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How to Move with Your Pets

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Since we’re in the middle of our annual Movers for Mutts charity drive benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we wanted to share some of our tips for moving with your pets! Supporting your pet through the moving process can be challenging because they don’t speak English fluently, so you aren’t able to explain, “Don’t worry Fluffy, we’re packing everything away now, but it’ll all come back out once we move into our new home!” But there are some things you can do to make your pet more comfortable and ease their anxiety about the upcoming change.

Ease your pet into the move gradually.

If you have a cat or anxious dog, you know they hate change of any sort. It can take some pets a month just to deal with a new rug in the hallway! So when you make the decision to move, start easing them into the change right away. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests getting your packing supplies early so they’re used to having boxes around the house. Then relocate their pet supplies, such as their bed, toys, and food/water dishes, into the room you plan to pack up last. This way, your pet can feel like she has a safe place where everything remains steady while the rest of the home is packed up and rearranged.

If your pet isn’t accustomed to spending much time in their crates, start to add crate time into their normal routine. Place treats in their crates, feed them in their crates, and leave the door open so they can walk in and out as they please. This way, your pet won’t feel punished by being locked in an unfamiliar, small space during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Plan ahead for Moving Day.

If you’re moving to a location which will require you to get a new vet, follow up with your current pet clinic to get a copy of all his records. While you’re there, check to make sure your pet is up to date on all his vaccinations and check-ups before the big day arrives. Then research and choose a new veterinarian before you actually move so you have time to send your pet’s medical records to the new clinic and familiarize yourself with their location.

It’s also important to prepare for the worst case scenario–your pet getting lost in a new neighborhood. Just in case she dashes out the door unexpectedly, you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat’s tags and/or microchip information is updated with you new address and phone numbers. If she has a microchip, remember that you need to update the information online manually because your vet doesn’t have access to update it for you.

You may want to consider scheduling a “Doggy Daycare” appointment for pet for your actual move date so you don’t have to worry about him getting underfoot of your movers or slipping out of the house without someone noticing. Keeping him at a kennel will also prevent him feeling anxiety from watching his surroundings constantly change throughout the day as movers load all your belongings into their truck.

Finally, make sure you pack and set aside a “pet kit” away from the rest of your packed belongings that will be loaded onto the moving truck. This kit should include food portions for the next few days, medical records, any calming sprays you may have, a leash (if you have a dog), bedding, and litter (if you have a cat). Setting this kit aside from your other boxes will prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle of movers loading your belongings onto the truck during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Make sure your pet feels at home.

You may be tempted to set your pet down and let her explore her new home as soon as you step foot inside the door… But remember, she may not be as excited as you are about her new home! To your dog or cat, an empty house cluttered with boxes and wrapped-up furniture will feel foreign and can cause anxiety. For the first few days, it may be a good idea to limit the space your pet has access to. For example, on the first day, try keeping them in one room set up with their bed, dishes, and toys which also contains familiar furniture pieces she’ll recognize. Gradually open up more doors around the house as you unpack more belongings so she knows she’s home.

If you’re used to letting your pet go off-leash around your yard, you may want to give him some time to adjust to the new location and get to know your new neighborhood before allowing him free range again. For the first few weeks, only let him outside when you can be with him to make sure he stays safe and avoids running away.

With a little forethought and sensitivity, Fido or Mr. Whiskerkins will be at home in no time at your new place!

And as you’re planning for your move, don’t forget to call or text us at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate. You can also visit our website for more moving information and tips!

Nashville Open House!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville is hosting an open house

Every so often, we like to open up our doors to the public so you can see how we operate!  We’re hosting our next open house event at our Nashville location on Thursday, July 28th.  Here are some of the things you can expect from the open house:

General Hiring Information

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is hiring in NashvilleIf you, your child, your significant other, or anyone else you know would be interested in working for us, we want to talk to you!  You can apply for a position, or pick up company information for others who may be interested.  We will also interview Mover and Driver applicants on the spot!

Why would you be interested in working for us?  Click here for our top 5 reasons to work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Nashville!  We’re currently hiring the following full-time positions:

  • Movers
  • Drivers
  • Daytime Dispatcher
  • Inside Sales Representative
  • Managers in the Operations department

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Nashville can answer all of your moving questionsFree Moving Tips

Moving is always stressful, and we’re here for you, whether you want to hire us or not!  Now is the time to get informed about the moving industry–for free.  Stop by our Open House to get answers from our Customer Service department about questions like,

  • How do I know if a moving company is legit?
  • What moving options fit into my budget?
  • How do I move this really heavy item in my house?
  • Or anything else you’ve been wondering about!

Lots of Giveaways!

Mix 92.9 will be at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Open House in NashvilleEveryone who stops by our Open House can take a moving coupon for our services and other fun goodies!  Plus, if you stop by between 10 am-11 am, Mix 92.9 will be on-site with prizes you can win.

Let us know you’re coming!

To RSVP or invite your Facebook friends to our Open House event, click here!  We’ll see you Thursday!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is hosting an open house in Nashville

5 Things to Remember When Moving Over the Holidays

5 Things to Remember When Moving Over the Holidays

Even if you didn’t expect to spend your holidays making the move of a lifetime, there are a ton of advantages to moving around Thanksgiving and Christmas…  You can move during your work holidays and avoid using extra vacation days, you won’t have to worry about moving during the heat of the summer, and you’ll have so much more flexibility in scheduling your move because our busiest moving season takes place before the fall!  However, the holiday season can be the busiest time of your year, so you’ll want to keep these five handy tips in mind:

1. Contact your moving company well in advance.

Keep in mind that your movers will also be given some sort of work holiday over the next couple months, so you’ll want to find out about their “off” days before you finalize your moving schedule.  Some companies may also have additional fees on holiday weekends to accommodate their moving staff, and you don’t want to be surprised by these charges.  To avoid having to change your plans later on, you’ll want to call your moving company about a month before you plan to move so you can discuss these details and be sure they know about all of your plans and deadlines.

2. Let everyone know you’re moving.

Another advantage that comes with moving over the holidays is that you can use holiday greeting cards or annual family newsletters to announce your move to relatives and friends.  Spreading the news over social media is definitely exciting, but incorporating an announcement through your traditional Christmas cards can add a seasonal touch.  And while you have mail on your mind, don’t forget to let your post office and other delivery services know about your move in advance.  This way, you won’t miss any important bills or gifts coming in from out-of-town family members.

3. Arrange your packing plans early.

The holidays inevitably bring additional hustle and bustle to your home with vacations, parties, traveling guests, and other holiday traditions.  You may want to go ahead and start thinking about how to keep your non-essentials organized and out of the way of holiday activities.  Start the purging process early, and think about charities that may need your unneeded home goods for their holiday initiatives.  Also decide where you want to keep your items that aren’t used on a daily basis until life starts to quiet down.  Keep in mind that you have the option of renting a storage unit for a couple months so you won’t have to worry about unpacking until after your festivities end in the new year.

4. Consider adjusting your decoration and celebration plans.

For many of us here at Two Men and a Truck Nashville, putting up Christmas decorations around the home is a way that we usher in the holidays with our families.  If you’re the same way, you definitely don’t want to neglect this fun tradition in your home.  However, it may be best to put off the more detail-oriented decorating until after your move has been completed, so you can avoid unnecessary packing and moving delays.  Additionally, you may want to think about going to a friend’s home, or a rented space such as a nearby cabin, for any large dinner celebrations you typically host at home.  This way, you can keep the holiday spirit alive without adding extra stress to your move.

5. Remember what’s important to you this season!

With all the responsibilities that come with moving, coupled with holiday tasks of shopping and entertaining, it can be challenging to remember the joy and spirit that comes with your holiday traditions.  Don’t forget that your usual gift giving, party planning, and decorating are just small details that come with a greater sense of family and celebration this time of year.  Find ways to remind yourself of the spirit of this season when things become stressful–bake some cookies with your spouse, watch a holiday movie with your kids, or take some time to read a favorite story snuggled under a blanket with your dog.  When you keep the bigger picture in mind, all of your smaller move details will fall into place!

Need any help planning your holiday move?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for all the details about our schedule and pricing.

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.

How to Make Your Move Easy on Your Pets

How to Move With a Pet

Because we’re in the middle of our Movers for Mutts campaign to benefit the Nashville Humane Association, we’ve all had our minds on our pets even more often than usual.  Most of our office staff owns dogs and cats, and our Customer Service Manager, Donald, and our General Manager, Nick, have both recently moved into new homes with their dogs.  In fact, a large amount of the families we move in Nashville also move with their pets as well.  So how can you make this transition easiest on your fur babies?

Remember that your pets can’t speak English.

Even though your human family members have been preparing for this move for months, your pets have no idea why you’re packing the entire house into boxes.  They also have no idea why they’re living in a brand new place.  These changes may cause your pets to have some anxiety, and anxious pets can sometimes wreak minor havoc in a new home.  Don’t be surprised or upset if your dog has an accident in his new living room, or if your cat is suddenly nervous around furniture you’ve owned for years.  While you shouldn’t neglect normal disciplinary action with any accidents or damages that your pets inflict upon their new environment, be sure to remain patient while they adjust.

Donald's dogs, Jax and Hersh

Keep them safe on Moving Day.

Curious pets will most likely find themselves underfoot of your moving team, and nervous pets may hide in the spot that your movers plan on placing the next moving box.  Instead of letting your pets have free reign of the house on Moving Day, consider dropping them off at a Doggy Daycare or Kitty Kennel for the day.  If this isn’t an option due to a long-distance move, at least keep your pets confined to an area of the house that movers aren’t currently working in.

Let your pets have access to their security blankets.

Your pets will have a much easier time adjusting to their new home if they have familiar elements surrounding them.  Even though you’re excited about the brand new doggy bed you purchased to match your new wallpaper, or the new litter box you found that can be hidden inside an end table, your pets may not catch onto these changes very easily during this transition.  It will be easier for your dog to sleep in the comfort of his training crate for the first month, and for your cat to be introduced to a new litter box after she becomes acquainted and comfortable with her new surroundings.

Donald's dog, Jax

Set boundaries right away.

Your new home may be coming with some new rules for your pets.  If you know there’s a bedroom you don’t want covered in cat fur or your dog won’t be able to go into the unfenced backyard without a leash, go ahead and let your pets know from the beginning what their new normal will look like.  Start closing the door to your bedroom from Day One, instead of waiting for your cat to become comfortable having free reign of the full home before instating this rule.  Be strict about keeping your pup on a leash each time he needs to go outside so he knows right away that he won’t be able to roam around freely outside at the new place.

Once your pets adjust to your new space, they’ll be just as excited as you are to get back to playing fetch and chasing laser dots on the walls.  Just remember that they have an adjustment to make, just like you do!

If you liked this article and want to help us “move” more rescue pets into homes with their forever families, check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA.

Celebrating Our Pets: “Moving in” a Rescue Dog

How to Move In a Rescue Animal

All of our employees at Two Men and a Truck Nashville, from our owners to our office staff to our movers, love pets, and especially dogs!  A lot of us own rescue dogs, and we love them as our adopted family members.  Anyone who’s adopted a rescue dog can tell you that the first few months of owning this new friend is no walk in the park–you never know what kind of trauma the dog has experienced in the past, and he’ll need some time to trust you and adjust to his new environment.  So how can you best “move in” your new rescue dog?

Move Supervisor Joe and his rescue dog, Diego

Have patience, and remember your priorities.

The most important thing to remember is that your new pooch needs you to be patient while he/she makes the adjustment.  Many rescue dogs show their nervousness, fear, and lack of trust by acting out initially.  When our Move Supervisor Joe first took in his rescue animal, he lost a bar stool, two couches, and the back seat of his car to the anxious chewing habits of his pup Diego.  Although Joe was understandably frustrated by the damages to his things, he remembered that his priority was Diego’s comfort and trust.  After the first few months of learning each other’s habits and routines, Diego, Joe, and Joe’s belongings all live in harmony with one another.

Don’t punish, just discipline.

When a child misbehaves, parents are able to explain what their daughter did wrong, sit her in time out, and have her clean up whatever mess she made.  Rescue dogs are a little more difficult to handle because they can’t understand English, or the concept of reparations.  New rescue dog owners should remember that they need to associate good behaviors with treats, and bad behaviors with loss of attention.  When our Marketer Jenni adopted her rescue dog Lucille, she quickly learned that Lucille resorted to nipping in almost every situation, from tug-of-war games to begging for attention.  To amend that behavior, Jenni kept playing with Lucille and rubbing her tummy until Lucille started playing too rough.  Then Jenni had to shout “OW!” and walk away from Lucille to teach her that those playful nips weren’t acceptable.

Marketer Jenni and her rescue dog, Lucille

Give your pup a safe place.

Many first-time dog owners feel like dog crates look like miniature prisons, and are afraid to use a crate with their new rescue animal.  However, crates act as more than a training tool or discipline technique.  When dogs are put in their crates overnight to sleep, fed meals in their crates, and given treats in their crates whenever you leave your house for an extended period of time, they learn to treat their crates as a comforting safe place.  Jenni’s dog Lucille even prefers her crate to Jenni’s embrace during the scariest of situations: Thunderstorms.

Have a set routine.

Rescue animals need to learn to trust you, and setting a daily routine will definitely facilitate the beginning of that trust.  After experiencing the turbulence of a traumatic situation, moving into a shelter, and now moving into a new person’s home, your new dog needs to know that they can expect a good meal at two set times of day, that their new owner will be home at certain times of day, and that they will have regular opportunities to “make their business” outside.  Once Joe’s dog Diego realized that Joe would need to leave every morning, but would be home every evening, his anxiety began to fade.  Diego also knows that Joe will never forget to feed him, so he doesn’t need to rely on the stuffing of Joe’s couch to keep his tummy full.

If you liked this blog post and want to help us “move” more rescue animals in with their forever families, check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA!

5 Tips to Moving Seniors

tips for moving seniors

As the industry’s leading moving experts, we definitely understand the complications and stress that come with moving seniors.  These moves are unique because the seniors making the move are often downsizing at the same time, and they’re usually experiencing a huge life transition.  This is especially true when seniors move into assisted living facilities or into their children’s homes for the first time.  Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about how to handle these moves, from both the personal and business perspective.  Here are five suggestions that we have for your family as you prepare to move your older family member:

1. Realize and respect their emotions.

Even when your family member has been expecting this transition for a long time and knows that the move is needed, they’re still approaching a huge emotional roller coaster.  For many seniors, this will be the first large move they’ve ever made, or at least that they’ve made in a number of decades.  Their current home has lots of memories, and maybe even belongings, that they’re leaving behind.  Even though you know that this move needs to be made, let your family member know ahead of time that you understand how difficult it is on them, and that you’re there for support.

2. Try to lessen the trauma of downsizing.

Downsizing is a huge undertaking, because you’re asking your family member to leave much more behind than a typical move requires.  When moving a senior into an assisted living facility or into their child’s home, they’ll usually only have one or two rooms that they can fit their belongings into.  One trick we’ve learned to make the process easier is suggesting a bulk donation to a non-profit organization that serves a population they care for, instead of just throwing those items away or giving them to Goodwill.  This makes the senior feel that they’re contributing to a cause they believe in, as opposed to just getting rid of items.  Another suggestion would be temporarily moving non-necessities into a storage unit or into a family member’s garage for 3 months.  At the end of the three months, donate everything that the senior doesn’t actively miss.  (For example, if your elderly mother can’t remember a particular chest of drawers that’s been put into storage, it really isn’t a necessity that she’s likely to miss.)

3. Pick someone else to represent them on moving day.

If you know that your family member will have trouble watching their belongings being loaded onto a truck and then into a new home, it may be best to have their child, niece, nephew, or sibling on the moving site while you keep the senior preoccupied at a restaurant or shopping.  The on-site representative can deal with handling the payment transaction with the movers, let the movers know which items will go to the new home and which will be donated, and direct the movers in staging the furniture in the new home.  This will also help relieve the natural stress that your family member will be feeling on moving day.

4. On moving day, don’t shy away from talking about their current home.

Many people are afraid of distressing their senior family member by talking about the home they’re leaving, and they try to avoid that topic at all costs during moving day conversations.  However, we’ve found that letting seniors talk about their happy memories in the home can help ease them into the transition.  It can also help to talk about the new memories that will be made at the new home, and to refer to moving day in a positive manner rather than with a sense of apprehension.

5. Don’t talk to them like children.

We often feel as if we have to treat our senior family members like they’re children as they begin to age.  This is because their memory starts to fade, and they need increasingly more guidance as they get older, or because they’re starting to lose flexibility and strength.  Although we do sometimes have to direct seniors the way we direct children, it’s very important to never talk to them like they’re children.  With all of their life experience and wisdom, our senior family members deserve all of our respect.  Be sure to use a normal tone of voice instead of letting your voice become high-pitched (the way it might if you were speaking to a pet or young child) when reminding them to take their pills, bringing them back from a tangent into the conversation, or any other direction you may need to give them.

Ribbon cutting of the newly-branded Brookdale Belle Meade

We’ve completed hundreds of moves with seniors, and we know that each one comes with its own stressful circumstances.  If there’s anything we can do to be more sensitive or prepared for your particular move, please let us know these notes over the phone while booking your move!

Things We Can’t Move

It’s true: There are, unfortunately, some things we can’t move.  We get a lot of questions from our customers about heavy or bulky items that they own, so we decided to dedicate a blog post to listing all the items we aren’t able to move.  If it’s not on this list, we can (probably) move it!

Some of the items we can’t move seem a little strange at first because they seem really simple to move.  Those are things like prescription medications, bottles of cleaning supplies, and rented trucks or trailers.  But here’s why:

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can't move prescription medicationsWe don’t want to move your prescription medications because if the worst case scenario (yep, you guessed it–zombie apocalypse) happened, we wouldn’t want your necessary medicines to get lost.  (On a more realistic level, we don’t want to have the box containing your medications to get mixed up in the shuffle, causing you to stay up all night digging through every single box to get to them.)  We know those are super important for your health, so we need you to keep those in your personal car when you move.

We can’t carry your cleaning chemicals, like Windex and Lysol, because they’re flammable.  Even though our drivers have to meet very strict requirements to operate our vehicles, we can’t predict everything that will happen on the road.  In the worst case scenario (those zombies aren’t very good drivers), we don’t want your most important items to get stuck in a fire.

And we aren’t able to drive your rented truck, haul your rented trailer, or tow your car behind our trucks because our insurance simply won’t cover those items.  We want your items to be totally covered from the beginning to the end of your move, and we can’t guarantee their safety unless they’re physically in our trucks.

Empty your gas from your lawn mower before movingAlong the same lines as these seemingly simple items, we also usually can’t move full aquariums, gas grills, or gas lawn mowers.  If you’re able to safely empty your aquarium of its water and your grill or lawn mower of gasoline, then we’ll gladly pack those into our trucks the same way we pack your other pieces of furniture!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can't move pool tables containing the slateThen there are the overly-heavy items.  We currently are not moving gun safes, baby grand or grand pianos, slate top pool tables, or grandfather clocks that still have weights in them.  We have moved these items in the past, but they’re so heavy that we have to send a much larger crew than normal to safely move them.  By the time we send you enough men for these jobs, it becomes cost inefficient for you.  The only exception to this rule is that we will happily move your grandfather clock, as long as you remove the hanging weights before we get there.  Those weights can swing around inside the clock during the drive to your new house, and we don’t want the glass or wood of your clock to get damaged.

If you have an unusual item that’s not mentioned in this blog post, and you’re still worried that we won’t be able to move it, please give us a call at 615-248-6288.  We are always more than happy to stop by your home before your move to give a free onsite walk-through.

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.