5 Tips for Planning Your Business Move

five tips for your upcoming business move from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

As Nashville’s professional business movers, we’ve seen it all! From law offices to recording studios to sports stadiums, we’ve helped move businesses from all different industries. Although every business is unique in the way they operate and serve customers, we’ve compiled a few key tips that can help you with your upcoming commercial move.

Give everyone plenty of notice about your relocation.

To avoid any confusion or chaos among your employees, customers, and vendors, you should start letting everyone know about your upcoming move at least 60 days in advance. If your business is larger than just a couple offices, you’ll want to schedule an on-site estimate with your moving company so they can provide an accurate quote for the cost and length of your move. Additionally, you want to ensure your employees have time to order updated business cards and inform their clients of the upcoming move. Don’t forget to notify the post office of your new address, update your website and Google/social media listings, and any vendors with whom you place regular or recurring orders.

Create a moving timeline and checklist.

To keep yourself organized, make a checklist of everything that needs to be done before the big move, and add these deadlines to your planner or electronic calendar. Be sure to include items such as disconnecting computers and machines, scheduling delivery of new office furniture, and hooking up new phone lines and internet routers.

Choose the right moving company for your business.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville moves businessesJust like your business is different from every other, each moving company has their own set of strengths and benefits. Before scheduling your move with someone, be sure to ask questions relevant to your company. For example, if you’re moving into a Nashville high rise, does your moving company offer to add the building to their Certificate of Insurance? What rating do your movers have with the Better Business Bureau? Can your moving company schedule your move outside of business hours to avoid disrupting the flow of your company? You can also ask to see a copy of your moving company’s customer paperwork before booking your move to ensure your relocation is in good hands.

Make sure everyone de-clutters well before the move!

Do you have any outdated paperwork, unneeded office supplies, or other clutter taking up space in your office? Chances are, your employees do too. Before your company begins the packing process, have everyone de-clutter their work spaces and consolidate extra office supplies into one spot. Otherwise, you may end up with boxes full of unneeded stuff that will end up in storage for months after your move.

Create a labeling and numbering system for your packed supplies.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville can pack for your business moveTo ensure your movers place each box and piece of equipment in the correct department, come up with a labeling system before your employees begin packing everything. Assign each department or office with a separate number and color, then use a marker or post-it note of the same color to label each box. Label a floor plan of your new building with the same numbers and colors and give this to your lead mover on the day of the move. This way, your movers will know exactly where to place each box.

What other questions do you have about your upcoming business move? We’re here to give you answers! For a free cost estimate of your commercial relocation, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for further information.

So You’re Moving to the Belmont/Hillsboro Neighborhood

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's suggestions of places to see in the Belmont Hillsboro area of Nashville

So you’re moving to the Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood, one of our favorite areas of Nashville! Moving to a new home nearly always requires you to find your new “favorites,” like your new regular coffee shop and the go-to park for you and the kids. We’ve completed literally thousands of moves in the Belmont/Hillsboro area, so take a look at some of our top picks to check out in your new home base!

Morning Java: You’re moving to the neighborhood of Nashville’s first and favorite coffee shop, the original Bongo Java!  Although Bongo has undergone many a face lift and remodel, the spirit of “Bongo Bob” is still present each day in Bongo Java’s delicious coffee beans and healthy food options.  And if you want to try something new, the latest location of Revelator Coffee recently opened in Hillsboro Village, right next to Jeni’s.

Nashville has tons of playgrounds for the kidsBest Playgrounds: Our absolute favorite playground in Nashville is Fannie Mae Dees Park, lovingly referred to as Dragon Park by local parents.  You can spot Dragon Park off Belcourt Avenue with its giant, mosaic-covered dragons popping in and out of the ground.  The park also includes two playscapes, a covered picnic area, and stone chess/checker tables ready for play pieces.  If you’re looking for a quieter place to chill with your partner or dog, you can also see Reservoir Park along Hillside Avenue.

Casual Eats: If you’re craving a midday pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the work day, the Belmont/Hillsboro area has lots of delicious places to snack or lunch.  For some American-Asian cuisine, try PM on Belmont Boulevard.  PM is known for their sushi, extensive tea selection, and delicious fried sweet potatoes.  For those who prefer Tex-Mex, Chago’s is on the same block and offers cheap-but-delicious Mexican recipes.  And if you just need something for your sweet tooth, Jeni’s Ice Cream is a must-have.  Their flavors change seasonally, so your taste buds will always be excited to try a new treat.

Nashville Public Library has free storytellingFamily Fun: Your new neighborhood is especially fun for a family-centered day out!  Show your kids some real historical architecture and culture with a tour of the gorgeous Belmont Mansion.  The local non-profit Belcourt Theatre also shows family movies on Saturday mornings.  And don’t forget your Nashville Public Library!  You and the kiddos can enjoy free games, stories, and puppet shows at the Green Hills and Edgehill library branches.

Grown-Up Fun: Let’s not forget that you deserve a nice night out where you can de-stress from work and the other pressures of life!  Hillsboro Village is home to one of Nashville’s most unique  restaurant experiences, Cabana.  While you typically find luxurious cabanas on a summer getaway beach, Cabana lets you experience the same intimacy indoors, no matter what the weather is like outside.  And Belcourt Theatre isn’t just for the kids–every day you can find independent films, intriguing documentaries, and other artsy productions to fulfill your inner hipster.

Pancake Pantry is a Nashville traditionStaycation Attractions: If you’re in desperate need of a break from reality, you’ll find plenty of “staycation” attractions right in your new neighborhood!  First you have to check out the historic Pancake Pantry, which was family-operated for over 50 years before recently being acquired by its new, second owner.  Pancake Pantry is known for its out-the-door-around-the-corner lines, celebrity patrons, and of course, its pancakes.  Then you can travel the world by visiting the France-inspired Provence, the Italy-inspired Savarino’s Cucina, and the eyewear store inspired by Western Europe as a whole, SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements).  Finally, you can’t skip past Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery, also located in Hillsboro Village next to the historic Peabody Shoe Repair store.

Unique Spots: Are you looking for more Smallest Art Gallery-type places to check out by your new home?  We recommend Cosmic Connections, one of Nashville’s most difficult shops to describe.  They call themselves “a one-stop shop to get Cosmically Connected,” and offer a variety of jewelry, books, classes, energy work, and more.  We also can’t recommend A Thousand Faces highly enough.  The whole store is filled with handmade creations, most of them locally produced, that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.  You may find yourself walking out with a one-of-a-kind furniture piece, handmade greeting card bundle, or new wall art.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving a couchMoving Help: And don’t forget your local moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!  We would love to move you into your new Hillsboro home so you can skip straight to the fun part of moving–finding your new favorite spots.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for a free moving quote!

Your “Moving Out” Checklist

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's checklist for moving out of a house or apartment

Finding a new home is so exciting–it’s your chance to transform a new space into your familiar, cozy abode. But whether you’re selling your old home to a new family or just want to avoid paying a cleaning fee with your soon-to-be ex-landlord, it’s important to make sure you leave your old place spic and span. Here are some tips we’ve learned over our last two decades in business about moving out of a house or apartment:

1. Clean, clean, clean!

If regular cleaning wasn’t your strong suit in your old home, you’ll want to be sure to perform a deep clean on your space before handing your keys over to the new owner or landlord. And even if you did keep up with daily and weekly cleaning tasks, we have some great tips for adding some extra shine in overlooked and hard-to-reach places. Check out our previous blog post on cleaning your home with household objects you already have in your closet.

2. Make your walls look like new.

It’s almost impossible to keep your walls hole- and scuff-free in a place you’ve been living for several years. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fill in nail and hook holes with wall putty from your local hardware store. Also, most scuff marks on your wall can usually be removed with a Magic Eraser product.

3. Check your exterior spaces.

You don’t want to accidentally leave mail in the mailbox or belongings in your garage or shed! Make sure you take all of your porch and patio furniture, and clean these exterior areas as you make last-minute checks. Remove any bugs from your lighting fixtures and sweep up storage spaces.

4. Take a final walk-through.

When you think you’re finally ready to leave for good, take a few minutes to walk through your home one last time. Check your closets and cabinets to ensure you haven’t left anything behind. Make sure you’ve taken out the trash and removed your cleaning products. Finally, if you’re leaving behind a rented space, take time-stamped photos of each room in case you need proof that you left the home in good order.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing servicesWhen everything is done, make sure you take time to celebrate your move! Treat yourself to some take out and spend a day or two relaxing before you worry about unpacking everything in your new place. And remember, if you need help with staging your heavy furniture in your new home or even packing up your belongings before your move, we’re always here to help! Give us a call or text at (615) 248-6288, or visit our website for a free moving estimate.

New Year, New Me: Lose weight without the gym!

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

The holidays can be brutal when you’re trying to diet…you have Thanksgiving turkey with enough leftovers to last you till Christmas eve. There’s no telling when you’re going to be able to fit in time to go to the gym.  TWO MEN AND  A TRUCK® might be your best chance to have the best of both worlds!

While working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, moving residential and commercial businesses can be the perfect gym regimen. Vince, one of our former team leads, said that in his first 3 months with our company, he lost a total of 70 pounds. Now he competes in body building competitions!  Mathew, who began working with us as a driver, started working for us weighing 190 pounds. During one summer, he was able to lose 25 pounds. Now he has the muscle mass and flexibility to be a yoga instructor at a local fitness center. Maurice, a driver since September 2016, stated that since he’s been working with us, he’s quit his gym membership and lost a total of 20 pounds.

What’s making all our movers lose so much weight and get their perfect summer body shape early? The average workout for our movers can be compared to standard workouts that you might use at the gym.

Wardrobe Box Press: This works on the Triceps, Deltoids, and Lats.

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Lamp Box Press: Works on Lats, Rear Deltoid, and Upper Chest.

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Triceps extensions with stretch wrap

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

Work out by working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!

This list can go on and on for the different workouts.  Our movers say their leg strength comes from all the cardio, stair climbs, and ramps they use each day.

According to US News & World Report, the average American pays $55 to join a gym in introduction fees, not including a $35 monthly fee. Then you should take into consideration the time you have to make to go to the gym. But becoming a mover at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives you the potential to earn an annual income of $35,000, not including tips and commissions! By joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  team, you can consider saving the expense of a gym membership, make a weekly paycheck, and get a much fuller workout. Visit twomenandatrucknashville.com or give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to find your next career move!

Organize Your Home in the New Year

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's checklist for organizing your home this new year

If your New Year’s resolution is to finally get your home clean and clutter-free, you’re not alone! Last year, Nielsen surveyed Americans about our top New Year’s resolutions, and almost 1 in 5 people said they hoped to get organized. Don’t worry, we have some tips to help you get started in your organization endeavors:

1. Clean out your storage spaces.

You may have a cluttered home because you don’t have enough closet or storage space in your home for loose odds and ends that don’t need to be out in main areas. But are your storage spaces filled with stuff you don’t really need anymore?

This year, work on clearing out clothes you don’t use from your bedroom closets and wardrobes. You can obviously remove anything you know you haven’t worn for a while, but sometimes there are favorite pieces you don’t even realize you don’t wear anymore. To solve this dilemma, turn all of your closet hangers in one direction. When you wear each clothing article for the first time this year, turn its hanger around. After a few months, you’ll be able to tell which hangers and clothes aren’t being touched.

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveAnd does your garage, attic, or outdoor storage shed contain any sealed boxes? Odds are, if there are boxed items being stored in your home, you probably haven’t used those things in a while. Go through your boxes and toss out anything you haven’t missed in the past year.

Finally, get rid of miscellaneous junk and bulk stashes of items. For example, your kitchen junk drawer doesn’t really need more than two pens, a huge cluster of chip clips, or that stack of expired coupons you keep forgetting to use. Your hall closet doesn’t need to keep housing ten bottles of hand soap that you keep forgetting about either.

2. Organize your drawers and cabinets.

I hate those mornings when I’m running late for work and can’t find two socks that match in my dresser, and I also hate having to stack my collection of coffee mugs inside my ever-shrinking kitchen cabinet. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid these issues by using inexpensive hardware and sorting objects.

To keep your drawers organized, you can find cheap, divided trays in the office or home sections of your favorite store. Use these trays in your bathroom drawers to keep your toiletries separated, in your accessory drawers to keep your jewelry organized, and in your kitchen drawers to separate each type of cooking utensil.

You can use the inserts from a dish pack box to organize your drawersFor drawers that contain larger items, such as my messy sock drawer, you can make your own inserts out of old moving boxes. I actually used the inserts from a dish pack box for my dresser drawers because the pieces already interlock and stand firm. However, another way to organize your undergarments, socks, tights, pantyhose, and scarves is to invest in some inexpensive, clear plastic shoe hangers. This way, many of your accessories can all hang in one straight panel in your closet and free up an entire drawer of your dresser.

Cabinets can be organized with inexpensive hooks, found in the home improvement section of your store, and adjustable shelves, found in the kitchen section. Hooks can hang your tea cups and mugs from the bottom of each cabinet shelf, and nearly double your storage space. You can also use low, adjustable shelves to accommodate cabinets of any width and easily sort your cereal and soup bowls, or your dessert plates and dinner plates. I also love the small shelves that look like tiny staircases, which you can find in the kitchen section of your favorite store. I use these in my spice cabinet so I can see the name of each spice without digging through the whole cabinet, as well as in my pantry to organize all my soup cans.

3. Clear your floors.

Between my two dogs’ toys and bones, my husband’s and my shoes, and accessories to our collection of electronics, it can be difficult for me to keep my floors free of clutter! Recently though, we’ve been able to keep most of these items off the floor with some new organizational containers.

Marketer Christian with a dog from Nashville Humane AssociationFor the dog toys (or maybe for your child’s toys), you can easily re-purpose a container you already have in your home, such as a decorative planter or basket. I ended up using a decorative gift basket in the corner of my living room, which works with our decor and is still easy for the dogs to dig through for their toys. You can also consider investing in a shoe rack, an over-the-door shoe hanger, or some single drawers that would fit under your bed to store shoes that often end up scattered around the floor.

If you have some extra money to spare on your organization project, consider buying a few storage ottomans that double as seating solutions. These ottomans are great for storing remote controls, your candle collection, or out-of-season decorations you want to save for next year.

4. Remember that you have unique organization needs.

Like I mentioned earlier, dog toys were a huge issue for me before I found a good way to store them. My husband’s organizational downfall was keeping unneeded overstock of items that he felt we would eventually use, such as tons of cleaning supplies and bulk nonperishable foods. But your family and house will have completely different organizational challenges to face!

The easiest way to combat these issues is to walk through an entire day with organization on your mind. What are some annoying messes you constantly see pop up in your home? Do you constantly find pieces of mail on your coffee table? Are electrical cords taking over your home office? Figure out which type of clutter is always in your home, and then decide the best way to contain it.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving a couchTWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville is here to help you when it’s time to make a big donation of your unneeded belongings, or even to re-stage your living room if you feel like your furniture isn’t in the most convenient position. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for information on our moving services and packing supplies!