Has the time come to hire movers, but you are unsure which ones to choose? With likely dozens of moving companies to choose from in your town, it can be a challenge to pick the right one. Fortunately, there are many distinguishing marks of a good moving company, and if you know what they are, you'll be able to easily pick a great moving company.
Here are 5 things to check when looking for reputable movers:
Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating - So, you think you've found the right moving company? You might want to first check in with the BBB first, just to make sure that the company you are considering has treated its other customers fairly. While it is rare to find a company without any complaints, what really matters is the number and nature of reports. If there were any issues between another customer and the moving company, find out if the matter was satisfactorily resolved.
Chamber of Commerce - Some moving companies join their local chamber of commerce or another civic association. Typically, a company must prove that they exercise ethical business practices before they are allowed to join a community organization such as the Chamber of Commerce. While there are plenty of perfectly reputable moving companies that do not belong to any civic associations whatsoever, you can definitely be sure that a moving company with such affiliations is a good bet.
Good reviews - One of the many things the internet has done is bring out the critic in all of us. Today, review sites dot the web's landscape and are the place where ordinary consumers can share their rants and raves about the companies with which they have done business. Checking out such reviews on the moving company you're considering can behoove you as you look for information about the movers.
Physical address - Perhaps one of the most important indications of a moving company's reputation is that it has a physical address. Why is this so important? Because, many moving companies that are trying to stay one step ahead of the law will use a P.O. Box so they can move their operations on a moment's notice. Most legitimate moving companies have an established warehouse out of which they operate, and this should be the expectation with any moving company you hire.
U.S. DOT Number - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all commercial trucks carrying goods between states be registered with the FMCSA and have a U.S. DOT number. This number, unique to each truck, helps when auditing a company's safety record, giving inspections, and recording crash information. All legitimate interstate moving companies need to be registered with the FMCSA, so if the mover you are considering does not have one, this is a big red flag and you should move one.
While looking for the right moving company may seem daunting, with a little research you should be able to find movers who are highly reputable, can suit your needs, and will help facilitate a successful move.