Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Ask Friends to Help You Move

As you plan your move, remember asking friends to help you sort your items, pack, or run a garage sale is a good idea. However, asking your friends to move your stuff isn’t always wise. Here are reasons you should avoid asking your friends to move your items and leave them to professional household movers.


While your friends might be strong and fit, they likely lack the experience to move heavy items safely. For instance, you could lift something incorrectly and sustain a severe back injury. You don’t want to be responsible for injuring a friend. Moving heavy furniture is a job for professionals. 


Experience is also critical to moving items without damaging them. Moving companies train their movers in every aspect of the move. Many companies simulate moves in training houses. They also train their crews in packing a truck.

Even if your friends have moved before, they won’t have the experience a professional mover has. In addition, your friend will feel terrible if your furniture is damaged, and the incident could also damage your friendship.


Repeatedly doing the same task increases efficiency. Because movers have done it so often, they can load and unload your items smoothly and quickly.

Your friends won’t know the best way to complete each task. They’ll need more frequent breaks. Moving day will be much longer with friends helping than a professional mover.


If your friends agree to help you move, you’ll probably need to reciprocate when they move. But, unfortunately, their request may come at the worst possible time. So if you want to avoid paying them this favor, you shouldn’t ask.


Professional movers know what type of equipment they’ll need to complete the move successfully, and they’ll bring it to your home on the day of the move. For example, they’ll have items such as:

  • Moving blankets
  • Furniture covers
  • Tie downs and e-track straps
  • Dollies
  • Hand trucks
  • Piano moving equipment
  • Safety markers for the vehicle
  • Floor protectors
  • Ramps
  • Large amounts of bubble wrap

You and your friends are unlikely to have access to all this equipment. At best, you’d have to spend considerable time and money to acquire it. At worst, you might move without it and damage your home or furniture.


Having your friends help you may seem to be less expensive. However, when you consider it more closely, professional movers are generally more cost-effective in the long run. This is because when friends help you move, you have hidden costs.

  • You’ll have to give up more of your time.
  • You and your friends may not know how to move and pack an expensive vase or work of art. Damage to the items may far exceed the cost of hiring professional movers.
  • You or your friends may sustain an injury. The cost of injuries in the United States was $4.2 trillion in 2019. An injury could cause you or your friends to require hospitalization and miss work days. In some cases, the damage could be permanent.


Hiring professional movers is less stressful than hiring your friends because the movers will come into your home, take over, and handle the task efficiently.

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Avoid relying on friends to help you move. Instead, contact experienced professional movers today for a free quote.

4 Good Reasons to Schedule Your Move as Soon as Possible

Planning a relocation involves many moving parts, and it’s easy to overlook important details. But booking a date with a professional household mover shouldn’t be one of them. Instead, it’s best to start getting quotes as soon as you know you’ll be moving.

Here are four reasons to book with a professional mover now.

1. Get Your Choice of Dates

The earlier you book, the higher the probability you’ll be able to secure your preferred date with a mover. This is especially true if you’re moving during peak season from June to August, but even if you aren’t, you’ll rest knowing you can coordinate and confirm your move on the specific date you need. As it gets closer to your moving date, if you haven’t already reserved a slot with a mover, you’ll probably not have much flexibility for dates.

2. Enjoy the Best Prices

You can pick from a larger pool of available movers if you schedule your move in advance. However, when you book later, you have less room to negotiate since many dates are booked, and you may not be able to reserve a date with your preferred moving company. Additionally, some movers reward customers with a discount for early booking, which helps cut back on moving costs.

3. Research Early

Starting the moving process early is beneficial because you’ll have more time to research and obtain several quotes. Much like any other major purchase or home project, you’ll want to try to get at least three quotes. When you start your search early, you can quickly get three or more quotes and have more room to negotiate to find a mover who works with your timeline and budget. Otherwise, your relocation plans may not be compatible with the limited options.

4. Reduce Your Stress

After you book your date, you have peace of mind knowing that everything is confirmed and ready to go. You won’t have to panic over finding a mover in the weeks or days leading up to your move. You also won’t need to worry about not having the choice of movers. Once you book a date with a preferred moving company, you can focus on packing, along with the hundreds of other details you’ll need to juggle during the months and weeks leading up to your move. The less stress you have during a move, the better.

Ready to Start Planning Your Move?

Booking early is definitely to your advantage, keeping in mind that summer months and weekends are the busiest.

If you’re unsure what is considered “early,” think about the time of year you plan to move. Summer months are the busiest and most expensive, so you don’t want to leave reserving a date until the last minute. If possible, aim for at least three to four months in advance. If you can’t, that’s OK, but start ASAP once you know you’re moving. While limited, movers can sometimes accommodate last-minute moves. At other times of the year, booking one to three months in advance should give you plenty of options.

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Are you ready to start planning your move? Contact us today for a free quote. Our moving team can answer your questions and eliminate hassles for a stress-free move.