Moving from one home to another can be a big ordeal. And while you might be able to do a lot of the legwork on your own, if you’re lucky enough to have friends or family members who are willing to help you out through this process, you might find it hard to balance accepting their help and feeling like you’re taking advantage of them. So aside from holding your own housewarming party once you’ve moved in, you may want to consider other ways that you can comfortably accept help without feeling like you’re putting people out.
To assist you in figuring this out, here are three ways you can allow others to help you when you’re moving to a new home.
Pet Sit Or Babysit
If you have kids or pets, moving is going to be much more complicated for you since you also have to continue caring for your kids or pets while trying to deal with everything with your move as well. Because of this, Ethan Greenfield, a contributor to Moving.tips, recommends that you consider asking if a friend or family member might be willing to watch your children or pets for you on the day of your move.
Especially if this friend or family member has a good relationship with your kids or pets or if they aren’t physically capable of actively helping you with your move, accepting this type of help could make your life a whole lot easier without putting too much stress on them either.
Run Quick Errands
As prepared as you might have been leading up to the day of your move, once things get going, you’re bound to realize a few things that you forgot or completely didn’t think about. So if you have a friend or family member who’s willing to run some quick errands for you, you may want to agree to this help.
By accepting this type of help, Shifrah Combiths, a contributor to Apartment Therapy, shares that you’ll be able to spend more of your time taking care of the parts of moving that only you can really do, like organizing how things or packed and knowing which boxes need to be moved into which rooms.
Accept Their Food Offerings
Another great way that people often love to help when others are moving, according to Laura Mueller, a contributor to Moving.com, is to bring them food. So while you might want to provide snacks and drinks for anyone that’s actually helping you move your belongings from your old house to your new house, if someone wants to bring you a meal right before or after you move, you should graciously accept to save yourself some trouble.
If you have a hard time accepting help, consider how you might be comfortable with others helping during your upcoming move.