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Things People Forget When Moving

things people forget when moving

We’ve been moving homes, businesses, and college students for 22 years now, so we’ve seen it all! Sometimes our customers don’t have everything packed in time, or they have to keep delaying their move because of issues closing on their house, or they forget to label all their boxes and don’t know where to find anything in their new home. Here are the most common mistakes we see (and how to avoid them!) when it’s time to make your move.

Having an unorganized packing process.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing servicesPacking definitely takes more effort than most people assume it will when it comes time to prepare for Moving Day.  We always recommend that you begin packing up your home about a month prior to your moving date.  At that point, you may feel like you have plenty of time to get organized, but the process can be much more involved than you expect.

A few things to remember while packing:

  • You’ll want to use professional packing supplies as opposed to the “free” boxes you can pick up from grocery stores. These boxes can be dirty, contain pests, and be weakened from previous use during shipping.
  • You should also keep Moving Day necessities, such as outfits for the next week and phone chargers, separate from your other packed belongings.  The last thing you want to discover after a long day of moving is that you can’t find your toothbrush and bed sheets!
  • There are plenty of belongings you can pack weeks ahead of your moving date, such as out-of-season clothing and holiday decorations.  Sometimes packing way before you think you need to start can even help your house sell quickly.  Prospective home buyers want the homes they tour to feel open and accessible, so boxing up clutter on your bookshelves and in your toy room can make your home feel more spacious.
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing tipsLabel as you go, instead of waiting to pack everything first!  Sometimes it feels easier to wait until you’ve packed up a whole room before uncapping your Sharpie and labeling each box.  However, you may find that you have to move the boxes around to reach all corners of the room and accidentally mix up your belongings.  It’s definitely better to label as you go, preferably with different colors of permanent markers or stickers that help you easily identify which room each box belongs in.
  • If you get tired of packing, let the professionals do it for you!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to set up your packing services.

Forgetting unseen items.

Packing and moving is such a long, stressful process that it’s easy to forget about belongings that usually hide in storage closets, kitchen cabinets, and extra attic space.  About a week before your movers come to move everything, check these places in your home so you won’t leave anything behind.  We’ll often see customers forget about the top shelves in their closets, yard furniture, and their kitchen pantry.

Running out of time to clean.

You don’t want to lose your security deposit or have a new homeowner upset about moving into a mess!  Many of our customers forget to block out time in their schedules to clean their old home after the movers have transferred their belongings to the new space.  It doesn’t make sense to clean before the move because dirt and dust can stir within the house after movers walk in and out multiple times.

Another tip to consider is setting aside your cleaning supplies in one closet that you ask the movers not to load on their truck.  Keep your floor cleaner, broom and mop, glass cleaner, etc., all in this closet so you won’t have to go out and buy more or drive out to your new home to retrieve these supplies when it comes time to clean.

Not arranging elevator and parking logistics.

When you live in a congested part of town, such as The Gulch or in a high rise downtown, you may need to speak with your property manager about a parking plan for your moving truck.  Keep in mind that standard moving trucks have a 26-foot box, so you’ll want about 35-40 feet of space for them to park, roll out their ramp, and maneuver furniture.  Some buildings also require you to reserve an elevator and properly pad the elevator prior to Moving Day to avoid causing delays for other tenants or damaging the elevator’s interior.

Not scheduling caregivers.

Moving with kidsHave you considered where your children and pets will stay during the hustle and bustle of Moving Day?  If you don’t have friends or family members in town who can watch the kids and critters, be sure you don’t wait until the last minute to schedule sitters.  We also recommend that adult children who are moving their aging parents arrange a caregiver for the day, especially if your parents are suffering from memory issues that can cause extra confusion during the relocation.

Failing to schedule vendor changes.

When you’re moving your home, be sure to call your electric, gas, and water companies prior to the move so you can avoid being overcharged for utilities you no longer need at your old residence.  This is also important because you may end up moving into a dark home if you forget to set up utilities in your new place!

While you set up these essentials, be sure to also notify your Internet service provider and the Post Office about your change of address and scheduled moving date.  This is also a great time to figure out your new trash and recycling pick-up schedule.  If you move within Metro Nashville, you can set up reminders for these pick-up days until you get into a new routine.

If you’re getting ready to move your business rather than your home, you’ll also want to make sure all customers and vendors know about your move.  Post a banner announcement on your website, add a highlighted line in your email signature, and set up an auto attendant message on your phone so customers will know about the change.  Also think through all the vendors you use for regular deliveries so you can notify them of your moving date for their records.

Waiting too late to schedule the movers.

two men and a truck nashvilleUsually, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can accommodate last-minute moving requests…but sometimes waiting too late can cause our prices to rise as the schedule gets packed!  A good rule of thumb is calling 1-2 weeks prior to the date you wish to move.  This way, you may have more flexibility to take advantage of discounted days and other seasonal specials.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free quote, or check out our website for other moving information!

Moving Week Cheap Eats in Nashville

Eight Nsahville restaurants to get cheap eats during Moving Week

As someone who has moved three times in the past two years, and as the employee of a company that oversees dozens of moves each day, trust me on this one: You are not going to want to cook on Moving Day.  Or the day after.  And probably not the day after that, either.  However, you probably also don’t want to spend a ton of money eating out during your Moving Week.  I completely understand, and I’ve got you covered!  Here are my top 8 suggestions for cheap eats around Nashville to populate your Moving Week menu:

Calypso Cafe has delicious fruit teaCalypso Cafe  |  In Midtown, East Nashville, and Berry Hill

Calypso is by far one of my favorite places to grab some grub in Nashville.  With healthy menu options like their Black Bean Salad and Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, you can keep your energy up for less than $10.  My favorite menu items are the Jerk Chicken (beware: it’s spicy!) and their homemade Fruit Tea.

The Wild Cow  |  In East Nashville

For seven years, I was a proud vegetarian, and The Wild Cow was (and still is) one of my favorite places to eat out.  Their menu offers delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for the extremely health-conscious.  As a bonus, they’re also located in one of my favorite parts of town.

Hattie B's has delicious hot chickenHattie B’s  |  In West Nashville and Midtown

Need some Southern comfort food?  Hattie B’s is the perfect place for you and your family.  They have Nashville’s best hot chicken at four different “heat” levels to accommodate all of their customers, and they offer fried and grilled chicken.  If you’re visiting the West Nashville location, our office is just a hop, skip, and a jump away (actually, right across the street)!  Stop by and say hey!

Jack’s BBQ  |  In North Nashville, Downtown, and Midtown

Another Southern favorite–barbecue.  Yum!  With six meat options (and veggie plates, if you’d prefer) that are all just as tender as the next, you can’t go wrong at Jack’s.  If you’re just moving to Nashville for the first time, I would recommend visiting the downtown location for dinner so you can check out Broadway’s neon lights!

picnic tableI Dream of Weenie  |  In East Nashville

This hot dog stand is shaped like a wiener, and their menu ranges from the “Frank and to the Point” hot dog to the “Flamin’ Frank” dog.  My regular order is the “Dill Weenie” with mustard, onions, and a dill pickle spear.  The best part is getting to sit at their bright picnic tables in the shade.

Coco’s Italian Market  |  In West Nashville

I’ve never been to Italy, but I’ve been told by my world-traveling friends that this restaurant/market combo brings them right back to Europe.  Their authentic Italian cuisine is inexpensive and delicious.  There are two things there that you have to try: weekend brunch, and their cappuccino.  You just can’t beat it.

SATCO has unlimited chips and quesoSATCO  |  In Midtown

SATCO stands for San Antonio Taco CO., but I rarely meet someone who actually says the full name.  I moved to Nashville six years ago from Texas, and I have to be honest–their tacos do not at all mirror San Antonio’s Mexican food.  However, you can order your tacos exactly how you want them and enjoy unlimited chips and queso, which totally makes up for the misleading name.

Provence Breads & Cafe  |  In Downtown, Historic Hillsboro Village, Midtown, and the Airport

This France-inspired bakery not only has amazing bread and coffee, but also a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.  I frequented their original location in the historic Hillsboro Village while I was a student at Belmont University, but they’ve become so popular that they’re demanded all over Nashville now.  Don’t forget to pick up a beautiful macaroon for dessert!

Well, there you have it!  I am not a food critic by any means, but I do know how to eat around Nashville on a dime.  I can also help you find the best deal in town for movers; our team is made up of only full-time, background-checked movers who have all been through hands-on training and are covered by our above-industry-standard insurance policy!  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website here for information on our moving prices.

 

This blog post was written by our Marketer, Jenni Hargrove. Click here to meet the rest of our team!

How to Pack for Your Pets

How to Pack for your Pets when moving

Almost every single employee here at Two Men and a Truck Nashville owns one or more pets, so we have a soft spot for families who have dogs and cats.  This summer, we’re really focusing on bettering the lives of our pets (and the families of our pets!) by supporting the Nashville Humane Association with our Movers for Mutts campaign.  One way we hope to take care of your family pets is by helping you prepare to move with your furry relatives.

When your family moves, you’ll typically keep a “Day-of-Move” kit separate from the rest of your moving boxes so you can have everything you’ll need immediately right on hand.  (For example, you’ll need toilet paper, bed sheets, and Clorox wipes pretty much as soon as you move into your new home.)  Well, you should think about moving your pets in the same way.  There are some things they’ll need as soon as you get to your new home.

Fluffy moves

Here are some things you’ll want to have in a specially-marked moving box to take care of your pet on Moving Day:

  • Food and water for 5 days, in case you can’t find the rest right away.
  • Travel crate/carrier.
  • Security blanket, toy, bone, etc that will keep your pet feeling secure and comfortable with the move.
  • Collar with updated contact information, in case Fido or Fluffy gets lost.
  • Cat litter for Fluffy; poop bags for Fido.
  • Carpet cleaner and paper towels, in case there’s an accident.
  • Vaccination and medical records.
  • Contact information for your current vet, new vet, and emergency veterinary clinic in your new neighborhood.

collapsible bowl

If you’re a Worst-Case-Scenario type of person like I am, you may also want to think about these items:

  • Pet first aid kit.
  • Treats.
  • Pet seat belt, car carrier, or car seat cover.
  • Current photo of your pet, in case Fido or Fluffy gets lost.
  • Collapsible pet bowl for travel.

You should be all set!  If you liked this article and would like to help us find homes for new Fidos and Fluffys, please check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA.

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.

Box guide

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.