Helping a Friend Move – Why Assistance Means More Than Physical Labour
19th November, 2018
Helping a friend move is the ultimate form of solidarity. With all of the hard work, planning, preparation, and stress that can go into a move, it’s always better to take it on with friends. With that said, if you’ve agreed to help a friend move, what does helping even mean? There is a variety of things that can be done to assist a friend in getting to their new home, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today.
At Kent Removals & Storage, we have been assisting families throughout the moving process for over 75 years. This, coupled with a fantastic reputation for quality removalist services both in Australia and internationally, has made us one of the countries most trusted removalists. With that said, let’s get into a few tips for helping a friend move (that don’t involve carrying things)!
Helping a Friend Move Doesn’t Have to Mean Carrying Furniture
When you picture helping a friend move, it’s likely through the lens of physical labour. Packing things into boxes, lifting heavy objects and praying that nothing scrapes the wall on the way out. However, that’s not the only way to go about helping a friend move.
Think about the times when you’ve been packing your house into a moving van. Think about all of the things that you needed in that moment, and what someone else could have done to make that process a lot less stressful.
Some things that you can do to help include:
Keeping Your Friend Fed and Hydrated
In the whirlwind that is preparing for a big move, it’s easy to forget the basics. As anyone who has accidentally skipped a meal can tell you, irritation and discomfort are often quick to follow. This can sour the mood of even the most comfortable person, and if they’re not working with an experienced removalist, it can be a hugely stressful ordeal.
Try to avoid cooking anything at the house. Naturally, they will be leaving, so any cooking and preparation is only going to lead to more things that need to be cleaned away for the new tenants. This makes helping a friend move the perfect time to throw diets to the wind and get some takeout. However, if you want a healthier option, maybe consider making food at your house prior to heading over. It may not seem like much, but for someone who’s stressed about saying goodbye to their house, it can be just what they need.
Keep Pets at Bay
Moving can be a stressful time for pets and people alike. An upset pet can cause a considerable amount of added hardship for an owner trying to move as fast as possible. So, where possible, do your best to take care of their pets for them. This could involve taking them for a walk, playing with them every once in a while, or even taking them to stay at your house during the moving process. That way, your friend can move in peace, without having to worry about their furry friend getting overwhelmed.
Be On Mood-Upkeep Duty
From taking the role of playlist DJ to just speaking with your friend, there’s a lot you can do to keep someone’s spirits up. It can be a relief just to know that there is another person there to go and get supplies when necessary. If you’re helping a friend move, it can be assumed that you know them relatively well. So, work out what it is that will make them the most comfortable and go with it. Often, just keeping them company is more than enough help (just make sure not to get in the way).
Moving can be a difficult time, and as with all difficult times, it helps to have the people you care about there with you. That being said, if you’re looking to take the hassle out of moving home, Kent Removals & Storage is here to help. With over 75 years helping Australian families move with a wide array of expert removalist services, there’s a reason we are one of the countries most trusted removals companies. Contact us today.