Free (and Fun) Events this Fall in Nashville!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's top fall events that are free in Nashville

If you’ve just purchased a new house, you’re saving for your next home, or you just prefer to pinch your pennies, you may be looking for some free outings you can enjoy this season! Since the first official day of fall was last Friday, we wanted to share some of the free local events we’ll be taking advantage of between now and December. Hopefully we can help you plan your next stay-cation adventure!

September

Nashville Frist Center has free admission on Museum Day LiveOn Saturday, September 23rd, we’re excited about the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, where you can download free tickets to visit any of their participating museums. Here in Nashville, you can enjoy free admission to the Frist Center that day. You could also go to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery or Tennessee State Museum, but these never charge for admission.

But maybe museums aren’t your thing. In that case, you can spend the 23rd on the edge of your seat as you watch local aviators show off manned flying machines they have actually created themselves. The Red Bull Flugtag first came to Nashville ten years ago, and we can barely contain our excitement about its return!

The following weekend, the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson) is hosting its annual Fall Festival across its beautiful property on September 30-October 1. The festival always has a great musical lineup, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, history lessons. Just don’t forget to print your free tickets!

October

Nashville OktoberfestBetween October 5-8, Oktoberfest is coming to town again in the Germantown neighborhood! Our festival is the 2nd largest Oktoberfest in the entire country, with eight draft beer stations, a beer garden, and over 100 other vendors spread out over ten blocks. Bring the kids for face painting and games, and let your fur babies join in the fun with the Pup Parade and Dachshund Derby. You can also get your exercise on when you join the 5k Walk/Run and dance to authentic German folk music! Our Dispatcher Darrian is especially excited about going to Oktoberfest because it’s an annual tradition he keeps with his wife.

We recommend taking a break from the beer on Saturday, October 7th to enjoy the Celebrate Nashville cultural festival at Centennial Park. Your whole family can enjoy various international dancers, musicians, and food, plus tour the Parthenon’s interior museum for free. Before you go, be sure to check out their schedule of events so you don’t miss your favorite performers on each stage.

Nashville always has a free Barktoberfest for dogsThe dog lovers of our office are usually more excited about Barktoberfest on October 21st than they are about the traditional Oktoberfest earlier in the month. You and your dogs can both attend in costume and win fun prizes for creativity or group costumes. There are tons of games to play with your pups, plus vendors to shop and win more prizes from!

Those without dogs, like our Marketing Assistant Cara, might be more excited about the Nashville Symphony’s annual Free Day of Music. Throughout the day (and night!), you can tour the Schermerhorn and enjoy popular musical acts, including the symphony itself. Every year, the Free Day of Music changes, so be sure to check out the Nashville Symphony’s website to confirm the date and times!

And to round out the month, you have to check out Historic Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest on October 28th. Your kids can show off their costumes while they enjoy trick-or-treating, bounce houses, pony rides, and games. And none of you will want to miss the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club with their intricate and impressive carved pumpkin faces. Before you leave, don’t forget to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin grown by Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place in Canada.

November

Nashville Christmas Craft FairAlthough Christmas won’t be coming around for another 2 months, we recommend checking out McGavock High School’s annual Christmas craft fair on November 4th! Unlike the main Christmas craft festival in Nashville, McGavock’s fair doesn’t have an entrance fee. If you have strong enough will power, you could walk out without spending a cent…but if you do find something you just have to buy, all proceeds benefit the school directly.

The following Saturday, November 11th, you can take the whole family to the Berry Hill Street Festival! Kids can ring in the holiday season with free ornament crafts and cookie decorating, not to mention storytime and the annual parade full of seasonal characters. You can even enter your pets into the Pup Parade to show off their talents and physique while helping raise money for Crossroads Pets.

Did we miss your favorite free fall celebrations? Leave us a comment to let us know! And if you’re looking for help moving this season, please give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for information.

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How to Move with Your Pets

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Since we’re in the middle of our annual Movers for Mutts charity drive benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we wanted to share some of our tips for moving with your pets! Supporting your pet through the moving process can be challenging because they don’t speak English fluently, so you aren’t able to explain, “Don’t worry Fluffy, we’re packing everything away now, but it’ll all come back out once we move into our new home!” But there are some things you can do to make your pet more comfortable and ease their anxiety about the upcoming change.

Ease your pet into the move gradually.

If you have a cat or anxious dog, you know they hate change of any sort. It can take some pets a month just to deal with a new rug in the hallway! So when you make the decision to move, start easing them into the change right away. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests getting your packing supplies early so they’re used to having boxes around the house. Then relocate their pet supplies, such as their bed, toys, and food/water dishes, into the room you plan to pack up last. This way, your pet can feel like she has a safe place where everything remains steady while the rest of the home is packed up and rearranged.

If your pet isn’t accustomed to spending much time in their crates, start to add crate time into their normal routine. Place treats in their crates, feed them in their crates, and leave the door open so they can walk in and out as they please. This way, your pet won’t feel punished by being locked in an unfamiliar, small space during Moving Day.

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Plan ahead for Moving Day.

If you’re moving to a location which will require you to get a new vet, follow up with your current pet clinic to get a copy of all his records. While you’re there, check to make sure your pet is up to date on all his vaccinations and check-ups before the big day arrives. Then research and choose a new veterinarian before you actually move so you have time to send your pet’s medical records to the new clinic and familiarize yourself with their location.

It’s also important to prepare for the worst case scenario–your pet getting lost in a new neighborhood. Just in case she dashes out the door unexpectedly, you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat’s tags and/or microchip information is updated with you new address and phone numbers. If she has a microchip, remember that you need to update the information online manually because your vet doesn’t have access to update it for you.

You may want to consider scheduling a “Doggy Daycare” appointment for pet for your actual move date so you don’t have to worry about him getting underfoot of your movers or slipping out of the house without someone noticing. Keeping him at a kennel will also prevent him feeling anxiety from watching his surroundings constantly change throughout the day as movers load all your belongings into their truck.

Finally, make sure you pack and set aside a “pet kit” away from the rest of your packed belongings that will be loaded onto the moving truck. This kit should include food portions for the next few days, medical records, any calming sprays you may have, a leash (if you have a dog), bedding, and litter (if you have a cat). Setting this kit aside from your other boxes will prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle of movers loading your belongings onto the truck during Moving Day.

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Make sure your pet feels at home.

You may be tempted to set your pet down and let her explore her new home as soon as you step foot inside the door… But remember, she may not be as excited as you are about her new home! To your dog or cat, an empty house cluttered with boxes and wrapped-up furniture will feel foreign and can cause anxiety. For the first few days, it may be a good idea to limit the space your pet has access to. For example, on the first day, try keeping them in one room set up with their bed, dishes, and toys which also contains familiar furniture pieces she’ll recognize. Gradually open up more doors around the house as you unpack more belongings so she knows she’s home.

If you’re used to letting your pet go off-leash around your yard, you may want to give him some time to adjust to the new location and get to know your new neighborhood before allowing him free range again. For the first few weeks, only let him outside when you can be with him to make sure he stays safe and avoids running away.

With a little forethought and sensitivity, Fido or Mr. Whiskerkins will be at home in no time at your new place!

And as you’re planning for your move, don’t forget to call or text us at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate. You can also visit our website for more moving information and tips!

How to make DIY chairs of moving boxes

How to make diy chairs out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Did you know that every year, on the 3rd Friday of September, cities all over the world turn their metered parking spaces into actual parks for the day? The worldwide movement is called PARK(ing) Day, and anyone from a participating city can reserve a spot to turn into a little miniature park. You should check out some of the parks from last year’s PARK(ing) Day here!

As you may have guessed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will be creating a “parklet” this year on September 15th, and you can find us in The Gulch in front of the e.Allen boutique and Bar Louie. Like most organizations, our park will have an eco-friendly theme… We plan to make our whole park out of cardboard boxes! Our ground cover, planters, and park benches will all be made out of recycled cardboard boxes from the office. And you may be wondering, how in the world can you make a sturdy bench out of a cardboard box?

Here’s what you need to make a cardboard chair that can actually support your weight:

  • 2 Large and 1 Medium TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Anything you’d like to decorate your chairs–we used colored duct tape

how to make a chair out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK cardboard boxes

Step 1: Cut your two large boxes down to size.

Each flattened moving box can be taken apart into one flat piece with the seam at one corner. When you lay down the fully disassembled box, you can cut the top and side edges to adjust the size of your final chair. Our chairs are about 1.5 feet tall, with the large boxes each about 5 feet long, but you can modify these measurements to your preference. Be sure to use the boxes’ folding corners to your advantage by keeping each folding corner an equal distance from the two cut sides of the box surface.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 2: Cut the slits that allow your two boxes to fold into one another.

In total, you’ll be cutting 8 slits that will allow your two side pieces to fit into one another.

The red slits in the photo above show how to make the center cuts. On your first piece of cardboard, find the midpoint of the two end trifolds, and cut from that midpoint out to the top edge. On the second piece, cut from the midpoint of the two end trifolds down to the bottom edge

The final blue cuts need to be made on the end sections of the trifolds as well. The far left trifold sections need a cut from the bottom edge up to the middle of the piece, and the far right trifolds need a cut from the top edge down to the middle. We positioned these blue cuts about 3 inches away from the edge of each cardboard piece.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 3: Use the box folds to create two triangular side pieces.

You can slide the two blue cuts into one another to secure these triangular pieces. You’ve just made the sides of your chair!

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 4: Slide these two triangles into one another to create the outer shell of your chair.

Now you’ll use the red slits to connect the skeleton of your chair’s sides and provide stability for the person sitting on the chair. To add to the comfort level of the “sitter,” we added some extra pieces of cardboard in the center square.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 5: Cut out the top piece of the chair.

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to take your medium box apart, the same way you did with the large boxes. Cut out one of the four folding sections and set it on top of your chair sides to figure out how big you’ll need the top piece to be. Trim it down to size so you have a rectangle with four corners matching the four outer corners of your chair (see the green marks in the photo above).

how to make a chair out of cardboard moving boxes

Step 6: Cut out the top and bottom slits you need for the seat.

Use the orange marks in photo above to note how you’ll make a slit from the top and bottom edges of your seat up to the corner point in skeleton of your chair. These slits will allow you to make triangles to fold into the sides of the chair and secure the top. You’ll need to make your own fold marks along the dotted purple lines to finish up the seat.

chair made out of two men and a truck cardboard moving boxes

You’re done! Now you can decorate the chairs as you’d like, or just leave them the way they are!

We hope you’ll come see our park on PARK(ing) Day, or even create your own parklet! Find all the directions and reserve your parking space online.

Do you need help moving your park supplies to your space, or just help moving into a new home or office space? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for a free moving estimate.

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Sales Manager Chris Makes a Career Move

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville operations managerComing back from our Labor Day Weekend holiday, we have some exciting news to share about growth in our company! Our Sales Manager Chris has just earned his latest promotion to become our new Operations Manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville. Chris has been working with our company for over three years now, and we’re so proud of all his accomplishments as part of our team.

Chris started working with us as a Mover in 2014 after moving here from his home in New Jersey. Our General Manager Nick was very impressed with Chris’s ability to plan ahead and prevent potential issues on the job site, so Chris was quickly promoted to our Driver Team Lead position. As a Driver, he was responsible not just for leading each move, but also for inspecting his truck every morning, walking customers through their moving day paperwork, and communicating with the dispatcher in our office throughout his jobs. Chris was a great communicator and always received high customer satisfaction scores, so one year later, Nick offered him a position as a full-time Sales Representative in the office.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville salesChris’s experience in the field as a mover helped him relate to customers as they called in to schedule their move and ask for moving advice. The rest of the sales team naturally started asking Chris for help when unusual moving circumstances arose, and he became the “go-to” sales person for working through complicated situations. A few months after his transition into the office, Nick promoted Chris again to the position of Sales Lead. We weren’t surprised to see Chris really take ownership of his new role and prove his leadership and training capabilities! Everyone saw his next promotion coming in 2016 when he was named the Sales Manager.

Throughout his time as Sales Manager, Chris continued working closely with our Operations team to ensure every customer’s move went smoothly in the field. He would volunteer to help out in the dispatch office when we were incredibly busy during the summer moving season, and he stayed late several evenings to make sure moving crews arrived safe after their last jobs. We all know Chris will do great as he takes over responsibility of all our Mover and Drivers’ training, safety procedures, and dispatching duties. Congratulations Chris!

If you’re looking for an exciting, customer-facing job with room for career growth, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK may be the place for you! Visit our careers page to see our current opportunities, or call or text us at 615-248-6288 with your questions. We look forward to adding you to the team!

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Clothing Capsule: Your entire closet can fit in one wardrobe box

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK marketing assistant Cara in NashvilleA couple weeks ago, our Marketing Assistant Cara starting tell everyone in the office about how she was able to cut down her entire wardrobe to fit in the space of just one of our Wardrobe Boxes. Cara has been working to simplify her life and remove non-necessities, including a huge closet stuffed full of clothes! When she decided to take the leap and make her own “Clothing Capsule,” we asked her to write a blog about her experience. We hope she inspires you!


I recently watched a documentary called The Minimalists, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the film, Josh and Ryan are just average employees working in corporate America, and they decide to really examine their lives and adopt the minimalist lifestyle to find true happiness in their lives. As I pondered more and more about this topic, it drove me to really examine my lifestyle and how I am utilizing my resources. One thing I have an abundance of is clothes. I love shopping for new clothes and wearing new clothes. But this documentary drove me to try the wardrobe capsule project to help me think about how we can really embrace what we have and be content in knowing it’s enough.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

​The wardrobe capsule project is rooted in the movement of minimalism. It’s a project where you pick out 30 pieces of clothing, including shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, or shoes. Your total of 30 clothing articles are worn interchangeably for 30 days, and you really have to use all of your creative juices to utilize what you have. Ultimately, you realize what you have is enough.

The capsule really shifted my mindset on how I usually think about selecting clothes to wear. I typically dread getting dressed in the morning since I never know what to wear. With the limited choices I had, I realized it was easier and faster to make a choice for selecting an outfit. I really enjoyed the different combinations I was able to come up with. Here are some of my top tips for making your own wardrobe capsule:

  • Make a capsule for each season of the year you experience. In Nashville, we mainly have Summer, Fall, and Winter weather. Spring feels very similar to the summer here.
  • Use layers! Cardigans and sweaters can help mix it up.
  • I picked out a lot of neutral pieces, especially the cardigans and outer layers so they would be able to mix and match.
  • I was able to mix and match a colorful top with a neutral cardigan or a colorful cardigan with a patterned top, which created all kind of variations.

The wardrobe capsule is a really interesting project to try out if you’re even slightly curious about the minimalist lifestyle. This project will no doubt make you more conscious about the choices you make in life, and also helps you de-clutter your life. Minimalism can be helpful if you travel a lot for work, have a small apartment, or just want to experience a new mindset about life.

Jumping into this challenge was a particularly hard for me, since I loved new clothes and shopping so much. I learned to really embrace what I have in my closet and think outside the box to be creative with what I do have. I learned life is not about having the new best thing–it’s about how we use what we already have to its full potential. The minimalist lifestyle can give you more time and resources to devote and chase after what you truly enjoy in life.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

Are you ready to adopt minimalism? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for help deciding which charity to donate your belongings to, and to schedule a pick-up for the donation delivery! We would also love to help you with your downsizing move!

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Senior Citizens Day: Tips for Senior Moving

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Moving your elderly relatives into a new place can be a really daunting task, whether they are moving downsizing into a smaller home or moving to a senior residential community. The packing, physical labor of moving, and unpacking can be stressful to anyone, and especially to seniors who are moving a whole lifetime of collected memories and keepsakes. In honor of Senior Citizens Day this week, we wanted to share some advice on successfully completing a move with a senior.

Communication is key

Most seniors develop emotional attachment to their house and possessions, and having to say goodbye can make them feel as though they have lost their sense of control in life. Give them plenty of time to grieve and then slowly start shifting the conversation to the new living situation. Keep the conversation positive as you talk about where they are moving and why the change will be good. Your excitement can rub off on them and help them see the benefits of their situation.  Let them know each detail of their move day ahead of time, such as the people who will be there, the timeline of how the day will progress, and your plans for unpacking and “nesting” in their new home to help ease their mind.

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How big is the new residence? Which belongings of your relative will be able to fit, and what will need to be donated or thrown out? Look at the dimension of the new house or senior living space and really plan out the layout of the new place. Talk with them and pin down exactly what they want to take and where they want to put each item of furniture. Not only will this planning process help your movers work efficiently, but it can also help set your family member’s expectations about their new home.

Reach out to relatives and friends

Any type of move is a huge transition, and especially for a senior who hasn’t relocated in many years. Reach out to the siblings and other members in the family who can help relieve the stress and encourage the senior in this time of change. Even getting the kids involved can be a good idea–there’s nothing like grandchildren to take your mind off a daunting task! It may even be necessary to schedule the senior relative to spend the day with another family member as you coordinate Moving Day. This way, he/she can enjoy the day without having to direct the movers, travel between the old and new residences, and go through the stress of watching their belongings move out of a beloved home.

Time to organize

Moving a senior most likely involves downsizing, and you need adequate time to sort and pack up each room. It’s time to decide what to keep, what to ditch, what to donate, and what to pass on. Remember you are packing up lots of memories–not just “things.” Be extra sensitive as you help them sort through their precious memories and make those tough decisions of how to get rid of old belongings. You can help ease the pain by suggesting the unneeded items be donated to a cause your relative cares about passionately. And geriatric experts even recommend encouraging your senior family member to relive memories as they go through the downsizing process. Recalling happy times can bring closure more quickly than trying to suppress those emotions.

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we offer specialized senior moving services, and all of our movers go through a special Senior Sensitivity Training before ever going on a move. We even offer a senior discount for these moves! And we offer all-inclusive packing and unpacking services for older customers who can’t physically handle the work. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 and we’ll take care of the rest!

Movers for Mutts 2017: Photo and Video Contest

Nashville Movers for Mutts 2017 photo video contest

Although Nashville is known as one of America’s most pet-friendly cities, there are still hundreds of homeless pets living in the Nashville Humane Association each year, just waiting to find their forever home.  At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we host an annual Movers for Mutts charity to collect needed supplies and donations for this amazing pet shelter! This year, we’ve decided to take advantage of our city’s natural creativity and artistry to host our first ever photo and video contest, where all the entry fee donations will benefit the NHA.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville Humane AssociationNashville Humane Association has a very special place in our hearts, not because they have adorable furry animals to cuddle and love, but also because they strive to protect the well-being of animals. Spay and neutering services can come at a very steep price, and adoption fees can also be a barrier to animals needing a forever home. We love supporting the NHA because they offer resources for pet owners to find affordable veterinary care for their fur babies, as well as regular discounts on their adoption fees. In their adoption cost, they include all mandatory vaccinations (such as the rabies vaccine) and spay/neuter services for pets who are old enough to receive them so you don’t have to worry about the veterinary costs piling up immediately.

We hope you’ll submit an entry to our Movers for Mutts Photo & Video contest and help us support this great organization! Our contest will run all throughout the month of September, and we will announce the winners on our social media networks on October 6th. The top three photo and video submissions will win luxury pet products from local businesses, including:

We want to see the funniest, most adorable, and bragging rights-worthy photo or video of your pet! Beginning September 1, here is how to enter and win:

Step 1: Visit bit.ly/NHAcontest (case-sensitive, so caps matter!) to make your entry fee donation.

Step 2: Take a screenshot of the confirmation page for your donation.

Step 3: Upload your screenshot and favorite photo or video on the submission page.

Step 4: Get your friends to vote, vote, vote!  Submissions and voting close at 11:59 pm on September 30!

If you have other questions about the contest or NHA’s amazing work in our community, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.

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How to Buy a House in Nashville’s Crazy Market

If you’ve been looking for homes, or even just thinking about purchasing a home in the near future, you may need a little encouragement! Nashville’s real estate market is so hot right now that many buyers are feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of losing their potential dream home to another bidder who is quicker and has more money than they do. But even though we’re fully equipped to help you move into your new home, we aren’t experts at helping you find it.

Collyn Wainwright guest blog for TWO MEN AND A TRUCKThis week, we’ve asked a more qualified guest blogger to give us (and you!) some advice on navigating Nashville’s real estate industry. Collyn Wainwright is a Realtor with Village Real Estate, and we work with her to support the local non-profit Tennessee Respite Coalition. Collyn is dedicated to helping her clients, friends, and community find the place that makes them feel most at home, whatever their circumstances. Thanks for your help, Collyn!


How to Win in a Multiple Offer Situation (It Isn’t ALWAYS Offer Price)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville first time home buyersNashville is a sellers’ market and it’s hard for buyers to win these days. For the past several years, the Nashville market has seen unprecedented growth, and as everyone has heard by now, the number of people moving to town does not match the amount of housing available in the price ranges needed. The most competitive area is what is considered the “first time home buyers’ market,” which is typically $150-$300k.  Most homes at this price point which are located in an established neighborhood and in good condition will go into a multiple offer situation.

So what does that mean, and how does it affect my bid?

In multiple offers, the seller will need to evaluate each offer, and either set a deadline to review all of the offers at once, or take a “first come first served” approach. The former option is more common, as it allows more buyers time to view the property and submit an offer by a set deadline. When you are submitting a bid in this situation, the agent will tell prospective buyers and/or their agents to bring their “highest and best” by the deadline. That means, for a house listed at $160k, if you really want to offer $175k, but you actually submit an offer for $160k to see if you can negotiate, you might not get the opportunity to negotiate. A seller can only counter one offer at a time, so they will either accept or counter the best offer they have in hand, while the rest of the offers may well expire by the end of the day, making them null and void.

But what if I can’t offer much over the asking price?

There are several tactics you can use to make your offer more appealing to sellers without having to go above your budget.

Always make sure your agent is asking what is important to the seller. Align closing dates with the seller’s needs if possible. Does the seller want a quick close, or do they need more time? Make your offer match what the seller has indicated they want as best as you are able. Sometimes the seller may need to stay in the home 30 days after closing and rent back from the buyer. That might be more important to them than money over the asking price.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsOther times, the seller won’t have time to make repairs, and an “as-is” offer with a pass/fail inspection contingency may make your bid shine. People who are handy can often benefit from agreeing to do repairs themselves instead of asking the seller to do them. I would NEVER suggest anyone buy a home without a professional inspection, but if the repairs required are minor and not of significant cost, this method can be a winning strategy. By completing an inspection, you can discover if there are major costly issues that will exceed your budget, so you do have the opportunity to terminate the contract and get a refund of your earnest money if you find out about the costly problems before the end of the inspection deadline.

What else can I do to look better in a multiple offer situation?

It’s not fair, but having a conventional loan is pretty important in these scenarios. Cash is king to sellers, but let’s be realistic–most buyers need financing, and conventional loans are second best to a cash offer. Government assisted loans like FHA, VA, THDA and USDA loans are a wonderful resource for first-time buyers and those without much cash for a down payment, but they take longer to close, and often require the seller to make repairs. Sadly, offers with this type of financing are usually moved to the bottom of the pile. This doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this type of financing to buy a home; it’s just not the best choice in a multiple offer situation. However, new construction lends itself well to these loans because they are less likely to need repairs!

Don’t ask for closing costs. If you can afford to pay your own closing costs, plan to do so in multiple offer situations. I’ve seen sellers turn down a higher offer from a buyer who asked the seller to cover closing costs in favor of a lower offer from a buyer who could pay for their own closing. Perhaps the sellers are worried the house won’t appraise, and if they have to lower the price, plus pay closing costs in addition to the lower offer, the seller can lose a lot of money.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsWrite a personal letter to the seller. I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but when the seller narrows it down to the three best offers, and one person has written about how great the home is and the life they want to build there…the personal note can put a buyer over the edge of the competition. Selling the home can be very emotional for a homeowner, and they feel better knowing it is getting passed on to someone who loves it as much as they did.

In the end, the best offer lines up with what is important to the seller. 

The key takeaway here is, if you only have $x dollars over asking price to play with, putting that money towards an extra month of rent, repairs, closing costs, or title might be more appealing than just cash on top of the list price. Creativity can win!

Good luck out there!


If you’re looking for a great Realtor who can answer more of your home buying questions, you can contact Collyn through her website! And when you’re ready to move, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online for more information.

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Garage Sale Day: Maximize Your Money!

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It’s no wonder National Garage Sale Day is coming up on August 12… It’s the perfect time of year to purge your unneeded belongings! You can clean house before your upcoming move, or just to make your home feel more spacious as the kids start to need their study spaces back. Unfortunately, garage sales often add up to a LOT of prep work with minimal pay off. Here are our top tips to hosting a profitable garage sale:

Time is Money

It’s easy to get bogged down by all the things you COULD do before your sale, such as individually pricing every single item with price stickers or hand making dozens of giant neon signs for the roadways. But some of these planning activities just aren’t worth your time!

When it comes to labeling items, consider the option of only pricing a few big ticket items and leaving the rest without tags. Usually, you have an idea of what each item is worth to you anyway…but you don’t really know what it will be worth to shoppers. If you don’t put a price on anything, you allow the buyer to come to you with a price that may be even higher than what you would have asked. It also gives you room to negotiate. And for small trinkets that will take forever to organize, you can set up a designated “Everything is $1” table at the corner of your sale.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAlso, don’t waste your time before and during the sale trying to keep your clothing neatly folded as shoppers paw through the piles. Instead, invest in an inexpensive single clothing rack, or tie up some clothing line between two trees in your yard. This system also helps your customers peruse clothing more quickly and feel as if they’re in a store-like atmosphere.

Finally, you can also save some time by purchasing smaller neon posters as opposed to the big ones that require you to fill several square feet of space. Not only are the small posters just as eye-catching, but the larger posters are more difficult to secure and can flap around in the wind so drivers are unable to read them as they pass by.

Have a Party

One way to draw a larger crowd to your sale is by creating a larger sale. Invite your friends to join in your sale with their goods as well, and you’ll look twice as impressive to passersby! Drivers will be more likely to stop when they know they’ll have a wider selection to browse.

You should also keep some upbeat background music on to eliminate the awkward silence that sometimes comes with garage sales. The music will let your shoppers know they’re welcome to browse at a leisurely pace, which gives them more time to fall in love with more of your stuff.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleIt also helps to pull out any leftover party supplies you have from the kids’ last birthdays. Hang some balloons from  your mailbox and porch rail to catch attention, and even hang some streamers around in a festive way. Cover your sales tables with those $1 disposable table cloths to help items stand out from the tables and look more approachable.

Run Your Sale Like a Store

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleAs you set up your sale, think with the mind of a customer. When you go shopping, do you want to dig through piles of random items, or would you rather see items spread across the table neatly? Would you have the patience to kneel down and dig through a box on the ground, or would you prefer to see the contents laid out on a table top?

Try to set up your sales tables in aisles, like you would find at a thrift store. Have each table dedicated to specific categories of items, and order the aisles based on similar categories. For example, if your first table is full of kitchen items, it would make most sense to put bathroom or bedroom items next to it, rather than yard tools and auto parts.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips to a garage saleIn fact, you may want to set the yard tools, auto parts, and electronics of your sale closer to the sidewalk than everything else. Most boyfriends and husbands like to linger in the car or at the sidewalk as their significant others shop. But if you can catch their attention with items they enjoy shopping for, you may be able to double your clientele!

You should also set aside some time to clearly label the sizes of the clothing you sell, and then organize it in order by size and season on your rack. Customers may give up easily if they have to search through clothing that isn’t organized in any fashion, but if they know your system, they can skip to the section they need. If you’re selling accessories and jewelry, set these items up at a table next to the clothing and make sure each piece is easy to see. A pile of mismatched jewelry can be intimidating, but you can use jewelry stands, drawer organizers, or a foam board with pins to create a more visually appealing sales station.

Encourage People to Take, Take, Take

The point of your garage sale is not just to make money, but also to get rid of this stuff you don’t need anymore! There are plenty of ways you can silently push people toward buying more than they originally planned.

First, make sure you have bags on hand. If someone walking their dog stops by your sale, they’re limited in what they can buy without a bag to hold their purchases in. So for a few weeks leading up to your sale, save up your grocery and convenience store bags to re-use with your customers.

You may even want to have a “bag deal,” especially near the end of your sale. Tell your customers that when they pay $5 or $10 for a bag, they can take as many items as they can fit inside of it. This way, your customers feel like they’re getting an awesome deal while you continue to unload the junk.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for hosting a garage saleNext, remember your big ticket items can make the most money, but only if you can convince someone to go through the hassle of making space in their car to take them off your hands. (Pro Tip: Give us a call to move those belongings for them!) Before the sale begins, make sure you clean those bigger pieces of furniture up nicely so people can picture them in their home without having to mentally peel back the dust and cobwebs first. You can make those items even more enticing by offering to “throw in” something free if a buyer purchases them. For example, if someone agrees to buy your couch, throw in that cozy-looking blanket you’re selling at the home goods table. Or if they want to buy your son’s old bedroom desk, go ahead and throw in the pen organizer for free.

Also, don’t forget to have plenty of every form of change you may need. You don’t want to lose a sale because you ran out of one dollar bills too early! Keep your change in a fanny pack or apron so it’s close to you at all times and easy to access.

Finally, when you only have an hour left in the sale, put up some “50% off EVERYTHING!” signs to really encourage people to take the items they were possibly on the fence about. You may not love the idea of cutting your potential revenue in half, but think about it this way… You won’t make any money if you put those items back in your garage, and you’ll be saving a trip to the thrift store.

When the Sale is Over

Picking up donations to Park CenterWhen everything has ended and you’re trying to figure out what to do with the remaining merchandise on your lawn, check out our list of local non-profit organizations who pick up donations for free! This way, you don’t have to figure out a time and way to get to the other side of town during operating hours of a non-profit who may not even be able to take the items you want to donate.

Is there a specific non-profit you would like to help who isn’t on our list? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we can give you a free quote to let you know how much it would cost to transport those items with professional movers. No heavy lifting for you!

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Adding Plants to your new Apartment

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for house plants

You have just moved into a new apartment, and you’ve decided to start growing some plants. Maybe you’re feeling intimidated because you’ve never had a green thumb or kept houseplants alive before.  Have no fear–we have some easy and fun tips for adding greenery to your new home sweet home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for filling a new apartment with plantsFirst of all, we definitely applaud your decision to add some sprouts into your life! Plants bring so much color and vibrancy into small spaces. Not only do they make your room smell and look better; they also can provide other benefits, such as growing fresh herbs for your cooking needs, or growing fruits and veggies to munch on. ​Another huge benefit of growing plant in your small space is that they help sustain better air quality. Research has also shown that being close in proximity to green plants can help reduce stress.

Unfortunately, caring for plants can sometimes come at a high price and add to your anxiety level before you reap the benefits! Here are some points to check before you decide on the types of plants you purchase:

  • What kind of soil and and planters will they need?
  • How much water does this plant need and how often?
  • Where in the house would be a good spot for them to grow?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips for plants in your new apartmentIf you are a busy working person, sometimes it’s really hard to keep up with yourself, much less your new seedlings. We suggest starting off with some easy-to-maintain plants like succulents or cacti. These require very low maintenance and provide just the right amount of color for a small space.

If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider that certain planters and soil can be expensive as you continue to maintain your indoor oasis. Some great idea for cheap planters are used coffee or cookie tins, aluminum cans from canned veggies, pasta sauce jars, and even old baskets. You can also avoid spending money on expensive fertilizers by using natural waste that you would otherwise throw away, such as egg shells, used coffee grounds, and fruit peels.

Once you’ve selected the plants and supplies you want to add to your apartment, be sure to maintain consistent care of each plant. Try turning your plants by a few degrees each time you water them, so each side receives an equal amount of water and sunlight. When you have to go away for a long weekend, place a new, clean sponge filled with water at the base of the planter so it won’t become too dry as you are away.

If you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment, condo, or home, give us a call or text us for a free quote at 615-248-6288! You can also find more moving tips on our website.

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