So you’ve done your research online, called the moving company, scheduled a time and date, and you think everything is ready.
Moving is already one of the most stressful experiences many people face in their lifetime. Dealing with a deceptive moving company makes it even worse.
So how do you find a moving company you can trust? While it’s best you gather some friends and move the items on your own, there are precautions you can take if this is not an option. Here are some tips that can not only save valued possessions, but frustration as well:
1) Back away from the computer.
While some reputable moving companies have websites, it’s much safer to pick up a phone book, or call a local real estate agent to find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. Anyone can have a website – word-of-mouth is more dependable.
2) Are they doing it, or hiring someone to do it?
Find out from the very beginning if the company is moving your possessions themselves, or if they are sub-contracting out the job. If they are not moving you, then take that as your queue to move on.
3) You have rights.
You should know that every moving company is required by law to provide you with a booklet about your rights and responsibilities when you move. While you are talking to the moving sales representative, be sure to get as much information about the company as possible. Examples include:
Full company name and DBA (doing business as) name.
How long they have been in business.
DOT and MC license numbers (to verify they have the authority to perform your move)
Get references (and call them).
Moving is stressful, but you can take the edge off by doing your research.
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