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!

Decorating on a Budget

Whether you just moved into your college dorm, home, or apartment the next step, after unpacking, is to decorate. But after all the expenses you just paid to move, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on decorating. Going into a really popular furniture store and grabbing a few cute pieces here and there can easily add up (we’ve been there)! In our blog today, we are going to show you how a day trip to the thrift store or Dollar store and few hours of hard work can save you a lot of money and make your home well-decorated.

Before going to the store and buying a bunch of random crafts, pieces of furniture, etc. have a plan on what you want your new space to look at. There are plenty of ways to decorate a new space, a lot of colors and themes to think about. So before you go to the store, we recommend doing some research and finding which theme fits you and your new space!

Now that you have an idea of what you want in your new home, you can head to your local craft store and grab some necessities. On your shopping list, make sure to add: spray paint, modge podge, hot glue gun, and etching cream. You can also add a variety of other items if needed, but those are the essentials! Depending on your craft store, they might have everything you need and they might also have great deals and discounts on particular items.

If you are looking for unique furniture pieces check out your local thrift store. A lot of thrift stores will have donated furniture for you to buy at extremely low prices. These items may not be in the best of shape, but after apply great time and , it will be a brand new piece in your home! For inspiration on how to turn thrift store finds into magnificent pieces check out Bless’er House blog! Lauren gives great insight on how she takes antique thrift store items and make them over into new household pieces.

When on a budget, or not, the Dollar Store is a great place to shop for inexpensive supplies and decorations. To get a little inspiration on how a quick trip to the dollar store can give you some decorating ideas, make sure to check out Dollar Store Home Decor Ideas. These ideas are inexpensive, easy, and fun to create! So not only will you be creating a beautiful atmosphere for your new home, you will also be saving a lot of money. If you have kids or friends who enjoy working with crafts, let them help decorate your home!

Decorating your home is not an easy process, and it shouldn’t be as expensive! While taking the time to decorate your new living space and creating new pieces, invite your friends/kids to help out!  Or if you have some great power tools and , check out some fun ways to up-cycle thrift store furniture at”40 High Style Low-Budget Furniture Makeovers You Could Definitely Do“.

As professional movers, we understand the stress that is involved with moving. That is why we are always happy to lend a helping hand and give some great insight to make your new living area your new home! We understand how complicated it can be to decorate your home, but we are hoping that after reading this blog, we were able to give you some great ideas. So get crafting!

 

Arlington Police, Fire, Sheriff Block Party

The Arlington Police, Fire, Sheriff Block Party is an annual event hosted by Arlington’s finest public safety organizations. This event is held at the Kenmore Middle School right before the school season begins. The annual Block Party is a family-fun event that connects Arlington’s local businesses and residents to connect and meet with Arlington’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments. The event is full of very engaging activities such as the distracted driving course, Kidzone, helicopter/vehicle expo, and plenty more! To promote the event and the activities, the police department were able to create 2 fun videos that you can see here.  The very popular video is with the police team showing off their great synchronized swimming skills, and the second video that is included is a ninja course that was included at the event!

As Movers Who Care, our team was able to participate in a weekend full of community service and fun! The day before the big event, our professional team volunteered some time to meet with some of the volunteers and police team to help set up for the big event by loading our trucks with donations from various vendors. On the big day, our team came out with a very engaging sharp shooter game (made of reused box supplies) and multiple giveaways for everyone. Our sharp shooter game stole the show by having multiple people wanting to play for a chance to test their shooting accuracy, and the game is a lot harder than it looks! Our team had a fantastic time at the Arlington Police, Fire, Sheriff Block Party and we can not wait until next year!

 

 

 

 

 

Arlington County Fair Parade 2017

 

The Arlington County Fair (ACF) is an annual tradition in Arlington, VA that began in 1947! Local businesses, organizations, and neighbors get together to plan a great weekend filled with activities and events, including the 3rd annual Parade. Every year at the Arlington County Fair, you and your family have the opportunity to go on some great carnival rides, check out the carnival rides/games, and go inside the Thomas Jefferson Community Center to see local businesses and organizations and what they offer.

Two Men And A Truck had a great opportunity to participate in the ACF parade, which began at the Arlington Career Center and ended at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Our fantastic team passed out some great toys and candy for the adults and children watching on the sides. As Movers Who Care, we love participating in community events! Always make sure to keep an open eye for Two Men And A Truck.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back To School Season!

It’s that time of the year again, back to school season!  As Movers Who Care, we love being able to give helpful tips on how this, or any, transition in your life can be a little bit easier. Whether you have a child (or children) starting pre-school, middle school, high school, or college you have to make sure that everyone is on the same level and fully prepared!

  1.  Plan the best first day school outfit.
    Having a fabulous first day of school outfit says everything! It not only is a great confidence boost, but it also allows your child to pick out something that fits their unique personality best. Even if your child goes to a school that requires uniforms, there is still a way that they can add a little personality through accessories! Wiki how has some great tips on How To Look Good In Your School Uniform. Also make sure to check out Seventeen’s 47 Flawless Back-To-School Outfit Ideas to get some inspiration!
  2. Create a daily schedule.
    Once school season starts, you’re going to want to be as prepared as possible so having a family daily planner in the kitchen (or any popular area in your home) might actually save the day. A daily planner lets everyone know what to expect on certain days (birthdays, sport events, etc). Don’t miss out on all the fun!
  3. Get fun school supplies.
    Whether you have received a list of school supplies or just getting a head start, make sure to grab some cool eye-catching school supplies! We recommend checking out Amazon (and if you have Amazon Prime take advantage of the FREE 2-day shipping). Make sure to have your children have a say in picking out the supplies.
  4. Find great breakfast and lunch recipes.
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Before school season begins, experiment cooking in the kitchen with your family and what breakfasts works best for everyone! Not only will this fix their sleep schedule to make them wake up earlier, but it is also a really great bonding experience. We recommend following picky eaters Pinterest board to find some incredibly easy and fun recipes!
  5. Encourage them to get involved with an organization or after school program.
    When moving with kids, we recommend joining a new team or organization after the move. But for a new school year, it is also really beneficial as well! Joining a club is a great way to socialize and build character. Also, there is something for everybody! If you don’t like one activity, there is always a way for you to join a different activity. Jump around and see what fits you the best!
  6. Keep communication Open.
    Communication is KEY! Going back to school season brings a lot of feelings for everyone, so being available to talk will let them know that you are always there to help. Also, make sure to meet your child’s teachers and friends to get a better understanding of who your kid is spending everyday with.

Two Men And A Truck is known as movers who care, so not only do we participate in community events, charitable work, and exceeding customer’s expectations, but we also want to make sure that any transition in your life you are well prepared for! We wish that you and your family have a great school year!

 

 

Make your home Eco-Friendly!

Having an eco-friendly home will not only benefit the earth and lower your carbon footprint, but it will actually be beneficial for you and your family. You might hear that starting an eco-friendly lifestyle is too much work, but just remember how important baby steps are! With these 3 easy steps, you will notice how easy it is to maintain an eco-friendly home without spending large amounts of money and time on solar panels, temperature-regulating walls, or water conserving plumbing!

1. Reuse your moving boxes

After your successful move with Two Men And A Truck, you might have a few  boxes left over. Instead of sending those boxes to the landfill, find creative ways to reuse them. In the past, we have reused boxes for Halloween costumes, decorations, and created large games for kids and adults! You can also use old cardboard for your compost pile. Composting is a great way to naturally get organic nutrient-rich soil for your at-home garden. If you are interested in learning more about what composting is, click Here.  Or if you are interested in setting up your own compost bin (it’s super easy), make sure to check out Buzzfeed’s How To Compost At Home.

2. Clean the air

You might be asking, “How am I suppose to clean air?” It’s actually pretty simple, by banning smoking, growing plants indoors, and installing  carbon monoxide detectors. When you smoke cigarettes or allow people to smoke cigarettes in your home you are introducing your home to cancerous second hand smoke. Growing plants inside your home will clean the air by absorbing harmful pollutants, and also add more oxygen throughout your home. Last, it is important to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause flu-like symptoms, and even lead to death. Once the air in your home is clean, you will begin to notice how easy breathing can be!

3. Make your own cleaning products! 

Making your own cleaning products and air fresheners is money saving and will definitely save your home from the dangerous chemicals you find in store-bought cleaners. Homemade cleaners usually contain less than 5 everyday household items, such as baking soda, vinegar, etc. For great tips on how to make your own cleaning products, we recommend Tip Hero’s 10 Homemade Cleaners, and for air fresheners Yankee Homestead has created some great how-to’s and gift ideas!

With these 3 simple tips, we know that you are on the right track for having an eco-friendly home! If you are interested in more ways that your home can be eco-friendly, make sure to check out Huffpost 50 Cost-Effective Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly.

 

What Movers Can’t Move!

At Two Men And A Truck, our goal is to create a positive, stress-free experience with our customers. Whether you needing assistance with any of our customized packing, moving, or storage services our team will always be happy to lend a helping hand. However, there are laws prohibiting moving companies from moving certain items for you, and you need to be well-informed on what we can’t move for you. Check out our list below to find the items we won’t be able to load onto our

  • Any flammable, explosive, or corrosive items: Federal law prohibits the transportation of these items. These items include propane, car batteries, ammunition, etc. These items have a high chance of causing damage to the truck, as well as the items inside the truck.
  • Gasoline-filled engines or machines: Lawnmowers, grills, tractors, or any items that run on gasoline must be emptied the day before our movers arrive. We will be happy to load these items into our truck, just make sure that it is emptied before your move date and also inform our movers!
  • Anything living: This means pets and plants (potted or not). The temperatures inside our moving trucks can range from extremely hot or freezing cold and there is also a lack of air flow, so these conditions are very hazardous for living pets and plants. Our main concern will always be the safety and well-being of your pets and plants
  • Sensitive or Sentimental Items: this includes items that are valuable to you, such as cash, jewelry, prescription drugs, and important documentation. These items you should keep with you during your move so that you always know where they are! We recommend checking out our “First Night Survival Kit!“,where you can place your valuable items in.

If you have any questions about your move with Two Men And A Truck, give us a call! Our professional team will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about your upcoming move, or about moving a particular item. The more you are prepared for your move, the better experience you will have and we want to be able to create that experience for you!

Below is a great video you can watch to learn what items you can and can’t bring onto our trucks!

Keep Cool This Summer!

At Two Men And A Truck, we make sure that our team is well prepared for the summer heat, but are you? Living in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, our summers are HOT and HUMID! With temperatures in the 90’s, we are going to offer you some great tips from our team on how to stay cool and still enjoy your summer.

Stay Hydrated

Sounds like a broken record, and we know that you’ve heard it constantly, but water is very important to keeping you cool and hydrated. Stay away from sodas, alcoholic drinks, and other caffeinated drinks. Although these drinks may be refreshing, they can actually decrease your body’s ability to store water and can make you feel more thirsty. If you are not a huge water-drinking fan, there are ways you can flavor your water with fruit! Here are some creative ideas to make fruit infused water.

Protect yourself from the sun.

The Sun’s rays can be very damaging to your body. Be sure to always keep sunscreen on hand, as well as SPF chap stick and other products. We also recommend staying inside while the sun is at it’s hottest, which is usually between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take advantage of the area’s free cooling centers and neighborhood pools with your friends! Also, be sure to wear light loose-fitting clothes. Your skin needs to be able to breathe when temperatures are so high, and you will feel a lot more comfortable if you are planning on doing any activities outside.

Watch your diet. 

Even though ice cream sounds like a perfect treat to beat the heat and fast food restaurants have some of the best air conditioning, try to opt for a healthier lighter option, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Cucumber and watermelon are known to be refreshing and cool healthier alternatives, but also have fun with your food! Create fresh fruit popsicles, healthy smoothies, or experiment with fizzy fruit! We are lucky to have great local farmers markets in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. (times and locations available Here).

Practicing techniques on how to stay cool in the summer will prevent any future issues from arising. At Two Men And A Truck, we make sure that our team is prepared to move in any kind of weather and make sure that they are able to exceed expectations! With our busy season still kicking, we are more than happy to share our tricks and tips with you and hope that they come in handy! Stay cool!

 

Moving with KIDS!

We all understand how stressful moving can be, but don’t forget about the kids! Moving can be a huge lifestyle change for a family and can be a really scary process for kids if they are unprepared. Although your schedule is going to look a little hectic, make sure to read the rest of the article to find helpful ways to move with kids.

Before The Move

Conduct a family meeting! In this meeting you should let everyone know what to expect the day of the move, answer any questions, and create mini fun jobs to keep the kids productively occupied. The day of your move, there is going to be a lot going on so being well prepared is going to be an important key!

During The Move

Keep it fun! Your move doesn’t have to be a mundane process of just lifting boxes and loading the truck. You can always play upbeat music, have each kid decorate their own box that goes to their rooms, or create a game to keep the family on their toes! If you created mini jobs for your kids, make sure that they get those accomplished, but allow for them to have fun!

After The Move

If you hired professional movers, they should create an easy move experience for your family. That should save time on moving heavy furniture, with a little bit of extra time to spare, explore the neighborhood! The best way to learn to love your neighborhood is by exploring what it has to offer. Don’t be scared to get a little lost or meet new neighbors in your community.

There are also books that you can read with your children to help make the move a little less stressful, so make sure to check out Children’s Books About Moving. As movers who care, we make it our mission to create a positive and stress-free experience for you and your family.