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How to Get Your Friends to Help You Move

2015 May 01
Written by Go Mini’s

When you need help moving, you find out who your friends are. Or at least the ones with nothing better to do.

Asking for help moving has certain informal social rules that we all need to abide by. Play your cards right and you may not need a moving company. Misplay them and you’re on your own.

Let’s take a look at how to properly ask.

Respect their time

Give them ample notice. Asking last minute always seems like someone else backed out and now you’re calling on them as a plan B.

Be courteous, but diligent with your reminders the big day is coming. It was be as simple as a text that tells them “Thanks again for agreeing to help me move on Saturday. Are chicken wings ok for lunch?” This approach will go a long way in protecting you from people who claim to get the date wrong.

Eliminate any surprises

Never be the person that claims the move will be quick and easy, but under estimated the massive desk that needs to go around 4 corners to get out of the apartment.

“So if you need 5 people to complete the task, or know that it will take time, you have to be up front from the get-go. Anything less is just being a poor friend,” wrote Richie Frieman, Modern Manners Guy at

“Honesty is the backbone of any good friendship, so don’t be afraid to lay out exactly what they should expect when they arrive.”

Bribe them

Keep the pizza warm and the beer cold. Don’t skimp on either. Get the good stuff.

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but still one of the most important. People will never cease to want a reward, nor cease to love free food or beer.

Flatter them

Don’t be afraid to butter them up a bit. Saying things like “You’re the only one I trust helping me move mom’s old piano” will go a long way.

Think of this as bribing them with flattery. It still is just as effective as the beer and pizza.

Make it easy for them

As we mentioned above, eliminate any and all surprises. So do the same with any unnecessarily difficult tasks.

For example, our mobile storage units can make things easy. They’re portable and easy to fill. So no need to poll all your friends to find out who has the largest truck. We will move the unit for you.
At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now.

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