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!

 

Movers for Moms® 2017 Campaign Recap

Our local Movers for Moms® campaign was very successful! We have collected over 3,000 items for a local women’s shelter, Bethel Village, a ministry of Panama City Rescue Mission. It helps women in need by providing a five-phase substance abuse recovery program to recover in a supportive environment and grow in responsibility, integrity, and commitment. The recovery program is a highly successful, faith-based and transformational. Our local partners such as schools, legal offices, salons, and storage facilities came together to collect donations of essential care items. We are grateful for such an amazing response from our community and hope Bethel Village moms had a great Mother’s Day.

Here is a full list of this year’s participating community partners:

 

      

Moving Day Madness: How to Organize Your Home After Moving

No one argues that moving is a big stressful event in our lives. We can almost feel cortisol (the stress hormone) being released! But when you have professionally trained movers, it is a lot easier to keep track of your furniture, lamps, books, and kitchen utensils and have an organized unpacking.

Speaking of organized…have you seen the house or apartment you would be moving to? Is it larger or smaller than your current home? Make sure and visit the new place and see the layout. That way you will know what furniture or decor items you are keeping and what can go to a donation center or at least a storage for now. It also helps to know if you have a tight corner in your living room and that your current couch might just not fit. Or the staircase is so narrow that it might take you awhile to figure out how to get your king size mattress upstairs.

Bonus: Check out Most popular house plans of 2017 with beautiful pictures and variety of styles!

It is beneficial to have your house plan or layout before you move. It will help reduce moving time and the hassle of just unloading the boxes and then having to move them by yourself. Walking through the house and visualizing where you can put things will help your move go smoother. Moving Insider recommends: “Be sure to communicate clearly to the people who are helping you move the furniture from the moving truck.” Once the plan is communicated, you can just relax and let the movers take care of it.
Among other tips for stress free unpacking: Labeling boxes and rooms with the same color sticky notes. You won’t need to direct the movers when they carry in boxes and if you are moving yourself this will definitely save you trips up and down the stairs. Consider unpacking the necessities, like kitchen and bathroom supplies first. Keep that moving day box handy! You’ll be surprised how simple things like disposable plates, cups, and paper towels can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Follow these simple tips and your move will be stress free, or give us a call and we can send our two men who have been professionally trained and will take care of your belongings.

SAQs: Should Asked Questions

Ask us the right questions when you call to book a move

Remember last time you talked to someone on the phone and after you hang up you realized you should have asked something and you forgot? Don’t miss these five questions when you call us and talk to one of our customer service representatives:

1. Ask us if we are licensed, bonded, and insured. Life is unpredictable and accidents happen, things break, and even though we take all the precautions and train our movers on wrapping and proper transportation, you can never be too safe. We offer that feeling of comfort and we will fix or replace your items (within our policy limits of course).

2. Ask us if we provide boxes and packing supplies. We do! And they are not just any boxes you get a local groceries or liquor store. We have specialty wardrobe boxes and dish boxes. We also have great wrapping paper so you don’t have to wrap your china in old newspapers and have imprints on ink later. We even have blankets and stretch wrap for your antique furniture and new items as well.

3. Ask us if we help you pack. You can definitely take your time packing everything in boxes, separating the clothes to donate and get rid of broken appliances you are not planning on taking with you to the new location. But what if you don’t have a lot of time, or it’s an emergency situation? We can help you and take that stress off your shoulders!

4. Ask us if we charge hourly rate. Not only we can tell you our hourly rates for various locations, but we can even provide a free estimate on the phone or on location. You know how much stuff you need to get moved. We know how much of it will fit in a 26-foot truck and how many people we would need to complete the move so it saves you time and money.

5. Ask us if we move specialty items, like gun safes and pianos. Especially if you have them! Those take extra time and possibly extra people to move safely. We will of course ask you that when you call us, but you are welcome to ask us if it slips our mind.

6. Ask us how big the trucks we have. If you have moved before and it was a couple of years back, you might have more (or less) furniture and your personal belongings to move. We do complimentary estimates over the phone and in some cases we can even come out to your house, so that later you are not stuck with a full truck and things left over in your house.

In fact, let us know as much information as possible when you call and we will do our best to accommodate your special requests. Call us at our office 850.785.2222 to address these questions or check out our website for a more informed move!

Movers Team of the Month – March 2017

Great movers are professional, courteous, and know what they are doing! They use THE GRANDMA RULE® with every move and always get awesome reviews.
Great job guys, and here is a review from one of our customers…
“Our movers were fantastic. After a long day, and facing a set of stairs for their last move, they maintained an excellent attitude and took exceptional care of our stuff. Would love to have these guys again for our next move!” – Jason W.
“Your team arrived exactly on time, met me at the end destination, carefully unloaded the goods and were polite and efficient.” – Fran B.
“This is the 4th time I’ve used your services and every time has been a fantastic experience!! Thank you for always being so reliable and always having a fantastic staff!” – Julie B.
Congratulations to the Movers Team of the Month at Panama City, FL location –
Joshua Koenig and Trent Cooley!

Moving People Forward at Our Franchise

Hard work and dedication always pay off. This time it happened to our own James Cole. He started as a mover 7 years ago, always had great reviews from customers, earned Mover of the Month title just last month! Now, he is able to apply his customer service skills and help us schedule moves from the office. How’s that for ramping up your career?!

We asked James about his experience at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and here is what he shared.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

James: Meeting new people and making them happy.

Q: What was your most memorable move you’ve done?

James: The time when I almost died and met my fiancé all in one day! That day it was raining and I was moving a glass table top, so it slipped and almost cut my hand off. Luckily, I got to the hospital in time and we saved my wrist. When I walked in my physical therapy, I met this girl and later we started dating. If it wasn’t for that horrible accident, I wouldn’t have met my fiancé!

Q: What was the most exciting thing happened during your time as a mover?

James: The time when I got $750-tip! That was very exciting and it showed how much people appreciated my effort.

 

Two Men and a Truck move people forward in their careers

James Cole, our newest CSR

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here! Depending on the area you live in, you start noticing melting snow, or first flowers and trees blooming, warmer days, and the sun shining brighter. Here, in Florida, the sign of spring is lounge chairs on the beach. The season is officially open and condos and hotels are ready for visitors.

For most of us, spring is the time of renewal and freshness. And deep cleaning of your house, garden, and car is necessary! Whether you are moving or just doing a spring cleaning of your place, here are some tips to keep in mind.

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning
Tips for Spring cleaning and decluttering
  1. Start from the top. When cleaning your living areas, start the cleaning from the top. The dust and other debris will fall down so you won’t have to clean the cabinet surfaces twice.
  2. Vacuum everything. Anything you can vacuum will be much easier to clean once the dry dust is gone. We recommend going over the window blinds, headboards, ceiling fans, etc, before wiping them down with a cloth. Cordless vacuum cleaners are perfect if you are cleaning your car, because they are light and usually small.
  3. Presoak. Spraying cleaner onto heavily stained surfaces will save time and scrubbing effort. (also check out this great professional organizer Alejandra Costello for more ideas)
  4. Clean hidden spots. Don’t forget about drains, filters, and vents. Dust collected there can cause fire. Or increase your electrical bill in case of AC filters.
  5. Declutter. Spring and change of seasons is a great time for decluttering and moving out things you are tired of or don’t use. Some moving companies offer such services as hauling and storage moving, just in case you want to save unwanted items for the next yard sale. Clearing up room from old/damaged furniture and décor will not only create space, but also will allow you to think of possible updates to your living space.

Movers of the Month – February 2017

Movers of the Month Two Men and a Truck Panama City
Movers of the Month Two Men and a Truck Panama City
Movers of the Month – Moises and James

Congratulation to our Movers of the Month team – James and Moises! Here are some reviews that their team received lately.

“James and Moises were fast and friendly I couldn’t have asked for a better moving experience. They really took all of the stress out of a day a was stressing about.” – Carson

“James and Moses were INCREDIBLE! I was very anxious about everything and I have to say they put my mind at ease about everything! I told the both of them that they needed to be cloned! Overall experience was absolutely AMAZING! Thanks Two Men and A Truck!!!” – Laurie

“Best moving experience I have ever had. The 2 men, James and Moses, worked very fast and efficently. They knew how to pack and move big peices of furniture without damage.” – Joe

Stress Free Renovation

It sounds like an oxymoron! There is no such thing as stress free renovation. All the planning, budgeting, picking out colors, and deciding if you are willing to go further than just a master suite with the standing shower and a separate bathtub with a huge window…

In addition to everything you want to do at the new space, you have to decide where to put your furniture and other belongings while you are renovating. Even if it is just a simple cosmetic update of one room, all the décor, couches, bookshelves, books including, all this needs to go somewhere.  Anxiety is perfectly normal, but there are ways to lessen it.

Moving furniture for renovation

There are some options. You could just move it to one corner of the room while you are painting, however, furniture might get accidentally stained or dusty. You probably heard those horror stories of a simple backsplash update in the kitchen – fine white powdery dust spreads everywhere: inside the cabinets, floor, TV, bookshelves, even in the bedrooms on the second floor. Why not prevent such mess?

Imagine how much easier it would be to just pack all your belongings into boxes for a couple of days, have a completely clear workspace, get the renovations you want done in a short period of time. All you need do after is bring in the furniture, hang your new curtains, and rearrange the pictures on a freshly painted wall. But you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

Two Men and a Truck can help elevate some stress during your renovation. We move as much or as little the customer needs. No mess, no paint stains on coffee table, no plastic covers and masking tape everywhere. Everything neatly packed in boxes we provide, moved to the storage or garage and then brought back in and set up. You’ll feel like your house is featured on one of the shows on TV!