What's a fair price to pay someone to help us move? Can't afford a moving company =(?

We had a friend in mind to help but he is not available on moving day. So we went on Craig'sList and found a guy offering services of, "we will move you, cut your grass, lay tile, etc." So what's a fair amount to pay? The move is only a few blocks (3.22 miles to be exact, thx mapquest =)... show more We had a friend in mind to help but he is not available on moving day. So we went on Craig'sList and found a guy offering services of, "we will move you, cut your grass, lay tile, etc." So what's a fair amount to pay?

The move is only a few blocks (3.22 miles to be exact, thx mapquest =) We're just moving to get an apt with 2 bathrooms.. yay!! =D Our heaviest items are a big wood desk, loveseat & recliner, 2 dresser-chests, a 20-inch TV, one full bed, one twin bed-both without head- or footboard, and a home gym (that's not heavy just kinda awkward & clanky).

We don't have kitchen / dining table & chairs- only a card table & fold-up chairs.. so sad LOL. So the rest of it will be computer stuff, clothes, groceries.. in other words a lot of crap in boxes & plastic tote-boxes & drawers.

Of course we'll cover gas.. depending on how big his truck is it might take several trips.... so we'll do gas and buy him a good lunch... How much cash though? Should we do it by the hour? Like would $17-$20/hour be fair? And what if he has someone helping him? Do we do that amount x however many helpers he brings? Ouch.. If we keep on taking on money, we could just do the moving company way?
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