Just need some quick delivery help? We can do that.
I started MTB with a pickup truck and the desire to help people fast and affordably. However, in order to get all my legal ducks in a row, I had to grow the company to pay all those big boy bills. Regrettably, it forced MTB to grow far beyond its roots to become what it is today. We do great, 5-star work, but it’s made it tough to meet those “micro needs” everyone eventually has in the DC area.
So, I’m getting back to basics (as time allows). Here’s what I mean: if you just need to move a small item that you or a friend are able to help lift, I can provide the other half of the labor, plus a pickup truck or a van. If it’s actual moving help you need, you know – with a team of professional movers – then you want the main service. (Get a fast, free quote here.) But if you need help moving a few boxes, maybe a small couch, or to pick something up from a box store, I’m eager to help you out personally.
A couple of caveats: This is a cash-only service. Sunday and Mondays are blocked out for family. Saturdays I’m technically on the clock, but I may be helping out the crews. Any other time I’m pretty open.
People understandably want to know how long it takes to move their place. Moving can be expensive, after all, and after buying a home or a vehicle, this is probably one of those things on which you want to do your research.
Since we tend to move 1-bedroom apartments more than any other kind of job, I thought this would be a good place to start. And the answer is simple: based on thousands of instances in the DC area, it takes us, on average, 2.7 hours to move a one-bedroom apartment.
Obviously there are outliers. On the low end, we’ve moved people to/from a one-bedroom place in about an hour. These kids of jobs are usually very close to each other, we may have sent an exceptionally experienced and skill crew, or people have moved the bulk of the stuff themselves.
On the outside, if it takes significantly longer than that, it’s because preparation was, well, lacking. Or maybe the loading dock door was broken, the elevator was broken, etc.
The point is that over the thousands of jobs I have enough data on, the average is 2.7 hours. That amounts to just a couple hundred bucks.
People also want to know if a moving company’s estimate is worth the email it’s written in. Understandable.
What I can tell you is that depending on the type of job (1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom townhome…), our estimates are about 91percent accurate.
It’s a notoriously difficult job to accurately estimate how long it’ll take to move a place when 99% of the time you’re basing it on a submitted web form. Nonetheless, 9 times out of 10, we hit our mark, which is within a two-hour range.
So, if we say that your particular job will take between 2-4 hours, that means that the vast majority of the time we’ll be somewhere in between those two numbers (and often below).
We’re pretty proud of that.
Here are some other average job times (you’re welcome, competitors. ;-)).
Single room: 2.2 hours Studio apartment: 2.2 hours 1BD apartment: 2.7 hours 2BD apartment: 3.4 hours 2BD town home: 3.4 hours 3BD single family home: 3.7 hours 4BD single family home: 4.1 hours
I cannot say enough amazing things about My Truck Buddy!! They were professional, efficient, and so nice – they even were 15 minutes early, which is unheard of!! They were so reassuring – there was an incident with blocking off the street for parking (FYI – you have to CALL the parking permit office to get a confirmation number to actually enforce the blocked parking spots, thought that’s nowhere in the instructions…), and when I was panicked, they calmed me down and told me not to worry and they could handle it, which they totally did. Additionally, when my bed frame wouldn’t fit up the stairway, they had a plan and brought it in through the 2nd story window, which I’ve never seen before! They were affordable, reliable, courteous…I will 100% be using them again. Trust me – don’t use anybody else. My Truck Buddy is as good as it gets!
– Rachael L. | 8.3.15
5-Star Yelp Review | Racheal L. | 8.3.15 August 17th, 2017Christopher
This was the first time I’d ever hired movers so I may be a bit biased but these guys are great!! I’d heard lots of horror stories about movers so I was a bit nervous but Dave walked me through everything with making the appointment and followed up after. You do everything online but it wasn’t confusing at all. I had to get a permit from the city, the guys emailed me a link. And then day of Mike and Elmer were so fast and so sweet. Elmer’s truck packing job was amazing! My husband and I discussed it later over dinner. And Mike was so nice. They both took really good care of our things. Definitely would hire them again.
– Kimberly M. | 6.24.15
5-Star Yelp Review | Kimberly M. | 6.24.15 August 16th, 2017Christopher
Moving? Use My Truck Buddy. Don’t bother shopping around, just book these guys. You won’t regret it.
We moved yesterday, and Shawn, Mike, and Richie made the ordeal as painless as it could possibly be. They were ahead of schedule, so called in advance to see if they could start a half hour early (yes!). And once they got started, they just kept going and going until the job was done – exactly what you want when you’re paying by the hour! The time estimate they had give us was 2-3 hours, and they finished up in exactly 2.
Most importantly, they were friendly and professional to the utmost degree. I felt completely comfortable with the care they gave to our belongings, making sure that everything was packed up safely. And I don’t know how they kept those smiles on their faces carrying so many have boxes and pieces of furniture up to our new apartment!
These guys are hands down the best around.
– Joseph C. | 4.22.15
5-Star Yelp Review | Joseph C. | 4.22.15 August 16th, 2017Christopher
If I could give 10 stars instead of only 5, I would. These guys (Elmer, Walter, and Isaac) were not only super helpful and friendly, but they dealt with me having to cancel on them at the last minute (sorry, guys: mean people suck!) and reschedule– TWICE.
I work as a massage therapist, so I clearly understand the need for punctuality, efficiency, and ability to go with the flow/ work around unforeseen obstacles whenever I work with clients. Receiving the same amount of excellence in customer service that I give is a rarity. You guys delivered it. Thank you again.
– Maya H. | 8.1.17
5-Star Yelp Review | Maya H. | 8.1.17 August 4th, 2017Christopher
NOTE: This is for serious applicants and serious people only. If you’re just filling out an application because you’re bored (seriously?), then please move along. If we schedule an interview, we expect you to show up. I hate to mar an otherwise friendly blog post with a warning, but honestly, after ten years of doing this, we’ve seen it all. For example, if you’re applying for a driving job, make sure you have a driver’s license. Etc. It should be common sense, but…
Anyway, here’s the job description:
My Truck Buddy (MyTruckBuddyMoving.com) is looking for honest, hard-working, ethical men of integrity for it’s summer busy season. MTB began about ten years ago as a side job for the owner/founder to bring in a little extra money for his new and growing family. It has since grown into a million-dollar business serving the DC area.
In its relatively short history, MTB has earned more than 1,000 5-star reviews on Yelp.com, and more than 100 A’s on Angie’s List, where it also earned the highly coveted Angie’s List Super Service award six consecutive times. (This award is given to fewer than 5% of companies in an industry/area.)
In short, it’s the real deal – honest work, a good reputation, competitive pay.
Positions we need to fill:
Crew Member: Crew members are the bulk of the workforce. Their job is straightforward: they carefully move customers’ items to and from our trucks.
Crew Leaders: Crew leaders do everything crew members do, but they usually also drive the trucks, manage customer expectations and direct the workflow on job sites. They’re responsible for taking payments, resolving conflicts, etc. They’re basically on-site managers. Note: if you’d like to apply for this position but worry about lack of experience, don’t. You will be trained and shadow experienced crew leaders before you’re ever in that position.
Drivers: They drive the trucks but their duties are more along the lines of crew members. Sometimes we have fantastic crew leaders, but for whatever reason, their driving records prevent them from working behind the wheel. Nonetheless, trucks still need to get to the jobs, ergo: driver positions.
Safely prepare and transport residential household items. This involves pad-wrapping furniture, protecting floors, walls and other surfaces as items are transported through/across/by them. Crew leaders are responsible for the above as well as directing crews, securing items in trucks, addressing customer needs and concerns, taking payments, and other duties that arise on the job site.
Variable. Every move is different, however, on most jobs our estimates are more than 90% accurate. This means that if we estimate a job to go between 2-4 hours, 90%+ of the time, it’s under 4 hours. Some jobs are estimated to go as long as eight hours, and they do.
The bottom line: most days we start at 8:00 and the crews are back by 6:00 or earlier. We schedule our work days to maximize profitability WITHOUT overwhelming people.
We work Monday through Saturday (no Sundays in the summertime, and between October to April we only schedule Sunday jobs on a volunteer basis, i.e. you have to specifically request Sunday work.)
We are very flexible with schedules and try to avoid scheduling six straight days for anyone (I mean, come ON! It’s moving!) However, “showtime” for us is Friday and Saturday – most people request those days for moving.
Starting pay for crew: $12-$14, depending on experience and other factors. Demonstrable skill, reliability and leadership will quickly earn crew members $14-$16 or so.
Starting pay for crew leaders: $14-$16, depending on experience and other factors. Again, demonstrating the above skills and traits will earn crew leaders significantly more. Some of our best guys earn as much as $28/hr. (It should be noted that this is for people who are longer-term veterans of the business. That said, rock stars are appreciated and we show it.
Tips: Large tips are common. A usual tip is about $20 per guy, although it can range upward significantly. $40, $60, and $80 per guy is not uncommon. The record per-guy tip is something like $250.
Bonuses: We pay a $10 per crew member/leader bonus for every 5-star Yelp review they earn. As certain milestones are hit, (10 5-stars, 20 5-stars, 30 5-stars, etc), “achievement bonuses” are “unlocked.”
This is a moving job, so don’t expect to fall asleep on the job. It can be hot and exhausting, but also very fulfilling. Every job site is different, and you get to meet new people all the time. Most of our customers know of our reputation and expect the best. We almost always deliver it.
Questions? Call or write Chris Jolma, owner/founder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571.218.7455.
Let’s do some mighty deeds!
We’re hiring for the best moving team in DC! July 10th, 2017Christopher
There’s nothing worse than booking movers or renting a truck…and then having to park a block away from your place. One of the biggest factors in the cost of a move is The Long Walk. The longer the walk from your place to your truck (or Pod), the more time it takes. And if you’re paying for movers, that can get expensive.
So! Make sure you’ve got a space reserved as close to your home as possible. (Related: Reserve your loading dock and/or elevators as soon as you have a move date.)
Some jurisdictions take longer than others to get No Parking signs. Here’s the information for the most common jurisdictions:
You can call it the MTB Moving Guide for short, and you can find it on our (current) blog, which is (hopefully) neatly organized for short reading blocks of time, or while you’re in the process of actually preparing for your move.
People who use the guide tend to be better prepared and ready to go when we arrive. In other words, they tend to save some cash on their move by reducing the number of trips to and from the truck, reducing the amount of furniture disassembly, and collecting/organizing all those little things they might not have thought about. You might think that “saving customers money” maaaaay not be our primary interest. Well, it’s not, but making many, many happy customers is.
They tend to tell their friends about their awesome movers. “Awesome movers?” their friends might say. “Yes. Awesome.”
Plus, we’re in the service business, and making people happy is just the right thing to do.