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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move: An Interview with Dale Kilgariff of Two Men and a Truck

By Dale Kilgariff

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 280 national locations and 1,800 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates 311 locations and 1,900 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than 5 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 36 consecutive months of record growth.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers local and long distance moving services for homes and businesses as well as packing and unpacking services, and packing supplies. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moves as little, or as much as you need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been in Pa for the last 10 years.

What are some of the challenges that people in Glen Mills face when they're moving to another home?

Moving is the third largest stress in life, behind death and divorce. Overall, moving in itself is a large stress factor. The whole process, from packing up all items in a home, to transporting, and then unloading every item in the new house can certainly be daunting, no matter what age or circumstance.

What can they do to help prevent or solve those challenges?

Preparation is key. Once you know you're moving, start packing up items you will not immediately need and be sure to donate items you no longer want. If you're not hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to pack your belongings, steadily begin packing using proper moving boxes and supplies. Label all boxes neatly, so your movers know exactly what room they belong in when getting to the new home. Also be sure to disassemble any furniture you're moving, keeping all of the contents organized and together. This will cut down your move time if everything has been done ahead of time. The same goes with storing all packed up boxes in one centralized area of the home. This helps movers easily grab boxes and load on the moving truck.

Another helpful idea is to create a chart of your home to give the movers. Numbering or color coding rooms and coordinating those with all boxes, will be an incredible help to the movers when delivering the items to each room in the house. During move day, the last thing you want to do is direct every single box to its proper place.

If you needed to move, what steps would you take to make the process stress-free?

All of the ideas above I would implement. The biggest thing is not waiting until the last minute. Each circumstance is different, however, calling and booking movers 2-6 weeks in advance, beginning to pack and organize items with plenty of time so you aren't carelessly throwing items in boxes the day before your move, will dramatically decrease moving stress.

What are some things homeowners should look for in a moving company to ensure that their move will be as easy and stress-free as possible?

There are several things you should look for when researching for a reputable moving company. Ask potential moving companies:

  • If they are licensed
  • If they employ temporary labor
  • How they charge and if there's a minimum charge
  • If there are additional charges for extra flights of stairs, travel time from each location, and if there's a premium charge for evenings and weekends
  • What payment options are available
  • If a deposit is required
  • How they train their moving teams
  • How your belongings will be protected
  • If they offer free estimates
  • If they offer workers' compensation insurance

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The Glen Mills location can be reached at 610.499.2021 and the Bridgeport location at 610.680.3982. You can visit twomenandatruck.com and use the franchise locator to find the location nearest you.

92 LaCrue dr Glen Mills Pa 19342

1 Dekalb St Bridgeport Pa 19405

www.twomengreaterphiladelphia.com/

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