These 7 packing mistakes could cost you big

Nobody wants to unpack after a busy move, just to discover Great Grandma’s china was damaged in transit. By taking proper care when packing, you will ensure all your belongings reach their destination intact no matter how far they have to travel.

Our top list of “don’ts” when it comes to packing:

  1. Using the wrong type of container – It may be tempting to use and old liquor box, plastic tote container, or even a grocery bag. Why take chances with your belongings? We recommend using boxes designed specifically for moving household items like our dish pack with padded walls and cell inserts, designed specifically to protect your tableware. Cost: broken items
  2. Packing boxes too heavy – Use smaller boxes for heavy items like books, and save the larger boxes for lighter things like fluffy pillows and comforters. Cost: back and neck pain and damaged belongings
  3. Leaving space in boxes/not filling boxes – The more space an item has to jostle around in transit, the more likely it is to get damaged. If you can’t fill the box because it’s too heavy or you’ve used up the allotted boxes for that specific room, fill it with lightweight packing material like bubble wrap. Cost: boxes with broken contents
  4. Packing items from different rooms together – Putting your craft beer coaster collection, pool towels, and bedroom slippers in the same box isn’t a great idea. Save time and frustration by packing same-room items together. Cost: Additional time and effort spent during the unpacking process
  5. Unlabeled boxes – Who wants to play a guessing game when unpacking in their new home? Proper labeling will also help movers know which room to put each box in. TIP: Place white labels with the room name in large print on the top of each box, and hand-write contents on the side. Bonus points if you use color-coding. Cost: Lost items, disorganization during unpacking
  6. Stacking incorrectly – Jenga is fun to play at a backyard barbecue, but not on moving day! Stacking boxes too high, or stacking heavy boxes on top of lighter ones can result in disaster. Don’t tempt fate – protect your belongings by putting the heavier items on the bottom of the pile, lighter and more fragile ones on top. Cost: Toppling during transit, crushed boxes and broken items
  7. Waiting until the last minute – As with most things, procrastination is the enemy when it comes to moving, too. But don’t despair! If you find yourself with a lot of packing left to do on moving day, our movers can pack for you, whether it’s your whole household or just a few last-minute items. Since we’re an hourly service, there are no additional fees for our packing servicesCost: mistakes 1-6 are more likely to happen if you’re in a last-minute rush

The bottom line: When packing, begin with the end in mind. How will you be unpacking? What rooms will you unpack first? What items will you need your first night and which ones can wait a week if needed? Ask yourself these questions and you will save a ton of time and frustration at the end of the moving process.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

Coming soon: Movers for Military

Traditionally, the holidays are a cherished time spent with family and friends. For children of military families, this can be a difficult time due to the deployment of one or both of their parents. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we appreciate our servicemen and women, and want to do what we can to make the holidays better for their families.

This Fall, our North Phoenix and Tucson locations will be organizing a toy drive for kids in local military families. We will be working with the AZ Military Assistance Mission to collect toys for children ranging from babies to teens at Luke Air Force Base, Tucson Air National Guard, and Davis Monthan Air Force Base. For many of these kids, these will be the only toys they receive this holiday.

We are looking for businesses that can do any of the following:

○ Host a collection box (boxes will be delivered mid-September and picked up just after Thanksgiving)
○ Give a monetary donation of $500, $100 or even just $25 – every little bit counts!
○ Provide prizes for drawings
○ Provide a location for and/or sponsor a collection event
○ Post and repost on social media to help spread the word
○ Any other way you can think of to help!

If you own or manage a local business who can help by hosting a donation box, please email Jennifer Merkel or call 480-804-0900.

Check back for blog updates on our toy drive!


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa/GilbertPhoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

Can you help our local Gilbert animal shelter? Movers for Mutts

Happy National Mutt Day!

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we know that pets are family. According to the ASPCA, Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. shelters nationwide every year. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1 and alarmingly, only 1 of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.

Our Mesa TMT location will be collecting supplies for Gilbert animal shelter Friends For Life Animal Rescue this holiday season. Friends For Life, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides shelter, food, medical care, and foster programs for dogs and cats in the East Valley. Founded in 1993, they are a 100% volunteer-based shelter dedicated to helping homeless and stray animals. Since Friends For Life does not euthanize for population control or convenience, animals awaiting adoption in the shelter have no time limit to find their adoptive homes; however, the goal is to find a permanent, lifetime, loving home for every animal in their care.

We are looking for businesses that can do any of the following to help:

○ Host a collection box (boxes will be delivered mid-September and picked up just after Thanksgiving)
Donate $500, $100 or even just $25 – every little bit counts!
○ Provide prizes for drawings
○ Provide a location for and/or sponsor a collection event
○ Post and repost on social media to help spread the word
○ Any other way you can think of to help!

For more information please email Jennifer Merkel or call our Mesa office at 480-804-0900.

To donate online, visit our GoFundMe page

Stay tuned! More information on our donation drive will be posted soon! 🐶 🐱

Duke was adopted from Friends for Life by TMT employee Jennifer Merkel & family in 2009

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12 smart ways to stay cool during your move this summer

Summer in Arizona can be dangerous. With mid-day temps upwards of 110°F or more, it’s important to stay safe while doing physical work like moving. We’ve compiled some tips on how to beat the desert heat on moving day.

  1. Hire the pros
    Don’t risk your health by attempting a DIY move. Hiring professional movers will make the move go quicker, and drastically reduce the amount of physical labor and stress on you and your family.
  2. Book your move in advance
    Despite the excessive temps, summer is the busiest moving season. It’s a good idea to book 4-6 weeks in advance of your planned moving date to ensure you get your preferred day and time.
  3. Schedule your move for the earliest morning spot available
    The earlier, the better to avoid as much of the heat as possible.
  4. Dress the part
    Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing. Flip flops might be cool, but they can cause trips. We recommend vented closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
  5. Park in the shade
    Besides keeping your car cooler, freeing up your driveway will make moving large items in and out of your home quicker and easier.
  6. Use chilled towels
    The night before you move, pack a cooler with alternating layers of towels and ice, and topped with extra ice. In the morning you will have some damp, chilled towels to use and reuse as the day goes on. Keep in mind you may want to continue adding ice to the cooler throughout the day.
  7. Be ready to go on moving day
    The last thing you want is for the movers to arrive before you are ready to go. Last-minute packing and organizing can cause delays, but sometimes this is just unavoidable. Don’t fret! Our movers can help with any last-minute packing to help minimize any delays.
  8. Stay hydrated
    Ensure you and your family have plenty of cool water and sports drinks. We also recommend stashing a few cold snacks like carrots, frozen grapes, oranges and apples in your cooler for a quick energy boost.
  9. Run the A/C
    With movers and family members going in and out all day, your home will no doubt heat up. But don’t be tempted to turn down the air. One day of running the A/C on high might only result in a few extra dollars on your bill – and it could be worth it. To keep air circulating throughout your house, make use of some large fans strategically placed in hallways, doorways, and stairways. You may want to make a pre-move trip to your new home and turn on the air conditioning so you’re welcomed into a nice, cool space upon arrival.
  10. Quick mist
    Fill a few dollar-store spray bottles with water and keep them in different spots throughout your home for a quick spritz when needed.
  11. Take frequent breaks
    Allowing yourself a 10-minute rest period every hour will help you pace your day and prevent early burn-out.
  12. Don’t forget to eat!
    With so much happening on move day, it’s easy to forget even our most basic needs. Make some sandwiches the day before and have pizza coupons ready. Scope out your new neighborhood ahead of time, so you have a game plan for dinner at your new place.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
 is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT MesaTMT North PhoenixTMT Tucson.

Win up to $1500 at Lowe’s with TMT’s Summer Home Hacks social media contest

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® just launched our new Summer Home Hacks social media Contest! You can win up to $1500 to spend at Lowe’s Home Improvement by showing us a clever home maintenance trick. An idea for a home hack could be a cleaning tip like using toothpaste to clean the scuff marks off of tennis shoes or a brilliant new way to use dryer sheets – anything that makes your home life easier and saves you time, money, and energy.

It’s easy to enter:

Post your photo to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TMTHomeHacks. Then head over to the contest page on Facebook to submit your entry for voting by the public. The contest ends Sunday, August 13th and the winner will be announced via social media on Wednesday, August 16th.

-1st Place: $1,500 to Lowe’s Home Improvement
-2nd Place: $1,000 to Lowe’s Home Improvement
-3rd Place: $500 to Lowe’s Home Improvement
-The first 10 entries in the contest – regardless of where they finish in the voting process – will receive $20 to Lowe’s just for entering

“We are extremely excited to see what creative, yet simple ideas people can come up with,” Said Jessy Herman, Media Relations Specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International. “With the voting system determining the outcome of the contest, we are thrilled to see how people come together to determine who the winners will be.”

Have fun hacking!


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
 is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

The 10-minute guide to maximizing your yard sale

It’s smart to rid yourself of things around the house before moving. Here are our top tips on how to have a successful garage sale.

Several months prior to the sale

  1. Pick your date and time thoughtfully. In the Phoenix area, most sales occur on Fridays and Saturdays between 7am and noon. Check the local ads to see when most of your town’s sales take place – that’s when the bulk of buyers will be out shopping.
  2. Blogger Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom recommends you have an ongoing stash of things you want to sell at your garage sale. Add to the stash throughout the year and when you’re ready to have the sale, you’ll avoid wasting time rummaging through your home. Then, 2-3 weeks before your sale date, start going room by room to add any overlooked items to your stash. Tip: Add clean used plastic grocery bags to your stash on occasion, then use them on sale day for customers who buy multiple items.

2-4 weeks before

  1. Ensure all your items for sale are in working order, or clearly mark them if there’s a problem. Check the air pressure in bike tires. Have an extension cord ready to plug in any electronics a customer wants to test. Our #1 best garage sale tip to get the most money for an item: Clean it until it’s spotless. A clean bike or lawn mower might net double or triple what you’d get from a dirty one.
  2. Devise your pricing strategy: Always price to sell and be ready to negotiate on the day of the sale. If someone is buying many items, cut them a break. Check out this Garage Sale Pricing Guide from Real Simple.
  3. If you have kids, ask them to go through their old clothing and toys and fill up a box with unneeded items. If they’re reluctant to get rid of their belongings, explain to them that the money they get from selling their items will help them get cash to buy that new toy or video game they’ve had their eyes on.
  4. Purchase/gather supplies: Signs (or items to make signs), permanent markers, price tags, etc.

1-2 days before

  1. Place a free ad on sites like craigslist.org and Facebook neighborhood/garage sale groups. Unless it’s a neighborhood-wide sale, nobody is going to be planning their trip more in advance than a day or two. Include lots of photos (with similar items grouped together) to provide a visual for potential shoppers. Make sure you also include an actual list of items for sale in the body of your ad and be specific so your items are included in buyers’ search results.
  2. Make your signs. Keep them simple (limit words) and ensure they are easy to see from a distance. The most important part of a sign is a large black arrow and the word “SALE” in big, bold letters. Tip: Be well informed about any sign or yard sale restrictions your town, neighborhood, and homeowner’s association may enforce.
  3. Get small bills and change from the bank. If you’re selling items for 5 or 10 cents, make sure you have dimes and nickels to give for change.
  4. Double-check to make sure all items have a price on them. Shy shoppers will skip past anything without a price tag.

On sale day

  1. For safety reasons, and to make it easier on you, enlist the help of a friend.
  2. Involving the kids will give them responsibility and ownership of the outcome. It’s also an opportunity to teach them about reusing items rather than just throwing something into a landfill.
  3. Wear an apron or fanny pack to keep all the cash on your person. Stash any large bills inside your home (which you should also keep locked). Otherwise, keep all the money in one place.
  4. Place the big sellers out front to reel in the drive-bys.
  5. Set out a ‘freebie box’ full of items that you don’t want but you think might not sell. This will help cut down on items you need to take to the donation center.
  6. Make sure you’re ready to open and then put your signs out. You will probably start getting foot traffic early!
  7. Make extra cash by selling ice cold water, sports drinks, and snacks to shoppers. If it’s winter, sell hot tea, coffee, or cocoa. Tip: This is a great job for kids!

After the sale

  1. Count the money right away so you know exactly how much you made. Remember to deduct the initial amount you started with in your cash/change box.
  2. Take un-purchased items directly to your local donation center. Don’t talk yourself into keeping them – remember, one of your goals was to rid yourself of things you no longer need!
  3. Use at least a part of the money to treat yourself or your family. Whether it’s a big-ticket item like a new trampoline, or something simpler like pizza night, your feeling of accomplishment will be amplified when you allocate the funds to a specific purchase.

Additional tips

  1. Download Tally Sheet, a free garage sale cash register app.
  2. Consider using Paypal or Square to accept payment by debit or credit card. The process can take several days to set up with your bank, so plan in advance.
  3. Advertise that all items will be 1/2 price after 10am. Anyone eager to buy an item will show up early, and any of the later shoppers will be more inclined to take things off your hands.
  4. If it’s warm on sale day, provide relief for shoppers with a pop-up shade canopy, market umbrellas, fans, and misters if you have them.

 

What are your favorite garage sale tips? Share in the comment box below!

 


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the MesaPhoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

There’s no need to blow your diet on moving day

For many, eating healthy is a challenge on any day – let alone when you’re moving from one home to another. But in order to stay focused and energized, it’s important to make good choices about the foods you eat. Here are our top suggestions on how to make healthy choices on the day of your move.

Foods to avoid
Anything that will weigh you down including carbs like doughnuts or bagels. Sugary foods like candy or soda will give you an energy boost for a short time, but they’ll no doubt result in a crash within an hour or so. Also, limit your alcohol intake the night before the move so you aren’t regretting it in the morning.

Start the day right
A well-balanced breakfast will set the tone for your day. Balanced means you’re not just eating a cup of Greek yogurt; you’d be wise to also include some high-antioxidant fruit like prunes, blueberries or oranges. Round it out with avocado, walnuts or ground flaxseed which have a good dose of healthy fats.

Mid-day break
Remember to take time out in the middle of the day to eat a healthy lunch. Keep it light so you aren’t weighed down and ready for a  nap by mid-afternoon. Avoid heavy carbs like pasta or white bread. Salmon, tuna, eggs or tofu are all good options. Pair them with edamame, sunflower seeds or olives for a healthy boost. Be sure you take the time to sit down, even for 15 minutes, to give your body and mind a break from moving.

Snacks are important
Your body is designed to eat every 3-4 hours – on a normal day. When you add the physical and mental stress of moving, it’s especially important to reenergize between meals. Some great snacking options include almonds or pistachios, cashew butter, or treat yourself with a little bit of dark chocolate.

Reward yourself for a job well done with a delicious dinner
It’s okay if you decide to reward yourself with pizza or burgers for dinner – after all your hard work you deserve it! But you don’t have to stray from healthy options when you’re looking for a hearty meal. Lean, grass-fed beef accompanied by a salad and glass of red wine is an excellent – and healthy – way to celebrate a job well done. Don’t feel like going out? Find out if your new neighborhood has a meal delivery service like DoorDash or GrubHub.

With just a little bit of planning, you can ensure there are healthy options available on the day of your move!


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
 is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

Feed the hungry with UFB’s Christmas in July

Through the end of July, United Food Bank is coordinating a collection drive to stock its shelves with non-perishable food items. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mesa is participating as a collection point, as well as donating our time and trucks to collect the donated items around the East Valley.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Bring some non-perishable items to our Mesa office during business hours and drop them in the collection box. Most-needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruits & vegetables, whole grain low sugar cereal, soup, stews, chili, beans, canned or dried milk, rice, and pasta.
  2. Bring a check made out to “United Food Bank” to our office during business hours.
  3. Contact United Food Bank and host  donation box at your own place of business.

United Food Bank provides food to more than 190 agencies through 260+ distribution sites in Arizona, including homeless shelters, food pantries, churches, schools, after-school programs and more. On average, 21,800 different people receive emergency assistance weekly from their network. Every year, the distribute approximately 20 million pounds of food to the needy in Arizona – that’s enough food to provide 45,200 meals each day!


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
 is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.

2017 Movers for Moms® results are in

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1000 in profit directly to charity and since then, we have focused on giving back to our local communities on a daily basis. Though there many causes we participate in throughout the year, our biggest cause is the annual Movers for Moms® campaign.

“We take so much pride in community service events here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, including our own Movers for Moms® program. We celebrated our 10th year of giving back to mothers in need. It’s a blessing that our brand is in position to give back, and we thank all of our locations for the support and passion they put into this important program and the impact they have on communities. We are proud to move people forward and do our part to change lives.” – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. 

This year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® collected more than 295,000 items systemwide, benefiting more than 250 different shelters for homeless and battered women. In Arizona, our locations increased donations by 20% with more than 5,000 items collected in total. Items were delivered to Chrysalis and UMOM New Day Centers in time for Mother’s Day.

We would like to thank all our collection partners for their help in making this year’s campaign such a success, especially Planet Fitness and Discount Tire, who combined, had more than 40 collection box locations in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

To learn about how you can be involved with Movers for Moms® in the future, contact Jennifer Merkel at our Mesa location: 480.804.0900.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. We serve the Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona areas. Let us help move you forward too! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook: TMT Mesa – TMT North Phoenix – TMT Tucson.