Compare Movers and Prices
Moving Advice & Tips

How to Con Your Friends and Family to Help You Move

Unpakt helps Your Friends and Family to You Move

Have you found it convenient that all of your friends and everyone in your family suddenly has something to do the day you are moving? Don’t be surprised if one or two people you do recruit don’t come down with a cold or the flu that day. No one likes moving on their own, so it is hard to find anyone who will jump for joy at helping someone else. Fortunately, NYC movers are a lot more affordable than you think. That being said, if you want to have the movers handle the heavy items and you move the light stuff, a little help sure will be appreciated.

Recruit a Babysitter

Does your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, sister, etc., always complain because you never let them babysit? Well, now is the time to remind them of these complaints. The last thing that you want is to have to keep track of children on moving day, so having someone babysit all day will be a huge help.

Girls or Guys Day

If you are single, you can always make moving, a fun girls or guys day. Plan on moving everything in the morning, and then you can all get ready at your new place to hit the beach for the rest of the day or something. You can always unpack tomorrow, and this will motivate everyone to put a little pep in their step.

Beer and Pizza

Typically if you mention free beer and pizza, you can recruit at least a few people. Depending on your friends, you may need to tweak this to be a sushi platter and sangrias or a bottle of wine. You get the point, though. Good food plus great drinks traditionally equal a willingness to help.


You can offer your services in return. Maybe you can babysit for a full night, weed their garden or be the designated driver for two weekends in a row. Be creative! If you look at all of your friends and family, you can probably come up with at least one thing you can do to help them out in return.


Do you have younger siblings, cousins or nieces and nephews? A little money plus pizza can go a long way. Of course, this is not recommended or young children, but teenagers can certainly carry light boxes, gardening supplies, etc. Just be prepared to supervise so no one tries to lift anything heavy and gets hurt.


When all else fails, there is always blackmail. Surely you have a secret about every person in your life that they don’t want out. Does your brother want this new girlfriend to know he used to wear a ballerina tutu or that he wet the bed until he was 7-years-old? Does your best friend want his new wife to know he absolutely hates her cooking? Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. Just make sure you aren’t threatening with anything too damaging; you don’t want to actually hurt feelings, too much!

When all else fails, just let your NYC movers handle everything. They are there anyway; just let them do it all. Well, everything except for the babysitting, of course!

About the author

Unpakt Team