Moving: How to Get Friends to Help

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It’s that time of year again, when friends who own trucks begin to stop taking calls just in case the person on the other end asks the most dreaded question of all: “Will you help me move?” Don’t be stuck moving yourself; make it worth your friend’s while. We’ve got the tips to making a move with friends easy, fast and fun.

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Before the big day even gets here, you might consider:

1) Don’t wait last minute Though this isn’t always avoidable due to how darn complicated moving can be, try to ask friends as far ahead in advance as you can.
2) Do you really need that? As tempting as it may be to throw everything you own in boxes and then toss in a moving truck, now’s the PERFECT time to start weeding out what you do and don’t need for your new place. Your friends’ backs will thank you later.
3) Be an organized packer Do it right the first time and things will go smoothly later. Organize boxes by room, clearly label things, don’t put all heavy things in one box, etc.
4) Have a clearly marked plan You know where everything is going to go because it’s your stuff; don’t expect your friends to be able to read minds. Before the stuff ever leaves the truck, go over where the big items are going to go in the actual space (if you’re feeling REALLY ambitious, think about writing down the names of your furniture on pieces of paper and laying them down on the ground where they go to help make things move quickly).
5) Give a walk through Walk the friends around the new place and show them what each room is and tell them which box label will apply.
6) Have lots of cold drinks, tasty snacks and hearty thank you’s ready Self explanatory.

What are your tips for suckering...we mean persuading, your friends to help you move? And making it go smoothly when you do?

More moving tips from Apartment Therapy:
Moving 101: Top 10 Lessons Learned & Tips that Worked
Moving to a New Apartment: Pre-Move Checklist
Our Best Moving Tips
5 Tricks for Moving Furniture
Moving Tips: Go the Extra Mile When Friends Help You Move
Moving? Have a Packing Party!
What's Your Worst Moving Horror Story?

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