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How to Pack and Store Your Holiday Decor

Written By: Laurie Malseed, Franchisee

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already time to take down all those holiday decorations! But the New Year is quickly approaching, and what better way to start with a clean slate than to properly pack and store away all the Christmas clutter?

I was thrilled when Fox 45 Dayton asked us to do a segment on how to use boxes to store holiday decorations. I, of course, said yes and quickly got to work on coming up with the best ways to organize and protect everything from medium artificial trees to the tiniest ornament.

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We Do the Heavy Lifting for You!

Here’s a small round-up of some of our social media graphic headlines. They are a lighthearted look at one of the most stressful events in your life– Moving! We can alleviate most of that stress for you of course. If you happen to be oblivious to some of the stress we’re referring to check out one of our previous posts: The Hurt. The Betrayal. The Chaos. And if you like these moving snapshots, check out another round-up of headlines highlighting stretch wrap here and here!

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When was the last time you had two guys carry your books for you?

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A Standard Practice: Padding and Stretch Wrap

Just a few of our friendly social media updates that we share from time to time regarding our standard practice of padding and stretch wrapping EVERY piece of furniture. EVERY time. Compared to other moving companies, we offer a professional service that puts customer satisfaction first. Hope you enjoy our humor! Here’s a bunch of customers that have also enjoyed our service!

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We wrap leather. And pleather.

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Movers for Moms® 2013

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It’s that time of year again! Our annual Movers for Moms® program is in full swing and has more participation than ever before. We’re happy to announce the support of several area KindCare® Learning Centers collecting items for Harvest House! And we can’t forget our faithful partners at Pathway School of Discovery. This will be their third year participating with us!

Here is a list of the items that the shelter is in need of. We are also accepting creature-comfort/gift-type items such as lotions and soaps to give to the moms.

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Canned Foods
  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Feminine Hygiene Items
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent/Soap
  • Hand Soap
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Bed Linens/Blankets – Full Size
  • School Supplies – Notebooks, Pens, Pencils

So, come on…

Movers for Moms

And drop-off your donation at any of the following locations!

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Troy KinderCare
Englewood KinderCare
KinderCare Old Salem Road
Beavercreek KinderCare
Brandt Pike KinderCare
Bufort Blvd. KinderCare
Derr Rd. KinderCare
Burkhardt Road KinderCare
Huber Heights KinderCare
Vandalia KinderCare

OR

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Pathway School of Discovery

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Downtown Dayton

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Huber Heights

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Kettering

 As I mentioned this is our third year participating in Movers for Moms®. For a look back at last years program visit here! Then there’s this little gem from last year… A favorite pic of mine 🙂 And it also includes a free download of the coloring page!

Help Mom

If you or your business would like to participate please email us at info0296@twomen.com for details.

Blessings,

Laurie Malseed

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Finding Your Paradise: A Beginner’s Guide to Renting

One of the most important decisions you can make in your life is where you choose to live. Everyone wants to be able to come home to a place they can relax in, feel proud of, bring friends to, and most importantly, feel safe in. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, with all of the transitions happening in my life, I have found myself looking around for places on a few different occasions.

Today, technology has made it easier than ever to scope out potential places to live. Sites like Trulia, Realtor, ApartmentRatings, and even Craigslist have all provided resources for you to start a search for your ideal place to live. However, the purpose of this post is not to serve as a database of resources. I wanted to write this post to outline a few tips that I have learned in all of my home hunting that will hopefully be helpful to you in your search, as well.

1. Know what you can (really) afford.

This might sound like common sense, but more often than not, the prices you see on any of the various searching sites like the ones above do not reflect the total cost of living. Even for places that boast ‘all utilities included,’ most of the time there will be more costs associated, such as renter’s insurance, cable, and internet. Figure out a ballpark figure of how much these extra utility costs will be, along with water, gas, and electric bills if they are not included. Tack all of that onto the base rent, and then you will really know if you can afford a place. At my current apartment, none of our utilities were included, and we are also paying extra fees for parking—when all is said and done, there is probably an extra $400 or so tacked onto our base rent. You do not want to find yourself in a position where you are unable to pay your bills—don’t neglect to factor in these extra monthly costs!

2. Read reviews, schedule tours, and ask questions.

Another function of the sites listed above is to provide a place for current tenants to post reviews. Try to do as much reading as you can so you can become aware of any potential issues that people are having with maintenance, management, safety, etc. However, with online anonymity, one can never be completely sure that competing landlords aren’t flooding sites with bad reviews of other complexes to make themselves look better. To try to combat this, make sure you are getting your info straight from the horse’s mouth. Schedule tours and check things out for yourself. If there are any issues brought up in reviews or that you see in-person, make sure to directly approach the leasing officer or manager giving you your tour about them. Hopefully you will be able to feel out whether or not they are being honest and sincere with you. This can prevent a huge amount of headaches and stress that could arise if these were not addressed.

3. Start your search in as far advance as possible.

So you did the math and figured out exactly what you can afford. You’ve done your research and found a few potentially great places that meet your budget and living needs. You call the leasing offices only to find out they are completely occupied. If you are in a situation where you are trying to find a place fast, this is obviously the worst news you can get. However, if you’ve given yourself enough time, more than likely something will open up in the time before you have to move out of your current place. This can save you a lot of heartache. In some circumstances, you still might find that even if you’ve given yourself a few months in advance, there still might not be any vacancies available. That is simply out of your control—but don’t let that perfect place slip away because you’re only giving yourself a 2-week or month window to move!

With all that to say, if you are currently looking for a new place to call home, I wish you the best of luck. Trying to find a place to live that meets all of your needs can be extremely frustrating and unfortunately the stars won’t always align, but hopefully if you’ve taken the above precautions, you will be much more likely to find and secure your own personal paradise. When that day does come, you know that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can help get you there. Bon voyage!

Blessings,

Andrew

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Does Your Business Have a Core Purpose?

 

The following was originally posted  by the president  of  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc explaining our updated Core Purpose, To Move People Forward. I have quoted it here below because I think it is a good reminder of who we are as a business and what we do everyday! My husband and I have been part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system going on 4 years. We started out as managers and today we are proud franchisees. The new Core Purpose is true. We do move people forward! David and I are part of that testimony!

Enjoy the following from our President, Randy Shacka:

Why?

What does a simple three letter word like “why” really mean? Why does it matter? Although simple by most accounts asking yourself “why” in business should be the cornerstone for your business’s existence.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® recently relooked at this question in hopes of refreshing our core purpose. Why do we do what we do? Why is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in business?  Several years back our organization asked this question and came up with our original core purpose: “To be a role model in our industry”. This was fitting at the time. When you think moving, movers or the moving industry, it doesn’t necessarily conger up warm and fuzzy thoughts.  Unfortunately, our industry is rife with unlicensed groups trying to take advantage of others. So back then, to be a role model was definitely something to shoot for in helping to overcome this perception. Over the past several months, we have relooked at our brand, our vision and our purpose.  It was evident our purpose was missing the human element of what we do.

We looked at what our frontline staff does every day. We looked at the community outreach that is so important to us and the locations that give back as part of their daily efforts. We looked at our customers and what they say about our service (yes even when things don’t go as planned) and finally we looked at where we want to take this brand.  We realize each and every day that we have an opportunity to make someone’s day and get them through a potentially tough situation. Let’s face it, moving is not easy and is typically full of emotions that elevate our stress levels.  Our job at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is to pull up each day to someone’s driveway or business and put a smile on their face, reduce this stress and make the move go as smoothly as possible, no matter what the customer’s situation.

But our brand is much more than just customer service. The growth we have experienced and the positive service metrics we receive are a testament to that. This reflects our old purpose and through the early years of taking care of customers one move at a time, we lived up to that purpose. As we have evolved and grown and where our company is today, it is much more than just the customer experience. It is also the experience within our organization, the passion of our employees, the sheer number of people whom may have started as a mover or customer service representative that are now business owners as franchisees. At last count I believe close to 30% of our system followed this path.

This is energizing and really shapes the passion that exists under this brand!

Through a purpose exercise it hit us smack dab between the eyes. We wake up every day truly to move people forward. Whether it’s our customers, communities, employees or the general public; our driving passion is to leverage our brand to help people progress and this will continue to fuel our drive to grow and continue to build a sustainable brand for future generations to come.

Written by Randy Shacka, president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.

 
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Incredible Feats of Moving

A roll of twine, a few moving straps, and a healthy dose of courage can be more than enough to result in some scary moves. I thought it would be fun to compile a gallery of some of the most extremely frightening, yet impressive, feats of moving. Enjoy, and remember that when it comes time for your move—we can help!

As if the car wasn’t unsafe enough already!

You wouldn’t catch me driving behind this guy!

Blown tires waiting to happen? Nah, toss a few more chairs on!

Why drive the car, when you can pack it?

Not quite in the same vein, but over-packed, nonetheless!

So how do you go about unpacking in this case?

And now for some SERIOUS DIY moving…

I’ve got to hand it to these guys. That is impressive!

See you on the road– Andrew

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The Hurt. The Betrayal. The Chaos: 3 Moving Day Headaches to Avoid

As a 21-year-old in the midst of a time of many transitions, I have found myself moving seemingly a LOT lately. Moving to and from college I feel like I’ve redefined the clichéd “man on the move.” OK, that might be a bit melodramatic, but as someone who had lived in the same house for as long as I could remember, it seems like a lot!

Needless to say, as amateur and inexperienced as I was (and still am) with moving, mishaps were both frequent and unforgiving. Actually, that might be putting it lightly.

In no particular order, here’s my list of moving day disasters to avoid at all costs.

The hurt. Anyone else who has ever moved can testify—moving large furniture is NOT fun and can potentially be pretty dangerous. I’ve gotten pretty banged up in some of my moves, but luckily nothing too serious. You or your help might not be as lucky, though. Kudos to you for wanting to DIY or managing to get some friends to show up and help, but that in no way guarantees anyone knows how to move. Whether it be a broken foot from dropping something or even lingering injures like a thrown-out back or pulled muscle, save yourself from these potential injuries—let someone else do it the right way!

The betrayal. It’s been said many times and I have found it to be 100% true—you find out who your true friends are when its time to move. I might come off as jaded but I assure you that I am writing this with a light heart! Abraham Lincoln was once caught saying “Better to just think someone a lousy friend, rather than ask him to help you move and remove all doubt!” Alright, Lincoln may have never said that, but let’s face the facts here. The idea of spending a normally relaxing Saturday completing exhausting, repetitive manual labor in exchange for a few slices of pizza is not all that appealing. Save your friends the hassles of thinking up excuses, or, God forbid, actually helping you move—hire professionals.

The chaos. Plan ahead. Nothing with the huge and elaborate task of moving should be done last minute. Most importantly, make sure your help is arranged for at least two weeks ahead of time, whether it be TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® or a group of friends. And if you are planning on taking no heed to my above advice and try to rally your friends together, make sure to constantly remind them of the impending doomsday, or they WILL think of excuses and cancel last minute. Nothing is worse than trying to move short-handed! Also, arrange for cable/internet/phone installation in your new place before your move-in day for a seamless transition. Lastly, make sure you have enough boxes and packing material for all of your stuff—it saves you from scrambling for makeshift ways to pack and will keep your stuff better organized. Don’t get caught off guard and smacked in the face with how hectic moving can be—I say again, plan ahead!

All that to say, my experience with trying to move myself has led me to know that I will absolutely not make another big move without the help of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Plain and simple, it is just not worth it.  Spending the money on highly trained, professional movers WILL help you avoid a great deal of the stress and frustration that tends to take away from the excitement of transitioning to a new place! Hire the Movers Who Care ®!

Andrew

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