Your Friendsgiving Guide

What is Friendsgiving? It is an upcoming trend for millennials, where you and a group of friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, but with more of a potluck setting. Friendsgiving is usually the day or weekend of Thanksgiving. It was created for those who were unable to travel home for the holidays, a new way to meet people, and/or a great way to reuse Thanksgiving left overs.

Hosting your own Friendsgiving can be a fun and new experience for you and your home. As the host, you don’t have to worry about spending hours cooking a large feast, you only have to make the turkey and gravy. You are also responsible for decorating your home and creating enough space for your guests. While you are creating space for your guests, we recommend giving your local Two Men And A Truck a call, we can assist you with moving your large pieces of furniture within your home or to any location!

We highly recommend that your coordinate with your friends to plan fun games and see who brings what! Every successful Friendsgiving feast needs a variety of appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. Get creative, and also include items for friends who have dietary restrictions (i.e. vegans or those with food allergies). If you need inspiration on great holiday recipes, check out Pinterest board: Friendsgiving Recipes.

Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or both, at Two Men And A Truck, we want to make sure that your holidays are stress-free and actually enjoyable. We would love to hear how you and your friends celebrated Friendsgiving! The holidays can be a very enjoyable and stressful time for people. If you need assistance with rearranging your home for a party (or for any occasion) give us a call! Our team will be happy to provide you with a stress-free experience to make your holidays a success!

 

 

Fall Charity Drive 2017

We are known as “Movers Who Care”, so participating and hosting a charity drive is second nature to us! This Fall season, we have partnered with Savers FunDrive and Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) to send a special athlete to the 2018 Special Olympics. Our goal is to raise 800 bags/boxes worth of donations, which Savers FunDrive will turn into $2,000. These funds will be used to cover the cost of sending our athlete to the Special Olympics, where they will receive as much healthcare as possible and compete in the Olympic Games.

So while you are cleaning out your home, closet, kitchen make sure to remember to create a box just for donations! And for tips on downsizing for your move or downsizing to create space check out our previous blog: Downsizing Before Your Move!

Feel free to drop off your donations at any of our Northern Virginia Two Men And A Truck locations. You can also drop off your donations at Meridian at Carlyle.  Are you interested in how you can help? Contact our marketing coordinator at: Gabby.Bonilla@twomen.com

 

Mover Appreciation Celebration!

Being a Two Men And A Truck mover and driver is no easy task! All of our movers/drivers undergo a background check, drug test, and training every month and are held to a higher standard than other moving companies. As a way to reward our Northern Virginia (NoVA) movers, we host an annual celebration to show how much we appreciate our team for all that they do! Each location usually hosts their own party, but this year we wanted to have everyone together, so we hosted our celebration out of our new Herndon location! Since we had all of our movers under one building it felt more of a family reunion.

We started the celebration by giving out awards and gifts. We recognized our movers who have been with us for over a year by rewarding them with a personal plaque, a new pair of Nike’s, and box tickets to the Wizards Vs. Lakers Basketball game!

Our movers/drivers who have been with us for over a year: Eric Cassatt, Wilfredo Cornejo, Dejuan Clacken, Adam Walker, Tyler Talbot, and Alan Molina

Our Movers/Drivers who have been with us for over 2 years: Jim Harper, Richard Johnson, Jelahni Adejola, David Sandifer, Edmund, & Jermaine Butler

Chris Marks has been with our team for 4 years! He started as a mover and is now one of our top trainers!

After the award ceremony and a healthy lunch, we hosted a fun and engaging “Price Is Right” game! Our movers were able to compete for a variety of prizes such as candy, cash, and a 55in smart TV! We are so proud to be able to work some amazing people and we hope that they had fun at our annual celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so lucky to be able to work with some amazing people! Our movers and drivers deserved a day of celebration and positive vibes and we are more than happy to hear that they all had a fantastic time. From our moving consultants, to the movers/drivers, and manager team we are here to move people forward and we strongly believe in Two Men And A Truck’s core values. Our team can tackle any issue and we are very accommodating to what your needs are.

Organizational Tips To Maintain A Clean Home!

A clean home is a happy home! However, maintaining a clean home is no easy task! As Movers Who Care, we are happy to share easy ways to make your life simple. When trying to maintain a clean home, it’s all about positive habits. Everyday, we recommend cleaning something small, and trying to find the best time to clean the bigger areas and items in your home. Below, we are going to be listing some great ways that you can maintain a clean home by developing cleaning habits for everyday, once a week, once a month, and once a season!

Everyday:

  • Wash counter tops and appliance handles with disinfecting spray/wipes
  • Eliminate any clutter that has accumulated and put in proper location
  • Straighten up and make beds
  • Hang up all wet towels or hand towels

Once a week:

  • Vacuum carpet and underneath cabinets
  • Wash and fold laundry
  • Dust shelves, furniture, and light fixtures
  • Clean mirrors
  • Wash all hardwood and tile floors

Once a month:

  • Clean out the refrigerator, wipe down shelving, and throw out any expired items
  • Dust air vents, fan blades, and baseboards
  • Disinfect doorknobs

Once a season

  • Clean pantry and throw out expired items
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Wipe down blinds and wash curtains
  • Clean out bedroom, shoe, and coat closets. Donate items you no longer want.

We understand how important it is to have a clean home, and how having a clean home also can lead to a better organized lifestyle. We hope that you found this information useful, and feel free to share your tips with us!

 

 

Fun (and Free) Halloween Events in Northern Virginia

Moving into a new home and community can be stressful for not only you, but also your family. A great way to learn to love your new community is to attend local events. In Northern Virginia you can spend an arm and a leg participating in just one event, save money and get more by attending free local events. When you first move to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, you will begin to notice a lot of community events in the area. Some of them are free, and a some events you have to pay for, however don’t feel discouraged to go! Being more involved in your community you will begin to love your new home. At Two Men And A Truck, we understand how important saving money is and that is why we are letting you know which community events are free and fun for you and the family!

Loudoun and Fairfax county are known for their great Trick or Treating events at local shopping centers! Each store has either a Halloween activity or candy (sometimes both), and the shopping centers are a safer alternative to traditional Trick-Or-Treating. Besides being free, you get the best opportunity to go shopping and see other cute and creative costumes!

Trick or Treat at Reston Town Center

Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween Halloween Event

City Of Fairfax Trick-Or-Treating Open House 

71st Annual Halloween Parade (Vienna, VA)

Not located in Fairfax or Loudoun county? It’s okay, Arlington and Alexandria have free community events that you don’t want to miss! In Northern Virginia you can also expect to find great ways to celebrate Halloween with your family and friends, and best of all these events are dog friendly and metro accessible!  

21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

Rosslyn Harvest Fest

Doggie Trick-Or-Treat 

Fall-O-Ween at Market Common Clarendon 

Moving to a new area doesn’t have to be stressful, stay positive for you and your family. Since you are new to the area, take adventures and get lost! Whether you have kids, dogs, or just a group of friends, as your favorite Two Men And A Truck team we want you to have a safe and fun Halloween.

Box Costumes!

Halloween is eerily approaching,  do you have your Halloween costumes prepared? If not, you’re not the only one, and your favorite Two Men And A Truck Northern Virginia team is here to give you some great tips on how to be well-prepared for Halloween by recycling your older Two Men And A Truck boxes! Our boxes are known to help you with your move, but are well-equipped for Halloween decorations and costumes because they are easy to paint, sturdy, and comes in a variety of sizes.

If you have just moved with Two Men And A Truck, then you might have a few empty boxes to create amazing decorations and costumes. Below you can see that our professional team has created a unicorn and tractor! With adult supervision this project can be a fun DIY for the whole family.

Not interested in decorating a unicorn or a tractor, you are only limited to your imagination! Last year, we created a pinata, a speaking podium, and a few other political costumes that was a huge hit on Halloween and with Fox 5 WTTG.

We have a few box costumes (also known as Boxtumes) in the making and are excited to show them off when finished! If you have any interested ideas for a box costume or decoration, let us know! We will be more than happy to take on the challenge.

 

 

 

Moved and Improved: Two Men And A Truck Herndon Has Moved!

Your favorite Two Men And A Truck Herndon team has moved to a new location! Our new and bigger location will be used for dispatching trucks, training center for all Northern Virginia Two Men And A Truck movers and drivers, and a new office for our Herndon office staff!

Our training program is no walk in the park! Before any movers or drivers go out on a move they are put through rigorous training until they are cleared by their operations manager. However, our team does face obstacles that is not covered in our training and that includes stairs, long walks, and unique items. In our new training center, we have remodeled our second floor into a well furnished apartment home. By having a well furnished home in our training facility our movers are able to learn how to handle tight situations, stairs, long walk, mounted televisions, etc. We want to make sure that our team is as well prepared for your move as possible and with our new training facility in Sterling, VA we know for sure that we are able to tackle these obstacles with perfect practice!

As Movers Who Care, we want to make sure that your move goes as smooth as possible and that we take any measures necessary to create a positive move experience with us! Our new office is conveniently located in Sterling, VA. down the street from the Dulles Town Center. If you are ever in the area, feel free to stop by and check out our new location and take some pictures with our trucks and team! Two Men And A Truck Herndon’s new location is 21598 Atlantic Blvd Ste 110 Sterling, VA 20166.

October Bucket-list

October is here and we have created an ultimate bucket-list of things you should do before the month is over. This list is going to include activities for everyone, and if you are working on your own bucket-list feel free to add some items from our list to yours! October goes by so fast, especially when there is so much to see and experience, we know you don’t want to miss anything!

Go to a local Fall Festival
Northern Virginia is known for annual festivals that you don’t want to miss! Fall Festivals are a great place to enjoy live entertainment, meet local businesses, and enjoy a wide variety of food and games! Fall Festivals offer a variety of games and activities that you and your friends/family can participate in too, such as face painting, pumpkin decorating, and plenty more. If you are interested in attending a festival, make sure to check here for upcoming Northern Virginia festivals!

Halloween Crafts and Decorations 
October is a great month to perfect your crafting skills! Enjoy making Fall decorations and creating your own Halloween costume. You can go on Pinterest to get inspiration on how to create any look for Halloween or even great tips on throwing the best Halloween Party!

Go on a hike
This is the perfect time of the year to be outdoors, so why not enjoy spending some time on a trail! Not only do you get to see mother nature’s beautiful change in color, but you can also enjoy the cooler weather. In Northern Virginia, there are a lot of quiet trails that are perfect for hiking, running, or biking! In Arlington, VA you can check out a full list of trails that offer something just for you here or if you are in Fairfax County there is a list of recommended hiking trails here. Make sure to create time in your busy schedule to go outside and look at the beautiful changes happening, and to test your great photography skills!

Go to a bonfire 
There’s nothing better than a toasty marshmallow melting a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. Bonfires are not only really relaxing, but also a great way to enjoy spending time with your friends and family. We have a few recommendations on annual bonfires in the area. In Rosslyn, they host a weekly bonfire where you can also enjoy live entertainment.

Experiment in the Kitchen
With Fall Season already here, think of all the pumpkin spice possibilities! This is the only time of the year that we get to indulge in pumpkin spice everything and new recipes for caramel apples! So why not enjoy this seasonal treat with your kids or friends. Baking and cooking is always a great way to connect with someone and the best part of baking is enjoying what you’ve created. If you are hosting a party make sure to check out some unique Halloween snacks!

Our professional team is excited that October is here and we can’t wait to experience all of the great things that Falls has to offer! If you are interested in our October Bucket-List feel free to share your ideas on what else we should add to our bucket-list!

NEW: Free Virtual In-Home Consultations!

As Movers Who Care, our main goal is to create a pleasant and smooth move experience for you and your family. That is why we are happy to introduce free virtual walkthrough options! How are we going to be able to do a virtual tour of your home? Through video messaging. Our professional and certified moving consultants have access to Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype, and even Facebook Messenger! By being able to offer virtual tours via video chat, our consultants are able to work with your availability and you don’t have to worry about preparing to have visitors come over.

Once you have scheduled a virtual tour of your home, our consultants will connect with you through your choice of video messaging. Whichever way is the easiest for you, our certified consultants are able to connect with you to make this possible! Once the virtual walkthrough has begun, your consultant will begin the estimate process. Make sure to go through your home as if you are filming it, so go slowly and try to show everything. Your consultant will be taking inventory on all of your furniture and household items, as well as go over the walkways and access areas throughout your home!

Like stated earlier, if you have any questions or comments, this is the perfect time to express them! Our consultants will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have dealing with the care of your items, what to expect on the day of the move, or anything about the Two Men And A Truck specialized services!

Once our virtual walk-through is complete, your moving consultant will create an estimate for your upcoming move. At Two Men And A Truck Northern Virginia, we know how valuable your time is and we want to make sure that we offer you a great experience and an accurate estimate. By offering virtual walkthroughs, we are able to connect more with our customers and provide outstanding customer service! We understand how stressful moving can be, so let our team make it easy for you.

Tips for Senior Moving

Moving your elderly parents into a retirement home or assisted living is not as easy as it sounds. Once you and your family decide that it is the right time to place your loved ones into a home and once your parents agree, preparing for the move is the next big step. We will review tips that will make the process as stress free and easy as possible.

  • Communication

    It can be a tough conversation to have with your parents, but let them know about your concerns and how this move will be beneficial for not just them but for everyone else in the family. Don’t do this alone, recruit some of your other adult siblings or family members to assist you. Seniors are emotionally vested in their home, and we completely understand why, so allow your parents to share their thoughts, listen to their choices, and always keep the conversation positive. Positive energy is contagious, by keeping positive your parents will be more likely interested in their upcoming move.

  • Plan 

    After you and your parents find the perfect retirement community, the next step is to plan! Having a plan will eliminated unnecessary stress and make sure that everyone (including your movers) know what to expect on the day of the move and work efficiently! When creating a to-do list, make sure to start with your move date and work backwards that way you can follow a specific timeline of actions that needs to be accomplished before the move. Last, get a layout of your parents new home and with them, figure out which pieces will be placed throughout their new home. This can be a fun experience that allows you and your parents to decorate their new space.

  • Organize

    Moving a senior, most likely means that you can expect downsizing. Check out our previous post “Downsizing before your move!” to learn some quick tips on how to downsize a home. Remember that you are packing a lot of memories, so try to pack parts of the house that your senior parents have little to no emotionally attachment to like the bathroom, closets, etc. Be very patient with your senior parents when it comes to what to keep, donate, or throw away.

  • Get professional help 

    When moving day is quickly approaching, hiring professional movers will actually make the move a lot faster and less stressful. As Movers Who Care, we have specialized services to assist you and your family with this transition. Our professional movers will make sure that your valuable items are treated as if it was our own and our Grandma Rule makes sure that our team treats everyone as they would treat their grandma.

The transition from a home that you have lived in for decades into a new assisted living or retirement community is not easy. Even after the move, you will have to make sure that your senior parents are engaging in activities, being taken care of by the staff, and socializing with other people in the retirement community. At Two Men And A Truck, our goal is to create a positive and stress-free move experience for you and your family, and we will always be happy to lend a helping hand!