How a Moving Company Handles Inflation
CLEVELAND — It’s another moving day.
“Right now I’m getting the truck ready for the day,” said Taylor Hope, a mover with Moving Ahead Services.
This means that Hope, along with his colleagues, inspects the trucks and makes sure they are full of gas.
“We have our own tanks here to sort of eliminate stops at gas stations,” he said. “It’s pretty tedious for us, but the price of gas really hits us hard as a local business.”
The American Automobile Association reports that the current average price of diesel in Ohio is $6.10.
Hope said gas isn’t the only thing affecting the moving industry.
“We have a lot of manpower,” he said. “Our labor costs have really gone up. Corrugated materials, boxes, furniture, cushions, everything we need to do customer moves…all costs increased several times. »
He said the company is working to keep current employees, hire new ones and help mitigate rising costs.
“A lot of customers, if they see like hidden charges, they won’t be happy about it,” he said. “So we’re just trying to make sure we’re upfront and honest with them.”
Customer Ann Marie Raddell said she appreciates everything the team has done to help her with her family’s move.
“They’ve been nice and our house (is) in chaos right now,” she said. “We didn’t do a great job of getting ready and being ready, but I don’t feel like they ever had a problem with us or just smiled and moved some of our stuff. on the side and were very professional and kind. That’s what we look for in a moving service.