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February 24, 2014

On the move

Piepho Moving & Storage a family business

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Moving a Household

If an individual was moving from Minnesota to L.A., Piepho Moving & Storage could arrange the entire move. Based on the customer’s preferences, either the home owner or Piepho’s team of movers would pack up all of the belongings into boxes and cartons. Once the items are packed they would then be loaded onto a truck. The total weight of the household determines how fast the shipment will arrive.

“The average weight of a household today is between 12,000 and 15,000 pounds,” Mark said. “The average weight of a household back in the 60’s was only 4,000 pounds. Nowadays, 4,000-5,000 pounds is a 1- to 2-bedroom apartment. People’s households have gotten larger. Let’s say you had an apartment size home. You might only occupy the front third of a truck, so we’d have the rest of the truck to fill with other moves we have booked to a certain area or region. Or we can go through Allied and fill out the rest of the truck with other moves along the way to your destination.”

“Our employees are the backbone of our company,” Mark said. “It is essential that our employees be able to relate to our clients on both a professional and personal level so that when we move our customers, it’s as if we were moving our own homes. We recognize families may have special needs or concerns that they might want addressed. Obviously, we try to do the most we can to protect their prized possessions and get them delivered on time.”

Trends in moving

The moving industry is a unique, specialized service and as with any other business, need fluctuates based on the current state of the economy. The last recession created a downturn in the moving industry, however as the housing market has come back, so has the moving industry. Their busiest time of the year tends to coincide with school breaks as many people begin to move in May clear through September, with the busiest time for movements taking place in June, July and August.

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