Thursday, December 18, 2014

Psst..don't forget to change your address!


An obvious yet often forgotten task is to change your address. When the move is 4 weeks out you know you’ll change your address at some point, and as the week of the move approaches you have so many other things on the to-do list that you eventually forget. So here’s what you need to do to change your address:

Double check your address. No seriously. Make sure you live on a street not an avenue, if you live on a number street make sure it’s 9th not Ninth or your mail – and maybe even your movers might end up at someone else’s home across town. It could happen.

Change of Address

Go to your local USPS or call 1-800-ASK-USPS and change it over the phone.  You can also change it online, but do know that they charge $1 to verify your address.  No biggie, but some people don’t want to pay that fee and we understand.  Now, if you have a temporary moving situation, you’ll need to go into the post office location you want to use for a P.O. Box.  Rates are dependent on how long you will use the P.O. Box but could also be a good option for renters who plan to move again.

Make a List

Your list could include:
  1. Car Note
  2. Homeowners Insurance
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Doctors & Dentists
  5. Banks & Credit Card Companies
  6. Utility Department
  7. Magazine Subscriptions
  8. Government Offices, DMV, IRS
  9. Current and previous employers
  10. Friends and family
As you know, it feels great to check items off a list, so get to work! And remember, once you move, you will forget about all the small details it took to get you there. Now that you have time to relax, check out our clever moving announcement board on Pinterest!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: 6 Tips on Painting your New Home





Now that you have settled into your new home you may or may not have the desire to decorate accordingly to your taste. You got the new furniture picked out, couch & pillows, the sculptures or art work you may want to put up, but your room wall colors aren't quite to your liking. So lets paint! For those who may know already, or are first time painters. Here are 6 helpful tips on painting your New home.



Tip 1
Clean your walls
Some may not know, but having dirty walls when painting is a "No-no". Any dust particle, lent, dirt, or grease spot could destroy your smooth finish. Simply take a sponge, some water, and mild washing detergent and rotate in medium to large circles. Rinse with clean water once finished. Also make sure to scrape any unwanted peelings with a putty knife, then sand them smooth.
Tip 2
Blue tape is your Friend
Make sure when you are painting a room to ALWAYS grab some painter's blue tape. Using this will not only make your painting job appear professional, it will help you from getting paint on unwanted areas. Once you finished painting, remove the painter's blue tape almost immediately before it drys. This will prevent you from removing any paint as you peel the blue tape off.

Tip 3
Prime time!
Don't forget to prime your walls. Doing this will further increase the best results in the appearance, and sheen. Never paint over previous paint, always prime.

Tip 4

Grab a Brush
Brush on paint in the place where the roller cannot reach. This will help you reach those hard to get edges, corners, and trims.

Tip 5
Stir, Stir, Stir!
Stir your paint before you begin. Please don't paint straight from the can. That's another "no-no". Place the paint in a roller tray, and in a small bowl if you are using a brush for corners. It will make your world much easier.

Tip 6
Trims need love too


Once finished with all of your wall painting, and the wall are completely dry. Go back and add painter's blue tape to your walls on top of  your trimmings, and give them some love. Paint the molding and the door frames back to its original color, possibly white, or you can paint to what ever color you choose.


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 are for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sell boxes and packing supplies.


With comments or questions contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916.852.7411 or contact us here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: Keeping Old House Memories


Not every move is an easy move. Yes, sometimes it's a great thing to move into a new home, and create new beginnings. But other times we may not be emotionally ready for a new home, and just the thought of the word move itself may scare us. We could be holding sentimental values, or even memories from our old homes that we may not be ready to let go. Sometimes we have children who may have a hard time adjusting to their first move, and the idea of being 'uprooted' may not sit well with them. Adjusting to new beginnings can be hard on anyone. So here are 5 ways to help you keep memories of your old home.




 1. WRITE ABOUT IT 
It doesn't matter if you're a professional writer, or a casual journalist. You may have never written a thing in your life, but writing down your home memories is a great essential way to keep those memories stored for years to come. Here's some ideas that may help get you started. Try these:

  • What is one of your most favorite memories in the house?
  • What's your favorite place to be in the home?
  • What will you miss the most?
  • What will you not miss the most?
2. DO A WALK-THRU

With today's technology you can achieve almost anything with just the push of a button. Walk through the home your last day, and record with your family one last time. Doing this, not only gives yourself clarity, it can be sentimental therapy to the children as well. Go through the house and capture the front yard, backyard, inside...etc. As you film talk about your favorite memories. And If you have children, let them get involve as well. This is a time for everyone to leave with a happy mind-set.

3. TAKE PICTURES
Take pictures all over your home of your favorite rooms, or even furniture (still in home). Have your family share turns taking pictures of each other in rooms, and favorite areas of the home. Take a lot. You can later print out the photos and make a memorable album. You could even have your children who may feel homesick take pictures as well. This way they don't feel left out and more comfortable knowing that its OK to move on.

4. 3D PRINT IT!
As mentioned previously, technology has come a long way. If you can't stand the thought to leaving your home behind, 3D images may be your answer. You could hire professionals to take pictures of you and your home and turn it into a 3D image, so that it may look as realistic as possible. It may not be the easiest option, but the end results and memorable portrait will be amazing. You could frame your photos and hang it in your new home as a welcome home gift.

5. Let it go, Say Goodbye
On your last day, it probably will be the hardest. You may be standing in the living-room for the last time, or taking out your last box. The best way to move on is to say "Good-Bye", and let it go. Smell the air, touch the scratched stair case, feel the empty space in your home now that the furniture is gone, and listen to the surrounding echo sounds. You may have made beautiful memories in your old home, but now is the time to grasp the clarity of moving 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 are for almost 10 years. Our award winning services include full service moving and packing services and we also sell boxes and packing supplies.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sacramento Movers share weird moving tips that ACTUALLY work



Some people start their moving process with a stress-free mindset and then ten boxes later they find themselves tossing random items where ever they'll fit and inevitably, they loose their cool. Lets face it, moving can be tough, so here are some useful yet admittedly odd tips.

1. Donate

Purge all that stuff you don't need or want to pay someone to move for you. This is a great opportunity to give your old stuff to a local charity.

2. Forget the food

If you went grocery shopping recently and have a ton a food you don't feel like moving, donate it to the local food bank!

3. Utilize your space

Put your spices in the crock pot, keep clothes in drawers and keep your kids toys in the toy box. If you're using Two Men and a Truck we will pad & stretch wrap all of your furniture for no added cost.

4. Use your luggage to move

Place heavy items in your wheeled luggage. You're saving space and have a set of wheels to cart the otherwise heavy books out in. If you're using our services, we have lots of muscles to do that sort of work!

5. Secure small items in socks

Small items you want to keep protected can go inside of one sock and secured with another sock.

6. Two-night tote

Have a bag with two nights worth of closthes, toiletries, etc. When you're between homes, you'll thank yourself because having the items you need for a few days allows you more time to relax before unpacking in a panic!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: Packing your Kitchen Properly.






When packing kitchenware consider ordering special made boxes, such as ones from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Sacramento. TMTSacramento's custom boxes range from all different categories, Standard boxes, Picture & mirror boxes, Wardrobe boxes, and Dishware boxes (Click here for more details). Special made boxes can be essential to your move, because of the ease to quickly and safely protect your valuables. You should wrap each individual item separately, to protect and secure it from shifting or breaking. Glassware and Porcelain especially, should have secure surroundings when placing them into a box, try to pack these items separately from the rest of your belongings.
Make sure to have the right box for the job, (the heavier the smaller, ideally not very large). When wrapping individual items,  NEVER use newspaper, unless you are stuffing the corners of a box for extra support, and less shifting. The reason to this is, newspaper tends to leave unwanted ink or newsprint marks on your valuable kitchenware. Invest in Bubble wrap, Packing foam, and (White) Packing paper, these wrapping materials are safer and more effective than newspaper (You can purchase these items here).


Example How to Wrap: 

Wine Glasses:
(1) Fold wrapping paper into a extended rectangular shape. And wrap around the supporting base.
(2) Wrap wrapping paper securely around the bottom of the wine glass, and do the same to the cup of the glass.
(3) Shift wrapping paper into a medium ball, and stuff the cup for support.
(4) Last Bubble wrap or add Wrapping paper around the entire wine glass (as much needed) to secure its surroundings.
For Plates, Drinking Cups, Bowls and Silverware, follow similar methods, and include extra padding.
Last but not least, you should clearly label any boxes that contain any Crystal, Glassware, or Porcelain as 'fragile'. Don't rush when packing these items, take your time, you don't want any accidental chips or cracks from speed racing. Make sure to test the box's durability, and movement before you move them. If there is any shifting or jostling, add the newspapers or packing paper on the sides of the box for extra padding and security.
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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Let the countdown begin! 

The planning, the booking, 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.



 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 sleepWell-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.
  • 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:
  • Start to clean out closets, the garage, and attic
  •  Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity
  •  Get change of address cards, notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies and all other organizations
  •  Schedule disconnects for gas, electric, water and the telephone. Arrange for refunds that are due and schedule connections for your new home
  •  Make an essentials package for last minute cleaning and another for your first night in the new house
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.

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)  
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     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.