Moving During the Holiday Season

We can almost hear the Christmas bells ringing, we can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey, and we can almost see the beautiful decor inside and outside of our homes, all ready for the holiday season! It’s upon us. The stores switched their displays and some people have already gotten their decor from the attic. However, if you know you will be moving this holiday season, you might think twice about unpacking before you start packing. Moving is stressful, especially during the winter months of festivities.

Postpone the Move

Best decision would be to postpone the move after the holidays. You can not only enjoy having time with friends and family, but have the last memorable event at your house. Besides, there are still Christmas parties to attend, taking kids to see the parade, and go shopping for presents. Another reason to consider a later move, during the holidays staff and movers may be unavailable and the rates are normally higher for the moving companies. So why not save some money and plan your move for after the celebrations?

Have a Strategy

Making sure you have all the packing materials, boxes, tape, bubble wrap ready is very important. Make sure you schedule your move ahead of time, at least 4 weeks or longer. And then start packing. Don’t wait till the last minute, unless you are planning on having your movers pack everything. If you have to move during the holidays, unpack and decorate your new place as soon as possible. This will help you create celebratory and warm atmosphere. With a simple moving plan, you can relax and enjoy gift-giving under a Christmas tree in your new in no time (or Christmas palm tree if you are moving to Florida!).

Downsize and Give back

Moving as you know is a perfect opportunity to downsize and cut down on things that you don’t use often. While going through your decorations, put aside the items you can live without. Many shelters and thrift stores will appreciate a little of holiday joy. Not only you cut down your future time on packing, but you help your community celebrate the holidays. Same goes to non-perishable food that will take space on a truck. Many local charities here in Panama City organize food drives around Thanksgiving, so you can help by dropping off some canned food.

Whatever your holiday plan is and whether it includes relocating to a new home, Two Men and a Truck® Panama City can help. We provide all the necessary moving boxes and packing supplies, we can stop by for a quick free estimate, and we’ll be there on your moving day ready to spread the holiday cheer and carry it into your new home!

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Movers For Mutts Charity Program Fall 2017

Movers For Mutts is our annual fundraiser program that helps stray animals and supports local animal shelters. This was our second year for the Panama City location. The program was very successful and thanks to our community partners we collected over 550 items to donate to The Bay County Humane Society.

Back in September, our Kick-Off event for Movers For Mutts program provided an excellent opportunity for the community to learn about the animals in need and how we all can help them.

During the event, Humane Society of Bay County opened their doors for families to visit the shelter, to take some dogs for a walk at the enclosed park, and provided information about the adoption process. Outside we had several fall fair games for kids, like a ball toss, using the large Two Men and a Truck dish packing box, a pumpkin ring toss, as well as pumpkin tick-tack-toe. 

Throughout the duration of this year’s charity drive, we partnered with 15 businesses, community organizations and schools such as Pet Supermarket (both town and beach locations), EarthWise Pet Supply, Forest Park Animal Hospital, Panama City Beach Chamber, City of Panama City, SweetBay Community, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, several Bay County Schools, and WJHG-TV (that also covered our event) to collect pet care essentials. The donations included dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, soap, cat litter, pet toys, and other items. We are so grateful to the community for helping us bring awareness to animals in need!

On November 8, 2017, we brought the donations to the Humane Society.

 

Plants for Your New Home

After moving all your belongings into your new place and finding a spot for most of your stuff, you probably want to decorate a little and make it feel more like home. What is a better way to do that than with house plants? They have many great benefits that you might have not heard of: they brighten the place up, improve air quality inside, fill in design holes, and even teach your kids responsibility.

Brighten Up

For those who has trouble with design theme for their new home can take advantage of the green helpers. The variety of house plants can bring life and vivid color. Current trend on succulent plants is very popular for small spaces, for example. And edible herbs in the kitchen will make the space more inviting.

Improve Air

Several home plants can help keep our house air clean and toxin free. For example, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, and Devil’s Ivy can purify your air and keep the dangerous air pollutants out. So, not only you can make your home look lovely, but you can keep it healthy as well. 

Help with Design

If you have not became too proficient in interior design and you need to fill in some holes and imperfections, get a couple of plants to fix the situation. Placing plants in different areas of your living space will help you connect the rooms and create a nice flow, even if there is not much sunlight available. Blooming flowers also add a pop of color for your decor. Try keeping it in the same theme though and don’t go overboard.

Teach Children Responsibility

Last, but not least, plants can teach your children how to take care of something alive and also get them more interested in biology. Succulents and herbs are very easy for kids to start developing their green thumbs. Later, they can replant them outside if they want to. They will learn about providing enough sunlight and watering their little green friends, also how seeds become plants (perfect at-home science project with sunflowers and pumpkins!).

No matter what plants you choose for your new home after your move, make sure you transport them safely. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® cannot transport any live plants on the trucks. The best way to do it to protect your plants by covering them loosely with a plastic bag and placing them at the back of your car or on the floor.

 

Helping Seniors Move Forward

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we understand how difficult it can be to endure changes and start over at the new place. It’s even more difficult for our parents and grandparents. Leaving the comfort of your home that you’ve lived in for 30-40 years can me emotionally challenging. That is why we specially train our employees to handle senior moves and make the moving experience as easy as possible.

No matter how far their move will be, it takes kindness, patience, and understanding of any special circumstances during the move. Just think about it, they don’t just move from a home that they lived for a long time, it’s the memories they have to leave behind, sentimental gifts they have at the house, pictures, furniture they’ve chosen together, and all the great times the family had at the house. We send our best crews to assist with the moves, movers who can not necessarily move things fast, but the ones who can explain and walk the customers through the process for better understanding and emotional comfort.

Besides moving heavy furniture and carrying it to the truck we also provide, we can help with packing. In some cases, elderly people are not able to reach certain places, or their grip is not as strong anymore to hold things. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will provide packing boxes, wrapping paper, tape, and bubble wrap if needed to pack their valuable collection of ornate plates into as many boxes as needed. The movers also can help you sort through the items and put things aside to go to the storage. Most of the time when seniors move they have to downsize. Our movers will listen to your concerns and help you through this emotional time.

Great listening skills are important when moving seniors into a new place. During the planning process, it’s helpful to look into the new layout, so you know where the furniture will go and if it would fit. Once the movers bring it inside, you can direct them to the right spot. If the layout is somewhat similar to the layout at the old house, it’s much easier for elderly to navigate it.

Moving their whole life into a different home can take a toll on senior citizens. Our goal is to make the move stress-free and the transition to the new house smooth. Just give us a call at (850) 875-2222 and we can come out for a free at-home estimate.

Tips for Moving to College

In less than a month some students will be moving away to college. Hopefully, all the registration fees have been paid and fall classes are registered for. Trust us, you don’t want to wait till the last minute to register for classes or book your move! At Two Men and a Truck® we recommend booking your college move at least 4-6 weeks ahead of time, or sooner if possible.

Here are some more tips for your moving day and after the move:
Know your living arrangements. Whether you are moving into a dorm room with a roommate or into a student apartment, try to find out as many details about your new place as possible. This will be helpful while planning how much stuff you need to take with you, and whether your furniture would fit.

Research your moving company. Not all of them are licensed, bonded, and insured. Every franchise and every location of Two Men and a Truck® is offering you piece of mind and security during your local or long-distance moves. Also, make sure to find out what the movers can and cannot move, heavy or bulky items, and sports equipment.

Check stores for college necessities. Most stores offer special college student discounts and deals on lots of college dorm items like furniture, decor, bath and desk supplies, and even storage and organization. Some retailers offer convenient planning lists, so you don’t forget anything. 

Pack light. If you are moving yourself, consider the distance you would have to walk with the boxes and the size and weight of the boxes. Find out if your college campus would allow you to pull up the car closer to the dorm building or if there is a schedule for unloading. Don’t pack your boxes too much, so they don’t collapse at the bottom. Two Men and a Truck® movers usually use special moving equipment to transport boxes, furniture, and appliances. If you know you won’t be able to get help from your family or friends, consider hiring professional movers.

Pack a First Day Box or Day of the Move Box. Moving to college can be stressful and exciting at the same time. However, having little time to settle in before your classes start might add anxiety to your move. Avoid this opportunity to stress out more and pack a special box with all your immediate supplies. Check out our list of 30 things for your Day of the Move Box for ideas.

Mark your boxes. Before you pack, make sure you collect all the necessary supplies, like boxes, tape, scissors, permanent marker, sticky notes. The last will help you identify your boxes if they should stand there for a couple of days. It may be helpful to write what items you have inside or at least what area the box belongs to.

Load wisely. Always remember that the most important stuff need to go last on the truck. Moving to college is a wonderful time to downsize and get rid of some childhood memories, clothes, trophies or toys. If you want to hold on to some of them, ask your parents if you can keep it at their house. Alternatively, you can move it to the storage. If you are moving in just your car, without furniture, place heavier boxes, like the ones with books, on the bottom, and lamps and blankets can go on top.

The most important thing to remember is you are not alone. At Two Men and a Truck® we help move people forward. Moving to college is a huge step forward, it means you get to taste the responsibility, spread your wings, and discover new heights. Your family, friend, and trusted professionals are here to help you! Call us today at 850.785.2222 if you have any questions or if you would like to request a free quote or book a move.

30 Things for Day of the Move Box

Moving without a Day of the Move Box or First Day box, is like trying to get a job without a cellphone. It’s possible, but very problematic!
At Two Men and a Truck® we try to make the moving experience go much smoother and easier for you. We put together a list of 30 essential items that you would most probably need on your first day after you move in to your new place. It might be too much for some of us, and you don’t have to have to have all these items. However, we know a thing or two about moving and we highly recommend to gather these things ahead of time. It’s like wrapping your furniture into blankets and stretch wrap when moving – it just makes more sense!
Here is the list:

  1. Keys. No joke this item is #1 because it’s too obvious, but often missed.
  2. Basic first-aid kit. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a couple of sizes of bandages, thermometer, antiseptic wipes, and ibuprophen. Simple travel kits can be found at your local drug store.
  3. Charges. This way all your devices are full of juice and ready to go.
  4. Alarm clock. We recommend to have a portable one, just in case your electricity is not on yet.
  5. Flashlight/matches/lamp. Lighting is important not only for portraits of your family on the beach, but also the first day at a new unknown house.
  6. Spare batteries. Some devices don’t operate with a charger, so be prepared.
  7. Sheets, pillows, blankets. You will be super tired after moving. And who wants to dig through the boxes in hopes of finding clean sheets?
  8. Towels. Moving is a dirty job! You’ll need these. Don’t forget kitchen towels as well.
  9. Bathroom supplies. Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush… whatever you need can be found at any grocery store in travel sizes.
  10. Basic cleaning supplies. Who knows how clean your new place is? Pack an all-purpose cleaning spray, antibacterial wipes, a sponge.
  11. One-time-use kitchen supplies. Grab some paper plates, plastic cups, and utensils you won’t have to wash. Late dinner after move will be much more enjoyable. We bet you have some left from the last time you had a BBQ at your house or a kids party.
  12. Garbage bags. This is for the kitchen category.
  13. Toilet paper/paper towels. This probably should have been #2 on the list if we were prioritizing.
  14. Medicine. As professional movers, we will not pack prescription medicine into the boxes that go on the truck. You can also add this to your first-aid kit.
  15. Sunblock. Moving to Florida, you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day! Don’t forget it.
  16. Snacks and beverages. Running all day, packing, carrying boxes will make you hungry, so pack some protein bars, nuts, a couple of water bottles and those convenient powder packs with vitamin C.
  17. Coffee/tea bags and a coffee maker. How nice would it be to get your cup of Joe in the morning after you wake up at your new house?
  18. Pet supplies/pet food. Don’t forget your other family members, your pets. The move can be stressful for them, so check out more tips here on Moving with Pets.
  19. Radio/portable speaker. Music makes things go along faster and uplifts your spirits.
  20. Small tool kit. You would be amazed how much you can do with a simple screwdriver, a hammer and a pair of pliers. Grab it just in case with some nails.
  21. IDs/records/valuable things. You will need your ID available regardless (especially if you are moving to a military base). Medical records and your grandma’s golden earrings won’t be lost among other stuff in the boxes.
  22. Writing supplies. Pack a small notepad and a pen just in case you need to start your new place shopping list; a marker to write what’s in the boxes you are packing.
  23. Duct tape. Besides being an important packing element, you can also fix things quickly with duct tape. Not as a long-term plan, of course.
  24. Clothes pins/clamps. Helpful in many situations, clamps, depending on the size, can hold a lot of weight.
  25. Razors/shaver. If you have to go to work the next morning, you won’t need to ravage through the box that marked “bathroom” in the middle of the night.
  26. Hair dryer. Again, for working folks with long hair, this just makes like easier and help you look presentable.
  27. Extra clothes. You really don’t want to be fr several days in the same clothes! Try rolling up your whole outfit including socks and undergarments into one tight roll to save space in tour First Day box.
  28. Shower curtain. Taking a shower with a curtain saves trouble of a bathroom flood, unless your shower is a standing one with a glass enclosure that came straight out of HGTV lookbook.
  29. Scented candle. This small, but important item can make you feel like home almost immediately.
  30. Personal comfort item. The same goes to this last item on the list. It can be anything from a cute family photograph, or decorative knick knacks that can relieve stress and make you feel more like at home in your new apartment or house.

For help with moving, contact your local Two Men and a Truck®.

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.

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 several accredited post-secondary schools in the area. Florida State University and Gulf Coast State College offer four-year and two-year transfer degrees. Others are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Troy University. 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.