Show me the money! When push comes to shove in any industry, money is what makes everything work. Retail, Industrial, Stock Markets, all of these and much more revolve around money. Well moving is no different, but the way companies charge can be complicated if you do not have prior knowledge with how the industry works. In today’s lesson, we at Falcon Moving are going to clear up this process, and make it easier to navigate the industry when it finally comes time to gather your quotes and receive estimates.
First things first, let’s talk about the area that we live in. Believe it or not, this actually dictates how professional moving companies charge. In the state of Illinois, the moving industry is regulated, and this means that there are rules in terms of how moving companies charge. There are two main ways that moving companies charge in Illinois. There are hourly rated moves, where a moving company charges by the hour, and then there are weight-distance moves. On weight-distance moves, the moving company calculated their charges based on the weight of the shipment, and the distance between the origin and the destination. These moves are not as common. In this article, we are going to go over hourly-rated moves, which are most common for moves in the Chicago metropolitan area.
In the state of Illinois, in most cases, if a move has an origin and destination that is less than 35 miles (determined by the Illinois Easy Miler) OR entirely within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, charges are based on an hourly rate. This is very important when it comes down to what companies you should consider getting quotes from, let alone hiring them to help with your move. If a company is quoting per item moved, per truckload, per man they send at a flat rate, or by any other metric, that should be a big red flag, and you probably should not be doing business with them, since that is a usually a violation of state law.
Companies that break laws tend to try and drum up business with seemingly extremely low rates, however, in many cases, this tends to be far from the truth. For a company that has little regard for the law, and probably doesn’t have much to lose if they fail to deliver excellent service, there’s not much that is forcing them to honor the prices that they quoted, or any other promises that they made. If they decide that they want to charge you more, they probably will. No matter what, the goal of a moving company is to make money, and if they don’t make that money at their regular rates, they will make it up somewhere else. Whether that is hidden charges that weren’t originally disclosed or an exploitation of a charge that wasn’t properly estimated, they will get their money from somewhere. Some may simply just pay their movers poorly in order to make a profit. This should be taken into consideration as well, because if the company does not pay their movers well, they will be less enthusiastic about their job, which could result in damages to your possessions due to lack of care from the movers.
Now that you know what to look for, its time to get a quote! We will go over quotes next time!
The team at Falcon Moving Team