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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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Moving With Kids

Moving with kids can certainly add to the long list of moving stresses. And I’m not claiming to have all the answers. However, I have moved a time or two (or three) with kids, and twice across country (while pregnant :)). I’m really not sure how we did it to be honest. It’s one of those things that you have to do, so you do. Thankfully, we were always able to use professional movers. Even if it was to just load/unload our rental truck for one of our cross-country adventures!

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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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Announcing Our Newest Location!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re back in Huber Heights!

As some of you may remember, our North Dayton franchise started out on Brandt Pike about a year and a half ago. Seeing fit to add storage to our list of services we decided to move our location to a warehouse in Downtown Dayton this past November. Now that we’re settled Downtown (and loving it!) we’ve decided to open an additional sales office in Huber Heights just down the street from our old location.

Here we are all up and running on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, INC website.

Store Hours for the new location are 2am – 6pm Monday-Friday. The office number listed will be forwarded to our Downtown location between the hours of 8am – 2pm Monday – Saturday.

Basically, if you call any of our phone numbers between the hours of 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 2pm on Saturday you’ll be greeted by a live customer service representative. OR you can always submit an estimate request online 24/7.

Last but not least we can’t forget to mention that the new office is located inside of Fisher & Associates Reality! Thanks for having us guys. We look forward to sharing the space!

This additional location will allow us to better serve our customers and continue to grow the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand in North Dayton.

Drop by and pick up some boxes or give us a honk as you cruise down 201. We look forward to serving you!

 
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Movers for Moms: Items to Donate

  • Canned Goods
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissue Paper
  • Wash Clothes
  • Bath Towels
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Hair Brushes
  • Household Cleaning Supplies

All items will benefit women staying at Harvest House Dayton

Please call 937-401-3430 to find the nearest drop-off location to you!

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Love Your Neighbor

For the last month or so we’ve been actively engaged in collecting items for Harvest House Dayton as part of our annual Movers for Moms® program. We’ve done two radio segments and we’ve dropped off collection boxes at Pathway School of Discovery. Along with the boxes we passed out a coloring page as a thank you to the kids for their support.

This morning I decided to print out a few coloring pages for my little ones and talk to them about the importance of helping those in need around us. They are great little listeners when armed with crayons and paper! We talked about all of the things we use everyday at home to take care of ourselves. Later today we’re going to take a trip to the store and I am going to let the shop for items off the list of needs from Harvest House Dayton. It’s always an adventure when you let a 2 and 4 year old push the “kid” carts at Kroger! I’d take pictures of that, but I think I’ll be too busy apologizing to people who get bumped!

Want teach your child to love others? You can start today no matter what age they are! Feel free to download our coloring page here. You can also go here to find the list of items needed by Harvest House Dayton.

Not only will your kids have fun coloring, they’ll be learning, and loving. What more could a Mom ask for?

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Movers For Moms Collecting For: Harvest House Dayton

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country collect donations for women during the spring and deliver them to local women’s and family shelters on Mother’s Day.

Franchises partner with local shelters, schools and other community organizations to collect goods that will make Mother’s Day special for moms living in shelters.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has women in key leadership roles across the country — some of the most successful franchisees are mothers. Movers for Moms® is a way for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to appreciate the efforts of mothers everywhere, despite their current circumstances.

In 2012, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will partner with National Heritage Academies (NHA) schools (K-8) and many other schools throughout the country to facilitate classroom collections. In markets where no NHA schools are present, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will partner with other charter and private schools, as well as local organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will pick up and deliver the collected items to partnering women’s shelters on or before Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.

2011 Results

  • Movers for Moms® expanded into 14 states and had 85 franchise locations support more than 50 shelters across the U.S.
  • Movers for Moms® had a total donation of more than 65,000 gifts in 2011!
  • Movers for Moms® partnered with more than 85 elementary schools, daycare centers and community collection sites across the U.S.

2012 Dayton Ohio Movers For Moms

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  Moving and Storage is proud to announce Harvest House Dayton as our partnering shelter. All items collected will be donated to Harvest House and their mission to “prepare disadvantaged young women to take on the world with new hope and life skills.”

Please join us in collecting items such as toilet paper, canned goods, laundry detergent, paper towels, towels, wash clothes, and other everyday items for the ladies. Harvest House also organizes a Princess Program were graduates are showered with a true “Princess Day” where they are pampered and presented with a goodie bag. Small feminine type items such as newly purchased lotions, soaps, and lip gloss would help make this day even more special! Last year Movers for Moms® was able to collect over 65,000 donated items nationwide and this year their goal is to break 100,000!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  Moving and Storage is committed to collecting as many items for this shelter as possible to support the everyday needs of a fully functioning household. So far Pathway School of Discovery is on board again this year in collecting items for these worthy women. Here are a few shots from our collection last year.

Currently we are looking for more schools, businesses, and churches to become donation sites. If you are interested please contact us asap! We have several PR opportunities lined up (WHIO Radio and WGTZ (92.9 Fly) to name a few) and we’d be happy to mention you as a partner!

Also, if you’d like to donate any of the above listed items you can bring them to 33 Eaker St., Dayton, OH 45402 or call us for the closest donation site to you!

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Moving Announcements Round-Up

So you’ve hired us to do your move (just assuming), and although that gets rid of a big chunk of work there’s still a long list of things to do. What’s one to-do that’s easily forgotten (or done last minute in a boring bulk-email-type-of-way)? Telling people that you’ve moved!

Hopefully I’ve made this task a little easier for you by selecting (what I think to be) the most stylish moving announcements on the web and listing them here!

  • Here you’ll find a great selection of quality announcements that are all to cute pass up!
  • This company has a great design for Military families on the move.
  • And here you’ll find the most creative selection of announcements. I’ve included a few really fun ones below!

Moving announcements are a great way to help your contacts update your address in a fun memorable way. Consider including a short message to your recipient that lets them know you care. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out. You never know what a quick, old-fashioned, handwritten note might mean. One small word of encouragement could be the world to someone!

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Character In the Workplace

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Recently I found this great little chart over here, but it was a small 8.5×11 file. So I redesigned it a bit and made it into an 18×24 poster!

I loved the idea of hanging it in the office, but I wanted it in a spot where people would have a few seconds to look it over from time-to-time. Ah-ha! The bathroom!

Now we can all take a few minutes to ourselves, do our business, and enhance our integrity all at the same time 🙂 You can hang it anywhere of course. Isn’t it great?!

To download a large 18×24 PDF or a small 8.5×11 PDF click HERE!

***Update! I’ve also blogged about this poster and its origin at One Mom and a Blog.***

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A Look Back At Moving Forward

A Thankful Two

2011 was an exciting year to say the least. It marked the first full operating year for the Dayton North, OH TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise. Along with all that a new business brings (fear, joy, reward, sacrifice, blessing, suspense, disappointment, things done right, and things done wrong…) I think I speak for both David and myself when I happily say, “What a year!” It certainly wasn’t record breaking in the respect of revenue or AIE (franchise talk for an award system called Achievement in Excellence), but it was more than we could ask for.

With a background in marketing and advertising it is my passion to promote our location! As a mom of two young children I was not able to pour myself in to the job as much as I’d like, but my first priority is with the kids. Gladly, I brought them along to this or that as often as I could, and they didn’t mind my five-minute retreats to the computer for a “Mover MondayFacebook/Twitter update or posting of some sort.

We are continually humbled by the steadfast, trustworthy members on our team, and are constantly blessed by new experiences, new opportunities, and new relationships. May 2012 pack as much excitement, and as many lessons as our first operating year. We couldn’t be more thankful for the well-known, integrity-filled, hard-working name, “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®”.

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