Hauling Trash Towards Success + How To Transport Large Items Safely
OWINGS MILLS - Owings Mills resident Bryan Bray has shown that the town is the perfect place to start a small business.
Bray founded Brays Hauling in 2015 with the goal of earning some side money to help afford his truck. He has since grown his operation into a community staple, building relationships with homeowners across the Owings Mills/ Reisterstown area.
According to Bray, his success did not come overnight.
"I was working two jobs, and I was figuring out how to start this hauling company without really knowing what to do or honestly anything about running a business, Bray said. "it started slow, and all of a sudden, more people kept asking me about it; I kept saying, okay, yeah, like, I'll move that for you."
Bray has lived in Owings Mills since 1999 when his parents moved to the area for work and to be closer to his family. He graduated from Franklin High School in 2014 before starting his business.
The idea for a hauling company initially came from a Facebook ad requesting help moving some junk to the dump. Bray says he found a niche in the industry by offering custom jobs and one-on-one customer interactions.
"When people have any issues or anything, it's all done strictly with me. So they're constantly only talking to the same person, and I'm able to personally be at the majority of the jobs."
Bray has hauled everything from mountains of trash to grand pianos, safely moving them as far away as South Carolina or as close as the local dump. According to Bray, he has been to the dump so often that the employees there know him on a first-name basis.
"They're all friends with me on Facebook; they recommend me to other people," Bray said.
Patch sat down with Bray to pick his brain for the best advice when moving large furniture or other items. Here are the tips he gave.
Thoroughly assess the situation before moving anything.
Say you have an oversized couch that needs to be moved out of the basement. According to Bray, it is essential to plan how that couch will need to be rotated to fit through doors.
He says you should have a complete mental map of how the couch will be moved before anyone picks anything up.
Additionally, some furniture expands over years of constant use. Couches can physically grow by several inches due to the pressure constantly applied by sitting and leather expanding in the heat of a home.
Can / should this item be taken apart or destroyed?
Many couches, chairs, tables, and dressers can be disassembled in some way. Bray says the item should be as light as possible before the moving begins.
Remove legs from couches, dressers, and tables.
Remove cushions from chairs and couches.
Remove drawers from dressers.
Bray and his team carry a toolkit to every job to aid in disassembling furniture.
Do I have a tool or device which would make moving this item easier?
Bray's team brings dollies and other wheeled platforms to every job. If an item can easily be put on a dolly, it should be. There is no need for additional challenges or stress.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Okay, it's time to pick up and move the item!
According to Bray, most mistakes are caused by a lack of communication. Ask your moving partner how they are holding up if they need to set the item down, and who should be walking backward.
Remember your form!
Bray recommends using the classic weightlifting form when moving heavy objects. Be sure to squat down and lift with your legs rather than your arms.
Most injuries come from a lack of concentration or communication, don't be afraid to put the item down and take a break.