Monday, January 7, 2019


Choosing to complete a do-it-yourself move is a smart decision, one that will typically save you a lot of money. A DIY move requires more planning and involvement on your part, however, and there are often important details that are overlooked. We want you to have a great DIY moving experience which is why we've outlined the most common DIY moving pitfalls.


Furniture padding is perhaps the most commonly overlooked detail on moving day. It also happens to be one of the most important. If you want your furniture to arrive at your new home without being damaged you will need furniture padding. A general estimate is one dozen pads per 5' of space. However, this estimate should be adjusted to fit your needs.


Neither rental truck or portable storage container companies provide an on-site estimate to determine how much space you need. These companies have methods of estimating your needs, both online and by phone, but their estimates aren't always correct. Whenever possible always defer to more space than you think you need.


Tie downs and rope go a long way in making sure your household goods are secure. This is especially true if you didn't hire professional loading help and opted to load your items on your own.


We're a very green company and we always encourage our customers to utilize used moving boxes. However, there is a point when boxes become overused and will do little to protect your items. This is apparent when the structure of the box is worn to the point where it doesn't provide a sufficient foundation.


Apartments, notably high rises, will often require you to reserve the elevator on moving day. Another commonly overlooked detail: Many luxury high rises will require a certificate of insurance (COI) from the movers listing the property as additional insured. This process usually takes a few days and will likely have a fee associated with it. Be sure to check with your building well before moving day about their requirements.


Moving to a big city? Chances are you will be required to obtain a parking permit for your rental truck, trailer or storage container. Be sure to find out if your city requires one and file the application well before moving day.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

When To Sell And When To Donate Things You Don’t Need

There is one sure way to cut the cost of your move, and that’s to move less stuff. While you’re in the middle of packing, it’s always a great idea to sort what you do and don’t need. If you haven’t worn it in years, get rid of it. If it’s in bad shape, definitely get rid of it. If it won’t fit in in your new home, find somewhere it does fit. When, though, should you donate and when should you sell?

Do You Have Time?

Whether to donate or whether to sell may depend on one thing, do you have time? You can donate everything in one trip, as long as the thrift store or charity accepts everything. They’ll give you a receipt to file with your taxes. If you sell, though, you might make some cash, but it could take time, and you’ll need to be around to show the items.

What Are You Getting Rid Of?

If your clothing is in decent shape, donating is probably easier, unless you have an item that is one of a kind or particularly valuable. If you are getting rid of furniture, many charities and thrift stores don’t even take mattresses and upholstered items, like sofas, because of the potential for bedbugs.
If you have an old car, donating might be better. Your local public TV or radio stations will happily take your car donations.

Is There A Middle Ground?

A consignment store is simple, just one stop, at least in theory, and they can sell many of your goods. There are a couple of downsides to consignment stores, though. They take a cut of all the profits, and they are fairly picky about what they’ll sell. You may have to try several consignment shops to sell all your unwanted items.
If you just want to get rid of stuff, and you don’t care about the tax deduction (most renters, for example, don’t itemize their taxes anyway), you can give items away through sites like Craigslist or NextDoor.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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🙋We are ready to help you with your winter move!
Moving isn’t always an enjoyable process and often brings a lot of concerns. If you don’t want to end up in the hospital with a bunch of broken furniture, you have to follow several simple tips for winter relocation.
Check the weather forecasts - knowing the exact temperature and the possibility of snowfall will help you stay prepared for anything and reduce risk of any painful surprise.
Service the car - the condition of highways and other roads are also different during the winter, that is why your car need to be prepared for the slippery roads and low temperature.
Pack correctly - use more waterproof materials such as plastic bags, plastic or bubble wrap.
Carefully plan your route - try to pick main roads instead of back-roads as the busiest roads will be cleaned fist in case of snowfall.
Prepare your new house - before the moving day, make an inspection of your new residence and assure that all facilities are prepared for the cold weather.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018


The process of moving can seem never-ending. But there’s nothing quite like the feeling of finally getting everything unpacked and settling into your home. Those first few days after unpacking are pretty glorious—everything is in its right place and your space is perfectly clean and uncluttered. The good news is, it’s actually pretty easy to keep it that way.
Embrace small changes first
If you’re generally a bit messy, it may be difficult for you to adopt a tidier and more organized lifestyle. Trying to clean your home from top to bottom at once can be quite overwhelming for you, so you should try to adopt simple habits first. For instance, you can start by simply washing the dishes after your meal every time. Gradually, you can implement other changes until you realize that living in a clean, organized home is much more inspiring and motivating.
Greet change at your front door
When cleaning your home, you should embrace change at your front door – leave your shoes there. You can imagine how much dirt and bacteria you’re bringing inside when you walk around your home in your shoes. So, once you step inside, take off your shoes and leave them by your front door. If you have a lot of shoes, make sure to introduce enough storage units for you and your family members. You can even design a built-in shoe closet next to your entry.
Don’t let clutter rule your life
According to NBC News, one in four Americans actually has a clutter problem. Not only is this making your space smaller, stuffier and more overwhelming, but it’s actually leaving you without a few extra bucks in your wallet. You’d be surprised by how much money you can earn by simply selling your clutter online or organizing a yard sale. Therefore, instead of feeling cramped in your own home and letting clutter take over your life, you should finally free yourself and your space from unnecessary junk and useless items. The best way to declutter your home is to deal with one room at a time. You should throw away anything that you haven’t used in more than a year, put away some items and clothing that you want to donate and set aside those things that you can sell.
Start your morning the organized way
Your bedroom will seem more organized the moment you make your bed in the morning. This will take just a few minutes each morning and you’ll be able to start your day by creating an organized look in your bedroom. Afterwards, your personal sanctuary will seem more relaxing and inspiring, which will have a positive effect on you, as well.
Pay attention to what you breathe in
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When cleaning and tidying up their homes, most people consider dusting, mopping, scrubbing and vacuuming without even thinking about the quality of their indoor air. Yet, indoor pollution is a serious issue that can affect your health and your home’s general atmosphere. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to eliminate or at least mitigate this problem in your home. For instance, effective AC units are a key component for creating a healthy, airy atmosphere in homes. Furthermore, proper air conditioning installation is a way of ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of both duct and spit systems in households. Therefore, if you feel that your home needs some fresh air, you should have an AC unit installed by professionals so that you can rest assured that it’s working properly.
Other ways to increase your indoor air quality is to introduce air purifiers and houseplants that will help you remove airborne toxins and allergens. You should also switch to healthy, green cleaning products instead of using those highly toxic ones.
Wash and deep clean
Everything from covers and pillowcases to drapes and area rugs collects dust and allergens in your home every day. Carpets and rugs, in particular, are full of dirt, toxins and other pollutants that can easily spread throughout your space. Therefore, you should wash and deep clean your fabrics, carpets, rugs and other materials on a regular basis. While covers, pillowcases, sheets, cloths, towels and other materials can be easily thrown into the washing machine, rugs and carpets require more effort, so you can just have them professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
Put away after use
Clean and Modern Kitchen
Learning to put an item away after using it is a simple habit that will save you a lot of effort. By always keeping each item in its own place, you’ll prevent clutter from building up. You may need to introduce more storage units, but you’ll finally have enough room for everything.
Clean as you go
You probably passed by a blanket thrown over your sofa or a pile of magazines lying on your coffee table countless times. Instead of choosing not to even pay attention to these messy spots, you should tidy them up as soon as you notice them. Every time you pass by a cluttered or dirty area in your home, don’t ignore it, but deal with it immediately. This will save you a lot of trouble later on when you can’t postpone cleaning anymore.
Keeping your home clean, tidy and healthy often entails adopting simple habits that will make both your home and your life more organized.
Author: Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Besides all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Helpful tips to make moving to Pune safer, quicker and easier

Moving to a new city with or without family is a tiring job to accomplish and you can imagine the pain associated with it, when you have to take care of everything related to the shifting. In order to make the moving easier and fun loving, you can surely hire the professionals who have the expertise in handling the moving requirements. And when it comes to some of the much talked about cities like Pune, you can be sure that the House shifting companies in Pune will surely make the moving easier and efficient for you. These days, owing to the amicable environment of this city, most of the people are preferring this to be one of the favorite places to visit, and stay in either permanently or for short duration.
Pune is rightly known as the queen of the Deccan. Pune has an effectively gotten it's name composed ordinarily for a wide range of reasons in the brilliant pages of history. It is presently not only a place where Maratha's lived. It is presently an IT center point where such a significant number of organizations are there. Now that being stated, we can rest guarantee that Pune is a city which has experienced a great deal of changes throughout the years and has asserted it is a situation as a standout amongst the most wanted spots to go through a time in the country when it comes to the 21st century. With a considerable measure of posts and other traveler goal in and around the city, Pune has likewise kept itself as a common subject among the experienced and the wanderers. This city has everything that makes it best city to live and work in.
So, if you have planned to move to this city, here are some of the helpful points which will help you move to the city with greater easy and in a stress free manner. Let us read these points to know some of the important things which will help you be in Pune with all the enjoyment as you want:
Keep a check on the weather
Mostly Pune has pleasant and comfortable weather, which will make you enjoy the stay there.  Also, when you are moving make sure that you do not move during harsh weather condition, such as during heavy monsoon or during hot summer this will make the move a comfortable and efficient task to be achieved. You can see the weather forecast well on time for the dates you have deicide to move and carry the required things like woolens, raincoats etc. along with you depending on the climate.
Pune has amazing places to study for your kids
Some of the best-known schools in Pune are: The Bishop’s School, St Helena’s School, Loyola High School, Symbiosis International School, and the Mercedes-Benz International School. There are premier colleges too, including Savitribai Phule Pune University, Ferguson College, Symbiosis College, BMCC, MIT among many others. On the off chance that you are moving to Pune with school-going kids, finding a decent instructive foundation will be no issue by any stretch of the imagination. There are a few surely understood and believed pre-schools and universal schools all over Pune, with brilliant offices and prepared teachers and professors/ educators. Much like most parts of India, schools’ sessions begin in June. So you can consider moving in June to make sure that your kids get the admission on time into a suitable school which you have chosen.
Hire someone who is professional in offering moving services
You can visit LogisticMart which is a platform to get the list of the best Packers and Movers Pune, who will help you move in the easiest manner. Also, this is a platform, where you find credible and certified movers and packers who will provide you door to door delivery of the products in the best condition. Such organizations have trained professionals who have expertise in handling the products in the best manner possible.
The city has people who speak in various different languages and they are from all across the nation, hence you will not be surprised in this city. The city has various things for you regardless of your age.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boxtume Tutorial Part 3: Frankenstein

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If you’re looking for a fun DIY Halloween costume, we’ve got you covered! Pick up a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box, and follow these tips for creating the perfect costume — or “boxtume”, as we like to call it.
Frankenstein Boxtume
Want to make a spooky Halloween costume? This super easy Frankenstein boxtume should do the trick! Follow the steps below to make your very own!
What you’ll need:
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK small box
  • Green, black, and silver paint
  • Paper towel tube
  • Box cutter
  • Hot glue
Step 1: Assemble the box, taping the top and bottom shut. Paint the outside with green paint.
Step 2: Once the paint has dried, use a box cutter to cut a rectangle out of the front of the box for the face. Then, cut another rectangle out of the bottom that’s large enough to fit your child’s head.
Step 3: Add black, pointed hair around the top of the head.
Step 4: Cut paper towel tube in half and paint silver. Once dry, hot glue to each side of the box.
Complete the look with a purple shirt and black jacket, and maybe even green face paint if you’re feeling extra spooky!
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2 thoughts on “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boxtume Tutorial Part 3: Frankenstein

  1. The move went excellent and we were extremely pleased. The two men assigned to our move were very professional and friendly. They worked constantly and with great care. Their constant work helped keep the cost of our move down which is deeply appreciated. Movers we have used in the past would seem to slow down on several occasions to make the move last longer which raised the price of our move. You will not have that problem with Two Men and a Truck! We will definitely be recommending Two Men and a Truck to everyone we know who is going to be moving. David N. at the Carrollton office how set up our move and he was very professional, kind, and did everything he could to accommodate every need we had. I wish I could compliment David to his supervisor. Write the name Two Men and a Truck down and use them on your next move.

Sunday, August 26, 2018


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® started in the early 1980s as a way for two brothers to make extra money while they were in high school. Now, 30 years later, the company has grown to more than 350 locations worldwide.
Brothers Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber started moving people in the Lansing area using an old pickup truck. They had their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, develop a logo to put in a weekly community newspaper. That stick-men logo still rests on every truck, sign and advertisement.

After the brothers left for college, Sheets continued to field calls for moving services while she also worked a full-time data processing job with the State of Michigan. In 1985, she decided to make things official by purchasing a 14-foot truck for $350 and hiring a pair of movers. That $350 is the only capital Sheets has ever invested in the company.

Her experience with data analysis, combined with her commitment to customer service, earned her a spot on a 1988 graduate business panel at Michigan State University. When a fellow panelist suggested she franchise her little company, Sheets decided to consult with an attorney on the matter.


In 1989, Sheets awarded the first location outside of Michigan to her daughter, Melanie Bergeron, with an office located in Atlanta, GA.
When the company reached 39 franchises, Sheets asked Bergeron to assume the role of company president while she pursued a seat in the Michigan State Senate. Bergeron is now chair of the board. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s long track record of aggressive growth continued under Bergeron’s profession leadership and keen business strategies.
Brig and Jon  eventually returned to team up with their mom and older sister in the mid-1990s. Brig has served in multiple executive roles over the years, including President, Co-CEO, and now in his role as Chief Brand Officer. Jon is executive vice president.
Jon Nobis – who joined TWO MEN AND A TRUCK as Chief Information Office in March 2013 – took the role of Chief Operation Officer in 2013, then joined Brig as a Co-CEO in 2017 before transitioning to full-time CEO June 2018.
In August 2012, former Chief Operating Officer Randy Shacka was promoted to president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Brant Hartle joined the executive team in 2016 as chief financial officer, and Sara Bennett was promoted from HR director to Chief Talent Officer in 2018.


That first truck Sheets bought in 1985 has now multiplied into a fleet of more than 2,800 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the nation's largest franchised local moving company. Customers benefit from having trained, uniformed movers who are insured and bonded to handle any home and business moving tasks.

The company has come a long way – and logged a lot of miles – since Sheets sketched the first "stick-men." The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system continues to pave the way for future growth and innovation, while remaining rooted in the core principles of exceeding customers' expectations.