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Asking Friends to Help You Move - 5 Things to Know

Congratulations on your new home! You can hardly wait to move in. Unfortunately, there is the daunting task of the move ahead. Strong, helpful friends are a great way to get the move done cost-effectively but you very literally ruin friendships if you go about this move the wrong way. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when asking friends to help you move.

Get the Word Out

Ask as many friends as possible. You are moving and this is no easy task. Ask all of your able-bodied friends. By asking all of them, no one feels left out and you can get the job done in no time. Even though moving is hard work, some may consider it an insult if they are excluded. You can't expect people who are pregnant or have health conditions to assist with the physical labor, but you can politely ask if they'd like to drive the truck, or deliver lunch for everyone -- you are responsible for the cost of lunch, of course. Additionally, someone is bound to cancel on the day of the move, so it's best to have more than enough help on hand.

Manage Helpers Appropriately

Be sure to schedule your friends throughout the day, with a crew to pack up the old place, and a fresh crew to unload and unpack at the new place. Consider the number of furniture and boxes before you say how long you'll need them. They are spending their free time to help you, so be courteous with how long they're expected to work.

Solicit Help in the Form of Supplies

Boxes cost money, so be sure to ask all of them to bring unwanted boxes, packing tape, newspapers, and bubble wrap for fragile items. Ask if anyone has a dolly for easy transport to the truck, as well. After asking to see if anyone has items that you might be able to reuse, you can turn to Boxes 4 U for your moving supply needs. Having everything you need on the day of the move will save you and your helpers a giant headache.

Transportation

Unless you already have a big truck or van, don't forget to ask someone who does. Since they're volunteering their vehicle, gas, and time to drive your furniture, it would be nice if that's the only responsibility you assign them. If they do help load or unload, it is polite to reimburse them for the gas mileage.

Make the Experience Enjoyable

Remember to thank everyone! Moving is hard work, and these friends have chosen to help you when they could be relaxing. At the end of the move, if you haven't already supplied lunch, treat everyone to a casual dinner or a round of beers. The day after the move, send everyone who helped a thank you note. Be profuse in your gratitude, because even a little bit of moving help is very generous. If you have a housewarming party in the future, invite everyone who helped you move and thank them again and again.

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