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Should You Ask Friends to Help You Move?

October 28th, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Asking friends to help you move: yea or nay?

After moving more than a million people over the past 20+ years, we’ve discovered that one of the most important things you’ll have to figure out ahead of time is how to get everything done. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer on a tight budget, you may consider asking friends to help out instead of hiring labor. But if you’re more concerned about things being packed and loaded professionally so that they travel safely, you may consider getting professionals to help you out. 

Friends help a couple move boxes into a new home on moving day.

Why getting friends to help is a great idea 

Not only do friends enrich our lives, they can also be a big help on moving day. Here are some good reasons to ask your friends to help you move:

It’s the most affordable option

Depending on how much you’re moving, hiring labor for packing and loading can get pricey. If your budget is tight, getting friends and family to help cuts those costs completely. 

You can get as much help as you want

If you’re moving a house full of heavy, bulky furniture, you may want to recruit your entire friend group, but if you’re just moving boxes and light furniture, a couple of friends for a few hours might do it. Either way, it’s a great option when you’re not sure how much help you’ll need. With hired labor, you’ll typically get a minimum number of movers for a minimum amount of time (based on your home size and what you need done), then pay by the hour. 

Friends may be willing to help longer 

If you’ve moved before, you know things don’t always go as planned on moving day. Asking your friends to help you move gives a little extra flexibility. They’re not on the clock, so technically they can work for as long as they’re willing to stick around. 

You get extra time with your people 

They say hard work brings people together, and there’s not much that’s harder than moving an entire house.  You may be surprised how much you can accomplish with pizza, drinks and your closest (helpful) friends! 

Reasons you may want to rethink getting help from friends

While friends are a great resource, there are definitely things to consider before enlisting their help for a move — especially if you’re moving across the country (because packing for a long-distance move is much more involved than a move down the street). 

Here are some things to keep in mind: 

How your belongings are packed matters

If you have fragile, heavy or breakable items, they need to be packed properly to avoid damage. Are your friends aware of best practices? 

There’s a proper way to carry and load items 

Have you ever heard “load high and tight”? Properly loading boxes and furniture into the moving truck can be a challenge. It may involve hauling things like heavy furniture down narrow hallways or carrying bigger, bulkier belongings up or down a flight of stairs. Do your friends know the best way to load into the moving truck or container to keep things intact in transit, and are they aware of the proper way to lift and carry heavy items to avoid injury? 

You’re relying on their schedules

When you hire moving help, you’re scheduling them for a specific day and a window of time during that day. And you have an agreement that says they’ll be there. If there’s any chance your friends could be a no-show on moving day, and you can’t get the job done without help, you may want to have a back-up plan. 

If it’s all work and no fun 

Is the time you have to spend with your friends winding down? If so, you may not want to spend it working.

Hiring Experienced Moving Labor

If you’ve decided that the condition of your belongings when they’re delivered to the destination is more important than sticking to a budget, you may want to go the route of hiring experienced moving labor — for just the big stuff or for everything. With their knowledge of proper packing and loading techniques combined with an expertise in moving household goods, you’ll know everything is safe and secure in transit. 

Helpful Tips If Your Friends Help You Move

If budget is the deciding factor, then getting your friends to help you move is the way to go. Here’s are some things you can do to help the day go smoothly:

Plan, plan, plan

Once you know who all is helping, plan and delegate jobs ahead of time. This will alleviate people standing around wondering what to work on next. Get someone to pack, someone to clean, etc. 

Make sure they know packing and loading best practices

They may not be experts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pack and load like the experts. Send them our helpful packing tips and loading tips ahead of time to make sure they know the best way to do it all. 

Give them plenty of notice

You can be respectful of people’s time, by selecting the date and giving your friends as much advance notice as possible. And if you can swing it, set up the time for the weekend when more people are off work. 

Buy lunch

The way to your friends’ hearts might just be through their stomachs. If you’re getting (free) help, it’s always good practice to provide food and plenty of cold water. Easy to eat things like pizza, burgers or sandwiches work best. 

Make it fun

Moving doesn’t have to be an “all work, no play” situation. After all, the advantage of having your friends help out is that you’re spending time with them in the process. Put on a fun playlist or have your favorite movie on in the background. 

Find creative ways to show your thanks 

Whether you do a personalized gift basket with their favorite treats, gift cards to their favorite restaurant or take everyone out for a fun evening on the town, a thoughtful gesture will go a long way. 

Choose U-Pack for your move

The beauty of moving with U-Pack® is that you can customize a move fit your needs — even when it comes to packing and loading help. So whether you’ve decided that a true DIY move with just you and your friends handling everything is the best route, you need help only with loading the big stuff, or you want moving labor to do it all, U-Pack has you covered. Get a free quote online, or call 800-413-4799 to talk to a moving specialist.