MOVE IT! by bike

Moving The World To A Greener Future

MOVE IT! by bike has been serving New Orleans by moving stuff since August of 2013 using a bicycle and a trailer that can haul 600lbs.  

Frozen

Our client, a dental student, was given a nice refrigerator by one of her professors and needed it uninstalled, removed, transported, moved in and installed.  The removal and transport went smoothly.  Our route took us down Magazine Street and we turned many heads as the large two door stainless steel appliance moved down the street.  We did pull over a few times to let traffic around us but for the most part drivers were patient with us.

The place the fridge needed to go was up some stairs just big enough to let the silver giant through but it did have a landing and turn that would be challenging.  The door at the top of the stairs was to narrow to allow passage through the door so the doors of the refrigerator had to be removed.  In the end we got it up the stairs and installed.  This move took two hours and our client was billed $160.00 and added on a tip for our strong and skilled movers.

May Day! May Day!

Our client needed to move out of his apartment so the land lord's daughter could move in.  Our client is legally blind and uses a cane to see the world and on top of that had suffered a stroke a week before the move.  To make matters worse the movers our client had hired did not show; apparently their truck had broken down.  It was this mover that contacted us to replace them and do the job.  

So on May Day (5-1-17) We moved our client's furniture from his second story apartment in the Quarter to a two story apartment also in the Quarter.  The move involved lifting some furniture up to a balcony because the spiral stairs would not allow furniture to be moved up that way.  The couch was to wide to fit through the very narrow entry way but a neighbor was kind enough to let us bring it through her apartment.  Great neighbors!  The move took 3.5 hours and our client was billed $420.  Our client loved our work and commented he would hire us again if he moved again.

We got to the location early in the AM and so found some parking spots open.  On the second trip these spots were taken so we parked on the sidewalk across the street.

We got to the location early in the AM and so found some parking spots open.  On the second trip these spots were taken so we parked on the sidewalk across the street.

First load on the way

First load on the way

Just Like The Old Days

When MOVE IT! by bike started it was one trailer, one bike and me.  If it was something of size that needed to be moved the person hiring usually had to be the other mover.  Now we have a fleet of bicycles, three trailers and several people to call on to help with moves.  

This move was just one item, a home made table, and there would be help on both ends to help load and unload.  So just like the good old days the table was loaded with the help of the person who built the table on one end and unloaded with the help of its new owner on the other.  I also helped remove an old table and took it to a used furniture store.  The whole move took about an hour and the client was billed $40.00 and threw in an extra $10.00 for the removal of the old table.

Cast Needing Crew

MOVE IT! by bike was contacted the morning of April 29, 2017.  One member of the couple that were moving that day had broken her arm the night before in a bicycle accident and could not help in the move.  They had planned to rent a truck but dropped that plan and hired two of our movers using two of our trailers.  Our movers managed to move the large things they could not move with their car in two trips in two hours and forty-five minutes.  The bill came to $220 and added on a nice tip for our movers. 

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On Down To San Antone

Our client was moving back home to San Antonio and wanted help loading his rental truck and so we did.  There was a stairway that had a turn right outside the door that would make the move a bit more difficult but we got the job done.  Two of our movers got it done in one and a half hours in fact, and our customer was billed $120.00 and gave our movers a nice tip.

Stairway was successfully negotiated

Stairway was successfully negotiated

All in except the bicycles

All in except the bicycles

He's Packin'

MOVE IT! by bike was hired to move a two bedroom house's furniture into a POD.  Our clients were purchasing a house and the closing dates from old to new house were not matching up so the POD was to become both a moving and storage option.  When we arrived we were wondering how all the furniture was going to fit into that POD.  It turned out that our client used to pack cargo onto airplanes for the Air Force and showed us a trick or two and all but two tables fit in. 

Nice Day For Moving

MOVE IT! by bike was called on to move a few things from a storage space under one house to the living space of another.  So on a beautiful April day 2 movers using two trailers transported a queen sized four poster bed with mattresses, a student desk, a dresser and four chairs.  The moving distance was 0.9 miles and the whole job took one hour and a half.  Our client was billed $120.00 and added a tip for our movers.

Larry begins to unload 4 chairs, a small desk, and dresser.

Larry begins to unload 4 chairs, a small desk, and dresser.

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Ready to unload a four post queen sized bed.

Ready to unload a four post queen sized bed.

Bed on Bourbon

Our client purchased a bed from someone who lives on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.  The previous owner informed the new owner that the bed was on the second floor and had to be hoisted up to the balcony to get it to where it was.  Our client was on a budget and could not hire more than one MOVE IT! by bike mover but would help with the move.  The seller also agreed to help move it out of her apartment so we had a team of three.  After disassembling the bed, the mattress was lowered down without the use of ropes which were brought just in case.  The box spring was also lowered as easily.  Then the head board was lowered and the rest of the bed fit down the steps.  All was loaded on the trailer and the bed was on it's way to it's new home.  After the 1.5 mile journey the bed was taken into its new home to be reassembled by it's new owner.  Our client had a love seat at another location a few blocks away but could not afford to pay for more time.  But we were already there and it would not take long, so the love seat was moved in lagniappe.  The total charge was $80.00.

Our trailer ready for loading - not taking a parking space - not completely blocking the sidewalk.

Our trailer ready for loading - not taking a parking space - not completely blocking the sidewalk.

Big Boy Bed

He is growing.  He is growing out of his bed.  The bed his Grandfather built.  But it was time to get a big boy bed and so Mom sold his little boy bed to another boy that would slumber in it until it was time for his big boy bed.  MOVE IT! by bike was hired to haul this family heirloom from the 200 block of Glenwood drive in Metairie to the 5000 block of Prytania in New Orleans; a distance of 7 miles.  The bed was carefulyl loaded with the help of the pervious owner and his brother.  Both paused to pose for a picture before our mover left.  The journey went well without incident and the bed arrived to it's new home as the sun was setting.  With some assistance from the new owner's mother's sister the bed was brought in to be assembled later.  The entire operation took 2 hours and the client was billed $80.00.

The loading crew

The loading crew

We-Haul From U-Haul Storage

Our client had a few items in storage and wanted them moved into her home.  The large items were a sofa, round dining table and an old cedar chest.  There were also a few smaller items.  It took two movers one hour to move it all out of storage and into place into the home.  We had quoted that it would take two hours, so our client was thrilled at being billed $80.00 instead of $160.00 and gave a nice tip to our movers.

Had To Be The Heavy

MOVE IT! by bike was called to help load a U-Haul the day before the move when our clients friend hurt his back and could not help.  We would only load the heavy bulky things.  Our crew arrived the next day at 10:00AM and started loading 2 enclosed book cases, a king sized bed, a twin bed, a day bed, a large coffee table, a sectional couch, a dresser, a wooden DVD cabinet, a butcher block table, a large clay pot and a treadmill.  The treadmill had to be disassembled to fit through the door and took four people to move into the truck.  All this took 1 hour and 45 minutes and our client was billed $140.00 and gave a nice tip to our movers.

Gone With The Wind

I set out early to get to 1461 Cotton Street in Metairie for it was a long bike ride.  Upon arrival I called our client and discovered that I had heard the address incorrectly, it was 1461 Caton Street in New Orleans.  So I quickly peddled to the correct address.  The wind was blowing hard that day but was in my favor going this direction so I sailed on over.  Our client helped load the armoire into the trailer and left to await my arrival at her home.  After securing the load I was off to the client's house.  This time the wind was against me and the going was tough and slow.  So slow in fact that the client called me to ask if everything was ok.  (No doubt worried that I had gotten the address wrong again.) Though the progress was slow the armoire arrived to the clients house and with the help of the client was brought into her house and put into place.  Between being late for both arrival and wind delayed for the delivery I allowed the client to pay what she thought was fair and paid me $60.00.  On the way home the trailer was flipped on it's side in the wind.  So I removed the banners to lower the wind resistance and made it home safe.

A Better View

Our client was moving from one apartment to another in the same building and also wanted some furniture assembled.  The floor plan for both apartments was exactly the same so our client requested that we place everything in the new apartment where it was in the old apartment.  So that is what we did.  Not only the furniture was put in the same place but so was the food in the pantry and fridge and plates and cups in the cabinets.

While the apartment was being moved Tim was assembling the furniture which included a bed, an armoire, and an entertainment center.  The moving team of two finished before the assembly job was finished and pitched in on the furniture assembly.  All was completed in 5 hours and our client was billed $400.00.

Tabled

A request for furniture assembly was put out on Thumbtack so MOVE IT! by bike submitted a quote for the job.  MOVE IT! by bike was selected for the work and a time and date was agreed upon.  Two chairs and a dining table were assembled in an hour by one worker and our client was billed $30.00.  Our client was so pleased with the work that she included a tip.

Hoist Not

Our client was moving into an apartment in the French Quarter but had not really seen it before she called us to help move her in.  The land lord had told her that the apartment was accessed via a spiral staircase up to the second story balcony or through another apartment.  We may have to hoist her couch and any other items up to the balcony that would not fit through the spiral stairs. So we brought our equipment ready to lift things up to her second story balcony.  But it was discovered that there was a stairway inside the building that would accommodate all that needed to be moved in.  So in 30 minutes her things were moved in and our client billed $80.00.

Line 58

Line 58 was installing new carpeting during the Christmas Holidays and needed the furnishings cleared out so the carpet installers could lay down the new carpet.  After the installers finished we would return to move it all back.  So one day we moved everything out and stored it in an area that would not be carpeted then a few days later returned to move it all back in.  There really was not much to move and the total time it took for both days was 45 minutes and Line 58 was billed $60.00.

A Better View

Our client was moving from one unit to another within the same building in the Warehouse District.  He wanted help with the large things to move from the second floor to the fifth.  We moved a sofa, a bed, a coffee table and a few wardrobe boxes in a bit less than an hour.  The sofa was a bit of a challange but we got it where the client wanted by lifting it up and over a loft wall into the living room.  The total move cost $80.00.

Upstairs From Downstairs

An elderly couple were sorting through their things, deciding what to keep and what to not.  A keeper was an IKEA couch but wanted it upstairs instead of down.  They called MOVE IT! by bike and the time was arranged for two movers to come over and get the couch upstairs.  They made it very easy for us by disassembling it and packaging it for an easy carry up the stairs.  So in moments the job was done.  We accepted $60.00 for the job and had a great conversation talking about bicycles.

Let's Play House!

MOVE IT! by bike was called on to help with a house raising.  The house came in a box and needed to be assembled in the back yard.  No this was not a tiny house, it was a wooden playhouse.  The call was placed to us in midday so when Tim arrived it was 2:30pm and it would get dark before 5 so if we were to get it built before sundown we had to hurry.  The whole family got involved and even the kids turned screws and helped pick out the right parts.  But we did not make it and drove the last nail in at 7:00pm under the outdoor light and with help from a flashlight.  It took way longer than predicted but we had agreed to a certain price and so our client was billed what we said it would cost but the kids insisted on contributing as well and broke their piggy bank.  So for four and a half hours work we earned $78.85.

MOVE IT! by cart

The bed frame had been moved piece by piece from one building where it was purchased to another a block away in the CBD.  The mattress however was one big piece and could not be handled by one person.  This was a very heavy high quality mattress and the buyer did not want to damage it and so called on MOVE IT! by bike to deliver it to his apartment in the great condition it was.  With one of our carts the client and our mover loaded the mattress onto the cart took it down the elevator, across the street, down the sidewalk and up the elevator.  The mattress was moved to it's new bedroom and installed on the bed.  All this took much less than an hour but our client paid for an hour anyway, $40.00.

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