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I have never been one of those people who is naturally inclined to stay organized, but a few months ago I realized that I would need those skills if I was going to move successfully. I started focusing heavily on moving in an organized manner, and I started by getting rid of all of my belongings that I knew I wouldn't need. It took a lot of work, but by the time I cleaned things out, I knew that moving would be a snap. This blog is all about moving the easy way, leaving the mess behind, and being able to enjoy the journey.

Moving The Easy Way

Commercial Moving Billing Options: Flat Rate vs. Hourly Rate

by Kyle Hamilton

When it comes to a commercial move, business owners typically have one of two options to choose from ­– hourly rates vs flat rates. Commercial moving companies each have their own practices and standards when it comes to which option they make available to each customer. However, there are some factors that often influence what type of billing style is offered.

Learn more about these scenarios so that you know what to expect.


One factor that often predicts what type of billing option is available is the distance of the move. A commercial move can be a move from one location in the city to another location in the same city. Another option could be a company that moves from one state to another.

Generally, when a company is moving within the same city, an hourly rate is the easiest billing option. However, when it comes to a long-distance move, business owners are typically offered a flat rate move, as these types of moves can span the course of several days.


Another factor that might influence the type of billing option a business is offered are the services being performed. With commercial moves, businesses have two main options. The first option is a full-service move. With this option, the moving company will pack, transport, and deliver your equipment and furniture.

The second option involves a move in which you and your employees pack up your equipment and furniture, and the moving company simply transports your belongings. In many instances, full-service moves are offered with a flat-rate fee, given the extent of the move. On the other hand, partial, or transport-only, moves might be offered with an hourly rate billing option.


Sometimes, the relationship that a company has with the moving company might impact what type of billing option is available. For example, if you are a company that has multiple locations and you have used the same moving company to move your business in the past, the moving company might offer you a flat rate option for your services as part of a long-term contract agreement.

However, at the same time, it's important to note that having a relationship with the moving company does not automatically mean that you will be charged a lower rate.

Keep in mind, every company is different. It's always best to speak with a commercial moving company to learn more about the billing options available to you.