Tips for Hiring Movers

You have purchased a new home and must now make some big decisions regarding the moving process. Should you hire professional movers, or do it yourself? There are benefits to both scenarios but here are a few thing to consider while weighing your options.

1. Do your due diligence when selecting a moving company

Before you hire a moving company, research the reputations of your local options. You are entering into a partnership with this company, make sure you are comfortable with who you are working with.

What are you looking for during this process?

  • Check reviews of the moving company online. Great ways to do this are checking the Better Business Bureau, Google reviews, or Yelp. There are a few others but these are significant and reputable resources for reviews.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and insured. Companies in Illinois must have a household goods license issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission in order to legally operate in IL. You can contact the Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association to find out if the moving company is licensed in Illinois.
  • Companies offering interstate moving services (state to state moves) must be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to legally operate.
  • If it is a local move, ask what their hourly rate is. All local moves in Illinois, inside 35 miles from origin to destination, are charged by the hour including travel time.

2. Get multiple moving quotes

  • Ask about having your moving cost estimated on-site – that is, in your home. Especially on long distance or interstate moves. It is vital that the moving company have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to facilitate your move.
  • Get multiple quotes in order to compare prices and ask questions. The cheapest quote is not always the best option. Sometimes, paying a little extra money for a reputable and solid moving company far outweighs the stress that comes along with a shady outfit.

3. Ask the right questions of your potential mover

Want to ask the right questions?

  • How long has your company been in business?
  • What kind of insurance do you offer?
  • What type of deposits do you require?
  • What will happen if any of my items get broken or missing?

Hiring Movers? This Is How Much Your Local Move Will Cost

Moving nearby? Don’t let the short distance fool you. While not as expensive as an interstate move, a local move still presents its own set of challenges. Hidden fees, insurance details and state regulations only complicate your moving process. To make it easier, we’ve laid out the basics of what to know (and look out for!) when it comes to your next local move.

What is a local move?

A local move is often referred to as an “intrastate move.” Just remember: the word intra means “within.” Therefore, an intrastate move translates to a move within the same state. Local moves in the State of Illinois are any moves that are 35 miles or less from origin to destination.

How the cost is determined

The cost of a local move is based on a flat dollar amount per hour. Factors that affect this hourly rate include: labor costs (the number of movers required for the move); services such as packing or climbing an excessive number of stairs as well as disassembling and assembling furniture.

Tip: to ensure you receive a fair and accurate hourly estimate, the moving company needs to see your household belongings and inventory in-person. Do not accept a quote over the phone or internet.

Exception to the rule

Not all intrastate moves are created equal. If a customer moves farther than 35 miles in Illinois, the move’s cost will be based on the weight of the shipment – similar to that of an interstate move – instead of based on the standard hourly rate. Depending on the amount of your items and the distance, there is a rate which applies that is charged per 100 lbs of weight. If your items weigh 7000 lbs and need to be moved 100 miles, the calculation would be the rate x 70 (7000lbs / 100) which would give you your final cost. As an example: 7000 lbs moved 100 miles would be 70 x $34.20 (rate) = $2394.00. This would be the cost of your move.


Entrusting your precious belongings to total strangers can spark anxiety for a number of reasons. What if your valuables arrive damaged? What if they break along the way? Or worse – what if they don’t arrive at all? While uncommon, damage does occasionally occur when moving from one home to another. For this reason, pay close attention to what kind of insurance (and how much) your moving company possesses.

Your local mover should carry workers compensation insurance, and provide you with proof of all insurance upon request. In addition to valuation coverage (detailed below), customers always have the option to purchase their own third-party insurance. I recommend checking your homeowner’s insurance provider for specifics. It also doesn’t hurt to take photos of your belongings before moving, in case something does get broken or go missing.

What to watch out for

Be cautious of disreputable movers and their infamous moving scams. Unlike interstate movers, local moving companies aren’t regulated by the federal government’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Instead, local moving companies are regulated by the individual states, which each have their own licensing and certification requirements. I recommend learning about your state’s individual regulations before hiring a moving company.

Customers can check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the moving company. Also, I suggest checking to see if your moving company is associated with a larger van line or the American Moving & Storage Association.

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We Hereby Award Universal Moving Solutions with our Highest Recommendation!

If you want your move to go exactly according to your needs, use Universal Moving Solutions In Herrin, Illinois.  For our move to Florida, everyone who we met was devoted to working with our unique situation and devising a way to get us there with no hassles, damages, or problems.  Each piece that was handled was handled with utmost care.

The truck that they supplied was perfectly suited to the amount and types of our possessions.  We were impressed by how efficient they worked to get us loaded and on our way in the time frame we had agreed on.  We could not imagine how they were to get our truckload to our new home in Florida at 10 am on the arrival day, yet they arrived at our house 10 minutes early!

As well, they predicted that we would be unloaded, with everything in place in our house where we wanted it, within two hours, and, again, they were finished early.  The people who unloaded for us were pleasant, courteous, careful and diligent.

Needless to say, we were extremely satisfied–even thrilled–to have such a safe and secure feeling about the entire trip because of the trust that they built in us from the start by their honest, thoughtful and devoted service.  Jason Deaton, President, took charge of all aspects and was especially helpful with personal service to our specific needs.

We hereby award Universal Moving Solutions with our highest recommendation.

Tom Decker

St. Augustine, Florida

Hear What Our Customers Have to Say…

I could not say enough great things about this company. Totally professional. If you need a mover, these are your guys. Thanks again.

Sherri – Carbondale

My family and I used Universal Moving Solutions to help us move to our new house in Carbondale. It was an in-town move. The crew showed up on time and went to work immediately. If you’re hesitant about paying per-hour for moving services, don’t be; the guys who showed up worked at a break-neck speed and I was amazed at how quickly they had everything loaded and moved. They were also super polite, helpful, friendly, and the overall cost of moving across town ended up being even less expensive than I had originally anticipated due to how incredibly fast they worked. I’ve used moving services before, mostly when I was in the military, and Universal Moving Solutions is by far the best moving company I’ve ever worked with. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Josh Stewart – Carbondale

Extremely pleased with their work. There were several change of plans, but they handled each change professionally and pleasantly. They did outstanding work for a very reasonable price. This company was very polite and treated my objects better than their own. I would recommend them to anybody.

Robert S. – Pinckneyville

We used this company to move over 150miles. The movers did a wonderful job and new how to pack a moving van. The movers worked efficiently and very hard during one of the hottest humid days in central/southern Illinois. The movers were personable and easy to get along with and funny at times. We didn’t have anything broken. I would definitely recommend this company for any moving solutions needed. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Tracy Clodfelder – Benton

It was incredible! They arrived on time. In two hours they have a three bedroom house on the truck. In two more hours, they had the furniture placed in our new home! It was hot–blazing hot. They arrived at our house, padded the exterior door frame, shrink wrapped anything that was fragile/unstable. There was no wasted time. Organized. Efficient. Careful. Best money we ever spent! Kudos to this local company! I hope we never have to move again, but if we do, we’ll call them! Great crew!

Darlene Ross – Anna

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