BOX HAND TRUCK:
ELEVATOR ON ELEVATOR MOVES: Where the Movers have to use elevators at both the Origin and the Destination–a very time-consuming move. Many movers will apply an “Estimate Premium” of between 20% and 50% per elevator. That is, if the inventory and otherwise difficulty would justify an estimate of 30 man hours, then with one elevator and a 20% premium–the estimator would add another (30 x .20) or 6 more hours. If there were elevators at both the Origin and Destination, then the estimator would add 12 more hours.
“FLAT-RATE” QUOTE (see “Hourly” Quote):
“GREEN MOVER” (traditional archaic): An inexperienced Mover (as in individual worker): “He’s nice, but he’s very green” . . . “He’s a good green.”
“GREEN MOVER” (modern environmental): Movers who claim to use environmentally sound methods. Some examples: 1) Using reusable rubber bands instead of tape (“Reusable is always better than “Recyclable”): 2) Using plastic crates (for Moving) —where appropriate–instead of cardboard boxes. Plastic crates designed for Moving can be reused many more times than cardboard boxes–by a factor of say, 100! 3) Using specially designed crates like “Flat TV crates” and “Picture Crates.” In both cases, the reusable crate cuts down on having to recycle tape and shrink wrap (and most Movers are Non-Green and will simply dispose of their used tape and shrink wrap rather than trying to recycle them.
HIGH-RISE (versus “Mid Rise”)
MID-RISE (versus “High Rise”): A building with fewer than 10 stories, and usually around 5 or 6 stories. Mid-rises usually have only one elevator per building, and for the Mover–the less desired “Open Elevator Protocol” (the mover cannot “lock” the elevator–cannot reserve or monopolize it). So depending on the time of day and month, the Mover must share the elevator with the other residents
OS CHAIR: Oversized chair
PLANNING FOR DAMAGE: Based on the better known “Planning for Success.” When a Mover is particularly delinquent, it is like he is “Planning for Damage.”
PLANNING FOR SUCCESS:
POUNDS PER MAN PER HOUR (PPMH)
UNPACKING (See the two different definitions below)
(Unpacking–“Moving Company Definition”): Removing the customer’s goods from containers and placing them on a flat surface, as well as the disposal of such containers and packing materials. If ordered, unpacking service must be performed at the time of delivery unless requested otherwise.
(Unpacking: “Professional Organizer Definition”): Actually putting the items away where they belong—whether in a drawer, on a shelf, or hanging in a closet. The first level of this Organizer Definition of unpacking is to just get the items put away. The second level would be to “organize them.” So for example, instead of just getting the clothes either hung or placed on shelfs, the Organizer would organize the hanging and laying clothes to the customer’s liking: “Work clothes here; Leisure clothes here; Go-out-at-night clothes here” etc. This level of organizing takes much more time than just getting the items out of the box, but is very rewarding. It is a beautiful thing to be on a move where the Organizers empty up the boxes and put the items away as the movers bring them in. The optimal situation is where when the movers leave at the end of the unload—all the boxes have been unpacked, and the items put away.