5 Top Tips for Helping Someone Move

January 4, 2020

When a friend or family member tells you they’re moving, you know that means there’s likely a flurry of boxes and tape in your near future. But you also have a special role to play, because moving can be stressful no matter the scale, whether it’s across the country or across the street. 

Here are some of the best ways you can support someone during a move and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved!



Ask if they’ve considering hiring professional movers.


Free moving in the form of friends and family members is great, but it’s not always an option (and not always the best one). For example, if your friend has a lot of large furniture that needs to be taken apart and reassembled in a new home, it might make sense to hire professional Edmonton movers. Luckily, it can be as affordable as feeding an army of friends and family members as a reward for their hard work!



Start collecting packing supplies in advance of the move.


Rather than saving the packing frenzy for moving day, which typically leaves everyone frantically searching for boxes and bags, offer to start a stockpile of packing supplies for your loved one in advance to save time (and a few headaches). 

Speaking of supplies, don’t cheap out on free boxes from the nearest grocery store that could fold in on your belongings at any minute; invest in uniform moving boxes of all sizes, wardrobe boxes, china barrels and lots of packing tape to get the job done right. 



Help them with packing, or substitute your housewarming gift with professional packing services.


It’s usually the days just before the move when things get most stressful. It’s hard to decide what to pack where, how to make sure nothing gets damaged or broken, and what needs to be left out right up until moving day. 

You might be able to provide the most support when it comes to packing up items. If you’re helping out, be sure to ask what the system is so everything is easy to find on the other side of the big move.

Another great idea is to substitute a housewarming gift with professional packing services. Potted plants are great and all, but we guarantee moving services will be more useful! Most moving companies offer packing services that help you get your items safely from A to B. However, it might be a personal decision for your friend or family member, so check in to if it’s a good option before you book the movers. 



Make the move day fun and stress-free with custom playlists.


Music makes the world a little brighter, especially on moving day. A great way to keep everyone feeling upbeat is to create a playlist for the big day. We highly recommend a few fun, tongue-in-cheek tunes like “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson and “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac! Play it in the old house, moving trucks, the new house, and everywhere you stop in between!



Wait to buy a housewarming gift until you’ve seen what they need.


If you’re helping someone with a move, you have the perfect opportunity to spot missing items they’ll need for their new place. Maybe they’ve just acquired a big jacuzzi tub and will want some bath bombs or scented candles for relaxing. Or maybe they finally have space for that big dining table and they could use a beautiful table runner or new silverware. These are great opportunities to get something meaningful and useful, so if you can, hold off on a housewarming gift until they’re (mostly) moved in.

Of course, this really only applies to local moves. If it’s long-distance moving, you’ll have to make an educated guess and grab something before they leave, or wait until you have a chance to visit!


Looking for a Moving Company in Edmonton?

Eager Beaver Moving offers professional moving services for residential and commercial moves across Edmonton and the surrounding areas. We can help you with your local move to Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, anywhere in northern Alberta, or virtually anywhere in North America! Call now for a free quote on moving and storage.

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