2016 Safe Driver Awards

Every year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® recognizes the drivers who exemplify the company’s core values through ongoing concern for the safety of company vehicles, co-workers, and the public. Though everyone in the company follows the necessary safety procedures when operating a truck and transporting our customers belongings, several drivers are being recognized for going an extra mile. As a token of appreciation for a great job done they drivers are awarded a certificate and a custom made Safe Driver T-shirt.

We are happy to announce that two of our own drivers were awarded the 2016 Safe Driver Award. We congratulate Alex Lebar and Brian Brown! Both of them have earned Movers of the Month at our Panama City, FL location previously.

We are so proud of you, Alex and Brian! Well done.

9 Things to Do Before The Movers Arrive

It’s MOVING DAY!!! You have so much stuff to do before the movers arrive. Hopefully, you have packed some stuff already and got rid of things you won’t be moving, donated your old TV stand and threw away broken dishes. Hopefully, your movers are confirmed and ready to go! (We usually call our customers the day before and make sure everything is still “on”.) Now, just breathe.

To reduce the tress of relocation we collected a list of tips, some of them are from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers and some from ordinary people who have moved themselves before. This will save you time and money it costs to move. Just go through and see if you forgot anything.

  1. Put your pets away and get kids occupied. Movers will be carrying heavy furniture and walk with boxes back and forth, so keep your pets safe and out of the way. Moving with children is a whole other talk and we covered it in our previous blog, so make sure to check it out.
  2. Unplug your electric devices, disconnect cables, roll them up, and label them. Saves you trouble of re-connecting it later. Some people even advise to take a picture of how the cables are connected. Small kitchen equipment can go back into their original boxes if you still have them.
  3. Clean out the appliances that you will be taking, like a fridge, washer and dryer. They require extra care during the move. We will cover it in our upcoming blog.
  4. Clear out furniture. We usually say you can leave your clothes in the dresser, because our men will wrap it and load it on the truck. However, if you have furniture going on the truck, make sure there’s nothing on top of it and nothing blocks it, like a pile of laundry or kids toys.
  5. Separate your most important paperwork, passports, birth certificates, etc. from the rest of the stuff. Even though we provide insurance for accidental damages, it’s just another precaution to keep them separately and not load it inside of the boxes, maybe even transport them yourself.
  6. Take apart antique furniture that is especially valuable to you. The movers can take it apart if you need them to, however, you only know how much that piece is really worth. Movers will certainly wrap it into the blankets and stretch wrap and handle it with utmost care.
  7. Separate hazardous and flammable items (gasoline, household cleaners, propane tanks) and other items like liquor and medicine. We will NOT be able to transport those items on the truck, so please remember to make other arrangements. The same goes to motorcycles and garden equipment like lawnmowers. Make sure discuss it ahead of time when you contact us to book a move.
  8. Pack things as much as you can before the movers arrive to save valuable time. Just make sure to use sturdy moving boxes, bubble wrap or special packing paper, and double or triple tape the boxes.
  9. Label boxes for easier delivery, especially if you pack yourself. The movers will know how to load the boxes more efficiently and then once at the new place, they will carry the boxes to the right room. It will definitely save you the confusion when you unpack at your new home.

Comment below if you have your own moving tips. To book a move, please give us a call at 850.785.2222.

Can Design of Your Home Slow Down Your Move?

Do you have a two-story house with a garage? How about stairs and a laundry room? Different constructional variations and unusual design of your house can affect the time it takes to do a move. On average, a standard size two bedroom house, with a kitchen, living room, laundry space, and fully stacked with furniture can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to pack, load, move, and unload.
If you decide to pack yourself, in case you want to sieve through the items and decide what goes and what you can donate, or if you just want to cut the cost of moving, it also helps to cut down on time. Packing yourself can save you anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours on average. However, we always encourage you to let us pack it with our boxes, wrapping paper, and of course blankets and shrink wrap for the furniture.

Around the world architects and artists create buildings with some surprising

Unusual houses may slow down your move
Upside down house in Austria

designs. We can only imagine how the move would go in this house…

In addition to unusual design, things like lack of parking space close to the front door or the garage, and narrow stairs, all can slow down your move.

Two-story homes can slow down our movers by average 1.5-2 hours, however, it all depends how much furniture and boxes you have upstairs and how many rooms your actually have.

One of the longest moves our movers handled in the past included 16 hours of just packing 60 small boxes in the kitchen. It was a collector’s edition of plates, dishware, and small knickknacks. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. Though sometimes we have to sacrifice time in order to securely pack and safely deliver your treasured belongings.

Before you schedule a move, call us up and we can come out and do a free estimate of every room. That way we can let you know how long it will take for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to do your move.

How to Move with Kids: Helpful and Easy Tips

Moving can be a stressful time for everybody, especially children. To make it a little easier and more enjoyable consider these tips.

Say proper goodbye to the old home. Take lots of pictures of your whole family at your old home, have a party to celebrate all the good times you had there. Make sure you involve children into all the discussions about the move and the new house, and listen to their suggestions. They will feel more comfortable during this transition.

When packing, first, let them donate some things they are ready to say goodbye to, and then, give them their own boxes to pack. That way children will be occupied and feel dedicated with their own task. An activity kit with coloring pages, crayons, some puzzles and toys will keep kids occupied, so put together a plastic container with a lid. You can print this Highlights Moving Day activity sheet from Two Men and a Truck.

Get the kids excited about the move into the new place. Anxiety about going to a new school, making new friends, living in a new house can be eased for children with a little planning.

Plan their new room and how you will decorate it together. Take time to explore the area and find a playground or a park, local restaurants and indoor activities that kids can get involved in.

Meet your neighbors and see if they have kids the same age. Building new friendships will help them transition to their new home with less stress.

Hiring the knowledgeable movers who are licensed and insured also can help make your move a breeze. Call us ahead of time and we can find the best crew for local or interstate moving 850.785.2222.

Summer Contest Spot-A-Truck Announced

An exciting summer is in store for our Panama City and Ft. Walton locations! We are expecting hot days, lots of sunshine, and great contests! Spot-a-Truck is one of them. It will start June 1st and continue throughout until the end of July. The winners will get some sweet prizes to help them enjoy summer in Florida.

Official Rules:

  1. Contest will continue starting 12:00am June 1st through 11:59pm July 31, 2017. No age restrictions.
  2. A picture featuring one of our trucks has to be posted on Facebook or Twitter and #SpotATruck has to be applied when posting your image.
  3. A picture has to be taken while the truck is standing. No images will be accepted if the picture is taken while you are operating your vehicle.
  4. Please do not climb on the truck. Do not touch any of the customer’s belongings (unless, of course, you are the one who’s being moved!)
  5. Remember, movers are working and they might not be available for pictures. All we need is the truck itself and you in the picture.
  6. Employees are excluded from participation.
  7. The winner will be announced on August 7th on our blog and Facebook page.
  8. The most creative submission wins!