5 Tips for Moving as a Single Parent

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Living as a single parent can be challenging.  You are your child’s world, and your little bundle of joy depends on you for almost everything.  As much as you love your child, this can be exhausting at times, especially when relocating.  Packing can seem endless, and research can be overwhelming when it comes time to move.  There are a few things that can help a single parent prepare for his or her move.  We have a few tips that may turn a moving disaster into a victory.

Learn the Surroundings

One of the most important things to do when moving is get to know the surroundings of your new home.  Before the move, know the locations of important spots like hospitals, grocery stores, banks, playgrounds, day care, and other necessary locations.  As a single parent, every minute is precious while moving.  Doing this will cut down on time searching for them when you need them.  Researching the surroundings can also give you a better idea of the location of your new home.

Safety

Before you plan to move, determine the safety of your desired location. Safety is a very important aspect of a move when you have children.  Parents want to find a safe, comfortable home for their child to play.  Ensure your new neighborhood is safe before you settle on a new home.

Let People Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  As a single parent, you are going to need help from others.  Hire a professional moving company to help you pack and move your items.  Your time needs to be focused on preparing your child for the move.  Schedule a professional mover in advance to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

Schools

Don’t forget about schools!  Picking a school should be a priority for the single parent.  Before the move, be sure to choose a school that will be a good fit for your child. School is the priority in your child’s life; therefore, it is imperative that you find a good school that fits his or her needs.  Also, determine if your new area requires zoning in the school systems.  This could be a determining factor of where to purchase a home.

Think About the Child First

Moving can be a very emotional time for your child.  He or she will require extra attention during this time.  “Sell” the new home to your child by discussing new friends or activities happening in the neighborhood.  It is also important to get your little guy or girl’s bedroom set up quickly, so he or she has a sense of security in the new home. Truckie'sTreasurechestWe have heard that our “Truckie Treasure Chest Box” makes an exciting new addition to the playroom!  If you will be moving away from the other parent, be sure to give security about this. Let the child know that the other parent will still be around. Nurturing your youngster during this time is vital to the move.

For more information on moving, be sure to check out our moving tips on twomenandatruckbrentwood.com.

Over the years we have seen some hilarious (and sometimes scary) pictures of moves.  We decided that it is time to share a few of our favorites.

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QCYv3 Dad holding on for dear life.

fun-moving-photos No need for a truck or van when you have a bike!

moving-a-refrigerator-funny-pictures Next time these guys should really call us!

funny-fridge-moving We hope he is strapped in.

download This is my personal favorite.  This move is definitely a two man job.

Before you decide to move like this, call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/Brentwood-Franklin.  We will ensure that you move goes much better than the ones above.  Call us at (615)-595-5929.

Tips For Moving To College

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It is almost that time of year to pack up your newly graduated senior and send them off on their next journey, college life.  Many of us have been in this position, and it can be an emotional time for both parent and child.  Parents do not want to spend this time frustrated and tension running high with their new college student.  This is why hiring a professional mover can be a crucial part of moving your child into a dormitory or apartment.

Having a mover can take a huge weight off of students’ shoulders and allow them to concentrate on meeting new friends and getting involved around campus.  Coming from experience, this is a very important part of college life.  Friendships are formed quickly, and it will be reassuring to know that your child is comfortable when you leave campus.

Professional mover also know the ins and outs of a college town, which can save you a great amount of time on moving day.  They can help you determine at what times to avoid moving, because a dormitory or apartment move can be quite chaotic at certain times of the day.  Professional movers that are able to consult with their customers, advising them of best practices and informing them of helpful tips well in advance of the move, allows you to enjoy this time of growth for your child. Making early arrangements for moving your child into their student residence allows your movers to plan an efficient and trouble free move.

Scheduling the move early is a wise decision. This will allow you to become comfortable with the company and avoid any scheduling conflicts that may arise.  It will be very comforting to know that you have movers that care and understand the delicate nature of your teen leaving home for the first time.

As the new school year approaches, many students and parents will be preparing to move, and our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  Brentwood movers will be eager to help. Early preparation for the big move will pay huge dividends at the end of the summer.

Tips To Get Through a Hot Summer Move

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Have you ever wondered why so many people choose to move in the hot, dog days of summer?  Along with wedding and yard sale season, summer is also the prime time for moving.  Whether is it is moving kids to college, just married, or a work transfer, people partake in the summer move for several reasons.  No matter what the reason there are several things to remember when moving in the summer.  Having just moved myself, I want to pass along a few tips to make your sweltering move an easy one.

Drink water and a lot of it

Although you may not seem thirsty, sweating and moving heavy items can quickly lead to dehydration.  Constantly drinking water can keep you hydrated through your move and helps you to keep from tiring out.  Be sure to keep a cooler packed with water and sports beverages for your movers as well.  Sports beverages contain electrolytes that can keep you moving through the heat.

Keep fans and air conditioner running

Several people find themselves packing up fans before moving day arrives.  It is very important to wait and pack these trusty guys at the very end.  Your house can heat up quickly with people moving items in and out of the house.  I would also suggest running the air conditioner the entire time you are packing items into a truck and vehicles.  This will allow you to have a cool place to sit down and cool off.  Remember to unpack fans first to cool down your new home before moving in.

Plan ahead

Because summer is the busiest time a year for the moving industry, be sure to plan ahead.  Contact the moving company several weeks in advance to ensure that movers will be available the day of your move.  You do not want to end up moving in the summer heat without help!

Beware of melting candles

Remember to consider what items should not go into a hot truck.  Candles can melt and make a big mess that you just don’t have time for on moving day.  CD’s and videos can easily warp in the heat.  Plan ahead for items such as these, so they will stay intact during your move.

Dress appropriately for a move

Wearing the correct attire for your move can make a world of difference on moving day.  I suggest a moisture wicking or cotton t-shirt, shorts, and a tennis shoes.  Remember comfort is key, and nothing can change your mood faster than sore feet or a hot, uncomfortable outfit.

For more tips on moving you can visit our website at http://www.twomenbrentwood-franklin.com or “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoMenBrentwood?ref=hl

Meet Our New General Manager

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Charles Gibbons, known as Chuck around the office, is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/Brentwood- Franklin’s newest general manager. Chuck moved to Brentwood from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® homeland, Lansing, Michigan. He began his Two Men career in 2009 as a mover and quickly moved to the top with six promotions in eighteen months. As general manager, Chuck is responsible for delivering the highest customer service through hiring, training, marketing, and exceeding customer expectations.  Chuck’s favorite thing about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the focus on promoting within and the system wide belief in the core purpose “Moving people forward” whether its customers or staff.

Beginning his new position on June 1st, Chuck chose to come to Brentwood because he felt that it was the next step in his career path.  He hopes to become a franchisee himself and leaving the only corporate owned store will give him a taste of franchise life. Chuck’s future dream is to one day open the first franchise in Honolulu, Hawaii!

After living in Michigan all his life, Chuck has really gotten a taste of southern hospitality in Franklin, TN.  He loves the food and culture and says Franklin is truly a gem of the South. Chuck’s advice for current and future TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers is the possibilities are endless. If you are looking for a handout, you will not get it in this organization, strive for opportunity, excel when given it and never be content with the ordinary.

How to Avoid a Risky Move

The day of your move has finally arrived. After wrapping millions of dishes and packing countless boxes, you are ready for the movers to come take your precious items to your new home.  The last thing you want is for your scheduled movers to not show up or do an unsatisfactory job.  Believe it or not this does happen!  You can help eliminate this dilemma by researching moving companies before hiring them.  Here are some tips to remember when looking for a moving company.

1.  Look at the ratings and reviews from previous customers.  Previous customers will be completely honest about their  experience with the   moving company.
2.  Make sure the company is insured and bonded.
3.  Determine how payment is accepted.  Several fraudulent moving companies will want a large deposit up front.
4.  Ask the company for a free on-site visit.
5.  Inquire about the company’s damage policy.  You may need this if something gets broken in your move.
6.  Determine if the movers are permanent or temporary employees.
7.   Make sure you double check that the move is scheduled.  There can always be miscommunication.

If you have any other questions when it comes to finding quality movers, please call our local office at (615)595-5929.  We are the “Movers Who Care,” and we are here to help!

Welcome To Our New Blog Page!

ImageWelcome to our new blog! We want to provide you with useful tips and information to guide you with your move whether you’re doing it on your own or hiring Franklin movers.  We’re here to help you make an informed decision and share our professional moving tips that we’ve tried and tested over the years.

We pride ourselves to be the “Mover Who Care” and maintain this reputation with the excellent customer service and loyalty we provide our customers.  Moving is an exciting, yet difficult time, and we want to help in any way we can.

We’re constantly looking to improve ourselves so if you have any questions and suggestions please feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you in a moments time.

Welcome to our new blog! We want to provide you with useful tips and information to guide you with your move whether you’re doing it on your own or hiring Franklin movers.  We’re here to help you make an informed decision and share our professional moving tips that we’ve tried and tested over the years. 

We pride ourselves to be the “Mover Who Care” and maintain this reputation with the excellent customer service and loyalty we provide our customers.  Moving is an exciting, yet difficult time, and we want to help in any way we can.

We’re constantly looking to improve ourselves so if you have any questions and suggestions please feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you in a moments time. Welcome to our new blog! We want to provide you with useful tips and information to guide you with your move whether you’re doing it on your own or hiring Franklin movers.  We’re here to help you make an informed decision and share our professional moving tips that we’ve tried and tested over the years.

We pride ourselves to be the “Mover Who Care” and maintain this reputation with the excellent customer service and loyalty we provide our customers.  Moving is an exciting, yet difficult time, and we want to help in any way we can.

We’re constantly looking to improve ourselves so if you have any questions and suggestions please feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you in a moments time.

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