Indianapolis moving service gives expert advice
Who we talked to
Ed Sherman started Sherman Moving and Storage Co. Inc. in 1932. "He charged $1 per room and an additional $1 for a piano," says his grandson Jason Sherman.
Jason started helping out the family business during summers off from school and joined the company full time, working with his father, brother and sister, after graduating from Indiana University in 1993.
Why should people hire professional movers instead of relying on friends and family?
"Professional movers are licensed and insured, and we offer you a safer and more efficient way to relocate."
How do you charge and what's the fee for a typical job?
"Our hourly rate is $120 per hour, Monday through Friday. That includes three men, our truck and any necessary equipment. Since we only use full-time employees, our hourly rate increases to $160 on Saturdays to cover their overtime. The average home is about 2,000 to 2,500 square feet and usually costs about $1,000 to $1,200 to move, not including any packing. Almost any home can be moved in one day."
What things are difficult to move and do they cost extra? Are customers sometimes better off throwing something away than moving it?
"Swing and play sets can be very awkward and time-consuming, and we don't move hot tubs. Everything is an hourly rate, so we don't charge anything extra. I don't think it's our place to make such a decision, but most customers understand our charges.
There's no reason to pay us to move items they don't need or want. When you move, it's a good time to sort, give away and sell your unwanted items."
Have you ever encountered something you simply couldn't move? What do you do if something is damaged?
"Sure, most older homes weren't designed for today's larger furniture, so we do encounter that. If this happens, our customer decides what to do with the item - it usually ends up in a different location in the home.
Our goal is that nothing gets broken, but accidents do happen. If we do damage an item, we'll repair it. And if it can't be fixed, we'll replace it."