Friday, March 14, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: How to ease your mind for move day.

The countdown begins! The planning, the booking and making reservations and don’t forget all that packing and organizing. Whether it’s a big move across the country or just a small move down the street, it can be one of the most stressful events in your life. Here are some helpful tips and check lists to keep in mind for an easier move and a calmer conscience.


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 Calm Mind and Body:
  • Eliminate the clutter: Your mind is running all time and this can cause an overactive mind to stress. Apply your spring cleaning methods to all aspects in your life. Clear and scrub; clean not just your room, but also with work, friends and family. Forgive and forget. You want everyone on your team right now.
  • Meditate: Clear your predominant thoughts. Alleviate your daily tensions and improve your focus for a good night’s sleep and an energized day tomorrow.
  • Getting good sleep: Well-planned strategies are essential to deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. Start by setting a regular bed time, and getting up at the same time everyday. Increase light exposure during the day and boost melatonin levels at night (by turning off electronics in the surrounding area).
  • Relax: Try reading a book before bed, or going on a walk to clear your mind. Enjoying hobbies and doing activities that you enjoy regularly can help ease your mind by satisfying those outside
  • Make lists: By making to-do lists for the next day, your mind can stop trying to focus on remembering what you need to get done and center in on what you can do right now. Plus! The physical act of crossing things off when you finish them feels so satisfying.
  • Breathe: When you are starting to feel frustrated and at wits end, remember to breathe in and out deeply to open up the flow of oxygen.


Make a Moving Checklist:
v     Start to clean out closets, the garage, and attic
v     Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity
v     Get change of address cards, notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies and all other organizations
v     Schedule disconnects for gas, electric, water and the telephone. Arrange for refunds that are due and schedule connections for your new home
v     Make an essentials package for last minute cleaning and another for your first night in the new house
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Conscience Reminder:  If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no. And if you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.

With comments or questions contact Alex Lee, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: How to Pack Your Moving Truck

     How good are you at Tetris? In all of the hustle and bustle of your big move day, it’s easy to resort to the “quick and easy” way of packing your items. But before you start throwing boxes in the back of the truck and creating a bigger problem, take a step back and deep breath! You can handle this, and here we will include a list of materials you will need to pack your moving truck safely and efficiently, as well as some helpful tips for placement of your belongings in the truck.



What you will need:
  • Similar sized moving grade boxes
  • Furniture pads
  • Mattress bags
  • Packing tape
  • Tarps
  • Furniture/Appliance Dolly
  • Ropes, bungee cords and other tie-downs
  • Step stool
  • Sturdy working gloves
  • Locate ‘filler’ items to maximize padding (i.e. pillows, blankets, stuffed animals)  
     When packing a moving truck, it is best to visualize the game Tetris, filling in all the gaps to stabilize each row. Start with appointing a ‘supervisor’ to direct the placement of items for the best fit in the space available. Place the larger heavier items along the front wall of the truck as shown in the picture above. This will avoid sliding and elimination of possibly damaging your items. Keep in mind, the heavier boxes should be towards the bottom of the stack for stabilization and to protect the lighter more fragile items on top. Make sure to use filler items such as blankets and pillows when packing boxes on top of other furniture, it is best to be generous with padding to avoid broken, scratching or denting your goods. But the most important thing to remember: stay calm. Breathe deeply and work together with your helpers. Keep calm and move on!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.

With comments or questions contact Alex Lee, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share What To Put In Last Minute Moving Box



When I moved a month ago into my first apartment there were so many things I wish I was told; like calling the electrician before the weekend I moved! I stayed my first few nights in the dark and was lucky enough to dig out my candles in my essentials moving box. So for all of you in the moving process, don’t forget these essential items in an easily accessible box.


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·         Toilet paper
·         Tooth brush and paste
·         Medications
·         Phone and other electronics chargers
·         All-purpose cleaner
·         Paper hand towels
·         Broom
·         Trash bags
·         Spare change of clothes
·         Hand soap
·         Pet food and dishes
·         Snacks
·         Water bottles
·         Emergency kit
·         Basic tool kit
·         Important records including lease/mortgage documents, birth certificates, tax records, medical records, and passport
·         Shower curtain
·         Flashlights and candles (in case your electricity isn’t set up yet!)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 full-time movers and drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sell boxes and packing supplies.

With questions or comments contact Alex Lee, Marketing Assistant at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share How to Increase the Value of Your Home

It’s good to know which projects will actually increase the value of your home before you start renovating your home. Here is a list of renovations that will increase the value, as well as some that may not be worthwhile in the end.

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Renovations to Do:


Upgrade your kitchen. Kitchen renovation should be at the top of the list. This is the room where families tend to spend most of their time. Some suggestions are to upgrade all the appliances to stainless steel, and installing counter tops made from engineered stone or granite to improve the aesthetic appeal.

Upgrade your bathroom. Replace old, cracked, or dirty toilets. They can be an eyesore! The same goes for a vanity, install one that recesses into the wall to save space. Proper lighting can also be a value booster, whether it’s replacing old lighting or adding a window for natural lighting. Another simple fix is to re-glaze your bath tub if you cannot afford to replace it.

Go green. In recent years there has been a growing demand for green housing. This involves anything that can make your house more energy efficient. Changes can be small such as adding a ceiling fan in every room.


Renovations to avoid:


Converting a room. Turning a bedroom into a room that is specific to your interests, such as a library or wine cellar is a risk. Once you start changing the structure of a room, you make it less valuable because the next owner may not want to spend the money to re-renovate the room. If this is something you insist on doing, make it easy to undo.

Laying down carpet. More and more people want natural hardwood flooring. It’s easier to clean, it doesn't show as much dirt, and it’s better for people who suffer from allergies.

Redoing your garage. Some people do some interesting things with their garages, such as turning them into family rooms or play rooms, and laying down carpet. Most people just want a garage to simply function as a garage; a place to park your car and keep dirty outdoor stuff. It’s okay to redo your garage in a sensible way, such as adding shelving or expanding it, but don’t overdo it.




TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.


With comments or questions contact Kelley Skerritt, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share Problems to Look For When Purchasing a Home

Buying a home can be tricky, you never really know what you’re going to get so you need to be sure that you inspect the home before you make any final commitments. Preexisting problems with the home can end up costing you a lot of money, so here are some things to check carefully when house hunting.


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·        Turn the taps on in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry to check the water pressure, performance and drainage. Keep an eye out for dirty water, and it can't hurt to drink the water for a taste test because the taste can vary from location to location.

·        Check the hot water system. Make sure it’s the correct size to meet your family’s needs.  Also check for leaks, rust and age; replacing a broken hot water system can be expensive and is not the sort of thing you can put off. If it is gas, check for the system's last servicing.

·        Be extra cautious if the house has been recently painted because it could be masking serious problems such as mold.

·        Check for damp areas on the walls and look for signs of peeling or bubbling paint, especially in bathrooms. Watermarks are a dead giveaway. Fixing the issues that arise from this can sometimes run well into the tens of thousands of dollars. Again if freshly painted, rely on your sense of smell.

·        If possible, visit the house on a rainy day to check for leaky roofs, walls or ceilings.

·        Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate so pay close attention to the age and quality of cabinets, flooring, plumbing, and counter tops.

·        Make sure your furniture and appliances fit in the rooms. Replacing certain items is very costly.

·        Check the insulation, with energy prices so high, a well-insulated home can help keep you warm in the cooler months and cooler in the warmer months. It’s important to have at least a foot of insulation in the ceiling, and insulating the walls will also help reduce energy costs. Adding insulation can cost about $1,000. Blowing it into the walls adds several thousand dollars to that cost.

·        Check the heating and air conditioning systems, both can be very costly to repair. If there isn't central cooling keep in mind that wall and window units area cheaper to replace, but cost more to run and if they stay in place year-round can cause water damage or mold in the surrounding area.

·        If you happen to fall in love with a home that does need work, you can also try to negotiate a lower price or insist that the current home owner makes repairs before finalizing your offer.



TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.


With comments or questions contact Kelley Skerritt, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your House

Whether you just want to make you home look nice inside and out or you have your home up for sale, first impressions about your home are everything. Curb appeal matters whether or not you have a home up for sale because an attractive, well maintained home and yard is inviting and can give you a lift every time you come home.

·        Tackle the maintenance details. Start by mowing the lawn and edging the driveway and walkway. Every line should be straight. Power wash the outside, and polish every surface that shines.

·        Clean the walkways and driveway. Clean each surface then patch small holes and cracks. If you are feeling creative and up for the extra work, define the edges of a side walk or driveway with brick or stone.

·        Arrange a container garden. Combine a variety of sizes, heights, shapes and textures along with a pop of color of blooming plants.

·        Add trees or plant beds. Mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can add significant value to your home and provide shading for the home which can reduce air-conditioning costs in the summer. Even small trees can provide shade!

·        Paint or replace the front door. If your door is in good shape, remove the hardware, sand it thoroughly, and apply 2 coats of exterior enamel in a color that contrasts with the home or complements the siding. Or you can just replace the whole thing.

·        Hang shutters. Nothing can really change a home’s appearance faster than adding shutters. Well-placed shutters define windows and add dimension and color.

·        Upgrade exterior lighting. Good lighting can make your home sparkle and extremely inviting. Try lining a walkway with solar landscape lights, or swapping out an old recessed light for a chandelier.

·        Renew home hardware. Beauty lies in the details. Take a weekend to update and replace items like the door knob, knocker, and address numbers. Choose timeless items that will remain looking elegant, and compliment your homes architecture.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.


With comments or questions contact Kelley Skerritt, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO MOVERS SHARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN APARTMENT TYPES

If you are looking to rent an apartment, it can be confusing with all the options you are faced with. You need to make sure you get the apartment that is right for you. Here are some types of apartments and their differences.

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Studio Apartments
A studio apartment is a one room apartment with a sleeping, kitchen, and dining area with one full bathroom. Some studio apartments have a nook area that can be sectioned off for sleeping.

1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments
These apartments are self-explanatory. They range from small (barley larger than a studio) to pretty large and include dining area, kitchen, living room, and 1-2 ½ bathrooms.

Duplex or Triplex
These apartments can have different meaning depending on where you live, but it usually refers to having many floors or units either vertically or horizontally in a building.

Live/Work
This is a mix of a residential building and a commercial building, often with retail space or offices on the bottom floor with a living area above.

Loft
These are high-ceiling apartments that can range from a converted commercial building to a high rise. They normally feature and open floor plan with no interior walls and a second level sleeping area.



TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento employs a staff of over 40 Full-Time Movers and Drivers, with a fleet of 10 trucks. We have performed home and business moving services in and around the Greater Sacramento area for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sells boxes and packing supplies.


With comments or questions contact Kelley Skerritt, Marketing Coordinator at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.