Top 5 Reasons To Love Northern Virginia

Living in the DMV (D.C/Maryland/Virginia) metropolitan area, there are a lot of reasons why we enjoy being in this area. We are going to list the top 5 reasons why living in the Northern Virginia area is the best! And if you are interested in moving to Northern Virginia or within the area, give us a call! We know the DMV area like the back of our hands.

  1. Food 
    In the Northern Virginia area, you have access to a wide variety of cuisine. So whether you are in the mood for Vietnamese Pho, Peruvian chicken, or keeping it simple with Chick-Fil-A, etc. your options are endless! Also, there are a variety of restaurant weeks where famous restaurants offer a great 3-course meal for a lower price. We highly recommend taking advantage of the various restaurant weeks that happen throughout the area in the year! And if you miss them it’s okay, you still have a wide variety of options to pick from. Click on the image or HERE to check out some local casual favorites!
  2. History 
    Washington D.C. is known as the most popular historical location in the United States, this is where democracy started and where you can find the Smithsonian museums by the National Mall! Luckily, if you live in Northern Virginia you can easily get to Washington D.C. (whether you want to drive or take the  metro) to check out all the great sites that D.C. has to offer. However, Northern Virginia has a beautiful, rich background as well. You can check out George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon or check out Old Town Alexandria to marvel at the beautiful colonial homes and neighborhoods.
  3. Culture
    It’s a little hard to describe the culture of Northern Virginia (and the entire DMV area) because depending on your personal preferences or how adventurous you are, you can find anything! With such a large populated area, it is easy for anyone to fit into the culture of the DMV.
  4. Education 
    According to niche.com, Northern Virginia has the highest ranked school districts. Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Loudoun County all rank top 5 best school districts. You can check it Here. If you have children, and are considering moving to the Northern Virginia area definitely consider how great our schools are doing compared to the entire state!
  5. Events 
    There is rarely a dull moment in Northern Virginia or in the DMV! By being an hour away from Washington D.C. and Maryland you can easily find a great event that peaks your interest! There is literally a festival for almost everything, and there are also a lot of free community events to attend.

Whether you are moving to the Northern Virginia area, or planning on visiting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. You have a lot of opportunity to see from experience why we love living in this area. And if you live in the DMV, be glad that we live in such a vibrant and growing area! As your Movers Who Care, we strive to move people forward.

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

Maybe you don’t have extra money laying around, but want to do something special for Valentine’s day, well today we are going to be showing you some easy, inexpensive, and fun Valentine’s Day Crafts that you (and kids) can do! Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your significant other, family, or best friends how you love them! This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, check out some of our cool Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) easy-to-do crafts!

Kid’s Valentine’s Day Card Box
Oh how we LOVE Valentine’s day in school. What’s better than creating cards for your classmates, having a party, and of course showing off your super cool Valentine’s Day Box!

Here’s What You’ll Need:  
1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest Box
Craft paper
Stickers
Hot glue gun
Box Cutter
Scissors

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side. Next, use a box cutter to make a slot on the top for Valentines to be dropped in.
Step 2: Cover your box in any craft paper of your choice. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.
Step 3: It’s time to get personal! Personalize your Valentines box with stickers, paper hearts, ribbon, or whatever you can get your hands on!

Sweetheart Garland
Start with some cool decorations to set the perfect mood! With this easy to do sweetheart garland made by reusing old Two Men And A Truck boxes.
Supplies:
1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box
Acrylic craft paint
Sponge paint brushes
Red stickers or a red marker
Ribbon
Box cutter
Hole Punch
Heart Stencils
Pencil

Step 1: If you are not a professional heart drawer, it’s okay, we went online and printed out heart shapes so that we can trace them onto the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK small box. Then use the box cutter to carefully cut them out.
Step 2: Now that you have your heart-shaped cardboard cutouts, it’s time to paint them. Use your creative juices for this part! Let the paint dry before moving to step 3.
Step 3: Punch a hole on each side of the heart. String your ribbon through the holes and behind each heart. Tie a knot behind the heart to keep it in place. This will create your garland! Add or subtract as many hearts as you need.

Valentine’s Day Door Wreath  
Welcome your guests with this beautiful door wreath.
Supplies: 
1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box
Craft paper
Sticker Letters
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
Pencil
Scissors
Box Cutter

Step 1: Trace a large circle onto your box with a circle inside it. Use your box cutter to cut out the circles, leaving you with a base for your wreath. It’s okay if you can’t create a perfect circle, because we definitely can’t, because you will be covering your base with decorations!
Step 2: Cut out a variety of hearts (and other Valentine’s Day shapes if you can) and hot glue them onto your base.
Step 3: After you are happy with your decorations, use your hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the back of your wreath.

 

At Two Men And A Truck Northern Virginia, we hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day! With these quick and easy crafts, you will make a huge hit at any function you attend. If you are interested in buying any Two Men And A Truck boxes for your crafts, feel free to give us a call. Our professional team will always be happy to lend you a hand!

 

Five Organizational Tips To Make Your Move Easy!

As professional movers, we have hours of experience with moving people forward and know the ins and outs of a successful move! Believe us, moving is no easy walk in the park. And if you are not as prepared as you need to be on moving today, it can be catastrophic. We are going to give you some great organizational trips to make your move easy!

1. Downsize before you pack 

Downsizing is time consuming, but worth it in more ways than one! Check out our previous post, “Downsizing Before Your Move!”, to check out some great tips on downsizing. Not only will downsizing make your move a lot easier (since you will have less items to move), but you can also save some money and make some easy cash!

2. Labels

You will be surprised how something so small makes such a huge difference! You can create your own labels, whether each room is color-oriented, named, etc. When you begin packing each room, labeling the boxes will make the transition to your new home easier because everyone will know which box belongs in which room. After moving into your home, one less thing you have to worry about is which boxes belongs in which room. If you label your boxes, you can easily begin unpacking.

3. Be Descriptive 

Whether you are moving with Two Men And A Truck, or another moving company, make sure to be as descriptive as possible with your inventory. By being more detailed about the items that you have in your home (or storage unit), you are more aware of the items that you have. So maybe, just maybe, it’s time to finally get rid of that old couch from college! Also, being more descriptive in your inventory allows your moving team to be better prepared for their day! Hiring movers usually means that they charge hourly, so by being well prepared for your move and having a well planned move will save you a lot of time and headaches.

4. Save essentials for last 

When you begin packing, remember to save the essential, important, everyday items last. Create a survival kit, which will help you transition into your new home easily (you can check out our previous post about First Night Survival Kit here). You have access to your toiletries, emergency kit, and whatever else you put in your survival night kit. We highly recommend any government documents or really important items be kept with you at all times.

5. Furniture first, boxes last 

Furniture consumes a lot of space in your home, and also on a truck. We highly recommend moving furniture first, and then you’re already packed boxes. By moving the heavy furniture, you might uncover some hidden gems underneath the furniture (or trash). But either way, by moving the furniture out of the way it will help the moving team safely and strategically load the truck to fit all of your items on it.

At Two Men And A Truck, we have years of experience with moving people forward! We wanted to share with you some great tips on how to stay organized throughout your move. If you need any more information or interested in receiving a free estimate give us a call at 703-639-0553.

 

New Year, New You! Lose Weight Without The Gym!

Right after New Years, you can always expect gyms and fitness clubs to be full of eager individuals who are excited to pursue their new years resolution! At Two Men And A Truck, we understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and our team members not only exemplify our core values, but they also strive to live healthier lifestyles as well. In our post today, you will learn some new innovative ways to work out at home or in the office and get a quick glimpse of what our Movers do!

If you work in the office, you might realize how weird it could be to randomly plank on the floor. However, when you do work in the office or in any position that doesn’t require too much movement, it strains your muscles. We recommend implementing small exercises throughout the day to keep your body in motion!

  • Eyes: Constantly looking at your computer screen can strain your eyes, so make sure to take a few minutes to look out the window for some fresh scenery.
  • Neck and Shoulders: Our necks and shoulder have a very important job or holding our heads and posture straight. If you don’t workout your neck and shoulders you are causing future strain and issues with this part of your body as well as your lower back. Tilt your head forward, and roll your neck in a clockwise, then counterclockwise motion. For your shoulders, shrug them up and down, and then a 180 degree rotation.
  • Legs: Lift your legs from the ground, and hold it for 5 seconds, and then let them down. Overtime, add weight and a longer time. Keeping your legs strong and moving is very important to your body.

If you ever have some leftover moving supplies, feel free to watch this great workout video! The moving team from Two Men And A Truck headquarters in Lansing, Michigan put together this video for our moving team and for anyone interested in a quick and easy workout!

The Best Tips For Your Winter Move

It’s starting to get a little chilly outside, and we want you to be as well prepared for your winter move as possible! With this post, we are going to give you some great tips on how to successfully move during the winter months. Whether you are moving by yourself or hiring Two Men And A Truck’s professional team to assist you, these tips will give you some great advice. At Two Men And A Truck we accomplish moves throughout the whole year, rain or snow. We have thousands of hours of experience and have learned the best ways to keep safe and warm during your Winter move.

  • Make sure the moving area is properly lit
    One thing for certain during the winter season is that daylight is highly limited. You want to make sure that you create clear and properly lit pathways to avoid any accidents or damages. Whether you are moving by yourself or hiring movers, by having lit pathways it makes the moving process easier and less stressful because carrying valuable items in the dark sounds pretty scary to us!
  • Check that floors are protected 
    Winter usually means messy feet when walking in and our of your home. If you are doing your move by yourself, instead of wasting time taking your shoes off and putting them back on, we recommend using old sheets or tarps to cover your floor. If you are hiring a professional moving company, always ask if they have legitimate floor runners, to help keep your floors safe. A lot of moving companies bill at an hourly rate, so instead of having your movers waste time (and your money) taking their shoes on and off, ask them to bring floor runners. At Two Men And A Truck, we have floor runner equipped on our trucks!
  • Bundle Up!
    Make sure that on your move day you are wearing the right attire! Dressing during the winter months can be a little harder because you want your clothes to be light enough to move in, but you also want to stay warm. We recommend wearing layers of your workout clothes, if you ever get too hot you can always remove a layer of clothes and if you get too cold you can just add the layer back on. 
  • Plan ahead with utilities
    Moving during the winter time it is very important to have your utilities fully functional and running before you move into your new home. Contact the utility companies so that the day you move into your home, all the utilities (electric, water, gas, etc). are working and it will be on less thing to worry about on your move day.
  • Prevent slipping and sliding 
    Always keep a towel or cloth handy to wipe away snow and dirt that could get tracked in. This will not only keep the house clean, but will also prevent anyone from unexpectedly slipping and falling.
  • Keep a clear path
    Another crucial moving tip, it’s important to make sure there is a clear path from the house to the vehicle being loaded. This keeps everything moving slowly, and stops anyone from having to walk through a big pile snow. Many moving companies charge by the hour, so if your driveway is not shoveled or salted, the movers may need to clear it, taking more time away from your move.
  • Have emergency supplies handy 
    With unpredictable weather, it’s always a great idea to keep an emergency kit handy. Inside your emergency kit, you should include a first aid kit, battery-powered electronics (flashlights/radio), and food and water. You never know what is going to happen, and during the winter months it’s better to be over-prepared than not prepared at all.
  • Keep an eye on the weather
    In the Northern Virginia area, our weather is always changing. We recommend planning ahead as much as possible before your move, and to make sure that you check the weather throughout the day of your move.
  • Find a safe place for household plants 
    If you have plants of any kind in your home, make sure that you have a plan to transport them to your new destination. The back of a moving truck is a bad location and many moving companies, including Two Men And A Truck, will not move plants. Pack them in your personal vehicle to ensure their safety and longevity.
  • Hiring professional help 
    Many people want to tackle these difficult moves themsellves, but hiring a professional moving company with thousands of hours of experience might be the safest and most efficient move. At Two Men And A Truck, we have uniformed and experienced movers taht can handle any moving situation with a continued level of professionalism, and we are able to cater to a wide range of customer needs.

Storing Your Holiday Decorations

Now that the Holiday season is over, it’s time to start putting away your holiday decorations. Without proper strategy and resources, this might be just as stressful as moving. Fortunately for you, Two Men And A Truck Northern Virginia has some great insights and tips to successfully pack and store your delicate decorations.

Stay organized. With the help of your new team members, you can divide and conquer! Assign a room or a task to the team to make clean up and packing go a little more smoothly. And always make sure to label the boxes to know what decorations are in which storage bin.

To make the time go by a little faster, recruit some help! Offer a  great incentive for anyone who helps out, such as going out to dinner or seeing a new movie. Post-packing plans will also give everyone something fun to look forward too after packing up holiday decorations. Or if you can’t find anyone to help you out, give our Two Men And A Truck team a call! We offer great packing services and supplies!

With all off your beautiful, and highly breakable, ornaments make sure that you have a storage option safe for them. We usually place ornaments inside Two Men And A Truck dishpacks and dishcells. The great thing about our dishpacks and dishcells is that they are versatile and you can create a variety of ornament holders. For your significantly smaller ornaments or decorations, recycle egg cartons. Last, for all of your beautiful Holiday lights. The issue with holiday lights is how easily they can get tangled, so to prevent tangled Holiday lights use a piece of cardboard and wrap the lights around the cardboard (like demonstrated in the picture). Also, note on the piece of cardboard where the holiday light was located.

At Two Men And A Truck we hope that you, your family, and friends enjoyed the holiday season and the new year festivities! We hope that our tips on storing holiday decorations are helpful, as well as saves you money and helps protects the environment from any unnecessary waste. Also, if you ever need extra help with packing give your Two Men And A Truck Northern Virginia team a call! We offer specialized packing services with great packing supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

How We’re Celebrating The Holidays

At Two Men And A Truck we LOVE the holiday season! Not only do we get to move you forward, but we also get to spend time with our friends, families, and coworkers. Last week, we asked a few of our team members what their plans for Christmas was, and how they are planning on spending the Holiday weekend.

Our moving consultant, Pallav, loves cooking for Christmas. And said that this year will be different compared to most because some of his family members from Nepal is visiting and will be celebrating with them. With festive food and family members, Pallav is expecting to eat lots of delicious foods, and celebrate our other consultants birthday!

Rick, one of our moving consultants, will be celebrating his 21st birthday on Christmas eve!  So he is excited to celebrate his birthday, Christmas, and his older brother’s birthday the following day! Rick enjoys spending time with his family and is excited to go to his first bar on Christmas eve.

One of our other consultants, Caroline, will be heading to Pennsylvania to spend quality time with her family. She is excited to spend some well needed quality time with her younger family members, who are patiently waiting for Santa to arrive!

At Two Men And A Truck, we are so excited for what the Holidays bring! Remember to give us a call if you need any assistance with organizing your Christmas decorations. Our team will be more than happy to help and be in a cheerful mood as well!

 

Fun And Easy Box Holiday Crafts

Just because it is the Holiday season, doesn’t mean that you have to spend more money on decorations than on gifts! We’re going to give you some fun and easy crafts you can make with some items you might have in your home and by recycling old boxes. We highly recommend using Two Men And A Truck boxes because they are white, and will be a lot easier to paint on. Also, you don’t have to do these crafts alone! Host a craft night for your family and friends, these crafts will definitely get the right attention and bring everyone a little closer together.

Holiday Wreaths

Create your own unique wreath in less than 30 minutes with an old moving box! Not only does making your own wreath saves time, but it also saves money. Plus, this is a fun activit

What you need:Make a Christmas wreath out of an old moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
-A Two Men And A Truck moving box
– Craft/scrapbooking paper
– Glue stick
-Scissors
– Hole puncher
– Ribbon
– Crafting knife.

First take your box, flatten it, and trace 2 circles on it. We have used a plate and a bowl to trace the circles perfectly. Then cut out your wreath frame with the crafting knife.

Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, and other seasonal shapes you like from your craft paper/scrapbooking paper. After you have your cut-outs, place them on the wreath, take a picture, and start gluing the cut-outs to the wreath.

Personalized Gift TagsMake special Christmas gift tags out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes

Create your own gift tags, instead of going to the store to buy them! This personalized gift is easy and you can use it in more than one way. Maybe as a garland, just add ribbon!

What you need:
– A Two Men And A Truck moving box
– Paint and paintbrush
– Hole Puncher
– Ribbon
– Crafting Knife

Trace your favorite holiday shapes onto a flattened Two Men And A Truck box. Then carefully using a crafting knife (or scissors) cut out the shapes. After the shapes are cut out, get ready to decorate! Use the paint to create your artwork, and once it has dried punch a hole at the top of your gift tag. Use the ribbon to attach it to the present, or if you’re feeling creative hang the gift tags above the fire place!

Holiday Card DisplayMake a DIY Christmas card holder out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving box

Hang your holiday cards over this beautiful card display! Try something new this holiday season, and instead of hanging your Holiday cards on the fridge, display them in style!

What you need:
– Two Men And A Truck large box
– Ribbon
– Felt (with adhesive on the back)
– Scissors or crafting knife
– Hot glue gun
Start with the large Two Men And A Truck box, trace a fun holiday shape, and then carefully cut it out using the crafting knife or scissors. With your felt, trace the cardboard holiday cut out and cut out the shape with your scissors. With the adhesive, glue the felt to the cardboard cut out. Take the ribbon and hot glue both pieces of the ribbon to the back of the cut out, and make sure that you tightly glue the ribbon in place, because once you hang the card, you don’t want to see the ribbon sag. Keep applying ribbon pieces to the display, until you are happy with how it looks. Now that your card display is completed, use mini clothespin or paperclips to attach your holiday cards to your display.

 

The holiday season is supposed to bring people together, so as your Movers Who Care, we want you to be able to enjoy the holidays without having any added stress. If you are going to create any of these great box crafts, keep in mind that you can always experiment with the items you have! If you want to reuse craft/scrap booking paper for any of these crafts, you can! The same concept goes for felt, and anything else that your creative juices are telling you. Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

Books For Kids Who Are Moving

As your professional Two Men And A Truck, there is only so much we can do to provide you and your family with a great moving experience. As a parent, make sure that your family is as well prepared as possible for this lifestyle change. Since we are your Movers Who Care, we have some read some great books that we know will help you and your children handle the upcoming move. We highly recommend reading these stories together and having a sit down to discuss how your family can relate to the books and how your family is handling this lifestyle change.

The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day
– Stan & Jan Berenstain
This will always be a moving day classic for children (and adults). The Berenstein Bears’ take a look back on their moving day when they moved from a cave in a mountains to their iconic tree house. Sister Bear hasn’t been born yet, and a younger Brother Bear has some fears and anxieties about moving to their new home. With the help of his family,

Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going To Move
-Judith Viorst 
Preparing for a move can seem like the end of the world for some individuals. In this book, Alexander is NOT going to move, and even considers ways that he can stay such as living with his unique neighbors or living in a tree house. Read how Alexander’s parents help him through this phase and talk with your children about the story to see how they can relate and how they feel about moving.

The Leaving Morning  
– Angela Johnson (Arthur)
– David Soman (Illustrator
A well written story with great expressive illustration, a growing family moves from a city apartment to a new bigger home and the reader gets to follow them along that journey. The narrator (young boy) tells of the last few days leading up to the family’s move date, such as packing boxes and saying goodbyes. This book is great for ages 4-7, and as a family you might be able to find a great way to say goodbye to your old home, like the family in this book!

The Good-Pie Party 
– Liz Garton Scanlon (Arthur)
– Kady Macdonald Denton (Illustrator)
While most books focused on moving are about fitting into new communities and schools, “The Good-Pie Party” is focusing more on finding the best way to say good bye to friends. Posy, Megan, and Mae are the best of friends, but when Posy has to move away they decide to turn a sad situation into one fun good bye event surrounded by the entire community and, of course, delicious pies.

Telling your family that you are all moving is no walk in the park. Make sure to prepare for the best and worst scenarios and check out our previous blog: Moving with kids! to get great tips, insight on what to expect, and best practices on telling your family about the big move. At Two Men And A Truck, we love moving with kids and creating positive experiences for everyone.

Execute Your Business Move

People aren’t the only ones who have to move. Many businesses across the world move for a variety of reasons. Without a proper moving company (like Two Men And A Truck) and lack of planning, any business move can be the worst experiences for the company and it’s associates. As your “Movers Who Care”, we have decades worth of experience and are happy to share some quick easy tips on how to easily move your business.

Hire The Right Team! 
Maybe you don’t need a professional moving team to help with your business move, but if you do, make sure to give your local Two Men And A Truck a call! As a professional moving company, we have heard some horrendous moving stories from our customers who have used other moving companies. For your business move, the last thing you want is your moving company canceling the day of your move! When looking for moving companies, make sure that they are insured, licensed, and bonded, have legitimate employees, and have no hidden fees for miscellaneous things that can happen during your move.

Plan Ahead:
Depending on the size of your business, it can take anywhere from 3 months to 8 months to plan accordingly. So begin to plan as soon as possible! Once you know when and where you are moving to, create a timeline of things you need to get accomplished before the big move. This includes scheduling multiple meetings with your team to give them move details, assigning tasks to managers/employees, and what your company can expect before and after the move.

Your team is here to help!
You’re not moving by yourself, you have team members and associates who would be happy to help you! During your team meetings, assign tasks to those who you know will accomplish them. Depending on the size of your move, that can mean having one person in charge of a team to help pack a room, assembling a group of individuals to update customers and partners with the address, updating information on websites, or assigning those to help downsize. Your to-do list is specialized to you and your business!

As your professional moving team, no move is too large or too small! So give us a call if you are planning on moving your business. Our professional team will be happy to meet you, and move you forward.