We love to do estimates. We love going to peoples homes and making them feel comfortable with their hectic moving day. People are very self-conscious about the way their homes look. Always apologizing for the mess (usually isn't much of a mess) or telling us how they will be more organized when the day comes (they very rarely are). Here are a few odd moments during our initial visits. Remember, all of this is anonymous and there is no judgement here.
What should we do with all of this stuff?
There are many things that we have to deal with when loved ones die. Getting rid of all of the stuff is a big one. I was personally on an estimate once where a gentleman had passed after living in his home for nearly 50 years. It was a large home and he happened to be a collector. He didn't seem to collect anything in particular, rather he collected everything. His kids didn't want very many items, and a lot of it (old newspapers, boxes of dishes, and what appeared to be nondescript fuel containers etc...) had very little resale value. We gave the family an estimate and two weeks later we took two very full truck loads of things to the local dump. If we would have had a film crew we could have a new pilot for a TLC Hoarders show...
Sometimes modesty has an age limit!
I don't know what age it is when you stop being modest. I am sure it is different for everyone, but this particular lady had surpassed it. One of our estimators showed up at a house where one of the owners chose not to wear a shirt. This unflappable professional went about his business and booked the move, which we did a few weeks later, and all was well. However, it did make for a great dinner story, and now a portion of a blog post! We love all of our customers!
Good thing we aren't allowed to move that......
Last one. Having a 15 foot python is not for the faint of heart. Doing an estimate on a move and opening a closet to come face to face with the giant snake in its terrarium is not for me. I am pretty sure this customer got a kick out of my pale face and jumpy demeanor after he let me open the closet with no warning. Luckily, he had plans to move the snake himself. We cannot move snakes, and i for one wouldn't have been a part of it if we could. Still gives me the willies....
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Blog by Ryan Welch
CEO Breezy Moving