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Advice On How To Pick A Moving Company

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Selecting the right moving company can be a difficult choice and a bit overwhelming. Choosing a mover can vary slightly depending on what kind of move you’re planning, but some key factors remain. Here a list of some of the most important.

Make Sure Your Mover Is Licensed
The first and foremost point to investigate is to make sure your mover is licensed and insured.

  • In-State Moves – Many states have rules and regulations to monitor household goods carriers and movers at a local level. The authorities responsible for overseeing intrastate movers are either the state Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission. Contact the relevant authority for information in your area.
  • Out-of-State Moves – Check with the FMCSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is the agency that grants permits to all moving companies engaged in the interstate transportation of household goods. The FMCSA regularly executes safety, economic, and legal compliance audits to protect consumers with the data from those audits available as public record. The agency’s “Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System” website allows you to check whether a mover is licensed and insured, as well as the results of the FMCSA’s inspections.

Reputation Research

Once you have verified a mover’s legal status, the next step is to research their reputation.

When you go through reviews of moving companies pay close attention to comments about the companies’ attitude throughout the entire moving process.

Do not rush to write off a moving company just because of one bad review.  Note how the company has addressed and tried to solve the problem.  It may not be an issue with the mover at all.  The problem may have been customer who left the negative feedback was too picky or too difficult to work with.  However, if there are many bad opinions about the company, then you should steer clear of them!

When you’re gathering information on movers pay attention membership in moving associations, listings with sites like the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List,(you can click thru to both of those on our homepage – – and other special accreditations. Involvement in moving industry groups implies that the company has works hard to run a good and trustworthy business and keeps up with the industry.

A strong presence in social networks is a good indicator that the company keeps the lines of communication open as well.  Such as –

The Bottom line

The more you research your moving company, the more likely you’ll be to make the right choice.

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