4 Reasons Not To Use Friends And Family To Help You Move

People often ask friends and family to help them move, especially if it's a big job that they can't do on their own. But can you really trust them? Before you ask a close friend or family member to help you move, you should think about the following things because it’s not always a good idea. 

Do You Have Items You Don’t Want Friends And Family To See? 

First of all, keep in mind that your friends and family will end up with your things – you’ll need them to if you want them to help you, as you’ll have to let them carry boxes, bags, and items of furniture. 

If you have private things hidden in your bags and boxes, make sure you're okay with letting your friends carry them around. If you trust your friends, they probably won't look through your things and snoop around, but can you really trust them? And is the stress of seeing them holding these things – even if they don’t know about them – worth it? Hiring a professional service can make you feel more at ease. In the end, it comes down to whether or not you want your helpers to see something, and if it’s better they don’t, don’t ask them. 

Do They Want Something In Return? 

A lot of your friends and family will help you without expecting anything in return. But some people will want something in return, even if it's just a bite to eat or being taken out to dinner. You should always give them something as a thank you, but money shouldn't be the main topic of conversation when you ask for help. After all, it’s highly likely the reason you wanted to ask them in the first place was to save money

If your helpers are asking for something that you don't think is worth their time, you should take back your offer and hire a company instead. You’ll still be spending money, but at least you’ll have professionals taking care of your stuff. 

Do They Have A Big Enough Vehicle? 

Moving companies have something you probably don't have, which is a big truck or van, and this will be particularly useful when it comes to interstate moving. If you ask your friends and they don’t have anything but a car, you’ll have to make lots of trips (impossible if you’re moving far away), and that’s just for ferrying the smaller items. What about larger pieces of furniture? You would have to hire a big truck. 

If this is the case, you might as well hire the labor to go with it and not have to worry about moving anything yourself or putting your friends in a difficult position when you ask them. 

Are They Reliable?

You should also think honestly about whether or not the people you want to ask for help are actually reliable. If your friends and relatives don't have a reputation for being trustworthy or keeping to schedules, they might not show up on your special day, forcing you to hire a mover nevertheless. Even if they do arrive but turn up late, this can cause a lot of problems. Verify that they are reliable individuals who can follow your plan if you want to go down this route.

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