History of the Moving Industry

History of the Moving Industry

To HireAHelper Move Helpers: Paying Tribute to Our Founding Fathers

Crazy Tuesday (the Tuesday after Memorial Day) ushers in the moving industry’s officially crazy season. With that you’ll likely be way too busy taking care of today and tomorrow to think about yesterday and yesteryear and everything that happened to bring us all to this point in moving history.

That’s okay. We’ve got some historical highlights to make us all appreciate how good we have it now. Seriously. Really. We don’t have to scour the land for fuel. We don’t need a protective convoy. In the grand scheme of things, despite all the paperwork and all the headaches and all the sneaky folks running around, we are living in the Golden Age of Moving.

Now that, my friends, is crazy. Continue reading


Challenging the Status Quo

Challenging the Status Quo

While Some Write Letters and Others Fight Regulations, HireAHelper Keeps Rolling

One situation involves corporate movers in New York City, the other involves guys in pickups moving furniture in Austin, Texas. One is a product of the traditional stance of the labor unions, the other is a child of the shared-economy and a smartphone app. One issue is political, the other governmental.

In both cases, the entrenched are losing business to the newcomers. Continue reading


Where is Everyone Going? Moving Industry Migration Trends

And what does it mean for us in the moving industry?

United Van Lines’ 37th Annual Migration Study

United Van Lines seems to have a penchant for tracking industry-related trends. We here at HireAHelper are happy to go ahead and let them, particularly if they are then going to tell us what they found. (We like to call this ‘passive outsourcing’.)

Screenshot of United Van Lines' 2013 Migration Map

United Van Lines’ 2013 Migration Map

Most recently they chose to share with us the telling trend of where people are moving from and, in a skillful follow-up, where they are moving to. KEYE TV of Austin, Texas reports on United’s trend-spotting by highlighting the fact that the largest percentage of people are leaving the New York/New Jersey area. And where are they going? ‘West, South’ the headline states. (To us this was a bit anticlimactic since, as far as we can tell, almost the entire rest of the country is either west or south of New York.)

The couple interviewed by KEYE for this noteworthy piece of news moved from New York City to Golden, Colorado, citing the hustle and bustle, the stress and the high cost of living in the Big Apple as factors in their decision to split. Now they look out their window and see trees and mountains and, on a good day, the Coors Brewing factory. When asked if they’d ever move back to the northeast, they laugh.

But back to the subject at hand. United has found that the top eight destination states among their customers in 2013 cover a lot of ground, both west and south of New York. Oregon tops the list, followed by the Carolinas and Washington, DC. It seems surprising to at least one writer that South Dakota and Nevada are in there. More surprising is the fact that Texas edged out Colorado and yet the people at KEYE TV in Austin, Texas had to travel to Colorado to interview someone.

Atlas Van Lines 2013 Migration Patterns

If you aren’t operating in one of the states United identifies as having the most moves, whether inbound or outbound, not to worry. Atlas Van Lines offers some slightly different (and, unless you are in the Yukon, generally favorable) moving industry migration trends.

Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Map

infographic: Atlas Van Lines

They break it down state-by-state and province-by-Canadian-province, but what’s most promising is their overall finding that the total number of moves they performed in 2013 turned out to be a 6% increase from 2012.

The upshot of all this? Considering there were 77,000+ moves performed in 2013, there’s clearly a lot of work out there. And as the industry continues to evolve and more customers migrate toward the DIY moving model, we’re going to keep on growing.

One day we may even move someone to the Yukon.