Moving Motivation

Dreading move-in week? Worry about bigger and better things like what pizza toppings, concerts to attend or snagging those last minute class supplies. TWO MEN Atlanta can handle the heavy stuff! Our current and veteran college students on staff came up with easy ways to get your mind right:

-Pack with purpose. Leave the heavy stuff at the bottom of your containers or boxes. Keep an eye out for less durable or fragile items. Wrap with delicate things with scarves, sweaters or pillow cases.

-Keep like items together. Seems logical but last minute packing can mean extra hours unpacking. Ditch the chaos, plan ahead.

-Clean boxes, all day. Want bed bugs, weird looking creatures in your food and counter tops? Us either. Avoid those by using fresh, clean boxes from TWO MEN Atlanta. Need more than just a few boxes? We’ve got muscle, packing supplies and furniture help at your convenience.

-HDMI cord. Also commonly forgotten until your monitor or TV won’t display with you need it to in time to finish that paper. You’re welcome.

-Get help for move day. Don’t ask mom, dad, grandma or your friends to sweat it out with you. Nobody really enjoys moving except our trained professionals.

-Utilize in-store pickup options. Leaving for school out of Georgia is a hassle, shipping your car and other items can take time and a lot of coordination. Have a relative meet our movers at where your in-store items need to be picked up. We can bring it upstairs to your dorm and put everything together. Less to worry about!

-Bring a variety pack of extension cords. Technology hasn’t slowed down but your building might be a behind the times. Stay ready with USB outlets, 3-prong converters and different length multi-prong surge protectors.

-Use storage for an easy transition. See, TWO MEN Atlanta even has your back when you graduate. Fall, spring, summer or winter we can lend you extra space while you’re in between school and real life responsibility.

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Easiest Ways to Save on Moving Costs

Whether you’ve moved once or over ten times, moving is a process. Planning ahead with TWO MEN Atlanta can save you a lot of frustration. We’re halfway to December so saving season has officially started. Keep more of your favorite resources (time and money) tucked away for rainy days with these simple tricks:

-Use clean packing supplies. Boxes take a beating. Stick with clean, fresh boxes and packing supplies to avoid spills.

-Tape all box flaps down. Reinforcements are SO needed for heavier items. TWO MEN Atlanta is happy to help pack and unpack your belongings.

-Set aside money in advance for your move. Incidentals like last minute utilities, take-out cash and a few dollars for power outlet adapters work wonders.

-Plan your move on a Monday or Tuesday. Traffic is slower after all the school traffic slows down. With Atlanta traffic, this could trim your move down by $$$’s.

-Meet the neighbors in advance. TWO MEN Atlanta believes making friends with neighbors can help in the long run. They’ll watch your home more often if you’re always friendly.

 

Have some frugal tips that you like using better? Leave us your favorites in the comment section.

Senior Moving

TWO MEN Atlanta has a few tips and tricks for moving your loved ones. Transitioning to a new environment can be tough. Embrace new memories together!

  • Choose together. Give your parents or grandparents the space to make their own choice. Have a few options ready and keep communication open.
  • Team up with other family members to visit. Whether your parents move in with their adult children, assisted living or adult community block weekends to visit. Knowing when family will come by can help ease moving tension.
  • Bring a digital photo album with hundreds of photos. Old memories, recent birthdays and black and white photos are highly recommended. Surround your loved ones with as many comforts as possible.
  • Hire TWO MEN Atlanta to move the heavy stuff. Our movers live by the Grandma Rule. TWO MEN Atlanta treats clients as if they were their own relatives. We have a special place in our hearts for our grandparents and clients!

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Moving can be rough without TWO MEN Atlanta. Don’t pull a muscle if you have us to do the heavy lifting! Relax while we take care of the bookshelves, trunk and armoire your parents can’t part with.

College Move In Day

Moving, settling in and getting to all the meetings during college move week gets hectic. Spend more time helping your student and less time icing your back by hiring TWO MEN Atlanta. Our movers can lift the heavy stuff while you direct traffic or sit back and relax in the common room. Here’s a few more ways to take it easy during move day:

  1. Mandatory snack time. Candy bar companies weren’t lying about hunger triggering anger. Take a few moments between meetings to munch.
  2. Take breaks and explore. New campus, new people, same love for adventures. Walk around the dorm and a few trails with your student.
  3. Bring a variety pack of extension cords. When your student and their roommate/s are all in the same room, choosing sides will mean different outlets. Be prepared with surge protectors, 2-prong to 3-prong adapters, single/dual plug extension cords and USB extensions.
  4. Use multiple box fans. IKEA furniture, rasing/lowering beds and closet arrangement can take a lot of time and movement. Consider using TWO MEN Chamblee to put furniture together while you attend dorm meetings.

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Have tips that work better than ours? Drop a few in the comment section!

Move Tip Tuesday

Ever wonder where everything went? The day after your move boxes are everywhere, your phone is buzzing and settling in is the furthest thing from your mind.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Atlanta gathered a few tips for taking it easy after move day:

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  1. Toiletries- super important but always ignored. Toothbrush, toothpaste, shower essentials and feminine hygiene products are a great start.
  2. Day of Move Box- think more in the ball park of first-week-in-your-new-home for less headache. Many items will be needed to settle in, use color coding stickies or sharpies.
  3. Include kitchen essentials! We cannot express how important not eating PB&J is for the third night in a row.
  4. Snacks! Your DeKalb moving professionals can take most of the moving pains away from your family but not the hunger pains. Settling in feels great with a snack basket and picnic blanket. You’re welcome.

Let us know how your family settles into a new home in the comments section!


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Monday Motivation

Can you trust a stranger? Whether your family researches before they relocate or not, better safe than sorry! Check out what Facebook and Google have to say about our services. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Atlanta also has an internal survey for customers who’ve used us recently. Our movers value these comments. Check out what we found today:

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Thanks for the kind words, Jeannelle! We pride ourselves in the Grandma Rule! Treating others and their belongings as they were our own is one of our core values.


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Summer Before School

The school term is fast approaching and summer home buyers are finally settling into their new residences. We want you to take a moment; ask yourself, did you have fun this summer? We know that planning a move can take the joy out of summer. We also know that vacations can be expensive. Here are some cheap to free day trip ideas that the whole family can enjoy!

Events in Georgia This Weekend

  • Slide The City- Want to ride a record-breaking water slide? This Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM Slide The City is coming to Atlanta! Learn more Here.
  • Atlanta Braves vs Arizona Diamondbacks- An experience worth your time would be visiting the new stadium. Seats starting at $19! Learn more Here.
  • The Waiters Race- Waiters race to win a free trip to Paris while holding a loaded tray of drinks on Bastille Day, July 14, 2017 at 4pm in the center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Learn more Here.
  • Cocktails in the Garden- July’s theme is Play! Enjoy a specialty cocktail, live music, themed games and activities. Learn more Here.

Day Trips in Georgia

  • Lake Lanier- One of the largest lakes in Georgia and biggest attractions! Learn more Here.
  • Dahlonega- The center of Georgia’s wine country! There are five vineyards and 12 wine tasting sites. Learn more Here.
  • Amicalola Falls State Park- This towering waterfall is located 7.5 miles by hike from the southern end of the Appalachian Trailat Springer Mountain, and it’s the closest access point to the AT via paved roads. Learn more Here.
  • Callaway Gardens- Lakes, nature exhibits, walk through gardens, historical pioneer log cabins, and a certified Butterfly Center can you say family trip? Learn more Here.

For more ideas on Georgia Day Trips that are family friendly visit Here. For hiking trails near the Atlanta area check out the top 10 Here.

Back to School

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Fireworks and Pets

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Did you know that Atlanta is in the top 10 best cities for dog owners in the United States? About 54% of Atlantans own a dog in the city and 40% of them are afraid of loud noises! With Independence Day fast approaching us we have decided to inform you on how to make your pets feels safer using packing materials.

To reduce the impact of the noise and flashes from the fireworks try building them a thunder shelter. Small dark places with familiar toys and bedding will help alleviate their stress. You can build one from scratch with cardboard boxes. If you have a designated kennel/cage for your pet, you can use cardboard boxes or blankets nested around it to mute the sound. Make sure that there is enough room in between the boxes and blankets to allow air circulation. Without proper air flow your pet could overheat.

Here are more tips on how to handle your pets during fireworks/thunderstorms:

  • Don’t try to comfort or scold your dog. By scolding him it reassures him that something is wrong. By praising your dog can reassure him that his behavior is correct and his reactions can become more intense.
  • Try training your dog to settle and focus in a specific part of your home. This can develop into a healthy habit for your dog.
  • If your dog is friendly with other dogs, try hosting a playdate with a non-fearful dog. This can encourage yours to be less influenced by loud conditions.
  • Don’t ignore the fact that your dog has a fear. There are steps you can take to prevent this from happening ever again.

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Fourth of July Events in Your Area!

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Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2017, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr. Chamblee, GA 30341

Looking for a family friendly event that is free to the public? There will be live music, food, activities and fireworks!

Activities

Bike Parade – 5 p.m. from Chamblee Middle School

Decorate your bicycles, tricycles, wagons, etc. in a patriotic manner for a 1/4 mile parade. Each contestant will receive a participation prize!

Train Rides – from 5 to 8 p.m.

A mini locomotive will be onsite offering free train rides!

Corn Hole Tournament – 6 p.m.

This tournament will be open to the first eight teams that register so be fast!

Live music by Band X

Fireworks Show

No need to compete with the Atlanta traffic to be able to see a phenomenal fireworks display!

For more information go Here.

Pied Piper

Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks 

July 4, 2017, 6:00 pm
 First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA

Join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on July 4 for free! Gather friends and family, ride your bike, walk or skate in this community parade – it’s for anyone and everyone! Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun too. And don’t forget your red, white and blue!

Anyone may participate in the parade, but those with vehicles must registered.
Sponsored by City of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association.
For more information go Here.

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Hot Moves!

The movers are coming, the movers are coming! Or at least that’s what you will be yelling this weekend. Why you ask? Well Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® busiest move weekend with more than 5,500 moves during these two-days. Don’t be alarmed by our hordes of moving trucks rushing about the Atlanta area, in fact feel free to wave at our amazing movers or tag us in pictures! In the meantime, here are some not so heat friendly items to think twice about before packing in your summer move.

Things To Think about in the Heat:

Candles can make your new home smell welcoming, inviting and cozy! Packing them in the summer can lead to a box dripping in wax, which is never fun to clean. Try taking these items in your personal vehicle. They will not melt, no chance of them breaking, and ease of access for when you get to your new place!

CD’s, videos and cassettes are more things to keep in your personal vehicle. I know, in the day and age with all the technology in the world at our fingertips why worry about these items? As MOVERS WHO CARE we know how much more valuable these items can be. A tape of your parents first dance, your daughters 5th birthday party, and so many more memories have been documented. So please pack those with you as well, preferably not next to the candles but still in a safe place away from the heat.

Air-conditioning aka AC. There’s going to be a lot of foot traffic inside and outside of your home. That means lots of open doors. This can cost a pretty penny if your air conditioner is running for hours on end. More importantly make sure that the electricity is turned on in your new home if it’s going to be hot there too.


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Low-balling It

We all love to save money. Cutting out unnecessary items here and there really does add up! However, moving is a better safe than sorry situation. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Decatur understands the frustration of wanting to save for important things. Relocation is one of the most important tasks you’ll endure throughout your life. Vacation is just more fun.

Our Atlanta moving staff works day and night to ensure the safety of your belongings. We’re able to pack, move, unpack, store and deliver as much or as little as requested. Check out our tips on making your move make sense not dollars:

  1. Make sure you check the box for the highest level of accountability for damages. Most moving companies will hide behind their itemized damage insurance form. Our movers, managers, customer service reps and in-home estimators are trained to explain what each level of responsibility means. If you have further questions, just ask.
  2. Better safe than sorry. Let us pack for you. If we pack and break items in boxes we pack, we’re obligated to do the right thing and reimburse, fix or replace the item. If you or a loved one pack, please make sure you check out our packing guides on Pinterest.
  3. You get what you pay for. $40/hour moving companies hire untrained, fresh out of a college mid-term, inexperienced employees. That translates into a month-long headache as you barter with the moving company over damages. Property damage can take even longer to settle if you don’t own your home. Sprinkle in a favorite vase chipped or love seat rip and it’s a party.

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Bottom line, vet the company through your friends and strangers online before you call. Ask TWO MEN Decatur how we can best help relocate you!


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