Moving Tunes: Volume II

coloridoAt Truckin’ Movers, we believe in the power of music.  As Robert Hunter proclaims: “Let there be songs to fill the air!”  Amen.  Today, tomorrow, every day.  But especially on move day.  Whether you are packing up boxes or driving down the highway following the professional movers to your new home, the right tunes can make or break your moving mood.  May we humbly suggest you load these classics to your MP3 player (or whatever the kids are using these days) to create your own moving soundtrack.

Staff Picks, Volume II

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

“Half-step
Mississippi Uptown Toodleloo
Hello baby, I’m gone, goodbye
Half a cup of rock and rye
Farewell to you old southern sky
I’m on my way – on my way

If all you got to live for
is what you left behind
get yourself a powder charge
and seal that silver mine
I lost my boots in transit babe
A pile of smoking leather
Nailed a retread to my feet
and prayed for better weather”

Moving On Up by Ja’net Dubois and Jeff Barry

“Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie. “

Moving On by Bad Company

“I’m movin’ on, movin’ on from town to town
I’m movin’ on, little darlin’, I can’t seem to slow me down.”

Moving Out by Billy Joel

“It seems such a waste of time
If that’s what it’s all about
Mama if that’s movin’ up
Then I’m movin’ out”

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

 

Summer Moves: Keeping it Cool

images (2)Summer’s here and the heat is on!  But the temperature isn’t the only thing heating up these days.  The moving industry is on fire during the summer months, with close to 50% of all moves taking place between May 1st and Labor Day.  If you are among those making your move during the heat of the summer, here are some helpful tips for keeping your cool.

1. Schedule your move early: During the summer moving season, the early bird definitely gets the worm. Also try to avoid Memorial Day weekend, the last weekend in July, and the beginning or ending of the summer months if you can, for these tend to be the busiest moving days of the year.   If you have the flexibility, plan your move during the week and in the middle of the month.

2. Stay hydrated:  Have plenty of ice and drinks on hand for moving day.  Even with a professional mover to do the heavy lifting, moving is strenuous in the heat, so don’t forget to take care of yourself.  And consider sharing some of those cool drinks with your movers: nothing says “I appreciate you!” like a cold drink on a hot Southern day.

3. Dress appropriately: Whatever you do, make sure your winter wardrobe isn’t all you leave off the move truck.  Wear lightweight and light color clothing to keep cool.  Add a hat to keep the sun off of your face, and be sure to remember the sunscreen.

4. Turn your power on: Set up your electricity to come on in your new home before you get there.  Unpacking is a big job, and will certainly be more enjoyable in a cool, well-lit home.

5. Some items don’t belong in the moving van: Keep any items that can’t handle the heat off of the moving van.  Kids crayons, candles, records, cd’s, videos and plants will travel better with you.  If you are unsure if you should pack them, err on the side of not melting to be safe!  Of course, a car can get hot too, so don’t pack these items until you are ready to go, and don’t let them sit in the car once you arrive.  Bring them into the home and keep them as cool as possible during your trip.

6. Keep school records handy: If you are moving with kids, be sure to keep copies of school records, vaccines, birth certificates, and anything you might need to register your kids for school.  After a summer move, we know you’ll be very ready for your little ones to return to the classroom!

7. Plan for pets: Be sure to have a cool, comfortable place for Fido to stay while you are moving.  Your best bet is to find a friend or a pet daycare to take your pets for the day.  They will be happy and comfortable, and you will have one less thing to worry about.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

 

Happy Independence Day from Truckin’ Movers!

July 4thRed and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?  Every year as the Fourth of July rolls around, we here at Truckin’ Movers take a moment from shipping boxes back and forth to doff our hats to this wondrous nation of ours.

Yes, sir.  Yes, ma’m.  We understand.  No matter your political leanings, it’s been quite a year.  But last we checked, we’re still here.  And you’re still here.  And it is still true, in this land of ours, that with love in the dream — and a heavy application of elbow grease — practical, local business solutions to our common needs can be built and sustained.

In 1976 two college friends challenged the Goliaths in the long distance shipping industry because they believed that strangling industry regulations kept quality low and consumer prices artificially high.  After a long struggle, including testifying before the U.S. Congress, Truckin’ prevailed and opened up the shipping industry to small business.  Forty years later Truckin’ still seeks the innovative path, with love of people and planet our profit mediator, and with full faith in local enterprise to build networks that can sustain us.

This Fourth of July we’re hanging those doffed caps on just that very same thing: the power inherent in each of us to create and build the things we need.  Happy Birthday, America.  The future’s here.  We are it.  We are on our own.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Truckin’ Movers Takes the Bull City Workplace Challenge

Final BCWC Logo Color CroppedBring it on, Durm!  Truckin’ Movers is delighted to announce its participation in the Bull City Workplace Challenge, an initiative that challenges workplaces across this great city of ours to take new strides toward a greener, more sustainable future.

At Truckin’ Movers, caring for the environment has been an important part of our triple bottom line business model since our humble beginnings in 1976.  We’ve used bio-diesel trucks, pioneered containerized moving to limit the hauling of empty trailers long distances and built a solar-powered Durham headquarters and green-designed storage warehouse.  That’s why when we heard about the Bull City Workplace Challenge, we jumped right in.  We often say we were green before green was cool, but we also know that it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.

Local businesses are invited to register at the Bull City Workplace Challenge website and complete an initial scorecard to assess their current green practices.  Then the innovations begin!  By following recommended green actions, tips and ideas to save energy, reduce waste, preserve and protect water, and support sustainable transportation, businesses can increase their score, and help to make not only their workplace, but the Bull City, more sustainable and friendly to the environment we all share.

Truckin’s initial scorecard is complete, and we begin the challenge with a score of 159, putting us in the Bronze Metal category to start.  Not bad, but don’t we all want to go for gold?  In the upcoming year, we will be working through the Challenge’s resources to find ways to improve our green practices, improve our score, and ultimately improve our collective life here in Durham and on our planet as a whole.

We are excited to be a part of this innovative program, and look forward to reporting back here on the positive changes we expect to introduce.  Let’s get moving!

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Moving Tunes: Volume I

coloridoAt Truckin’ Movers, we believe in the power of music.  As Robert Hunter proclaims: “Let there be songs to fill the air!”  Amen.  Today, tomorrow, every day.  But especially on move day.  Whether you are packing up boxes or driving down the highway following the professional movers to your new home, the right tunes can make or break your moving mood.  May we humbly suggest you load these classics to your MP3 player (or whatever the kids are using these days) to create your own moving soundtrack.

Staff Picks, Volume I

Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

“If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see”

Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles

“Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more no more no more no more”

Don’t Look Back by Boston

“Don’t look back
A new day is breakin’
It’s been too long since I felt this way
I don’t mind where I get taken
The road is callin’
Today is the day.”

Cardboard Boxes by Loudon Wainwright III

“I’m gonna go to the supermarket.
I’m gonna go to the liquor store.
I’m gonna get me some cardboard boxes.
You know what them boxes are for.”

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Tips from Mom: Moving Out On Your Own

mother-daughter-holding-boxes-looking-each-other-65387140We know you thought the time would never come, yet here it is: you are moving out of your parent’s home, ready to face the world with a place of your own and all of the responsibilities that come along with it!  First and foremost, congratulations on successfully avoiding becoming a Stepbrothers Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) statistic!   Second, we get that this is an exciting as well as challenging transition for everyone involved.  While you may want flex your independence muscles and do it all on your own, we highly recommend taking some tips and advice from those adults who helped you learn how to take all the big steps in life.  And who else ranks higher on this list than your dear, sweet and wise mom?

Therefore, in honor of Mother’s Day, and without further ado, here are some helpful hints that your mom might share — if you asked her — to help you face the world with a place of your own and all of the responsibilities that come along with it.

Plan your expenses and make a budget:  You can’t eat your new digs.  Living on your own includes many expenses in addition to rent.  Make a list or spreadsheet of all of the monthly expenses you will have, including utilities, food, internet, car payments, insurance, gas and last but not least, entertainment!  Once you know how much it will cost to be on your own, you will have a better idea of what type of place you can afford and how much income will be necessary to make it happen.

Get a job and start saving: Before you take the plunge, find a job that will bring in enough income to handle your expected costs and then some.  Most rentals will require a deposit and/or the last month’s rent paid in advance.  It is best to have some extra cash saved for unexpected costs that can and will arise.

Pick a safe place to live: You may be tempted to choose a less safe area in exchange for a less expensive rent, but this is a trade-off you may later regret.  The security of your person first, and your belongings second, should be a priority.  And yes, this is a mom worrying thing, but worry intelligently honored is a sign of wisdom, and this is one worry to take to heart.

Write a chore list and hold yourself accountable: After all of these years, mom won’t be there to pick up after you, make your meals, wash your clothes, and do countless other tasks that she shouldn’t have been doing for you in the first place.  She also won’t be there to nag when you don’t get them done.   Set up a list of regular chores and household tasks, and stick to it.  If you have a hard time self-motivating, try offering yourself a reward for completing the tasks.  Once you get the hang of it, you will find that keeping up with your home can be quite satisfying when you are able to take pride in your space.

Choose your roommate wisely: If you will be sharing your new residence with someone else, don’t underestimate the importance of that choice.  If you have a friend or two with whom you get along well, that’s a great start.  Other factors you may want to consider are how reliable, responsible, and neat that person is.  Not only will you be sharing social time with your roommate, you will also be sharing the responsibility of paying the bills and keeping up the home.

Hit the yard sales and thrift stores: Once you decide to move out on your own, you may be surprised by how much stuff you will need for your new place.  Simply stocking the kitchen can easily wipe out your savings if you aren’t thrifty.  Visit yard sales and thrift stores to gather up many of the items you will want and need for your new place.  Save your money for a new, clean mattress and sofa, and most of the rest you can find used at a fraction of the cost.

Keep your pantry stocked and learn how to cook: While the value menu at the nearest fast food restaurant may be tempting, you will soon find that eating out on a regular basis is not only bad for your health, it is also pretty tough on your wallet.  Regular shopping trips for healthy and inexpensive food will insure that you will always have food options that won’t break the bank.  Make a list of the meals you generally cook and stock your pantry and fridge with those ingredients.  Then when you shop, look for your pantry items to be on sale and buy them up.  Keeping a pantry stocked ends up costing much less than buying everything you need each time you cook.

When all else fails, ask mom: We understand you are on your own, and the last thing you want to do when there is a problem is go crying home to mom.  Good for you for being independent and responsible.  But always know that if you find yourself in a situation that is a bit more than you were expecting, mom always knows best.  Just don’t even think of bringing your dirty laundry home for her to wash.  You were raised better than that.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Tips for Moving Your Child Back Home From College

Father and Son Loading the Car

Doesn’t it all come in so fast?  We know it seems it was only yesterday that you went shopping for extra-long sheets, the perfect dorm chair and a mini-fridge.  Already, the year has passed and it is time to pack it all up and move your baby become college student home again.  While you may be excited to have your child back in your home for a while, you are probably not too excited about the prospect of helping to clean and pack up nine months of mess and accumulation and drag it back to your currently clean and uncluttered home.  Here are some helpful tips to ease the pain of the move, and to start your time off with your child on the right foot.

Sort Early into Keep, Store, Donate, and Trash Piles: Have your child begin the sorting process long before you arrive to pick him up from school.  When sorting through items, there should be four piles: 1. Items he will need to keep and have access to while at home for the summer; 2. Items he would like to keep but won’t need again until next year; 3. Items he is ready to get rid of that may be of use to someone else; and 4. Trash.

Consider Summer Storage: For all of those items in the “keep but won’t need again until next school year,” consider the option of storing them locally.  The cost of the unit will be recouped in the time and money saved not having to make extra trips back and forth from campus to your home.  And just think how much easier it will be when moving it all back again in just a few short months.

Start the Move Early:  If your child is coming home shortly before school is out for the summer (spring break perhaps), or you are planning to visit him during this time, have him think about what he won’t be needing in those last few weeks of school.  Bring home his winter coat and snow boots, and that new sled he bought to ride down the campus hill one time in the snow last December.  The more you can move out before the last day of school, the less overwhelming the task will seem to you and your child.

Sell the Books:  Encourage your child to sell back any texts books he will no longer be using (but also take it from an English major, an exception should always be made for a good novel!).  Gone are the days when you are victim of the campus store who tells you your $160 Psychology Textbook won’t be used by the professor next year.  You now have the option to sell online to someone who will be using that textbook next year.  If you want to be certain they will take the time to sell their books back, you can let them keep the money.   The proper incentive should insure there will be no heavy textbooks to lug home!

Consider Donations:   For those items in the donate pile, encourage your child to donate them before you arrive.  The Goodwill or other local thrift stores are great options to drop off, and some will even pick up large loads.  Many campuses have a site specifically for dropping off useful items to be reused by others.  This helps out their students and keeps the dumpsters from being overfull on those last few days of the semester.  For items that need to be picked up, check out freecycle.org, an online site that helps to keep items out of the trash by allowing people to post offers of items for others to pick up for free.

Return What Belongs To the School: Remind your child to return any items that may belong to the University (library books, sporting equipment or uniforms, etc.) before you arrive.  This is called forward planning: nothing feels less special than receiving an overdue notice in place of your diploma!  And that last day of packing up will be plenty full without having to find the time to run around campus returning that catcher’s gear your son still had buried in the back of his closet.

Bring along some supplies:  Always be prepared.  It may be the motto of the boy scouts, but unfortunately, not so for the typical college student.  Bring along empty boxes and bins, sharpies for labeling, packing tape, and plenty of black and white trash bags.  Not only will the trash bags be useful for all of the trash accumulated under your child’s bed, they also make a great place to pack linens, clothes, and many other items for easy transport in your vehicle.

Show up with Coffee, Doughnuts and Tunes:  Everyone works better with good tunes cranking, a full belly and a caffeine rush.  This day will be the start of your young adult’s summer back at home with you.  Start it out right by reminding him how awesome and thoughtful you always are.   Never too late to model good behavior!  And believe it or not, it is coming ’round about that time when he may actually start to appreciate you.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Earth Day is Every Day for These North Carolina Organizations

change the worldApril is Earth Month, and April 22nd Earth Day, but for many North Carolina environmental non-profits, Earth Day is every day.  So we at Truckin’ Movers would like to send some love and appreciation to these and all North Carolina environmental organizations.

 

The Eno River Association   Since 1966, this organization has worked to conserve and protect the natural resources of the Eno River Basin. Their efforts have resulted in more than 7,000 acres of protected lands surrounding the Eno River, largely contained within five public parks (Eno River State Park, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, West Point on the Eno Durham City Park, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve and the Little River Regional Park).  Their Festival on the Eno brings thousands of people together annually to the banks of the river to listen to music, share regional arts and crafts, eat local foods, and celebrate and support the river, watershed and its value to the community.

Triangle Land Conservancy  This gem of an organization strives to create a healthier and more beautiful region right here in the Triangle by protecting our clean water and natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship. Their Nature Preserves are located around the Triangle and open to the public at no cost, year round.  These protected areas preserve valuable natural resources while providing opportunities for residents to appreciate and enjoy the natural world.

CHER (Center for Human – Earth Restoration)  With the intention of “Bringing the earth into the hearts of all,” CHER’s work focuses on providing unique opportunities for children and adults to enhance their relationship with the natural world through nature-based education, camps, eco-restoration, reflective journaling , seminars, and natural excursions.  This grass roots Wake County non-profit recognizes the value of connection with the natural world both for human health and the health of our planet.

Conservation Trust for North Carolina – This organization helps protect and preserve the streams, forests, farms, parks, and scenic vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina by working with landowners, communities, and local land trusts.   Their work has protected 32,464 acres in 57 locations and has helped to transfer nearly 4,000 acres to the National Park Service or other government agencies for public enjoyment.

Of course, we can’t even begin to list all of the fantastic organizations in our state doing the valuable work of preserving and protecting the Earth. On behalf of the seven generations to come, to each of you, and to everyone who makes choices every day toward a healthier earth and a more sustainable future, we say: thank you.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Truckin’ Movers Glossary Project: Containerized Moving

dictionary-150x150This post is part of the Truckin’ Movers Glossary Project, in which we first post here some new, scintillating words from the moving industry and use them in a sentence — later to be archived for posterity.

The words this week take us back.  Truckin’ Movers was the original containerized moving expert.  Our first solid wood, long distance modular pod, was developed in the 1980s, almost two decades before PODS® made their debut in 1998.

con.tain.er.ized mov.ing

[kənˈtānəˌrīzed/  ˈmo͞oviNG/]
Definition:  A method of freight transport where items are packed into containers, which can then be loaded and unloaded,  stored, or transported efficiently over long distances.
Truckin’ containerized moving, efficiently shipping household goods since before PODS® were born.
For more information on Truckin’ container and storage options, see:

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.

Laughter is the Best Move Medicine

We know that because you chose Truckin’ Movers as your professional moving company, you are so stress free that you have more than enough time to order and send moving announcements.  Right?  Right.

Seriously, with all of the tasks and responsibilities that come with moving, even when you engage a full service mover, we thought you could use a good laugh.  Here are a few humorous moving announcements you can send to your friends and family.  Unless, of course, you don’t want them to know where you moved to — mums the word on our end.

Happy Moving!

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These and many others can be found at a variety of websites including mint.com, tinyprints.com, and notthepostoffice.com.

© Truckin’ Movers Corporation and truckinmovers.com, 2017.