Almost everyone worries about packing before a move. Although you might be thrilled about your upcoming move to New Orleans or the surrounding Gulf Coast area, you might dread the idea of rounding up all of your belongings. Perhaps you’ve considered asking your friends, but you’re too nervous about imposing on them. After all, you don’t want them to grow resentful. However, what are friends for if not to help you through challenging times? To that end, if you’re thoughtful about how you approach the situation, everyone can come out the other side happy.

At UNITS Moving & Storage of New Orleans & Gulf Coast, we help customers move to their new New Orleans and Gulf Coast residences all the time. Our budget-friendly storage containers make the moving process a breeze. To get a free quote on our portable storage solutions, give us a call today! To learn more about the right way to ask friends to help you pack, read our top five tips below.

  1. Ask your friends well beforehand.

While you’re busy trying to figure out how to fit packing and moving into your crazy schedule, remember that your friends are also likely contending with busy schedules! One of the most important parts of asking your friends for this kind of help is acknowledging that they are taking their own valuable time to help you. Show respect for their time by giving them notice way in advance and making it easy for them to plan their schedule around.

  1. Ask in person.

In most cases, asking friends for help packing or moving counts as a big favor. Match the gravity of the request by asking them for their help in person. This request can be a lot to ask – show them how much you value them in their time by asking them face-to-face.

  1. Be honest about what you’re asking.

If you have a ton of heavy furniture, you might be afraid that your friends will refuse to help. That’s no reason to hide anything, though! If you’re not upfront about just how difficult the task at hand will be, you’ll be sure to foster resentment. Make sure your friends know just what they’re in for from the very beginning.

  1. Prepare beforehand.

The easiest way to ruin your friends’ goodwill is to be scrambling to figure out last-minute details when they arrive to help you pack. Notice a common theme, yet? That’s right: lacking a plan or not having the right moving equipment implies that you don’t respect their time or effort.

  1. Don’t forget to have fun!

Finally, one of our most important tips: have fun with it! Provide food and drinks, play music, or even think about throwing a small party afterwards. You could even think of fun gifts to give out once the packing is over. Your friends will leave happy with the knowledge that their help was appreciated!

Have you tried out any of these tips? Let us know how it went in the comments below. If you’re looking for a portable storage solution, get your free quote today by calling UNITS Moving & Storage of New Orleans today!

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