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FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN NASHVILLE

This past weekend, the city of Nashville kicked off the Christmas season with its own version of the Macy’s parade. I got to experience the fun floats, the various, festive marching bands, the lovely Grand Marshall-Mike Fisher, and the magical Santa Claus. It was such a wonderful weekend to usher in the Christmas season and get in the Christmas spirit!

The holidays can be very expensive as we buy gifts for everyone on our list. To relieve some of the costs and stresses of the holiday season, I want to share with you some fun family events in Nashville to get in the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank.

Opryland Hotel

At Christmas time, the Opryland Hotel gets transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. You must bring your whole family to experience the millions of twinkling lights. It’s free to walk around the hotel and enjoy the lights, the 48-foot tall Christmas tree, and the life-sized nativity scene outside. It’s open daily from 4PM – midnight until January 1.

Music City Winterfest

Whether you’re trying to do some Christmas shopping, wanting to get in the Christmas spirit, or just wanting to get the kids out of the house. Music City Winterfest is filled with things to do for everyone. There are local vendors and artisans selling unique gifts, local bands to help you get in the Christmas spirit, and lots of games, crafts, and even a photo-op with Santa! This event is happening December 9th from 10AM-4PM at Centennial Park.

Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk

This event kicks off Dec. 5, and it’s an ongoing, self-guided activity all throughout the winter months from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk is the perfect event for the active little ones in the family. Start the hike at Little Acorn Trail and enjoy nature as you walk and wander through the trails to reveal many winter stories.

Now you have no excuses to sit at home. It’s time to enjoy some festive Christmas outings. If you need help decorating your house for Christmas or rearranging your house for family gathering or Christmas parties, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for all the information. We would love to help you out with any holiday moving needs!

Tips for executing an office move

Whether you’ve outgrown your current office, you are merging with another company, or you’ve got a big new promotion, it’s time to get into that brand new office. Office moves can be stressful, especially, if it is your first time. We want to alleviate the situation by providing you with some helpful tips.

Have a game plan
First, make a timeline and checklist of everything that needs to be done to accomplish the move. Stay in constant communication with the managers to make certain plans are being carried out. For a small office move, you will usually need at least three months to prepare. For a medium to large sized office move, we recommend at least six to eight months. Next, find out the layout of the new office-get a blueprint of the new place and compare the two offices. This way you can troubleshoot any problems of the new layout. If there were any issues or things you disliked about the current layout, you can add plans to the new office to make certain it is move-in ready!

Rally together as a team

For a small office move, it’s a good idea to have at least one person to keep everyone organized. This person needs to stay in constant communication with everyone and make certain things are being accomplished as the time for the move gets closer. For a medium to large office move, appoint a few people to organize and coordinate the packing process and the move. Divide up the tasks and make sure everyone is aware of the timeline for the move.

Give everyone a job
Meet with the move coordinator and discuss timeline for the move and what all needs to be done before the big move. Give everyone a specific job as you prepare for the move. This will not only be more efficient as you make the move, it will also make everyone feel important and included in the big decisions around the office.

Let the world know
Whether it’s notifying your clients, suppliers, or business partners, it’s very important to get the word out about your move. Assign this job to one or two people to specifically reach out to all the business partners and clients to get the word out about the move. Let them know when and where specifically you are moving and how the business will operate during the move. Moving can create a lot of lost in businesses and clients, and by personally notifying your clients and business partner will minimize that risk.

We have over twenty years of knowledge and experience helping hundreds of Nashville businesses, and we would love to help your business make that big move too. Give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate or visit our website for more information.

Paw Patrol Halloween Boxtumes

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween time. It’s time to dust off those fun costumes and bring out the yummy treats. Whether you prefer tricks or treats, it’s a fun time for everyone in the family to get out to make some new friends and load up on delicious treats.

We, at Two Men And A Truck, love Halloween because we get to showcase and participate in our annual tradition of making boxtumes! What might you ask is a boxtume? Well, it’s a costume make out of our boxes, of course! This year, we decided to make the Paw Patrol gang, Marshall, Chase, and Rocky.

 

Materials needed for boxtumes:
• Two Men And A Truck medium boxes
Multi-colored construction papers
• Glue sticks or spray glue
• Scissors
• Crafting knife
• Spray paint
• Foil
• Ribbons

Steps to make the boxtumes:
• First, I found some templates for the badges and the wheels
• Next, I found some inspirations online for ideas on how to make each of their accessories.
• Then, I moved onto cutting and trimming all the accessories to prepare for each of the costumes.
• Subsequently, I cut out the boxes for fit a person inside.
• Finally, I glued the accessories onto the boxtumes and added ribbons for the shoulder straps.

We can’t wait to show them off at one of the local Trunk and Treat next Friday. Meet us at Our Savior Lutheran Academy, October 27th from 5PM-7PM. We can’t wait to meet you and give you some yummy treats!

For your boxtume needs, feel free to give us a call at 615-248-6288. We will even deliver the boxes you need right to your doorsteps for free! We would love to help you out with any boxes or moving needs to make your holidays stress-free! Check out our website for more information on other services we offer.

SO YOU’RE MOVING TO THE BERRYHILL NEIGHBORHOOD

Home to 40 recording studio – Berryhill is located just south of Nashville. This up and coming neighborhood offers some refreshing choices for food and fun. Berry Hill is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city life and appreciate the charm and diversity that Nashville offers.  With its ever-growing food and entertainment scene, Berry Hill just keeps on surprising us with every corner we explore. Here are some of our favorites.

Morning Java: Our favorite coffee shop is none other than, Sam and Zoe’s. You must check out this cozy coffee shop offering many options such as coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch. You can also check out a fun little pancake house right down the road, The Pfunky Griddle, if you are up to the challenge of cooking your own breakfast. This will surely keep your little ones entertained!

Best Playground: We love Sevier Park. It is located less than 10 minutes from the Berryhill neighborhood. The outdoor playset will sure to be a hit for your little ones, and there are also lots of trails for running or walking your fur babies. The indoor community center is another a great space to use for those raining days. Coleman Community Center is also a great option for those seeking fun after school activities.

Casual Eats: Baja Burrito, you know it’s good because there’s always a line out the door. Not only do they have amazing burritos, fish tacos, and chips and queso, the prices are very reasonable. For a lighter and healthier option, I would highly suggest Calypso Café. It has yummy and healthy option for those who also need to pinch some pennies. Another healthy, new establishment is Vui’s Kitchen. It is a fresh Vietnamese restaurant offering fresh and delicious food from Pho Noodle Soup (YUM!) to Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Family Fun: One of the first Escape Game in Nashville opened its door right in the heart of Berryhill. The Escape Game is such a fun place to bring the family together for some wholesome and mystery solving fun. If your family love movies, you must take them to check out the fun, colorful lit theater, Regal Hollywood, to catch a movie.

Grown-Up Fun:  If you are a craft loving person, you must take a trip to The Beaded Bungalow. It’s a crafting person’s paradise. You can take classes on jewelry making or you could take a group of friends. For the beer connoisseurs, be sure and check out, The Sutler, a laid-back bar with yummy food, or The Black Abbey, a brewery with over 25 beers to try.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve worked a long week, now it’s time to unwind and enjoy your long weekend. For those who love shopping, I highly recommend checking out Nadeau or Gas Lamp Antique. These stores are packed with unique furniture finds and antique decorations that you cannot find anywhere else. For those wanting more of a relaxation experience, I recommend checking out Float Nashville, it is a salt water floating experience, where you are lured to deep relaxation.

Unique Spots: Gilchrist Gilchrist, a family owned shop with loads of shabby chic decors and furniture, winning even the approval of Taylor Swift. Another funky spot to check out is Supreme Kreme. This rolled ice cream shop has instantly become a hit with the locals. You must check it out! For those who are health conscience, check out The Herbal Heart. In this funky little shop, you can find countless herbal remedies for relief instead of taking harsh medications.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to help you move into your new home. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we will gladly take care of the hard parts; so you can have all the fun exploring your new neighborhood and finding your new favorites.

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 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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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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So You’re Moving to Germantown…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's favorite spots to visit in Germantown Nashville

So you’ve just made one of the hardest-yet-easiest decisions of your life: you decided to move to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Germantown! Within walking distance from downtown, this north Nashville neighborhood is filled with excitement in every corner. Germantown is rich with history, but it is ever changing as more people discover this charming neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite places to explore and eat in the Germantown area.

Morning Java: Coffee runs in the veins of most Nashvillians! You need to know about one of our favorite coffee shops, Red Bicycle, which has its original location right in the middle of Germantown. This delightful establishment has crepes and coffee to satisfy everyone in your family. You can also visit the Steadfast Coffee retail store and sip on locally brewed beans from Franklin, TN. Steadfast even has coffee soda for when your taste buds are feeling adventurous!

The best Nashville playgrounds near GermantownBest Playgrounds: We are so excited to let you in on our little secret, the new addition to Nashville called Cumberland Park. It has a greenway with trails for those who want to take in the views of downtown Nashville across the river, and there’s also a water play pad for kids to run around during the blistering summer heat. This park is always filled with events during the summer as well, such as the Jazz on the Cumberland series that goes on every Sunday night. Another place to take the kids is the Morgan Park, which also has a community center with regular activities!

Casual Eats: With so many restaurants popping up all over the place, one of our favorites is Germantown Cafe. You have to experience brunch at this place which has earned the loyalty of many Germantown natives. And if you prefer Mexican food, Little Donkey serves up all kinds of dips and traditional Latin American favorites. To cap off your delicious meals, you have to visit The Cupcake Collection! After you taste their cheap-and-delicious cupcakes, you won’t be able to stay away.

Baseball games in NashvilleFamily Fun: Nestled just minutes away from Germantown is First Tennessee Park, home of the Sounds, our local minor league baseball team! Take the family to one of the games and eat some funnel cake, play in the Kid Zone’s inflatable Booster mascot, and cheer on the country music legends as they race between innings. We also suggest a trip to LaserQuest, where you can let your inner child loose and play Parents versus the Kids. And don’t forget the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which is perfect for Instagram shots of the family.

Grown-Up Fun: If you haven’t been already, take your friends to the Escape Game to test your problem-solving abilities in an interactive mystery game! Celebrities like Shawn Mendez, Tim Tebow, and Kelly Clarkson have all played this strategy game and loved it. For those music loving individuals, you will for sure want to check out a concert or two at Ascend Amphitheater. With a lovely view of downtown surrounding it, the outdoor venue is perfect for enjoying a show. In October, Germantown is transformed to celebrate the Nashville’s four-day Oktoberfest. Admission is free, and there are tons of local vendors. You can also spot traditional dancing, a dressed-up doggy parade, and other activities.

Nashville southern country livingStaycation Attractions: When you’re ready to be a tourist in your own town, Germantown is the perfect place to start! The Nashville Farmers Market is a must for your long summer weekends, located just up the street in the heart of Bicentennial Park. There are lots of yummy food options, flowers, and other local goods. If you’re craving a night on the town, grab a pair of cowboy boots and flannels and head out to Wildhorse Saloon for down-home line dancing and pool. You can round out your southern staycation with a trip to the original location of Monell’s, which features all kinds of comfort food.

Unique Spots: With events ranging from the Italian Lights Festival to free Tuesday afternoon yoga sessions, you will not want to pass up Bicentennial Mall! You can see all their upcoming events on the Tennessee state’s website. Peter Nappi also has a retail store in Germantown featuring locally-designed, Italian-made luxurious leather goods. And you can even visit our local fish market at Little’s Fish Company!

Moving Help: Don’t forget to call or text your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 615-248-6288 to simplify all your moving needs. We offer full service packing, moving, and unpacking. You can see all our other services on our website!

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