Moving is a personal experience. You’re not just moving your belongings. You’re entering a period of transition and often reflecting on what was and what will be. So it’s important that you know and trust the people who are assisting you in this process. This is why we’ve started our “More than Movers” series. (Oh, and just a heads-up: We call our movers “bellhops.”)
Next in our series, we spoke with 22-year-old Ryan Echavarria, who’s been a bellhop for two years and completed 529 moves.
Bellhops: Hi, Ryan. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To begin, how many times in your life have you moved?
Ryan: I’ve moved from Brooklyn to Florida, to Pennsylvania, to Georgia, and now I go to college in North Carolina.
Bellhops: What do you like to do when you’re not completing moves?
Ryan: When I’m not helping people move, I’m usually gaming or hanging with friends, doing adventurous things.
Bellhops: We won’t get into what kind of adventurous things… What are you studying in school? And why did you choose that subject?
Ryan: I am a simulation- and game-design major. I am a huge gamer, and it is my passion to make them for the public.
Bellhops: Wow, that’s awesome. What’s a skill—totally unrelated to moving—you would master if you had the time to pursue it?
Ryan: I would master any kind of martial arts. The skill of it is so amazing to me.
Bellhops: What do you like about working as a mover on the app?
Ryan: I like the flexibility of picking up jobs and choosing my own schedule.
Bellhops: What move are you the most proud of completing?
Ryan: Recently, me and two other guys finished a move exceptionally fast, maybe in less than an hour and a half. It was supposed to take four hours, and the customers were deeply appreciative. They gave us brownies and wanted our pictures.
Bellhops: That’s cool. What’s your go-to trick for making a move go well?
Ryan: My go-to trick is simply talking to the customers and getting to know them. It eases their moving experience and keeps everything going smoothly.
Bellhops: What’s the best advice you can give to a customer preparing to move?
Ryan: Make sure everything is packed. It’s vital. If you have a packed house, you save money because the move goes a lot faster and smoother.
Bellhops: Thanks for talking with us, Ryan.
Ryan: Thank you.