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Keep your friends - Hire pros to help

It's not exactly move season here in Seattle right now, but last week I received 2 calls for help with moving right after Thanksgiving.  Both of them were what I call "get out of Dodge" affairs - last minute, gotta get out next week kind of thing.  Exactly the kind of move you definitely don't want and especially around the holidays.

I hemmed and hawed about taking the jobs, due in part to the fact that I'm running in the Seattle Marathon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I'm trying to avoid any physical activities that might get me injured before the race.  Usually I get right in there and tote that barge along with everyone else, but this time I decided my professional assistance is going to be consulting and coaching only!
Although neither client had a lot of money to spend (and fortunately the moves weren't big ones), I strongly recommended to them that they use professionals to move the furniture even if they were going to rent their own truck.  I have seen time after time well meaning friends damage furniture, electronics, ding walls and crack plaster helping friends move.  One client's boyfriend ended up in traction helping her move a safe (not one of those little fire proof things either - an honest to goodness floor safe - are you kidding!).  I watched another guy go down 2 flights of stairs on top of a full sized mattress - just like a toboggan careening down an icy slope - and land flat on his face.  I could go on. 
So a word about saving money and asking friends to help you move - if you want to keep your friends - don't do it!  They can help pack and unpack or move a few boxes around and they can take you out to dinner.  Let the pros handle the rest. 
Happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday to you!

posted on: 11/19/2007 1:30:00 PM by Robin Stephens
category: Moving

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