There is no doubt about it, moving costs money. That is why many people ask friends to help them move. They think it will help them to save on the cost of hiring professional removalists. However, this is not always a good idea; what you save can be lost in other ways. And you can run into many different problems.
- For a start, friends are not getting paid to do this. That means they may not show up if they get a better offer, or if they have other more urgent family business to attend to. And they may not bother to let you know they are not coming. So you will be stranded with a lot of furniture and no one to load it, even if you hired a truck yourself.
- You need to have a licence and experience to drive a hire truck. If your friends offer the use of their ute or one-tonner remember it probably won’t have a roof. What if moving day dawns and it is teeming rain? Even a light shower can ruin furniture and bedding.
- Do your friends have training in how to lift properly? If they put their back out and lose work due to injury from lifting your goods you will certainly feel bad about it. Depending on how good a friend they are, they may ask you to pay for their medical costs – or even sue you.