Moving house without a hand truck – or a dolly – is like riding a bicycle without a seat. It’s technically possible, but honestly, who does that?
A sturdy, reliable hand truck is any mover’s best friend. Used properly, it saves you time, rescues your back and it can singlehandedly keep your stuff from getting damaged.
But they’re not as easy to use as they look, provided you are using them in the proper way. With that in mind, here are tips compiled by moving pros as to how to optimize that hand truck you found in the back of your moving truck, or that one your friend let you borrow and you don’t want to return broken.
You know that feeling you get after a busy week when your house is a complete wreck and your home’s to-do list seems like it’s a mile long and growing by the minute? Trust us, you’re not alone. All homeowners have these moments. Heck, sometimes that vision of the “perfect” home seems like it will never come true – not clean enough, not updated enough, not trendy enough … we hear you, we’ve all been inside that dreaded comparison trap.
To be perfectly honest, I’d go as far as to say that the feeling of “my house is not good enough” is more common than the feeling of “I absolutely love my house and feel so grateful to call it home”. So let’s talk about that.
[Synopsis: Fraud and deception runs rampant in our industry. Why isn’t more being done?]
We bust our butts to do our jobs well, to treat our customers right and give our industry a good name. But we still hear about swindles, scams and those customers standing out in their own driveway facing a hostage situation. To those lucky enough to not know what I mean…
Hostage situation: A mover has your stuff and won’t give it back but under certain conditions.
How do these guys get away with it? They’re relentless. (And almost as successful as the fraudsters running that Nigerian Prince e-mail scheme.)
According to the FBI, home burglaries are the most common threat to a home. Burglars are nearly three times more likely to target homes without alarm systems.
There’s a loophole in the alarm system marketplace though; People cite moving as the number one reason why they cancel their alarm system service. Considering the average amount of times a person moves in their lifetime is currently calculated at over 11, now must be a good time to be a burglar.
But there are ways to make moving an alarm system way more effective. Yeah, moving the system can be a pain, but these things will make the entire process far more effective and easier.
Secure in a Half-Empty Box
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).
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