This is a guest post from Tri-State Moving Systems, a local moving company located in York, PA. We love making moving across town an easy experience for all involved.
Getting the keys to your new place and checking out the local flavor on Yelp can only curtail the dread of packing and moving all your possessions for so long. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have an all-inclusive moving company take care of the process for you, but for the majority of us moving includes renting a truck or borrowing your friend’s pick-up truck. Moving can be a drag by yourself, especially if you have several heavy pieces of furniture. Convincing your friends to help you move might be easier in your early twenties, but as you get older, you might find your friends dodging your calls after you announce your new move.
If you’re having trouble recruiting, how can you get your friends to help you out? Here are a couple tips.
- Offer an incentive. Whether it’s providing a few cases of beer, buying pizza, or baking something delicious – food is always a draw. You don’t need to go so far as buying them gift cards or having cash incentives – many will feel uncomfortable taking it from a friend. But if you can take care of lunch or offering to buy a round of drinks at the bar around the corner after the move, you might get a few takers.
- Make specific requests. It’s a well-known marketing tactic that sales strategies that are specific fare better than open-ended requests. Instead of asking for people to help you move, request help for 3 hours on Saturday morning moving furniture. The more specific request, the better the results.
- Get two different teams. You’ll have better luck if you ask a few friends to help you pack up your truck and ask another group to help you unload and unpack.
- Reciprocate. It’s the basic golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” If your friend helped you move, make sure you’re there when his lease ends in a few months. Also, this starts with any new friends at your new place. Start by helping them with their projects and moves so that you have more people to call on when you have to pack up again.
- Don’t wait until the last minute. Weekends are precious, and in order to get enough people you’ll have to ask a month in advance or so.
- Have everything packed and ready to go. It’ll take several hours longer to pack up anything extra (clothes, kitchen, etc.) and no one wants to sit around and wait for that. Keep your move as efficient as possible or no one will want to help you again.
If you’re over 25 and gainfully employed, or have more than a few pieces of furniture left from college, it’s worth it to hire a professional mover. Most of your friends won’t want to help you move unless your belongings still fit in one or two carloads and you've just finished grad school. Hiring a professional mover – even for only a few hours – will be the better decision in the long run. Even if you get movers to move your furniture, your friends might help with the boxes and setting up your home. Whether you use professional movers or have a mass of friends helping you, remember to keep the mood light and happy and you can avoid the stress of moving.