7 Ways to Save on Stress and Money During Your Move

How to save money during your move

Whether you’re moving an office space, a home, or a storage unit, moving can be super stressful.  You have to worry about packing in an organized way to make unpacking easier, picking competent movers who understand your individual needs, occupying your employees/kids/pets during the actual move, and, most importantly, the monetary cost.  Here are 7 easy ways to keep your move organized and cost-effective to calm your mind (and budget).

How to save on your move

1. Start Packing Early

Chances are, you can probably start your packing a good 3-4 months before you even need to move.  This will eliminate last-minute rushed pack jobs AND make your unpacking more organized and easy to deal with.  Here’s how to do it:  3-4 months before your move, start packing the things that are out of season or only used very occasionally.  For example, if you’re moving during the summer, go ahead and pack up those winter coats as soon as spring comes calling.  You’ll also be able to pack up your Christmas and Halloween decorations, your snow/ice shovel, and Christmas-themed wrapping paper.

2. Downsize

I know, it’s SUPER hard.  But we can do this together.  As you pack each item, make a habit of asking yourself if you’ve used it in the past year.  If you haven’t, you probably either (a) won’t ever use it again, or (b) can buy or rent a replacement on the off-chance that you ever do need that item again in the future.  For example, if your youngest child is 3 years old, go ahead and donate her baby clothes.  If you do have another child a few years from now, you can always purchase new clothes for her, or even take hand-me-downs from your friends.  It’s not worth the stress of moving all of that stuff just because there’s a chance you might need it again down the line.

3. Use Our Boxes and Packing Supplies

It may sound like we’re just trying to milk money out of you, but this actually will end up saving you time and money on your move, and that’s why we recommend our supplies.  If you use free boxes from grocery stores and liquor stores, you’ll save a few dollars by not buying them.  However, those boxes have been used, filled with moisture (and possibly bugs), and bent up during transit already.  There’s a reason stores and vendors don’t reuse them–they fall apart pretty easily.  They also don’t come in uniform, standard box sizes, which can add to your movers’ hourly rate as they spend time analyzing the best way to lift cumbersome boxes and play Tetris while trying to pack the moving truck.  If you need another reason to use our stuff, look at our selection.  We have special double-thick dish boxes that come with dividers to keep each dish separate, picture/mirror boxes that fit to the size of your decor, mattress bags made specifically to keep dirt and bugs out of your bed, and wardrobe boxes that allow you to simply lift and hang your closet clothes onto a bar inside the box.  Our specialized materials keep your items much safer than used, free boxes, which can cut down on costs and the stress of replacing items that break during your move.

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4. Ask Tough Questions

When selecting a moving method, be sure to ask your hard questions up front to potential vendors.  If you think you want to go with a rented truck that you can load yourself, ask about the truck’s maintenance, pest control, and mileage.  If you think you’ll hire movers, ask the company if they employ full-time movers, whether the movers are background- and drug-tested, how the movers are trained, and whether the company is insured.  The customer service representatives that you speak with are used to getting those tough questions, and they won’t be offended if you ask them.

5. Make a Floor Plan

You’re paying movers for wherever they place your items at your drop-off location, whether it’s the correct placement or not.  So make sure they don’t make any mistakes–use the floor plan of your new home or office to map out where you want the major furniture pieces to go.  Also, label the rooms on the floor plan with the same labels you use to mark your boxes.  This way, the movers can cut down on time by knowing exactly where they’re going with each item before they even see the house.

6. Make a Day-of-the-Move Kit

It’s going to be a hectic, busy day.  Put together a small, easy-to-carry box that has everything you’ll need the very first day in your new home or office, like toilet paper, Clorox wipes, and pajamas.  You can take this box with you in the car instead of giving it to your movers, and then you’ll already know where the essentials are.  Also, put together a small folder of the papers you’ll need for your move:  Your floor plan, the moving company’s contact info, the original estimate of the move cost, any contracts you’ve received from the moving company, and your check for the movers.  Then, if anyone asks you for paperwork or you need to make a last-minute change to your schedule, everything will be in the same place.

7. Keep the Kids Occupied

Whether you have children, pets, or employees who will be around on the day of the move, go ahead and decide exactly what you want them to be doing on Moving Day.  Have coloring books for your kids, or send them to the grandparents’ for the weekend.  Fill the crate with some new bones for your dog, or board him for the day.  Have your employees plan to work from home, or put them to work and let them know they need to wear work clothes that day.  This way, no one will be underfoot during an already-stressful day.

Stress about an upcoming move is natural.  But planning ahead and being prepared can definitely help alleviate that burden.

How to Choose a Mover

how to choose a moving company

I’m going to just come out and say it…  We may not be the best movers for you.  There’s a trick to figuring out the best moving company for you to use: You have to figure out (a) your main priority and (b) the main benefit of each company.

Figuring out your main priority.

This may sound difficult…  How can you only have ONE main priority?  You definitely want to keep your furniture from getting damaged, you definitely want the move to run quickly and smoothly, you definitely want movers you can depend on to show up, and you definitely want to save money wherever you can.  But everyone does have a main priority.  If you’re having trouble figuring out yours, answer these questions to get started.

1. Do you need to keep your current items safe and undamaged because they have sentimental or monetary worth, or would you be okay with replacing some of your old items if they break during the move?

2. Is it most important that you get the move done in a certain amount of time on Moving Day, or can you leisurely move over a few days?

3. Do you have a flexible budget that allows you to explore moving options, or does it really come down to the bottom line?

Depending on your answers to questions like these, you may need to pick a company that lets you depend on friends to pack up your rented truck; you may need a full-service company that carefully packs each of your items for you; or you may need a shipping line that specializes in interstate moves.

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Figuring out each company’s main benefit.

Once you’ve narrowed down your priorities, you’ll now need to learn what each moving company prioritizes.  This will be a little more difficult to figure out, because some companies like to state that they are the best at every single aspect of moving.  But there are some questions you can ask to figure out where their strengths lie.

For example, does Moving Company A background-check and drug-test its employees?  Does it train each one before putting them out in the field?  If so, Company A’s strength is in keeping customers and their items safe.

Or does Moving Company B charge based on your load’s weight?  Does it use on-call, part-time employees and temps?  If so, Company B prides itself on keeping your costs as low as possible.

Questions like these can point to larger trends in a company, and you should figure out the “secret code” to deciphering a company’s main benefit before calling for an estimate or reading a company’s website for information.

All that being said, Two Men and a Truck is the right company for you if your priority is having a stress-free move and keeping your items as safe as possible.  If we’re the right company for you, give us a call anytime for a free quote at 615-248-6288.

What is Movers for Moms (in Nashville)?

Movers for Moms donation box  Our Home Office of Two Men and a Truck decided last year to make Movers for Moms a nation-wide community outreach event, having every Two Men location collect donations that would be given to homeless moms on Mother’s Day.  Our dear franchise owners decided that they wanted to not just make an annual gift to the community, but to establish roots in a worthy organization that helps homeless moms in Nashville.  They decided to build a relationship with Middle Tennessee’s only family homeless shelter, Safe Haven, which focuses on finding homes, jobs, and education for the families it shelters.  Instead of just donating needed items to Safe Haven, Steve and Sandi decided to also donate free moves to some of the families that the non-profit is able to house.

Movers for Moms in Nashville

Over the next month (until Mother’s Day on May 10), we are working hard with a few partnering businesses to collect items that Safe Haven needs to support their families.  We would love to have you help us gather these home necessities!  The week of Mother’s Day, we’ll be moving all of the collected donations to Safe Haven.

Do you need some inspiration for your donations?  Here’s what Safe Haven really needs for its families right now:
Gift cards to Target, Walmart, and Kroger
New Twin- and Full-sized comforters
New Full-sized sheet sets that do NOT have children’s designs on them
New bottles of High-Efficiency laundry detergent
New Pillows
New Bathroom towels, Wash Cloths, and Hand towels
New L, XL, and 2XL Scrubs for women
New bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner, and Liquid Body Wash
New Corelle dishes, Coffee Makers, Pots/Pans, Toasters, Can Openers, and Baking items
New plastic Kids’ Cups and Sippy Cups
New Sporting Equipment, like soccer balls, jump ropes, and frisbees
New African-American Barbie dolls
New Booster Seats and Pack & Plays
Unopened Non-Perishable food items

There are a few things Safe Haven can’t accept.  They can’t take ANY used items, due to health reasons.  Additionally, they won’t accept any toys that promote guns, violence, or fighting.  And they are totally good on stuffed animals–people donate those all the time.

And where can you donate your goods?  Stop by our office on Alabama Ave., or go to one of our partnering businesses: Keller Williams in Green Hills, Zeitlin & Co. in Green Hills, Tandem Realty in Berry Hill, or Re/Max in East Nashville.

Who is Safe Haven?

Safe Haven is the best.  They take in homeless families and work to quickly relocate them to new houses.  While the families wait to be relocated, and for the months following their move into their new homes, Safe Haven also teaches them really important life skills.  Adults are given job training, nutrition and parenting classes, and lessons on financial literacy.  Their children are helped with education, play therapy and counseling, and wellness activities.

We are seriously SO excited to help them out with Movers for Moms this year, and we hope you’ll join in!  If you have any other questions about the program, please call me (Jenni) at 615-248-6288, extension 111.

Movers Who Post

Happy Weekend  With our busy season coming up, we want to be able to consistently communicate with all of you!  So we are totally reworking our Facebook posts and Twitter feed, PLUS we’ve started this handy blog, a brand-new Pinterest, and an Instagram feed.

Here’s what we’re hoping to accomplish with each social network:

On Facebook, we’ll be hosting some contests in the near future, plus you may see some awesome packing/moving/supplies specials coming up…

On Twitter, we want to keep you updated with our totally informed and educated opinions on pretty much everything.  (What else is Twitter for?)

Our blog will be here to give you some articles on how to organize for a move (or just in general), cool new events coming up in our community, keeping you up with our community outreach projects, and just giving you a more in-depth portrait of us as an organization.

On Pinterest, we want to show you our passions, quirks, and hobbies!  The boards we have right now are about small businesses, innovative furniture (yeah, it’s a thing), taking advantage of living in Nashville, and, of course, your moving day.

And on Instagram, we want to give you our story through photos.  You can keep up with our crazy move schedule and meet all of our friendly faces.