Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: Keeping Old House Memories

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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.

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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?
DO A WALK-THRU

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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.


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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.




3D PRINT IT!
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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.




Let it go, Say Goodbye
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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.


With comments or questions contact Antonia Mitchell, Marketing Assistant at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 9160852-7411 or contact us here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sacramento Movers share weird moving tips that ACTUALLY work



Some people start their moving process with a stress-free mindset..then ten boxes later they find themselves tossing random items wherever they’ll fit and well… freaking out. Moving can already be a huge annoyance, so here’s some useful (but slightly odd) tips that will make your transition ten times easier!
Donate,donate,donate:
It seems crazy, but the thought of donating unwanted items sometimes doesn’t even cross people’s minds when moving. They’re more worried about “Where are these items going to go?” than “Do I really need this junk?” The answer is simple, donate them! You’re not only making your life easier and eliminating things to move but you’re also supporting a good cause.
Forget the food:
Do your last big grocery trip about two weeks before your move. Don’t open up anything jarred that you don’t need to. Try to use up most of your food so you’re not forced to take half your pantry with you. If you absolutely don’t want to pack up food items, donate them to a food drive.
Utilize your space:
Put your spices in your crock pot, keep clothes in drawers then tape them shut, or don’t remove toys from your child’s toy box. If you’re using a moving company, check to see if they will pad and stretch wrap your dressers, sometimes tape can ruin the finish. If the items already belong there, why move them even more? It will save you time and space.
Use your luggage to move:
Place heavy items (like books) in your wheeled luggage. You’re utilizing space and the only heavy lifting you’ll have to do is getting the luggage into your vehicle.
Secured in socks:
Place any small items that could easy be broken in your socks. They’ll be double protected: once inside the sock, and again with the other surrounding pairs.
Two night tote:
Have a bag with two nights worth of clothes, toiletries, etc. The last thing you want to worry about when you settle into your home is “Where did I put my toothbrush?” Having the items you need for a few days allows you to relax and take your time unpacking.
Now get moving, and remember.. don’t stress out!!
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 Richelle Miller, Marketing Assistant at the Sacramento office of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 916-852-7411 or contact us here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sacramento Movers Share: Packing your Kitchen Properly.

One of the most commonly damaged items during a move, come from the kitchen. We all have been there, an accidental chip on Great Grandma Lucy’s Wedding china, broken wine and water cups, that crystal punch bowl you use every holiday event, or even that favorite coffee mug with the smiley face you drink from every morning. These items tend to be very vulnerable during a move. So protecting these items secure and correctly while packing, will make a much greater difference in the end.

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

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.