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Instructive: How to Move and Store a Jumpy House

Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

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Kid and Adult Jumpy House

A jumpy house, also as known as a bounce house, brings excitement to any celebration for both kids and adults. A small or big jumpy house keeps the party going. They offer a way to stay busy, bouncing and flipping while being safe. Before the party or after the party, you need to transport the jumpy house. It is done by following the rules. At the end of the article is a list of steps to follow.

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Sweep and Mop

Companies sell or rent small or big jumpy houses. When you rent from these companies, they blow up before the party and deflate them at the end of the party. There is no need to know how to clean or transport them.

If you are an owner, you need to know how to take care of their jumpy houses. After a birthday party, they are ready for storage and transportation.

The first step in transporting the jumpy house after using it is to give it a good cleaning. To do that, you need to clean it of all grass, dirt, sticks, and objects. The most reliable way to do this is to use a broom and sweep it out. Next, wipe it down with a clean with a damp mop.

The jumpy house is all cleaned up and ready to deflate. Now, you unplug the electrical cord to the machine that keeps the house inflated and watch as it collapses. Make sure all the air is out of the jumpy house. Otherwise, it will be hard to roll up and transport.

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Deflate a Jumpy House

To make sure all the air is out of the inflatable house is to lay the deflated house flat on the ground.

Whether the jumpy house is small or large, you need to get it as flat as possible. While it is flat on the ground, you double-check for any objects or foreign material.

It is easier if you catch all the foreign objects before it deflates. That might not always be the case.

How do you detect objects or foreign material after the house deflates? You will see bumps and rough spots, follow them, and remove them as needed.

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Roll It Up

Jumpy house sizes do not determine if they can roll up or not. Both a small or large house can roll up the same way. You start at one end of the deflated house and gradually roll it up. You tuck and roll the house. The action of tucking and rolling keeps the material snug. The tighter you work the material, the easier it is to transport.

Getting someone to help you roll it up is all the better. It is easier to do it with two people. That way, you can have one person on each end, tucking and rolling. But, if it is only you, then stay in the middle, tucking a rolling while going out to each end, tucking and rolling.

Keep in mind, the larger the jumpy house, the better it is with two people rolling it up.

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Almost complete on rolling up the house. You grab the straps and wrap them around the rolled-up jumpy house. There should be a strap in the middle and one at both ends.

Make sure you keep the material tight. Tight is good and keeps the house in excellent condition.

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Lifting a Small or Large Jumpy House

You take a hand truck or dolly and roll it up as close as possible to the edge of the deflated jumpy house.

You and a second person stand on each end of the rolled-up house with a third person in the middle. On the count of three, all three people lift and tilt the jumpy house until it is on the dolly.

A smaller house lifts onto the dolly with one or two people. You or someone else pushes the hand truck with the deflated jumpy house to the van or truck.

Bring the dolly as close as possible to the edge of the truck or van, and two people lift it and place it in the vehicle.

A small jumpy house needs a robust person to lift it. Using two people is smarter.

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Move the Inflatable House

You drive the jumpy house to the location where you want to store it or set it up. Park the van or truck as close to the spot where you want it to be.

You will need to recruit two to three able people to help you lift it out of the vehicle. You need a dolly ready and nearby to move it to the location.

Place the dolly near the rolled-up jumpy house. Have three people, one at the middle and two at both ends, lift the jumpy house onto the hand truck.

Guide the dolly to the spot where you want the house to be and place it there. You can store it in a cool, dry place.

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Jumpy House Main Points

Store the jumpy house in a cool, dry place. It will last for a very long time. Here are the main points to remember:

  • Sweep Out all Debris Such as Grass, Twigs, Rocks, and Dirt
  • Completely Wipe It Clean with a Damp Mop and Towels
  • Remove all Objects and Foreign Material
  • Deflate the Jumpy House
  • Flatten the Jumpy House on the Ground
  • Make Sure It is Completely Flat
  • Roll Up the Jumpy House by Tucking and Rolling
  • Use the Straps to Keep the Jumpy House Rolled Up
  • Use a Hand Truck or Dolly to Transport It to the Vehicle
  • Use a Hand Truck or Dolly to Transport the Jumpy House From the Vehicle

Good Luck

Good luck, and remember, don't try to lift the rolled-up house by yourself. Spare your back from injury and keep safe.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

Comments

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on September 22, 2016:

Yes. It does. But they are so much fun and worth it. Don't you think?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 21, 2016:

it really takes a lot of work and strength to deflat them and store them