Moving Industry Startups: The Sharing Economy’s Continued Impact

Sofa Laws

Moving Sofas, Changing Laws

In the Spring of last year we saw the state of Texas come down on Burro, an app-driven pickup-for-hire service. They said the company was using people who were not registered with the state as household goods movers and had to change in order to comply. In this recent Texas Tribune piece we see that other companies with similar smartphone-based business models are coming under the DMV microscope. Continue reading

 

How Do I Pack Glass Plates?

How To Pack Glass Plates

One Plate, One Sheet of Paper

“Use plenty of packing paper” is one of the first rules of packing a kitchen. Pad the bottom of the carton.  Cushion the sides. Pad the top with more paper.

“And make sure you wrap those breakables up good!”

Of course. That means lots of paper in between all those plates and everything, right?

Nope. Not necessarily. Continue reading

 

How To Pack a TV for Moving

How to Pack a Flatscreen TV

Two Tips for Protecting a Flat Screen

There’s nothing unusual anymore about packing up a flat screen television. Of course, that doesn’t make doing it any easier – or doing it right any less important. Here we put out a two-point plan for how to pack a TV for moving with an emphasis on keeping that pricey piece of entertainment safe. Continue reading

 

How to Pack Fish Tanks and Aquariums

How to Pack a Fish Tank

This article is part of our monthly Helper Newsletter – a collection of tips, training and resources we publish for the movers you can hire through the HireAHelper.com marketplace. We’re publishing it here because everybody’s moves should be easier (even if you’re not a HireAHelper helper).

Once upon a time a move crew and I walked into a customer’s plush home – and came face to face with a massive aquarium. Brightly-colored tropical fish. Lots of plant things. Coral and glass and mini rock formations. It was beautiful – and very intimidating. Continue reading

 

How to Pack Dried Flower Arrangements

Secure in a Half-Empty Box

How to pack dried flower arrangements

This article is part of our monthly Helper Newsletter – a collection of tips, training and resources for the moving labor helper you can hire through the HireAHelper.com marketplace. We’re publishing it here because everybody’s moves should be easier (even if you’re not a HireAHelper helper).

One of the golden rules of packing is ‘Keep it tight.’ Make sure there’s enough paper in there to prevent items from shifting. Fill in all the holes.

Then again, rules were made to be broken – sometimes. Continue reading