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How to Get Your Friends to Help You Move

Forget paying a bunch of high-priced professionals to carry your boxes. With a few easy tricks, you can get your friends to help you move.


  • Step 1: Tell friends you’ll be giving away some of your items during the move. No need to part with your prized possessions, but if there are items you're not taking with you, offer them to your friends who help you move.
  • Step 2: One of the best ways to get your friends to help you move is to promise free food. Offer donuts and coffee in the morning and the promise of dinner and drinks at the end of the day -- you may be surprised at what feats they’ll perform for the promise of gratis grub.
  • FACT: The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American will move 11.7 times in their lifetime.
  • TIP: If you need to disassemble large items, have the appropriate tools nearby.
  • Step 3: Don’t waste your friends’ time. Before pals arrive, place as many items as possible in clearly labeled boxes, broken down by room. Have a strategy for moving large items and furniture out of your old place and into your new home.
  • Step 4: Don't be afraid to use guilt. If you're moving to a new city, tell friends it's one of the last chances to hang out; if you're moving after a break up, tell them that having some buddies around will really help with such a difficult transition.
  • Step 5: Accept every volunteer who answers your request for help, no matter their skill set or availability. If a pal can’t lift heavy boxes, ask them to guard the van; have friends with limited time help out with a few bigger items before taking off.
  • TIP: Try to spread your move over a few days -- no one's busy _all_ the time.
  • Step 6: Consider who you're asking to help you move -- if you've done favors for a friend in the past, mention your previous kindnesses. If you're asking new buddies, tell them that you'll owe them; put your guarantee in writing if necessary.

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