Your complete guide to moving in together

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s the time of year that we celebrate love. For some couples, that means thinking about moving in together.

If you’re one of them, congrats! You’re taking a major step in your relationship.

Moving in together is an exciting and scary time. Before moving day comes, make sure you’re completely ready.

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It’s the ultimate test for your relationship. You’ll understand each other on a deeper level, and get to know one another’s quirks.

If you support one another, living together can be an excellent experience. When you live together, you’ll be able to push each other to be your best every day.

Moving in together will also ease the burden of your busy schedule. It’s challenging to plan nights ahead when both of you have busy lives. Splitting time between two homes, packing overnight bags, and going from one home to another can take a lot out of you. Not to mention the time spent on the road, which is a major drag on energy and resources, when you’re traveling back and forth between your homes.

Talk things through

Let’s start with the most challenging part of moving in together: talking through your plan and asking hard questions.

Begin with whose name will be on the lease. It’s a difficult conversation. Putting just one person’s name on the lease may seem like an admission that perhaps things won’t work out. Recording both names makes both of you responsible for the rent and upkeep of your apartment, even if something goes wrong.

There’s no right or wrong answer, but it’s important to discuss and come to an understanding with your partner.

Go through house rules during this stage as well. When is it okay to have people over? When do you need alone time? Do you have to share your schedule with each other?

Discuss each question so there’s no confusion after moving day.

It’s also important to form an understanding of who is paying for what. Talking about finances is stressful but don’t worry, we’ll get back to that later.

These questions can be challenging, and difficult to talk about, but they’re necessary. You’ll come through it with a better understanding of each other and a stronger foundation for your relationship.

Inventory your stuff

Here’s the important first step of planning your move itself. When combining two people’s possessions, there’s likely going to be overlap.

Start a list that you can share and start recording what you have. Google Docs or Google Sheets work well because you can both make and see changes.

If you both have a microwave, but one is newer and more effective, take the better of the two. The same goes for furniture and other household items.

Make sure you sell any unnecessary items before you move. Moving what you don’t need just makes moving day more stressful and more difficult.

Figure out what you need

Once you know what you have, it’

 

s time to figure out what you need.

Start a new document or a new tab to start tallying things neither of you have. When you’re both aware of what you need, you’ll both be able to look for items and find good deals.

Get everything you need ahead of time so you can immediately start making your new house or apartment into a home.

Decorate together

This is where teamwork is needed the most. You’ll each spend plenty of time in your new home, so it’s important there’s something there for both of you.

Allow for an individual space for each of you. It could be a spot to hang your art on the wall, a reading corner, or even just a corner of the living room for your things.

You will have to make sacrifices, but that’s okay. If one of you absolutely can’t stand a piece of art or a specific item, you may have to be okay with getting rid of it.

It’s a home together, and compromise is key.

Talk finances

Finances can be one of the most difficult topics to talk about when you’re moving in together. However, it’s vital to do before moving in together.

Rent, cable, internet, utilities, there’s a lot to pay for. You’ll need to figure out a budget, and decide who is paying for what.

You could split costs 50-50, or split them according to the funds each of you has to contribute. This comes down to your preference as a couple, which makes it very important to talk about.

It’s important to overcome the discomfort of talking about money so you can both be on the same page.

How to choose a home

Start by writing down your list of wants and needs for your new home. They could range from location, in-unit laundry, central air, or anything else important to you. In addition, make sure you write down any deal breakers.

Now bring your lists together and see what overlaps and what’s different. Talk through your differences and discuss your deal breakers.

Once you’ve decided on your budget and wants, look for the location that meets your needs.

Work together and be understanding

Moving in together will be a growth opportunity for you as a couple. You’ll have to be compromising, and work together to make sure both of you are happy.

Remember to be understanding of your partner, too. Moving is stressful, and moving in with someone can bring out a lot of emotion. Understand where they’re coming from and work together through what can be a challenging, but rewarding situation.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been moving Madison’s community and businesses forward for 25 years. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

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How to make new friends in a new city

Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone is even more stressful. Leaving your loved ones, friends and family, can leave you feeling lonely and isolated.

Break out of that loneliness by diving into your new city. Here are four tips to meet people, make friends, and love your new home.

Say yes to plans

Coworkers, acquaintances, or your church’s congregation are a great place to start. Say yes to everything at first to get immersed in your new environment.

By casting a wide net, you’ll have more connections to build relationships with. Friends of friends can quickly become friends with enough time and effort.

If you’re not a social butterfly, this may be difficult for you. But don’t worry, it won’t last forever. If you can force yourself to say yes at the beginning, you’ll be able to pull back a bit more once you’ve made a few good friends.

Follow your passions

It’s a great idea to get involved with the things you’re passionate about. Not only will this give you a stress release after moving, it will introduce you to people with like interests.

Find a class, workshop, or start athletic lessons and make sure you attend frequently. The more often you go, the more likely you’ll be to make friends.

Invite your classmates or partners to spend some of your free time together. This is a great way to build friendships.

Try Meetup.com to find local groups to join.

Get involved

If you have an interest or passion in something, find a way to volunteer. It could be something as simple as volunteering to tend a community garden, to volunteering with an organization. Each community has unique needs, and ample ways to contribute.

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, check out a resource like Volunteermatch.org to find your area of interest in your new city.

Give yourself some time

Remember making friends is hard, so cut yourself some slack. Friendship doesn’t always spark immediately. Time is essential to developing good relationships, so give yourself the time to make genuine connections.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been moving Madison’s community and businesses forward for 25 years. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Moving gone awry? Get your move back on track.

So you decided to move yourself, and things aren’t going well. You’re behind schedule, beyond stressed, and it’s all just too much.

Breathe.

Sometimes your move doesn’t go as planned, and that’s okay. Follow these steps to get moving in the right direction.

Accept and break down the situation

It’s okay if your move isn’t going how you expected. Take a moment to compose yourself, then break down what went wrong and how to proceed.

Are you behind schedule? Divide and conquer. Delegate tasks to your helpers to get done faster. If you didn’t pack completely (a common cause of an off the rails move), having someone pack while others move can speed things up dramatically.

Are there damages? Moving is dangerous, and unfortunately damages can happen. If your possessions got damaged in the moving process, it’s important to keep going. Keep all damaged or broken pieces together to see if it’s repairable, and take necessary precautions with your other items. It may take you a little time to make sure everything is protected, but it may be worth it.

Once you know what’s going wrong, you can make a plan for the rest of your move.

Avoid anger

It’s frustrating when a move gets off track, but don’t get too upset. Angrily pushing through a move is a sure way to damage items and hurt yourself.

Take a step back and breathe. Your move will get done, just be patient. A level head will make moving faster and safer.

Ask for help

It’s likely that you already have help, but if your move has gone poorly, it may be time to ask for more. Reach out to family and friends that weren’t able to make it when you first asked

Even if they can help for just a short amount of time, it might be enough to get you back on track.

Call in the professionals

You got the move started, let us take it from here. Movers sometimes have same day availability, especially later in the day when crews come back from their morning moves.

Professional movers have the experience and equipment to get you out of a jam and on your way.

If you have a flexible moving date and more time before you have to move, call the movers as soon as possible. Explain your situation to them so they can customize a plan to fit your needs.

Make a note for next time

Of of the best things you can do in life is take lessons you’ve learned and apply them for your future.

Use the notes you made in step one to make a better plan for next time. And keep your movers in mind, they can make sure you get off on the right foot in the first place.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been moving Madison’s community and businesses forward for 25 years. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Seven simple ways to relax after moving

There’s a lot of stress involved with moving. Preparation takes a lot of work, and executing a successful move is difficult.

With so much going on, there just isn’t time to relax.

We’ve already shared our tips to reduce stress during your move, but what about when the moving is over?

Solving the stress after your move doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple solutions to unwind.

Treat yourself to take out

You worked hard on your move, now is time to treat yourself. Order pizza, or pick up your favorite food and enjoy your night. Leave cooking and dishes for when you’re a little more settled.

Movie or Netflix break

Do you have a movie you’ve been dying to see or a show you love? Lay back and enjoy! Give your body and mind the break they deserve.

Exercise

It may sound contradictory to exercise after moving, but it might be just what you need. Exercise has proven effective at improving mood. That can be necessary after a stressful move.

Break open a good book

Take your mind off of moving by cracking open a good book. You probably haven’t had time to read in the midst of moving, so now is the time to catch up.

Take a break

After spending so much energy on moving, you’ve earned a rest. A nap can help you feel refreshed, and a hot shower will go a long way in mentally and physically recovering from your move.

Hobby

There’s a good chance you’ve been so busy preparing to move that you haven’t had time for your hobbies. Now’s your chance to make up for lost time. Dive into the passions and make up for lost time.

Plan a housewarming party

Planning a housewarming party is a great way to get in touch with your new home. Plan how you want to decorate each room, and fun ways to show off your new home.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a local mover celebrating 25 years of experience moving Madison’s community and businesses forward. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

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How to reduce stress on moving day

Moving is one of the most stressful things you will do in life. The emotional, physical, and mental costs can add up.

It doesn’t have to be that stressful. Follow a few simple tips to make moving day easier.

Give yourself time

One of the major causes of moving-related stress comes from being rushed. Fight the time crunch by giving yourself time to work through the moving process.

Packing is one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving. Start packing early to give yourself a great head start. Once you get started, you’ll be surprised how much you have. An early start allows you to get more packing materials if necessary and not be rushed to finish.

It’s also a good idea to start early if you plan to use a professional moving company. The further in advance you call, the more likely you are to get the exact date that works best for you.

Spacing out pre-move activities is the best way to cut down on stress.

Have a plan

Decide on a time to start moving and stick to it. It can be tempting to stay in bed a little longer or take your time to get ready, but the earlier you start, the earlier you’ll be done.

Plan the route for challenging or large items. Some objects are too large to fit through your main door. Make sure you move that object to the best exit ahead of time to have one less thing to do on moving day.

Is there a cart you can use for heavy items? If there is, make sure it’s loaded and nearby the main doorway before your moving day.

Having a plan and sticking to it will ease your moving anxieties.

Get organized

Move your boxes and items close to the main exit before your moving day. If everything is centrally localized, you’ll be able to save yourself time and stress by not searching for them throughout the house.

Moving is also the perfect time to pare down unnecessary objects. Get rid of what you don’t need so you only have to move the essentials.

One underrated piece of organizational advice is to load your vehicle the day before you move. Loading early will split up the work, so you don’t have to do it all in one day.

The more organized you are in advance, the more organized your move will be.

Ask for help

Friends and family are a great source of stress relief. This is especially true in moving. Not only will they help ease the physical burden of moving, but they’ll also be able to provide support and make the whole experience more enjoyable.

Say goodbye

Leaving your home can be sad. There are memories there you can’t pack up and bring with you. Take your time to say goodbye.

Throw a party or simply look through old photos. Reflect on your time in that home and treasure the memories.

Taking the time to honor that chapter of your life before moving onto the next will help ease the emotional strain of moving.

Call professional movers

One surefire way to ease moving day stress is to trust professional movers. Their training and equipment allow them to take on the hard work, so you don’t have to. They can even handle packing to save you time and even more stress!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a local mover celebrating 25 years of experience moving Madison’s community and businesses forward. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

Want more of Madison’s “Movers Who Care®”? Like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

 

Our Greatest Lessons In 25 Years Of Service

This year we are excited to celebrate a significant milestone in our business, our 25 year anniversary! Since opening our doors in 1993, we’ve had many experiences, many victories, some mistakes and learned a lot. Each lesson is valuable. By applying those lessons to our efforts, we can offer more value to our customers, move our employees forward and become a better corporate citizen in our community.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, I thought I would reflect on some of our experiences and some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Each one is an integral part of what we do, and how we do it.

Customer Service is vital

Without satisfied customers, nothing else matters. We seek continuous feedback from our customers and base our performance in customer service on what the customer defines as exceptional service, not what we define as customer service.

Customer expectations are impacted by much more than just other moving companies. Apple, Amazon, Zappos are just some of the companies that continuously raise the level of expectation of exceptional customer service.

Further, we are a business that has only our service to sell, not widgets. If we are not continuously looking for ways to improve our service to our customers, even with high levels of customer satisfaction, then we become just another moving company.

In 2017, we conducted 4,100 moves, with 97% of our customers saying they would refer us to friends and family. We are very proud of that accomplishment! I am so proud of our service scores over the past 25 years, and look forward to making them even better.

Be willing to learn

I love to quote a book I read that goes: “Always make your learning greater than your experience. Continuous learning is essential to growth, improvement, and change.

When we have an experience in life, good or bad, we have paid for that experience with time. That payment turns into an investment by using the experience to learn lessons for future improvement.

We have made some mistakes over the last 25 years, but we have always worked to use those mistakes as opportunities to learn valuable lessons. The result is a better experience for our customers, better work environment for our employees and a stronger company.

Moving People Forward

At its heart, our business is all about relationships, and people are what makes those relationships work. Whether it be customers, employees, vendors, or the community, our people strive to be the best while having fun. It’s one of our core values.

Our philosophy is to move people forward; our customers, our employees, our community, and our franchise system. We take an active role in helping to move people forward.

Moving people forward may include opportunities for advancement into management or franchise ownership, increased life and professional skill training, other training opportunities and varied work experiences. Our employees move forward staying with our company or moving on to new ventures and opportunities.

We move our customers forward by providing the very best service possible during a time of tremendous change in their lives.

And we move the community forward by giving back.

Giving Back is important

One of our core values since the very beginning has been giving back and participating in the community. It is a massive part of what we do and why we do it.

We have been very blessed by our success in this community over the last 25 years, and it is essential that we, and any company, participate as active and responsible members of their community. Through more than $1.5 million of moving and trucking services donated since 1993, we’ve been able to serve our community, people who need some help, and our employees. It’s win-win-win.

These last 25 years have been a fantastic journey. Thank you all for making these 25 years so special. It’s because of you that we’ve been able to move our customers and employees forward, make an impact on the community, and help move Madison forward. Here’s to 25 more years!

Tim Lightner

Owner, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Madison

 

How to move exercise equipment

So you’ve come to the resolution of getting more exercise in the new year. Congratulations! Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. We would know, we move every day!

However, moving your new equipment around can be difficult. Here are some tips to get your exercise equipment moved so you can get moving.

Moving a treadmillTreadmills are difficult to move due to the size and weight

Treadmills are a great tool to help you reach your goal, but they’re challenging to move. Due to their size and weight, you’ll want to start by recruiting at least one helper.

Next, consult your manual (or research the model you own) to learn how to break it down. If you can’t find a manual, use these general steps to make the process easier.

  1. Unplug your treadmill
  2. Fold the walking service up toward the main console until it locks into place
  3. Wrap the entire device in blankets and secure it with plastic wrap
  4. Strap or tie it down to a flat service in your moving vehicle

Keep in mind some treadmills require disassembly. If this is the case, make sure to keep all tools and parts centralized.

A plastic bag is a perfect place for screws and other small pieces. This is essential, as losing pieces can be catastrophic.

Moving an elliptical

The best practice for moving an elliptical is to break it down into easier-to-move pieces. Due to the awkward shape and size, this is a necessity.

Remove the pedals and handlebars from the body, and remove the console from the body if possible. Package each unit carefully, and keep nuts and bolts with the pieces they belong to.

If you choose to leave your elliptical intact during your move, there are several crucial steps:

  1. Secure the handlebars and the pedals tightly so they don’t shift. Rope or packing tape is the best option for this.
  2. Wrap the elliptical in blankets and plastic wrap to ensure safety both for the machine, your house, and your vehicle.
  3. Have at least one (two if possible) helpers assist in carrying the machine. The strongest mover should be carrying the front of the machine due to the increased weight.

Moving a stationary bike

Stationary bikes are among the most popular pieces of home gym equipment. They are simple to move compared to treadmills and ellipticals.

If your bike has any electric components, be sure to unplug it and keep cords nearby. If it folds up, this will make moving even easier.

Wrap it in blankets and plastic wrap to again protect your home. Depending on the model, you’ll also need a helper to help protect yourself as you lift it into your vehicle.

Freeweights and a weight bar can be challenging to moveMoving free weights and weight plates

This is bound to be a workout of its own, so make sure you’re ready for some heavy lifting. Smaller weights can be combined into several boxes to save time.

Wrap each in bubble wrap or packing paper, and pay attention to how much you’re packing. Too many small weights will make the box impossible to move. Not to mention, the box could break under such weight.

Make sure to stack on top of these boxes when you load your vehicle. If you put weights on top of your other items, you risk damages.

Heavier weights should not be combined. Wrap each individual dumbbell, barbell, and weight plate separately. Combining them will put unnecessary stress on your body.

When loading your vehicle, place them directly on the floor and secure them with rope or straps. Since they’re individually packed, they may roll around if not properly fastened.

Moving an exercise bench
Treat your exercise bench like you would most furniture. Wrap it in blankets and plastic wrap to ensure it stays secure and doesn’t cause any damage.

Overall tips

Always practice safety when it comes to moving any home exercise equipment. This includes using gloves to protect your hands and improve your grip, and lifting with proper lifting techniques. After all, you want to be able to use your equipment, not be injured by it.

Another great tip is to keep tape, rope, and plastic bags on hand. Tape and rope are essential to securing mobile parts.

Plastic bags are useful for containing the smaller pieces you remove while breaking down equipment. Bag the pieces from only one machine together, and tape the bag to that machine. This will ensure you don’t mix or lose pieces.

Call the professionals

If all of this sounds like too much work or heavy lifting, it may be time to call in the professionals. They have specific training in techniques to move heavy exercise equipment, and come equipped with the tools to take them apart if necessary. They will also have more space in their vehicles. Exercise equipment takes up a great deal of space, something moving trucks have plenty of.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a local mover celebrating 25 years of experience moving Madison’s community and businesses forward. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Holiday cleanup: How to dismantle the decorations

Packing up after the holidays is time-consuming. Fragile ornaments, tangled lights, and unwieldy trees make it a frustrating time. However, it’s also an opportunity to set up your next holiday season for success.

Take pictures

Do you like the way you set up this year? Take a picture! A photo will allow you to look back next year and know precisely where each decoration goes.

Secure storage

Make sure your storage area is ready before you start to pack. Clear a path to the area, and make sure there is ample room for your decorations. Organize them in one place to make them easier to find next year.

A specialized moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK with dividing cells to keep fragile items safeReplace old boxes, pick up supplies

Your decoration boxes will naturally break down over time. If some of yours have seen better days, it’s time to replace them. Make sure you’re using boxes with enough support and strength to keep your decorations safe.

To add to their safety, pick up some bubble wrap or packing paper (we can help with that). These materials will come in handy when you start to pack your fragile items.

Make note of delicates

Isolate fragile items from the rest of your decorations to keep them safe. Keeping delicates separate allows you to take the necessary precautions while moving and storing them.

When it comes to packing up these fragile items, make sure to wrap them in the right materials. Bubble wrap and packing paper are ideal for delicate items. You may reach immediately for the newspaper, but that can cause problems. Newspaper can leave ink on your ornaments, which is the last thing you want. Bubble wrap and packing paper will protect your decorations without wearing off on them.

Keep the lights untangled

We’re all familiar with the twisted lights that bog down the start of the season. Fighting with tangled strands is an aggravating waste of time. Skip it next year.

Grab a cardboard box and cut off one of the flaps. Start by cutting a slit in the top and bottom of the flap. Tuck one end of the strand into the slit at the bottom and start wrapping the lights around the flap. When you reach the top, slide the other end into the slit at the top.

This will keep your lights stationary, tucked in, and (best of all) untangled.

Label and list

Speaking of organizing, now is the perfect time to get everything sorted for next year. Label each box with an inventory of its contents to make next year more efficient. You’ll know exactly what’s inside each bag and box.

It’ll also help you throughout the year. You may need a string of lights or specific decoration during the year, and labeling will make it easier to find exactly what you need.

Remove the tree

Taking down the tree is the unofficial closing of the holidays. Whether you have a fake tree or a live one, there comes a time it must be removed.

If you have a fake tree, you’ll have to plan your route to the storage area. If you’re going through a doorway, try to do so with the bristles rather than against them. Going with the branches allows for more flexibility and less chance of damage to your tree and walls.

Before moving it at all, make sure to bag it. This will keep your mess (and that pesky flakey snow) contained and your tree safe during storage.

For a real tree, it’s important to check your city’s pickup schedule. Many will have a schedule to pick up trees left curbside. They may also have a dumping area you can take it to.

Check out resources like this to determine when your tree can be removed.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a local mover with 24 years of experience moving Madison’s community and businesses forward. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Seven easy ways to make interstate moving simple

Winter in Wisconsin has a way of making you wish you were elsewhere. If you’re making that wish reality, we can help.

Moving is stressful no matter what, but there’s even more to think about if you’re moving out of state. When should you move? How can you save money? What should you bring with you?

It can get overwhelming.

Here are seven tips to make your out of state move a little simpler.

Select a smart moving date

Knowing the ins and outs of a moving company’s schedule can save you money. Prices fluctuate throughout the week, but prices are usually lower on weekdays.

Movers are also a little more flexible in the winter. This allows you to be more specific and lock down the exact date you want.

Set a budget and examine your options

There is always a cost to moving, whether you do it yourself or use professionals. Once you figure out your budget, you can decide which makes the most sense for you.

Most movers offer free quotes that will give you an estimated cost. If you’re moving out of the state, many will send an in-home consultant to your home to get a more precise estimate.

Compare these costs against renting a moving truck or loading up your own vehicle. Then weigh them against the stress and time it takes to move. Determine what is most important to you, and make your decision.

Compare movers

If you decide to use professionals, you should get multiple estimates. Interstate moving companies vary in their approach.

Some choose to keep costs down by mixing loads. This is a great way to maintain your budget, but can lead to lost items and a range of dates for delivery.

Other companies (like us), take only one load at a time. By handling each load independently, loads are delivered intact and with more precise timing.

Both methods are quality in their own right, it’s up to you to decide which best meets your needs.

Inventory your home

Getting estimates from movers will help with this process, so keep the information they send you. Before you move anything, you need to know what you have to move.

A full inventory will help determine what size of vehicle you’ll need to use as well as what you can get rid of before your move.

Downsize

Speaking of getting rid of some things, an out-of-state move is an ideal time to downsize. Make a list of essentials to keep, as well as options you can discard.

Once you have your final necessities down, you can go about getting rid of the rest. Donate or sell things that have value, and get rid of things that do not.

This is a great opportunity to evaluate what is really important to you and what is not. A good starting point is the one-year rule. If you haven’t used something in the past year, you can probably get rid of it.

Start packing ASAP

Packing never fails to take longer than expected. The more you get done, the more there seems to be. Start early to ensure you have enough time to get everything you need packed up securely. An early start will also allow you to pick up extra boxes or material if needed. For more packing tips, click here.

Change your address and utilities

It’s easy to forget simple things like changing your address with the postal service. Make this change before you move to ensure you don’t miss important mail. You should also cancel memberships to local clubs and organizations that you’ll no longer be able to participate in as well.

Turn off your utilities before you move so you’re not paying for services you aren’t using. It’s equally important to make sure everything is set up in your new home when you arrive.

Happy Moving!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a local mover with 24 years of experience moving Madison’s community and businesses forward. We have donated nearly $1.5 million of in-kind services to the community.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

Want more of Madison’s “Movers Who Care®”? Like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

 

How to keep snow out as you move in

You want to make sure your home is kept in pristine condition during a move. Snow makes that difficult. The sloppy conditions cling to your boots as you move in and out of your home. It’s hard to keep it out.

There are some things you can do, however. Follow these tips to minimize the amount of snow that sneaks in, and keep your home clean.

Shovel

This is the natural first step to keeping snow out of your home while moving. Make sure you have a clear path carved to your main entrances before moving anything. Shovel this path thoroughly and coat it with salt to make it extra safe. It won’t keep all snow out of your home, but it will cut down the amount you have to worry about.

Create a staging area

No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to keep all the snow out of your home. Designate a staging area nearby your main doors to keep the mess isolated.

Consolidate boxes and items into the staging area nearest to the doorway they will be going through. This is crucial to containing the mess, but also makes your move much more efficient.

If you have an attached garage, this is the optimal location. Your garage floors are designed to withstand the elements, so you won’t have to worry about getting them wet.

Wear dry footwear as you go in and out of your home to fill this area. This way, when you have to go outside and get your boots dirty, everything you need will be in the more durable garage. If you’re moving in, switch the process. Bring everything outside into this main staging area, and then change into something dry to bring it all inside.

Avoid boot covers

It may be alluring to put boot covers on to protect your floors, but don’t do it. These covers are slippery and can cause accidents and damage to you or your items. Your floors may stay more protected, but it won’t matter much if you’re hurt and your possessions are broken. There are more effective ways to keep your home safe without risking your wellbeing.

Protect your floors

There are a variety of tools to help keep your floors dry while moving this time of year. Together, they will provide ample protection while keeping traction for your feet.

Floor runners are useful for both creating a protective path through your home, and providing a non-slip surface. This is essential if your shoes are wet. You don’t want to slip and break something.

Carpet shields do precisely what the name suggests. They will provide sweeping coverage to keep your carpets dry. Together, the pair provides ample overall protection.

Muster some mattress bags

Mattress bags are helpful when the snow is still falling or you have an unwieldy object that may touch the wet ground while you’re moving. The main purpose of these bags is to keep your items dry in wet conditions, but they can also protect your home.

If you can get it to a dry area and take off the mattress bag, you’ll be able to contain the snow. You can leave the bags in the staging area, and take the dry items inside.

 

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