Find a Reputable Mover: A Professional Guide
- Choose a local relocation service provider
- Insist that they be properly licensed
- Request and then verify the mover's credentials
- Check out the Better Business Bureau
- Do they have the required insurances?
- What kind of dispute resolution arbitration programs do they participate in?
- Does the company have a physical ‘bricks and mortar” business address?
- Get a WOM recommendation
- Get a written quote
- Understand each aspect of the pricing
- Make sure that you obtain all of the required documents
- Beware of those who ‘diss’ their competition
Today eighty percent of those looking for more affordable relocation or storage options will turn to their computer to search for the best value in a mover. Problem is most people relocate so infrequently they don’t know what criteria to use when shopping, or, even worse, how to determine whom they should trust to allow inside their homes.
In this type of inexperienced, unfamiliar environment moving simply becomes a commodity…and the online marketplace becomes an unsafe media outlet where gullible consumers become easy prey the aggressive Web vultures who pitch low, low prices while still promising great professional service.
The articles on the left include some professional recommendations of things to consider when planning your move. These helpful tips, tricks and tools are offered to assist you to make more informed choices when shopping for local, long distance or international relocation related services online. Click on each topic for a more complete discussion.
Moving should be an adventure – not a chore! Everyone has their own personal 'critical success factors' they use when considering a relocation.
By following the recommendations on this list, you can research your options to find your own best value when making your moving or storage plans…and avoid being scammed by unscrupulous rogue operators.
Related Articles and Relocation Resources:
Moving Cost Estimate Comparison Tool – RELO Roundtable
(Free to download and print)
Protect Your Move.gov Consumer Checklist – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Avoid "Rogue" Moving Companies – Arizona Department of Weights & Measures
Red Flags for Spotting Rogue Movers – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce – Consumer Protection Regulations – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
BE WARY … of Unexpected Estimate Revisions When Moving – RELO Roundtable
Is shopping for a mover in a virtual marketplace safe? – RELO Roundtable
How to Choose an International Mover – RELO Roundtable
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