The Hidden Costs of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

 

Moving has been in Bobby's family for generations

Allston Piano Movers Founder Bobby Franklin has been in the service industry his entire life, and has heard all the horror stories from people that got burned trying to save a few dollars by hiring an unlicensed, disreputable contractor to work in their homes. When Allston Piano joined the Gentle Giant Moving Company family a few years ago, Bobby shared with us a lot of the wisdom he has collected over the years, and now we’d like to share it with you:

As the economy continues to languish, many businesses are struggling to endure the increasing cost of overhead caused by added OSHA regulations, IRS policies, healthcare and insurance costs, worker’s compensation claims, and more. While the impact on small businesses is apparent, how does this affect the consumer? With most people using the internet as their first (and most times only) choice in locating a business in the service industry, it is easy to fall prey to less than legitimate companies. Anyone can set up a slick looking web site making all kinds of promises and claims about being licensed and insured. Often times, the consumer is only looking for the lowest price, which these uninsured outfits usually provide. However, what is not commonly known is that hiring a company working “off the books” puts the consumer at risk from many different angles.

For starters, a company operating in the underground economy will not have proper insurance coverage. This means that not only will your family and possessions not be protected, but you may also be held liable in the event a worker is injured while working for you.

The Allston Piano Movers Team

When hiring a company to work in your home, consider the level of ethics they have. Reputable companies that take care of their employees do so that the employees will in turn take care of the customer. Doing this often garners repeat business and the almighty referral, which are the lifeblood of service providers. On the other hand, an underground, unlicensed contractor most likely will not be giving their workers proper medical, worker’s compensation, and most of the benefits that a legitimate company would provide. If taxes are withheld at all, they may not even be turned over to the government. In most cases these companies pay their employees in cash.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF 

RESEARCH: Check to see if the company you are looking into hiring has a land telephone line with a local exchange. Also, ensure that they have a legitimate address in the state where they are advertising their services. Many disreputable companies will simply register a remote UPS Mailbox Store address in order to get a local address. Or they will also sometimes just use a friend’s address. Want to feel like the FBI cracking down on a shady business? Use Google Maps to zoom in on the address provided to check out whether the location is what it’s being advertised as.

DUE DILIGENCE: Ask for a certificate of insurance to be sent to you directly from their insurance provider. Once you receive this, call the provider to verify that all coverage is active and applicable to your state. Also, check to see if their trucks are registered in the state they claim to be located in. If their vehicles are registered out of state and they are claiming to be licensed in the state they are doing work in they are almost assuredly working illegally.

CHOOSE WISELY: When you hire a company that is doing business this way you are endangering not only yourself, but you are harming legitimate, law abiding businesses, their honest employees, and your fellow taxpayers. The rules were meant for everyone and people who chose to work in outside of them should not be rewarded. By supporting your local, legitimate business community, you are ensuring its long term stability and health.

10 Tips for Senior Citizens Downsizing Homes or Moving from Gentle Giant Moving Company

 

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Gentle Giant takes the time to work with seniors during transitional periods.

Moving senior citizens, retirees, and the elderly is emerging as a specialty service as baby-boomers are faced with downsizing themselves while simultaneously transitioning their parents to one of the many types of senior housing.

Below you will find Gentle Giant Moving Company‘s helpful 10 Tips for Moving Seniors:

  1. Start with a floor plan of your new space.
    A floor plan may be the single most important thing you can have.  It will tell you how much furniture you can fit, and help you decide where everything will go before you step foot into your new home.
  2. Reduce the amount you have to move.
    Downsizing can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining, but many items that have been accumulated in a home over many years can’t or shouldn’t be squeezed into a new home.  So take your time and ask for help.  If you have children who no longer live there, ask them to retrieve their possessions.  Give things to friends and family.  Have a yard sale and/or donate some items to charity.  If you can’t bring certain items that you’re not ready to part with, consider using a storage facility.
  3. Begin in areas of the house no longer in use.
    This strategy will be least disruptive to normal life and will help develop some momentum to carry you through other areas of the home later on.
  4. Have a sorting system.
    Use colored stickers to identify items that are going with you, elsewhere, or to-be-determined.  Make a list of potential recipients, such as loved ones or charity or auction, and match up items to them instead of coming up with different recipients as you sort through items one by one.
  5. Start with large items and work toward smaller ones.
    Sorting through large furniture pieces first will create a sense of progress for the person who is moving.  This will make it easier to sort smaller items later on, because it will be clearer what storage will be available in the new home.
  6. Block off a certain amount of time for working each day and stick to it.
    Start and stop at a certain time. Don’t get sidetracked.  You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
  7. Focus on one area at a time.
    Dealing with a whole house can be overwhelming.  Break it up into smaller chunks by focusing on one part of a room at a time.  Then move on to the next.
  8. Packing – Let the movers take care of it.
    A professional move coordinator like the ones at Gentle Giant can recommend a professional packing crew to help prepare your dishes, linens, furniture, you name it.  Hiring such a team will make packing go by much faster, and your items will be safer as they are moved.
  9. Create a Move-Day suitcase with the essentials for the first 24 hours in your new home.
    Set aside a couple of outfits, a set of dishes, towels and sheets.  Include a first aid kit and a flashlight, or even a night light.  You’ll have what you need at your finger tips instead of having to dive into many different boxes to find what you need.
  10. Be patient – with yourself and others.
    Moving is hard, especially for seniors who may be leaving a home where they’ve spent decades with their family.  Remember it’s okay to be sad about parting with things, however the goal is not to get rid of everything – just to simplify.  Set aside down time, and reward yourself or the person you are helping at various stages in the process.  Accept that there will be a range of emotions.

Tips From the Pros: How to Move a Pinball Machine

With pinball making a huge resurgence across the country in people’s homes and out in public locations, Gentle Giant Moving Company wants to make sure that these classic, beautiful machines stay damage free while being transported. Oh, and we want the people moving them to be safe too.

At first glance, pinball machines can appear intimidating to move because of their size, weight, and fragility. But fear not, because Gentle Giant, with a whole lot of help from the great people at Pinball Fixers, are here to tell and show that moving pinball machines can be as much as fun as playing them… Well, not really, but let’s get started anyway!

FOLDING DOWN (or REMOVING) the HEAD BOX

The majority of modern pinballs (made in the last 20 years or so) have a hinge system which allows the head box to be folded down. Different manufacturers approached this in different ways, and these systems have changed over time to make it easier.

The early pinball machines had their head boxes bolted on, using either 2 or 4 bolts. All Electro-Mechanical Pinballs use this system, along with the early Solid State ones.

Later machines have hinges, and use a latching system to keep the head box upright. There may also be 2 bolts inside as added safety, in case the latch is broken or accidently un-latched.

Electro-Mechanical Pinballs

EM Rear ViewFor Electro-Mechanical Pinballs, you need to remove the head box rear access panel to gain access to the bolts and plugs inside. Usually this panel has a lock on it to keep it in place, but over time the key may have been lost. Quite often, there is a screw keeping this panel in place.

Once inside, remove the bolts, and unplug the large connectors that have wiring going down into the machine. You may want to label these connectors to put them back in the right spot, but they should be different sizes, making it difficult to plug back incorrectly.

EM Rear View closeupYou can now either remove the head box completely, or fold the head box down onto the playfield glass. Make sure you use some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to protect the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will also help keep the back glass in place.

 

Early Solid State Pinballs

Bally Playboy Back GlassFor early Solid State Pinballs, you will need to remove the back glass. There is a lock located on the head box in one of 3 locations – left-hand side at the top, right-hand side at the top, or on top of the head box in the centre.

Once unlocked, remove the back glass by lifting it up using the lift channel (at the bottom of the glass) and then pull it out from the bottom. Put the glass in a safe place, as it will most likely be a painted glass, and very hard to replace.

Then, open up the back box lamp panel by lifting the latch located on either the left-hand side or right-hand side. The panel can now swing out towards you, and give you access to the circuit boards, plugs, and the bolts. (Some Gottlieb pinballs require you to lift up the lamp panel in order to swing it open)

Now that you are inside, you can remove the bolts, and any plugs that have wires going down into the machine. You may want to label these plugs to put them back in the right spot, but they should be different sizes and keyed differently, making it difficult (but not impossible) to plug them back in the wrong spot. You may not need to remove the plugs, as the wiring should be long enough to allow the head box to be folded down. You may need to remove some “P” clips for this to happen though.

At this point, you can lock up the lamp panel and replace the back glass.

You can now either remove the head box completely (if the plugs have been removed), or fold the head box down onto the playfield glass. Make sure you use some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to protect the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will also help keep the back glass in place.

For more detailed pictures and instructions, visit our “Opening a Pinball” page.

 Modern Solid State Pinballs

Modern Solid State Pinballs use a couple of ways to keep the head box in place. For Data East, Sega, and Stern pinballs, there is a turnable latch system located at the back of the head box. Using the supplied large allen key, turn the latch 90° counter-clockwise.

For Williams, Bally, and Gottlieb, you can easily unlatch the back box at the back of the machine. This is a simple setup and requires no tools.

If you can now fold down the head box onto the cabinet, you’re done. Make sure you use some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to protect the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will also help keep the back glass in place.

If you can not fold the head box down, then you need to get inside. There is a lock located at the top of the back glass in the centre. Use the supplied key to unlock, and remove the back glass by lifting it up from the bottom, and then pulling it out from the bottom.

Next, you will need to remove the display panel. You can do this by lifting it up and out. And finally, open the lamp panel. There will be a latch located on either the right-hand or left-hand side. (Some newer Williams and Bally pinballs do not have a seperate lamp panel, it is part of the back glass panel. And later Sega and Stern pinballs use a fluorescent tube for the back glass lighting)

Remove the two bolts, put the back box back together, and fold down the head box onto the cabinet. Make sure you use some foam, heavy cardboard, or blankets to protect the headbox from rubbing on the cabinet. Foam is best, as it will also help keep the back glass in place.

 REMOVING THE LEGS

Pinball LegPinball Machine legs are held in place by 8 bolts. They will be either 5/8 inch or 9/16 inch heads. The modern pinballs have captive nuts or threaded plates inside for the bolts to screw into. These bolts can be removed, and the legs will come off.

But these captive nuts and threaded plates can be damaged, and the use of extra nuts may have been required. If this is the case, you will need to open up the front door of the pinball, slide out the playfield glass, and lift up the playfield.

With the front door (coin door) open, move the lock down bar latch across and remove the lock down bar. Then slide out the playfield glass, and put in a safe place. Next, lift up the playfield by placing your hand where the ball drains, and lift the playfield up.

You should now have access to any nuts that may have been used.

Once any nuts have been removed, replace the playfield glass and lock down bar, and lock the front door.

Be sure to mark or remember which legs are for the front and back, as they will be adjusted differently to suit. Typically, the back legs will have their leg levellers screwed almost all the way down, while the front legs will be screwed all the way up. The back legs are always longer than the front legs (Except for most Sega pinballs – front and back are the same height).

LOADING THE PINBALL

You are now ready to transport your pinball machine. Before you load it, make sure you remove the balls so they don’t bounce around during transport.

If you are moving the pinball using a Van, SUV, Ute or Wagon, then it may be easier to remove the legs just prior to loading the machine. Grab a friend to help and have one of you supporting the pinball, while the other removes the front legs. Slide the machine in, and then remove the back legs. It is much easier to load the machine front first.

Make sure you strap the pinball in, as you do not want it moving if you have to stop suddenly!

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL TO DO ALL THE HEAVY LIFTING

If after reading this, you still don’t feel comfortable (or all of your friends are “busy”) moving the machine yourself, or need to crane it out, give Gentle Giant a call today at 1-800-443-6863 or Request an Estimate.

From One Friend to Another: “Go Move Yourself!”

After putting it off as long as possible, I decided to have some serious work done on my car, and I was in a real pickle about what to do. After little deliberation, I settled on calling a friend of mine to come help me fix the car. My buddy tried getting out of it by throwing every excuse he had at me, but he finally caved when I said I’d feed him pizza and get him some beer.

When my buddy arrived at my house, it was about two hours after he said he’d be there, and he was wearing a crisp white shirt and pressed slacks. I asked my buddy, “Hey buddy, what’s with the outfit? Aren’t you afraid you’ll get oil and grease all over yourself?”

“This outfit is super comfortable. I guess I’ll just kind of stand back and help. I will try not to get dirty. Good looking out.”

So there we stood. It took us a while to figure out how to prop the hood open, but once we did, the real trouble began. Did I not mention that my friend and I have no experience fixing cars? However, we have logged countless hours traveling inside cars, so we weren’t worried. Needless to say, the car did not get properly fixed, but we did spend all day getting mad at each other for not knowing what to do. In hindsight, this work could’ve been done quickly. Next time, I’ll have had a mechanic fix it, not my friend.

Although this story is fiction, I’m hoping at some point you thought, “why would this guy ask a friend to help him do something that is best left to a professional?”

Stuck couches are the worst couches.

During the busy rush at the end of this summer, Gentle Giant Moving Company received numerous phone calls from panicked people screaming, “I need to be out of my apartment today, and my friends that were supposed to help me totally bailed on me! Can Gentle Giant come help me?”

Or we got the “Yeah, hi. My friends and I were moving my stuff out, and I’m not sure how, but we have a sleeper sofa jammed through the wall and it’s completely stuck. Nobody else can get around us to move themselves out, and things are getting a little heated here. Can Gentle Giant come help me?”

The point is, there is a reason there are various service professionals. There is a right and wrong way to do things, as well as a safe and unsafe way to do things. Just because your friend has driven a car does not qualify him or her to work on your carburetor. Also, your friend sleeping on your couch all summer does not qualify him to move it down several flights of stairs safely, which is why Gentle Giant is urging everyone to spare their friends and hire real movers.

Give us a call at 1-800-442-6863 and maybe your friends will give you pizza and beer as a thank you for not calling them!

Moving Yourself? Pack Like the Pros with These Helpful Tips – Part 2

In Part 2 of the Original Gentle Giant Blog’s profile on Packing Like the Pros, we will discuss setting up your packing workstation so that it is easy and safe for you to pack.

In Part 1 of this series, we reviewed the selection of boxes available, and what they should be used for. So Step 1 of setting up a workstation is putting an assortment of moving boxes in a close, convenient location so that they are easily accessible.

When our Gentle Giants get ready to pack, they find a dining room or kitchen table to work at that they can cover with a pad to prevent scratching. Tables are best because it provides ample space and negates constant bending over. If an appropriate table is not available, the Giants have developed a system where we tape up a large 5.2 Dish Box, then lay a 5.2 on top of it, like the picture to the right.

Once the workstation is set up, grab a ream of the white packing paper and lay it out in front of you. Also, bring several items you will be packing onto the table or around your workstation so that you can easily grab the items, wrap them in paper, and place them in your box. But before you load anything into the box, place Paper Bumpers across the bottom of the box. Paper Bumpers can be easily made by crumpling up a sheet or two of white packing paper, then rolling them up in another piece of paper like a high fiber, papery burrito. Once you have a few bumpers made, you can line the bottom of the box with them, which helps greatly to prevent damage.

Be plentiful with the paper. Some people feel as though it is being wasteful, but the fact of the matter is Gentle Giant recycles and reuses paper, depending on the condition of course. Wrap plates together with crumpled paper separating each plate with paper, then place the tightly packed plates VERTICALLY in the box.

After a layer or two of tightly packed plates (separated by another layer of bumpers) go into the box, top it off with safely papered glasses placed vertically side by side. Fold down the flaps, and tape that bad boy up. Next step, repeat the first step.

For a visual representation of what we’ve discussed here, please check out this helpful video!

 

Moving Yourself? Pack Like the Pros with These Helpful Tips – Part 1

These days, everyone is looking to save a few dollars, and this is especially the case when relocating yourself and your family. Buying a home is expensive enough, so it is no surprise that one of the most common questions we get asked at Gentle Giant is “how can I cut costs during my move?”

The simplest answer is to buy used packing boxes and pack yourself. Although it may seem like a daunting task, we assure you it is not as bad as you think. As long as you give yourself enough time before the move, take it room by room and step by step, packing doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

The first step in a successful pack is using the proper boxes. By familiarizing yourself with the best boxes to use for the various items you’ll be packing, you’ll prevent the boxes bottoms from giving out. Additionally, you won’t be doing yourself any favors by filling an extra large box with heavy books and cans of soup. An extremely heavy box going through your living room floor is a surefire way to lose your security deposit.

The Book Box - 1.5 Cubic Feet of Raw Power!

This adorable little box may be small, but it is not to trifled with. It packs a mean punch by being able to hold up to 65 lbs. of your heaviest books, wine bottles, CD’s or vinyl records, hand tools, canned goods, dry food, kitchen utensils, or any other smaller, heavy items.

 

 

The Linen Box – 3.1 Cubic Ft. of Cardboard Boxery!

This medium sized box can take almost anything you can throw at it. If you’re in the mood for packing linens, folded clothes, pots and pans, toys, lampshades, or pillows, this bad boy is the box for you!

 

 

 

The “Large” Linen Box – 4.5 Cubic Ft. of Boxy Goodness

This beautiful box is certainly not your grandparents Large Linen Box! Not for the feint of heart, this box is similar to the 3.1 cubic ft. Linen Box, but is better equipped to handle lighter, bulkier items like linens, folded clothes, blankets, quilts, and pillows. This box can also be used to protect over-sized lampshades.

 

The Dish Barrel – A 5.2 Cubic Ft. Box that can dish it AND take it!

For years, people have griped that there is simply no perfect box to pack dishes, well now those people can take those gripes, wrap them up in packing paper, and safely pack them in this double corrugated with their dishes, china, glassware, lamps, and other fragile items!

 

 

For fans of vintage Gentle Giant, take a look at this great video starring our Director of Sales, Tom O’Gorman, as he walks viewers through the box selection!

 

 

There is a Moving Truck and Movers in my way! What do I do?!

We’ve all been in this jam before. You are running late for work. You get two steps out your front door, only to realize you left your keys inside. You blast back inside the house, look frantically for your keys while keeping a close eye on the clock. Each second that passes means another decibel higher your boss will scream at you.

Found the keys! You sail out the door, sprint to your car. What the heck!?! Why is there a big, dumb moving truck blocking you in!?!?!?!?! To your dismay, permits were put up, and a notice was left on your car, but still, what the darn heck!?!

Because Gentle Giant has been on the receiving end of a few tongue lashings prompted by scenarios just like this one, we have decided to put together a few pointers to help get you (and your vehicle) out of this predicament in the best possible way.

1.) Breathe and realize it could have been worse – To work in cities like Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Charlotte, and Providence, professional movers like Gentle Giant have to procure permits for their moving trucks. This means that if our moving truck shows up and there are cars in the permitted spots, we reserve the right to get the car towed. Because Gentle Giant is in the business of relieving stress, not providing it, we take the approach of either working around the car, or calling the police to contact the vehicle’s owner to move it, instead of just having it towed. Just remember, we all have jobs to do, and the movers are not blocking you on purpose, rather we are simply trying to help our clients move.

2.) Check the back of the truck – If a moving truck is blocking you, the best thing you can do is check the back of the truck. At Gentle Giant, we run the boxes and furniture out the truck, so we are constantly going between the house and the truck. When you do see a mover, simply ask if you can get your car out. We are in the service industry, and we live to serve. It is in our nature to bend over backwards to help people. The folks that lay into us with threats and cursing aren’t doing themselves any favors. As the old saying goes, murder us with kindness.

3.) Call the company – If the truck blocking you doesn’t seem to have anybody around it, look at the driver or passenger side door. Licensed and insured companies usually put at least a phone number on the door for circumstances like this one. Get the number, call, and explain the situation. If the company is like Gentle Giant, a dispatcher will then find out who the driver on the job is, then contact them to move the truck. This process usually takes about 5 minutes. At Gentle Giant, if we are blocking a car and will not be at the truck regularly, we leave a note with the driver’s number on the car’s windshield so that this phone call process can be expedited.

If you follow these easy steps, you’ll be unblocked in no time and on your way to work. Also, you now have a terrific excuse for being late :-)

Fast Facts About the Moving Industry and Gentle Giant

The moving industry is a dynamic, ever changing landscape filled with amazing companies employing truly innovative techniques to separate themselves from the fierce competition out there. The AMSA, or American Moving and Storage Association, is a remarkable resource for all moving companies passionate about being the best, and they recently posted some interesting facts that really show how big of an industry moving really is.

AMSA reported that America’s moving industry directly employs 122,600 people and contributes $1.2 billion in taxes every year.  The industry generates $16.5 billion in annual revenue and spends $7 billion on equipment, materials, parts and supplies and services needed to conduct business.

$8.9 billion in household earnings and 353,000 jobs can be attributed to the moving and storage industry. With 8,100 companies conducting operations at 17,000 locations, moving and storage businesses stimulate the economy of every state in America.

While 96% of business establishments in the industry are small local businesses that earn less than $10 million annually and account for 72% of all industry jobs, 84% of all industry business establishments are micro-businesses that earn less than $1 million annually and account for 31% of all industry jobs.

The number of industry jobs is 1.6 times greater than the number of jobs in the auto manufacturing industry (2008) and 5.6 times greater than the industry of scheduled air freight transportation.

About Gentle Giant  Moving Company

We have been in business since 1980 serving New England, New York, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, Seattle, and San Francisco.

We move over 12,000 families every year, and that number continues to rise as we expand locally and nationally.

We employ close to 500 people, a lot who have been here for more than 10 years. Gentle Giant is still run by its founder Larry O’Toole, the Original Gentle Giant.

We participate in dozens of activities and charities to support our local community, including the Gentle Giant Charitable Foundation, MoveForHunger, More Than Words, Everybody Wins Power Lunch, Shark Swims, the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, the Warrior Dash, and the East Cambridge Rib Fest, just to name a few. For more on our charitable work and community outreach, visit our web page at: http://www.gentlegiant.com/moving-companies/charitable-foundation.aspx

Gentle Giant Interstate Zaps Stress PRIOR to Move

Gentle Giant Interstate knows that, for most people, long distance moving is even more stressful than a local move! The amazing thing is how much our team of Certified Moving Consultants enjoy alleviating anxiety. Let’s face it – moving hundreds or even thousands of miles away is tough. Not only is it something most people don’t do often, it’s fraught with extra challenges. You’ve got:

  • ~job start dates
  • ~being in limbo for longer
  • ~unfamiliar surroundings
  • ~kids in completely new schools
  • ~pets (2000 mile road trip with Fluffy, anyone?)
  • ~booking flights
  • ~dealing with complicated estate situations

 

You name it. And there are tons of horror stories about the Interstate moving industry, so we asked ourselves, How can Gentle Giant be different given that people choose us specifically for crews that deliver consistent results?

There was but one solution: Maintain complete control over the process without outsourcing to non-Gentle Giant personnel.

In other words we chose to be fully Independent (not part of the big “Van Line” networks). That way a lone driver doesn’t have to scrounge around for random labor at the destination. Our drivers are Master Crew Chiefs working in small teams so it’s just us with our usual attention to detail and flair for a job well done. And that’s a great feeling, hiring one company regularly awarded for their quality control and integrity.

A big highlight for our Interstate team is calling people with their exact pickup and delivery dates in advance (which is almost unheard of in the industry)! Our relationships with Interstate customers last much longer than local moves too – sometimes situations can go on for months, with storage and all manner of sometimes dizzyingly complex facets.

So what keeps our team going? That palpable sense of relief heard from the very first call. Every day they hear stress melting away as they review what our customers can confidently expect of Gentle Giant. Sure, there are some pretty complicated logistics, but before the move even happens, people share how happy they are that we’re making the process easy so they have that “one less thing” to worry about amidst all the other balls they’re juggling.

When everything’s finally delivered – beds reassembled, dressers tucked into just the right corner – it really makes everything worthwhile to know that any unease was minimized the whole way through, even before a single box had been packed.

At Gentle Giant, we like to think that helping to ease the apprehension of moving is a small part of making the world function a little better every day.

What Secret to a Fast Move Other Companies Don’t Want You To Know

Great Giant Moving Company in San Francisco has begun to make a name for itself by blasting out difficult moves in record time while showing great respect for all the pieces moved. For other companies, moving fast sometimes means moving carelessly, but not Great Giant.

One secret they begged us not to share was their secret for flying large items out of the house quickly while maximizing room on the truck. You didn’t hear this from us, but because Great Giant hires athletes whose strength often match their speed, they are able to blast large pieces like desks, filing cabinets, nightstands and dressers out of the house while leaving their contents inside. That’s right, a dresser full of clothes would normally take some time to empty and box up, but when Great Giant is on the job, the dresser is inspected to make sure it can be moved with its contents, then it is wrapped up and carried out of the house with as much ease as if it were empty. For desks, it takes an extra step because the drawers have a lot of loose items that need some attention. In instances like this, the Giants will take packing paper and stuff the drawers so that nothing shifts in transit.

One note on filing cabinets. The Giants will of course move filing cabinets with contents, but it is recommended to empty a few drawers because with it full, there is a greater chance of damaging the cabinet in transit on account of all the weight.

This may all sound too good to be true, so to see it for yourself, call Great Giant at 1-800-442-6863 or Request an Estimate Online.