Moving in (Or, when their U-HAUL breaks down in your driveway)


I am such a nice landlady that I allow my tenants to use my personal driveway (and parking area) when they are moving in and out. It makes moving much easier for them, especially if someone’s chosen to park right in front of the duplex on that particular day. I don’t mind parking just across the street.

The only thing that makes me nervous is the fact that my driveway is awfully close to the gas meters of the house next door. Oh, and the fact that most U-Haul renters have no idea how to handle (and back up) a truck that big. I notify them of the gas meters, and go inside so I don’t have to watch (it hasn’t been a problem yet. I tend to have pretty careful renters.)

The tenants backed the truck expertly into the driveway, and quickly unloaded all of their things, in order to return the truck by 4:00.

Unfortunately, the truck would have none of that. Wouldn’t start at all. They tried jumping it, but to no avail. I had to leave; apparently while I was gone, U-Haul sent out someone who was “banging on the starter with a metal pipe,” but the truck still was not moving. U-HAUL said they would send someone out to tow it.

My car was parked directly across the street, so I moved it down the block, safely out of the path of the tow truck.

It wasn’t until about 2:00 pm the next day that the tow-truck finally arrived. I suppose U-HAUL wasn’t really that hot to come and get a truck that they coudn’t rent out anyway. They scratched up the driveway a little bit while they towed the truck away, but I was just glad to see it go.

Luckily for them, their moving truck had broken down AFTER they had moved all of their things in, not BEFORE, or DURING the moving process.


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