Why Family and Friends Make the Best Movers

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Why Family and Friends Make the Best Movers

Staff Writer · Apr 25, 2010

When it comes time to transport a family from one apartment or house to another, the best movers are often the community around those people. Friends and family can be extremely effective in helping to move households to a new home. What the real value of this kind of job comes down to is the savings that families and communities can realize when they are open to working together to make a large task smaller and easier to do.

The Value of Moving with Friends and Family

The people who moving households know best can be extremely effective in helping to implement a moving plan. Often, the whole thing only takes one day. When a moving truck is backed up to the house, and all of the boxes and furniture pieces are ready to go, a move can really take no time at all. The key is to have enough strong arms and backs to haul all of those possessions from the porch to the truck, to get them on their way to their destination.

To look at the value of this kind of move, look at what moving companies charge for even the most basic services. Moving companies have to charge for the employee’s time, but that’s not all that they have to recoup from customers. Any overhead as far as advertising, office space, and much more has to come out of the cost of moving jobs. Most companies can get back a lot of this money from larger or more technical moving jobs, but when all of the customers are relatively frugal, even a small job may end up carrying a lot of this financial burden. Look at the quotes that moving companies offer for a basic move, and you’ll see that they vastly outprice what you could pay directly to any single individual to get your boxes and furniture moved.

The above cost issue means that you benefit from “hiring” friends and family for an informal move, even if you end up paying out a good deal of money for refreshments or other extras. People in the community around a household are often willing to tackle part of the moving jobs for free, and when it comes to successful low-budget moving, the old slogan is true that many hands make light work.

Additional Costs – and Additional Savings

In addition to the money that you save with an informal move, look at what happens if extra services are needed. A little extra truck or van space can be pricey if you have a formal moving contract, but if you are moving informally, a friend or family member can just offer an extra trunk or back seat space for overflow. The same applies to when a move goes into overtime-this kind of extra will cost you much more with a formal moving contract from a business.

Informal Moving – A Social Event

Another major benefit of moving with friends and family is that the job seems like less of a chore. Those who show up can visit and chat while moving boxes, and enjoy some food together. Visitors might even be able to travel along to the new home to take a look. These additional benefits show why so many families rely on those around them to help them out on moving day, rather than signing a contract with strangers.

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