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Finding Help for Your Local Move in a Pinch


by: Doresa Banning
01 Dec 2010

It's moving day and, surprise, your friends, who promised to carry boxes and move furniture, are no-shows. You need help moving and you need it right now. Several places offer paid moving labor. It's just a matter of knowing where to look.

Local Moving Labor: Where to Find It

Don't panic. You have a handful of options to find and hire help and alleviate that last-minute, moving stress. They include:

  • Employment Agencies: Companies that offer workers temporary jobs, such as Manpower Inc. and Labor Ready, typically have people waiting and ready for work. Simply phone the company and tell them you need some help immediately.
  • Home Improvement Retailers: Some home improvement chains, like Home Depot and ACE Hardware, offer assistance with truck or storage space loading and unloading. Call them for information and rates.
  • Craigslist.org: On this website, you may be able to locate people such as starving college students or retired professional movers. Go to the site and choose your city or the one closest to you, choose "Services" and then "labor/move." Many of these service providers advertise their rates directly in the ad.
  • Local Moving Help Companies: Local companies offer assistance with loading and unloading a moving vehicle or storage unit. One way to find them is through HireAHelper.com. On the website, click on your state for a listing. Through Hire a Helper, moving labor costs between $20 and $25 an hour per person. You can also look for local moving help companies in your phonebook.
  • National Moving Companies: Some moving companies, such as Allied, Mayflower Moving Company, and United Van Lines, allow you to hire professional labor only. Search their websites for the locations nearest you. Call around, tell them the size of your move, and ask them for manpower help only for loading and unloading. These companies generally charge $12 to $16 per hour, per person and require a four-hour minimum.

Even though you're looking for help at the last minute help, you may still be able to make some on-the-fly price comparisons and fina a good deal, particularly if you're working with a tight budget.

Sources:
Finding Help Moving • http://www.hireahelper.comhttp://www.hireahelper.com/moving-help/Jason Kay • How to Find Moving Labor • http://www.howtodothings.comhttp://www.howtodothings.com/finance-real-estate/how-to-find-moving-laborMoving Companies Help Center • http://www.movinguide.comhttp://www.movinguide.com/moving_companies_help_center.html