Career Move Month: Darrian “moves” up in the company

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's career move month

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's dispatcher DarrianEvery March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK celebrates Career Move Month! We spend the whole month focused on hiring great new team members, and celebrating our current employees who have earned promotions in our company. To kick off Career Move Month 2017, we wanted to share the story of one of our Dispatchers, Darrian.

Darrian began working for us two years ago as a full-time Mover.  He immediately became well-liked by his colleagues because of his positive attitude and fun, competitive spirit.  His supervisor Keith says, “He was really good at taking direction from his team lead, but he was also a great leader when he needed to be.  Plus, he was just really strong.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK NashvilleAll of Darrian’s strengths as a Mover convinced Keith that he was ready for a bigger challenge.  He was promoted to be a Driver–the team lead of each job who not only directs the move, but also drives the truck, performs morning truck inspections, and handles the paperwork with our customers.  “He excelled even more as a Driver,” Keith says.  “He was great at training newer movers and he never complained, no matter how difficult or long a job was.”  Keith also remembers that Darrian was always able to predict whether a job would take longer than the originally estimated time, or whether the crew would need an extra truck to fit all of his customer’s belongings.

About a year and a half after Darrian first started working for us, Keith promoted him to a Dispatcher position in the office.  And Darrian continues to thrive with his latest promotion!  Every day he communicates with each crew to ensure no unexpected issues arise during their jobs, and he inspects each truck at the end of the work day.  Thanks to Darrian’s great attitude and diligence, our moving teams are able to accomplish their jobs without a hitch each day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK movers in NashvilleIf you’re looking for a new career path, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK might be the right place for you!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our hiring website to find out how you can contribute to our team.

Strange-but-Amazing Packing Hacks

Packing Tips from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

If you’re preparing for your first large move, you may feel overwhelmed with all the packing that needs to get done. Fortunately, we have over 20 years of packing experience under our belts, and we’re sharing our best DIY packing tips! These tips are perfect for a family who doesn’t have a budget to hire us for packing services, or for the hyper-organized personality who prefers to know where all of her belongings are at any given time.

By-the-Room Tips

Bedroom:  Instead of purchasing garment bags for your hanging clothes, you can turn a garbage bag upside down and use the tip of each hanger to poke a hole through the plastic.  And when you hang clothes in your wardrobe boxes, be sure you take advantage of all the space the boxes offer!  You can usually fit several pairs of shoes in the bottom of each box.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing dishesKitchen:  Be sure you don’t skimp on the packing supplies you use for dishes!  An unexpected bump in the road can easily break a handle off a loose cup or chip a plate.  Remember that dish boxes come with adjustable inserts to fit each dish snugly, and are double-insulated on the outside to add extra cushion.  If you do stack plates in a box, use disposable foam plates between each breakable one to act as shock absorbers.  You can also use soft items lying around your house, such as socks, stuffed animals, and hand towels, as cushioning in the empty spaces at the corners of the box.

Dining Room:  Most modern dining tables have detachable legs which easily come off with an Allen key/wrench.  If yours can be disassembled this way, you can easily wrap the tabletop in a blanket to avoid scratching the top during transit.  Whenever you disassemble any furniture in your home to move it, be sure to put the hardware and Allen keys in a small plastic zip bag and tape the bag to the furniture so you won’t lose any screws.

Den:  If you have a mirror hanging in your den, a glass tabletop on your coffee table, or any other sheets of glass in other parts of the house, you can use two strips of masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of each glass piece.  The tape will help prevent shattering and add strength.  Then place a piece of cardboard on each side of the sheet before thoroughly wrapping it in bubble wrap.

General Packing Hacks

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveLabeling:  Pick a color for each room in your NEW home, and use corresponding colored markers to label the contents of your boxes.  Then color a floorplan of your new home with the same color system.  This way, you can easily instruct your movers on where each box goes.

Liquids:  First of all, be sure you carry any flammable liquids, such as bleach or other household cleaners, in your own car–not the moving truck!  Moving companies can’t take flammable chemicals on their trucks.  Next, when you pack up any bottled liquids such as shampoo or hand soap, place the bottles in large plastic zip bags before packing them into boxes.  This way, if one leaks, it won’t hurt the other contents of the boxes or weaken the integrity of the boxes themselves.

Day-of-Move Box:  On your first night in your new home, what will you absolutely need?  Charging cords, toilet paper, a change of clothes…?  Place these items in clear storage bins so you can easily see which items are in each bin and find necessities quickly.

Small Items:  When you’re packing up your knick knacks and small items you don’t want to lose inside a vacuous box, wrap each of these belongings in colored paper instead of regular packing paper.  This way, as you pile your packing paper into trash bags after the move, you won’t accidentally discard or overlook these things.

Packing with Kids

Packing with kids is completely different from packing by yourself, because you have to keep them engaged and entertained with a task at the same time.  Here are a few ways they can help:

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving with kidsInstead of (or in addition to) using colored markers to label each box, let the kiddos use colored stickers to help you label where each box goes.  When you’re unpacking, remember that the used cardboard will serve as great forts or coloring canvases for them!
  2. Turn packing into a game.  Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to help you pack specific items, and let them play Stuffed Animal Basketball with the boxes their toys will go into.
  3. Turn cleaning into a game!  While you clean the home for the next homeowners or your landlord, see which child can clean their assigned room the fastest, or clean the most windows.

And finally, if you decide you’re burnt out on packing or have a specific room that seems like it’ll be a pain to pack up, give us a call!  We can pack up as little or as much as you’d like to make your moving experience easy.  Visit us online, or call/text us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote.

A Very MOVING Love Story (Get it?)

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day story

Since it’s Valentine’s Week, we wanted to share a love story from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family! Our Quality Control Manager, Keith, and his wife recently celebrated their big 5th wedding anniversary, and we just love the story about how they met and started dating.  It’s a very MOVING tale…  (Get it?  Because we’re a moving company?)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day love storyKeith and Nicole met while they were still in school and Keith worked at the local grocery store.  He worked with one of Nicole’s friends, who introduced them to each other one day when she and Nicole were going to hang out after work.  “She gave me one of the Pixie Stix she’d just bought, and I put it in my pocket because I was still working.  Well, I forgot about it until I sat down in my car to go home, and it busted open in my pocket,” Keith remembers.  Unfortunately, the sugary dust exploded in the pocket where he kept his cell phone, so it became lodged in all the phone’s crevices and broke it.

The next time Keith saw Nicole, he told her about the Pixie Stix disaster.  They laughed about the incident, and kept talking to each other for hours.  “Then we started dating…but on our first date, she wrecked her car by accidentally driving through a ditch,” Keith says.

Fortunately, the rest of their dates went much more smoothly.  A few years later, Keith and Nicole started talking about marriage.  Keith explains, “She told me I would never marry her, and I told her that wasn’t true.  I brought her straight to the jewelry store and had her pick out a ring.  Later I went back and bought the one she chose.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Valentine's Day love storyThe spontaneous couple even picked their wedding date on a whim!  “We just woke up one morning and were like, ‘Let’s do it!'” Keith says.  They went to the courthouse and called a friend to meet them there to be the witness.  Now he makes fun of his outfit that day: “I was wearing an American Eagle button-down with those jeans that were popular and kind of ripped up, and I had a studded belt that was so cool.”

They’ve been together for years, and Keith still talks about how great his wife is while he’s at the office.  Happy Valentine’s Day to Keith and Nicole!


Find your local Movers Who Care online, or call us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote on your next move!

So You’re Moving to the Green Hills Neighborhood

Things to do in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville

We’ve been moving families into, out of, and around Nashville for over two decades now, and we know one of the best parts about moving is finding your new “favorites”!  You’ll need a new coffee shop to frequent each morning, a park where you can take the kids during school holidays, and a fun spot to hang with your friends in the evening.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Green Hills area of town.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's recommendations for coffee in Green HillsMorning Java: When you’re ready for your caffeine fix, we recommend The Well Coffeehouse near Lipscomb!  The Well is our favorite because they are a non-profit, and all of their sales benefit organizations which build wells for poor communities around the world.  Another fun spot is The Perch Cafe, which serves sweet or savory crepes alongside your Morning Joe.

Best Playgrounds: Green Hills has some of the best playgrounds in Nashville!  Our favorite is Fannie Mae Dees Park, also known as Dragon Park to most Nashville parents.  Located near Belcourt Theatre, Dragon Park has a giant mosaic-covered dragon sculpture ready for climbing alongside two different play sets.  Green Hills Park is also nearby, with its playground set in the northwest corner.  And if you want something a little different and bad weather-resistant, check out our friends at Gymboree Play & Music!  Your child can join a Play & Music group where they can groove to some tunes while playing on Gymboree’s fun indoor equipment.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's recommendations for casual dining in Green HillsCasual Eats: When it’s too late for lunch but too early for dinner, or you’re not quite hungry enough for a full meal, where do you go?  Green Hills has lots of fun options, but we think the best one is the Donut Den.  Their donuts are delicious, and the owners like to employ local college students from Belmont, Vanderbilt, and Lipscomb.  We also recommend eating in the Hill Center at Green Hills, where everyone in the family has plenty of options for snacks.  If you want some Mediterranean cuisine, your spouse wants some sweet and sour chicken, and the kids want to fill their pizza fix, everyone can be happy!

Family Fun: Green Hills is such a great neighborhood for your whole family.  On a nice, sunny day, Radnor Lake is the perfect place to take an easy hike.  The Education Center by the entrance is great for teaching your kids about the local forest animals and plants, and you can even bring a picnic lunch to eat by the water.  If you’re looking for some sit-down indoor fun, check out our friends at Brushfire Pottery.  This locally owned pottery studio offers different sculptures, kitchenware, and other household figures for their guests to paint.  Then Brushfire will glaze your painted pottery to seal the color and give it a smooth, glossy finish.  We especially like Brushfire around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day so your kids can create a unique present for their parents!

greenhouseGrown-Up Fun: The Green Hills neighborhood also has plenty to offer when it’s time for a Girls’ Night Out, your next date, or a big group hang.  For the fitness-loving Nashvillian, we always recommend Krank Cycle Studio.  You can get your exercise while cycling to a nice, loud workout playlist.  After you shower up, visit Kendra Scott in the Hill Center!  Kendra Scott is one of our favorite local businesses because they are so community-oriented.  Nearly every week you can go to a KS Shopping Party and have a huge percentage of your purchases benefit a local non-profit organization.  And when the sun goes down, you can visit one of Nashville’s coolest bar scenes at The Greenhouse Bar.  Drink and dine in an actual greenhouse, complete with water features and allergy-friendly menu options.

Staycation Attractions: When you need a quick break from reality, you can vacation without even leaving the Green Hills backyard.  Make reservations at one of Nashville’s most famous restaurants and music venues, The Bluebird Cafe!  This is the spot where the TV show Nashville actually films their Bluebird scenes, and local songwriters get discovered.  You can even get a taste of France at the local Little Gourmand market and cafe.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's favorite spots in Green HillsUnique Spots: Green Hills contains plenty of gems that you can’t find anywhere else, like Parnassus Books!  This bookstore was opened by a local Nashville author and contains lots of books written by other Tennessee authors.  You may find the owners’ two dogs wandering around the store, and even find yourself inside a storybook castle as you peruse the children’s section!  If you’re a dog owner, you’ll also want to visit Winston Dog, Nashville’s own luxury doggie boutique.  And don’t forget the Green Hills Theatre next to the Mall at Green Hills.  It may seem like an ordinary movie theatre, but this one often features limited-release movies and documentaries which normal movie theatres never get to show.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville is Green Hills' local moverMoving Help: Don’t spend your first two weeks in Green Hills packing, moving, sweating, and unpacking…  Skip straight to the fun part–exploring!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for your free moving quote, and we’ll finish all the heavy-lifting for you.  You can also get your free estimate started online at our website.