from a move fluctuates the closer you get to your deadline. As you start looking for new places to live or new property to buy, you may be tempted to move as quickly as possible. But there are some advantages to waiting for the right season, month, week, or even time of day. How would you know that if you weren’t a mover? Well, we wanted to let you know about the business insider’s tips, so you can plan you move accordingly:

Spring and Fall – These times are best for people to move, because all during the summer our schedule is packed. Kids are out of school, and people can usually get more time off during the summer than they can during the fall or winter. While it may be more convenient to move during the summer, you have to book months ahead of schedule to make sure you can find a reputable moving company on your preferred move weekend.

Midweek and Midmonth – The first and last of the month is usually when people have enough money saved up. This is also the time when apartment leases usually end. Weekends are preferred for moving because people have time off and can make the move, and are at the end of their lease. So if you can, move out either the second or third week of the month. You won’t have to book as far in advance.

Schedule ahead of time. Planning ahead is essential to make sure you can choose the best moving company for your move. If you wait until the day or two before your planned move day, you may not have as many options. Usually its best to call each company a month before the planned day, and book your move a couple weeks prior. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® usually has availability during the week, but weekends book fast.

If you are ready to plan your move, call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Panama City. As summer comes to a close this is the perfect time to plan your move. We have competitive rates and offer a full-service moving package that includes packing services, complimentary stretch wrapping of all furniture and appliances, and post-move customer service if you have any problems during the move. Feel free to call our office at (850) 785-2222 for more details, or visit our website.

 

How to Perfectly Pack Your Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the hardest room to pack when you’re getting ready to move. So many breakable items, so many utensils, so much to think about! It’s easy to say, “I’ll just do it later,” every time you start to pack, every day until the day of your move. But procrastination was never the friend of someone preparing to move into a new house or apartment. If you’re downsizing, you need to start even earlier.

The first step to packing your kitchen is getting your supplies. You’ll need bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and packing tape. Make sure you have more than you think you’ll need, so you don’t have to run to the store amidst a kitchen packing frenzy. You probably have some supplies at home, but  call your local Two Men and a Truck if you need extra boxes and packing supplies.

Move the large items first. This includes your stove, refrigerator, kitchen tables, chairs, or any other furniture and appliances that currently take up space. First you will need to turn the power off and disassemble them according to the user manuals. Make sure you empty the fridge, put perishables in a cooler, and secure the doors shut. You want to wrap everything with bubble wrap, or let your movers cover them with moving blankets.

Pots, pans, and other cookware. Your cooking essentials are bulky and heavy, so you need larger boxes to store them. You may want to tape the boxes to ensure they don’t break open when they’re lifted. Pack your cookie sheets, mixing bowls, mixers and blenders with care. If you want to stay organized, label boxes according to their contents. Stack pans and place pots inside each other.

Protecting breakables. Wine glasses, china, vases and crystal should be specially protected from the rest of your kitchenware. You can double-pack by placing dishtowels in between each piece. Use cardboard dividers for wine glasses, and tissue or newspaper between plates. If you have wedding china, make sure you put in a separate labeled box. When your moving team comes to do a walk-through, let them know which boxes have delicate items. Of course you can always have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® pack these items for you at the time of your move.

Smaller utensils can be hard to organize. So grab some rubber bands, and wrap them according to type. You can also store forks, knives, and spoons in larger cups to keep them in the same place. You can use a desk organizer to store these items as well. These items do not have to be specially wrapped unless they will be in a box with other delicate cookware. Just make sure you keep them together!

The last step in packing your kitchen is to remove all dry or canned foods from your cupboards and store them in an empty room. You’re likely down to the very last of your groceries by now, so put these in a box and store them in the trunk when you drive to the new place. Put your cooler of perishables in the back with you, along with any snacks you or the kids may want on the way.

Ask your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® about our packing services. We can help you organize and store your kitchen, and move the heaviest appliances. Our team of professional movers will listen to and answer your questions, and help you with packing both the larger and smaller belongings in your home. Call us today for a free estimate!

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is Florida’s top destination for low-cost beach vacations and weekend getaways. The white sands, great seafood, and tourist attractions bring thousands each year from March until August. We’ve been a vacation town for decades but more and more people want to live the beach life all year long. So what’s the big fuss over Panama City in 2016, as opposed to previous years?

New industries are growing, new neighborhoods are popping up, and the family atmosphere encourages people to make Panama City their home. Tourism is still popular over the spring and summer months, but we have plenty of other attractions that draw people in to stay. If you’ve lived here all your life, it can be easy to see why Panama City is a great place to be. Family life, work life, social life – all wrapped up in one beach town.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® loves everything about Panama City Beach. That’s why franchisee Sean Wise decided to set up shop here and run his other franchises along with this local one. He chose this place to raise a family and be surrounded by beautiful beaches all year. Aside from the gorgeous landscape, here’s ten reasons why Panama City Beach is a perfect place to raise a family:

  1. Growing industries. Panama City has emerging technology and engineering industries, with the emergence of several startup companies and expansion of our Navy Base. New companies relocate here all the time, bringing in new jobs for our local economy. Panama City Beach is a great place to start a business!
  2. Great post-secondary schools. We have three accredited post-secondary schools in the area. Florida State University and Gulf Coast State College offer four-year and two-year transfer degrees. Haney Technical College offers certifications and training courses for various trades, and places all its graduates with internships and positions within their field. Each offers unique scholarships, especially for returning or adult students. Finish your classes, then head to the beach to relax!
  3. 24 hour Beach access. There’s over 100 access points along the Gulf beaches. In town, you can also find boat ramps and small parks that overlook St. Andrew’s Bay. People come here from all over the U.S. to see the water and enjoy the mild seasons. As a local, you can enjoy these luxuries all day, everyday.
  4. Family-friendly atmosphere. Panama City has schools, family theme parks, movie theaters, and other kids’ activities to enjoy. Children enjoy places like Zoo World, Gulf World, Frank Brown Park, and the Panama City Mall. When you first move to Panama City, take time to explore the area. We have many large attractions, but some of the best places to go are the smaller recreational parks scattered throughout.
  5. Best local seafood. Every local seafood restaurant in town gets their fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters right from the offshore Gulf Waters. You can watch the boats unload snapper and grouper daily from the Capt. Anderson’s, St. Andrew’s and Downtown Marina. Greg Abram’s Seafood is one of the largest seafood exporters in America, and has its headquarters in Panama City.
  6. Music Matters. In Downtown Panama City, you can find music venues on almost every street corner. bars and restaurants feature both travelling and local musicians. Our Marina Civic Center hosts concerts from regional tours. This summer the Civic Center will have the Backstage Pass concert series and Three Dog Night on tour.
  7. Pier Park Shopping Center. Locals love to travel to Pier Park for night out with family and friends. The eclectic shopping mall has food and drink, entertainment, and all the top retailers. You can shop at four different plazas, visit the Grande Theater, then browse among the nineteen different restaurants throughout the night. Its a great place to be both night and day!
  8. Fishing, camping, hiking, and water sports. Of course as a beach town, we have plenty of different water recreations to try. You can book a fishing charter, go camping or hiking at St. Andrew’s State Park, or try a kayak, canoe, or paddle board rental. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry! Guides can teach you how to get on the water and have a great time.
  9. Farmer’s Markets. Panama City has farmer’s markets in Capt. Anderson’s Marina, St. Andrew’s, Lynn Haven, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and even an online farmer’s market. Buy fresh and local produce from farmers in the area. Some of the best eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash are grown from the Florida Panhandle.
  10. Long-lasting economic development. Panama City Beach is always growing and adding new things to do in the area. The job market is always growing and drawing in new people to move here. And long-lasting businesses like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® make it possible for locals to stay here, grow their families and advance their careers.

We think it’s a great place to be for all these reasons and more. If you’re looking to move to Panama City soon, contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a moving estimate. We are the largest moving franchise in the U.S., with  over 340 locations internationally.

Self-Moving vs. Hiring a Moving Company

Don’t we all assume that moving by ourselves will less expensive than hiring a professional moving company? In initial analysis, this may seem true. But when considering other potential costs, you may be surprised to learn it’s often more expensive.

While renting a moving truck might seem like a great way to save money, we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City remind customers of the hidden costs they may not have considered, such as:

  •  Time to pack, load and drive belongings to the new destination – Do you want to plan time off work to complete these time-consuming tasks?
  •  Time (and headache) trying to recruit friends and family – Understand there’s no guarantee everyone will show up on move day. People “forget” when it’s finally time to show up and get the unpleasant tasks done.
  •  Renting or buying proper moving equipment – Can you find the furniture pads, ropes, stretch wrap, dollies and straps to protect belongings during packing, loading and unloading? You may not realize what you need until you don’t have it.
  •  Time to collect enough boxes to pack an entire home or business – Avoid used boxes – no one knows what critters are living inside or if the boxes are strong enough to carry items. You will need to purchase packing supplies before any move.
  •  Replacing or repairing damaged items – Set aside money to cover the cost of repairing or replacing broken items. If a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes a mistake, it does what it can to fix the problem.
  •  Doctor’s visits after a rough move – Research proper moving techniques to be able to train friends and family members how to move heavy furniture without injury. You don’t want to be liable for an injury on your property.

It may seem like moving yourself would cut down costs, but when you add up the hidden costs of completing a move, think most people will agree it’s less expensive – and much more convenient – to hire professional movers to take on the work and responsibility.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 280 national locations and 1,800 trucks operating in the U.S. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than five million moves since it opened for business in 1985.

In Panama City, we’ve consistently grown since 2009, and plan to continue this with by our commitment to customer satisfaction. Each location is independently owned and operated. For more information, call the Panama City TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at (850) 785-2222 or visit http://www.twomenandatruck.com/locations/fl/panama-city.

Mover of the Month Ranked #3 in Franchise System

Enrique Torres Sanchez, mover in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Destin, was ranked in the top five movers in the national  franchise system. Our home office releases reports on each of our movers’ customer referral scores.

These rankings are based on customer reviews and feedback from management. Though Enrique has only worked for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Destin for four months, he is highly recommended by all our customers.

Enrique started at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® with knowledge of the company, and aspirations to establish a career with the company. He was amazed that both his managers at Panama City and Destin started as movers before they became office staff.

Enrique knows that he wants to do the same, and plans to one day open his own Two Men franchise. When asked what he likes about his job, he says, “I love being able to help customers do… what they didn’t think we could.”

Enrique has maintained over a 91% overall referral rate in the four months he’s worked at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. He says that he reads every Google review left after his moves, so that he knows where he can improve and continue to provide excellent service.

Few people would take the time to improve their careers and develop professionally for the sake of a company’s reputation. But Enrique is truly a testament to what it means to be a Mover Who Cares.

We hope that he continues to move forward with us, as he is a great asset to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and Destin team. Enrique is also a trainer for new Two Men movers. As new people come into the Two Men family, they learn from him how we provide excellent service and how we use the Grandma Rule® whenever we take care of a customer.

To read Enrique’s bio, you can read our Meet the Team page on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Destin website. If you want someone like Enrique to help you during you next move, call us to speak with a representative. We are the company most trusted for residential and business moving services.

Staying Cool During Your Summer Move

Stress builds up during the moving process. Your list of things to do gets longer, as the countdown to move day gets shorter. The staff at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knows exactly how hard the process can be – we do it everyday! We want to help customers who are going through one of the most stressful times in their life. So we’ve compiled a list of summer moving hints that will help you “keep your cool” in the midst of your planning:

Pack a little bit at a time. There’s a fine line between packing too early, when you’ll still need to use your things, and packing too late, where you rush at the end and fret over whether you have everything organized. By packing one room at a time (minus he essentials), you’ll save time and anxiety while your house is in disarray.

Find a climate-controlled storage facility. When relocating long distance, you may want to keep your belongings in a storage facility. As its summertime, certain items need to be kept in a climate-controlled environment. Electronics, certain clothing, and documents all need climate control. We can recommend some of the best storage units locally before your move, and can load or unload at any of these facilities if you already use storage.

Hydrate on the day of the move. Our movers know the importance of hydration when moving heavy furniture and boxes. We tell customers to stay hydrated themselves; you’re likely going to do some of the packing yourself, and the added stress of moving will cause your body to lose more water than usual. Especially in the summer heat, make sure to have plenty of water or juice close by to sip on while the movers are working.

Plan well in advance. You’ll always forget something the first time you pack. The sooner you start making your checklists and making the final phone calls, the better off you’ll be on moving day. When you know you’re prepared, you won’t have nearly as much to worry over or think about. Schedule your move a few weeks in advance to ensure TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is available on the day you wish to pack.

Our office staff and moving teams provide the best moving service for Panama City residents. We schedule, move, pack, and help you through the transitions of relocating. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (850) 785-2222. Or, you can send us an email by visiting our web page. We hope you choose TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to make your next move experience a positive one!