Let me start off by saying that the best way to move is to hire a professional moving company to do the job. Understanding that, sometimes we are not in a situation where we can afford that option. In case that is you, and you have a lot of stuff, we want to give you a few tips on just how you can rally your friends to help you with the job.
Be a good friend!
You have those friends who only call you when you need something, but don’t ever give back. Depending on your relationship, sometimes you help them, and sometimes you don’t. But you also have friends who have always had your back and that you would do anything for. When you call your friends to ask for help, how are they going to look at you in that moment? If you are a good friend to them first, chances are they will be willing to lend a hand if they are able.
Know what your friends need help with
Call up your friends and offer to help with the project they are working on. Schedule a time and date to get it done. Before the conversation is over, let them know that you are going to be moving and ask if they can come hang out with you and help load a few boxes into the truck. Using this approach, you have to still be willing to help them if they say “no” to your request.
Give them enough time
Maybe your friend really wants to help, but can’t because you asked them last minute. Don’t make this mistake. If you know a few weeks in advance that you are going to need some help, ask for it a few weeks in advance and give your friend enough time to plan accordingly.
Get some work done before they show up
Don’t wait until your friends show to start working. You need to get in the game early and create some momentum. That way, when they show up, things will be in motion and they can just jump right in. Try to plan a little bit and have a layout of how you want things to go down. It will make it easier for everyone if you are organized and there is some direction.
Make it fun!
You might not be able to afford to pay a moving company $500 to help you move, but you can afford to get your friends some pizza and wings. Having food, drink, and music available during the move will make a huge difference. It can completely change the atmosphere and when your friends think back to “that time they helped you move,” they will have much more pleasant memories.
If you have already done some packing, which is wise to do, be smart about it. Pack heavy things in small boxes so your friends don’t have to worry about hurting themselves. Use big boxes for lighter things, and don’t let your friends carry something too heavy for them to handle. The last thing you want is them injuring themselves on account of you.
Your friends just gave you their time and energy to help you move. Show some gratitude for it. Do something like buying them a gift, or something else you know will mean a lot to them. Even if it’s just a big hug and looking them in the eye telling them how much you appreciate the help. If you aren’t grateful, the odds of them ever going out of their way for you again are slim.
Save some money to hire movers
Next time, be prepared financially to have a professional moving company help you. Asking for moving help from friends is sometimes necessary, but isn’t good to do all the time.
Hopefully these tips will help you approach your friends to get some help for you next move. It’s always a good idea to talk to some professional moving companies to see what your options are. If you are on a tight budget, most companies can find a way to work with you to get you the help you need. Good luck on your next move!
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