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A Helping Hand

April 2014

Easy Movers, Inc.

Easy Movers, Inc. is a family-owned business with three generations of experience in residential and commercial moving – and in reducing the stress associated with moving for three generations of customers.

Joyce and Joseph Geipe of Easy Movers, Inc., a third-generation business.

Joyce and Joseph Geipe of Easy Movers, Inc., a third-generation business.

“Probably 80 percent of what I do is hand-holding and education,” says company President Joyce Geipe, who describes herself as a “relocation coach.”

“A lot of what we do is really taking the time to listen to what our customers’ needs are,” Joyce says. “People aren’t always moving for happy reasons, so you might have a young mother who is asking how she can make this easier on her kids, or an adult child trying not to confuse or upset a parent who can’t live alone anymore. We’re that calm voice on the other end of the phone to help you with moving.”

The company dates back to 1916 when J. Norman Geipe, whose father had an upholstery business on Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore, first started moving households. He got the idea to start a moving company while delivering reupholstered furniture to his father’s customers.

J. Norman Geipe Movers expanded into Catonsville, but after the founder died, three sons inherited the business. One brother bought the other two out, and eventually the business was sold out of the family. After the non-compete clause expired, Joseph P. Geipe Sr., one of the three brothers, decided to continue the family tradition and started Easy Movers.

Joyce’s husband, Joseph P. Geipe Jr., bought the company from his father. Today, the Glyndon, Md.-based company is also an agent for Wheaton Worldwide Moving, which affords it the ability to move across state lines while satisfying all the federal Department of Transportation regulations. Wheaton has earned the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and is also the preferred movers for Steinway and Sons Pianos. Easy Movers enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is one of the top 20 Wheaton agents in the nation for quality of service.

The full-service company, whose slogan is “We Think Inside the Box,” also offers packing, crating and storage, operating a 10,000-square-foot warehouse. Its more unusual moves required custom crates to be devised for one-of-a-kind items, including a $100,000 antique buffet and a valuable collection of large, cigar store Indians.

“We move a lot of antiques,” Joyce says.

The company owns a fleet of six trucks ranging in size from a 24-foot box truck to a tractor-trailer. Easy Movers employs about 25 people, and their employees have an average of 10 years with the firm. They’re augmented by about five local college students every summer.

“We’ve put several kids through college by employing them in the summer,” Joyce says with a laugh. The company also believes in good corporate citizenship, supporting community charities and organizations, such as Move For Hunger, the Baltimore Humane Society, Project S.A.F.E (Substance Abuse Free Environments), the Reisterstown Crisis Center, Rotary Club, Glyndon Association, Special Olympics, Fraternal Order of Police, Little League Baseball, the Sacred Heart Glyndon Soccer Clinic, and the Reisterstown Festival.

Because the moving business is tied closely to the housing industry, the recession hit the company hard.

“In 2008, we probably lost about 40 percent of our business,” Joyce says. But the family firm had been cautious about expansion during the years before the crash, and “when the market came down, we were still OK.”

As the housing market improves, so will the moving business. One industry concern, though, is making sure that movers are honest and experienced, since there is no licensing required for in-state movers in Maryland.

“Anybody with a phone and truck can place an ad in the phone book and call himself a mover,” Joyce says. She serves as the chairman of the Maryland Movers Conference, a group that has developed a registration program for movers as well as a Code of Ethics to protect both consumers and moving businesses.

Easy Movers can move someone to or from any part of the country and overseas – the company has handled moves as far away as Hong Kong – but the Baltimore tradition remains a strong driver of the company’s philosophy.

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the work ethic passed down from my husband’s grandfather,” Joyce says. “We are very hands-on. We want customers to be happy at the end of the day. We’re very connected to our customers. We can move shipments from one piece to a whole household anywhere.” I95

Easy Movers, Inc.