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Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:21 pm 
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Things You'll Need
Phone book
Internet connection


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Call local real estate agents for recommendations. They work closely with movers, packers and various moving-related companies and likely have a list of reputable movers.

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Look in your phone book or online for moving companies in your area.

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Contact moving companies and ask them how long they've been in business. Hire a company that has been around for at least 10 years and has positive reviews online and is spoken highly of.

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Ask questions. Ask for the company's address, their website and for references from clients. Ask for their DOT (department of transportation) and MC (moving company) license numbers.

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Go to SaferSys.org to verify that the company's DOT and MC license numbers are real and in good standing. While looking at the numbers, verify that the contact information matches the information the company gave you.

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Request that the company come to do an in-home estimate. Moving companies that refuse to do this should be disregarded. It's only possible to get an accurate estimate if the movers have actually seen the items they'll be moving.

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 Post subject: Re: Simple Moving Tips
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:24 pm 
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One of the most frequent consumer questions we receive at Reviewamover.com is how they can choose a moving company that is honest and reliable. We know that all of us have heard of or even experienced a moving horror story, and nobody wants to put themselves in harms way and risk the financial and emotional strain of an awful experience. The good news is that most licensed moving companies do really care about providing quality service and want you to be a satisfied customer. Quality companies build their businesses on referrals and testimonials from happy customers. You want to be one of those happy customers, so if you choose the right mover, you at least start the process with common goals.

When you contract a mover, you’re purchasing a third party service. This service, which is similar to that of a home contractor or car repair shop, will vary based on costs and the company doing the work. This doesn’t mean that you should hire the most expensive company to have a successful move. But we always tell consumers that if a price looks too good to be true, you can be pretty sure that there’s something else out there that will make this “deal” not such a great bargain in the end.

We strongly recommend that you get multiple quotes from qualified companies and never make a decision without having some viable options to compare quotes and movers. Also, never trust a company that is not properly licensed or insured. Your chances of having real problems in this case increase exponentially, and there is a high likelihood that these companies will not abide by state or federal guidelines and regulations. With so much on your plate during your move, why even take a silly risk like this?

Qualities of a good moving company

When discussing your move with licensed moving companies look for:

A trained, friendly and knowledgeable sales representative. The sales rep from a moving company or van line agent is likely to be the first person that speaks to you. He or she should be friendly and give you a positive feeling by understanding your specific needs and clearly explaining the services the mover can offer you. You should listen carefully to the questions that the rep asks you to see if they care about your needs or if you’re getting the same sales pitch as everyone else. He or she should also be readily available to answer your questions and be willing to provide you with an email and cell phone number in case you need to reach them on the weekend or during an emergency.

A clear, concise explanation about costs and services. As with any service, you don’t ever want to put yourself in a situation where you’re buying something you don’t fully understand. A mover should be able to give you a customized quote based on the unique circumstances of your move, whether it’s around the block or from coast to coast. Be sure to understand the estimated charges and under what circumstances they may change. If you’re not comfortable with what you’re getting and how much you’re going to pay for it, don’t sign a contract— find another moving company. Your detailed quote should be in writing and signed by a sales or company representative.

A moving company that gathers all information needed for an accurate quote. If you’re receiving a car insurance quote but the insurance agent doesn’t ask for the make and model of your car and your driving record, you won’t put much value on that quote. Any quote an insurance agent gives you will only be a rough guess. Avoid moving quote that are just a rough guess. Moving quotes are based on specific pricing tariffs and services provided and will be based on an hourly rate and an estimated number of hours to complete the job (for a local move). In the case of a long distance or interstate move, the estimate will be based on the weight of your cargo and the distance of your move. A quality mover will do a thorough inventory over the phone. If it’s a bigger or long distance move, request an in-house estimate or survey in which a trained consultants will come to your residence and do a walk-through with you.

A moving company that quickly provides references without being asked. A quality mover will voluntarily show you a number of customer references or testimonials that tout the company’s quality service. Good companies are eager to share their “successful moves” and will likely include them in their initial sales and marketing materials. Company management and staff may change, so look for recent references, preferably within the past 12 months. You will want to receive the same quality service enjoyed by customers who wrote the testimonials.

Professional movers who arrive on time and are clean and courteous. Once you select a moving company, you should expect the company to do what it has promised you, from the time you sign the contract until the crew shows up at your door. This includes arriving on time with the correct number of movers. A mover’s repeated failure to follow through on these things before the move begins creates real risks that they will not perform in the way described to you during the sales process. Each member of the moving crew should be courteous and professional and make you feel that they’re treating your possessions with the appropriate care.

Moving companies that have the right equipment to perform a successful move. You should be there when the movers show up at your door and ensure that they have the proper equipment, which should belong to the same company that you originally contracted. A quality company provides their movers with the right equipment to handle heavy items, quality packing materials and a clean, well-maintained truck that is specially designed to haul household goods. If you’re uncomfortable with anything when the mover’s arrive or unhappy with the condition of the equipment — especially the truck that will haul your items — it’s better to speak up at this time rather than several days later when the truck arrives at your new residence.

A timely follow-up by your moving company. After your move is finished, expect a call from your mover asking if you were satisfied with the move and your experience with the company. If there was any damage to your goods during the move, the company should help you handle and resolve your claim. Under federal regulations, the mover has 120 days to resolve the claim, but quality companies will like to get claims resolved within 30 to 45 days. If you are satisfied with your moving company, don’t be bashful about offering to give them a reference. References are very important to movers, and your written recommendation will be valued and appreciated.


While each moving experience is different, a successful move done by honest and reliable movers is consistently distinguished by the above qualities. Buying moving services is important, and you should feel good during the entire process that you’ve selected the right mover.

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 Post subject: Re: Simple Moving Tips
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:27 pm 
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All moving companies are not created equal. I found this out the when moving from a rural community, where there were a lack of cross-country movers, to the opposite side of the continent. It cost me a lot of money and a great deal of heartache and determination. And in the end, if I had not been persistent, I would have lost all my possessions to a rogue moving company.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides a lot of essential information on your rights and expectations as a consumer. Some of the information they provide is a comprehensive list on how to spot a rogue mover. The list below is a summary of their tips. In addition, I'm including some of my own signs in order to provide a comprehensive guide on what to look for:


•The moving company provides you with an over-the-phone or Internet estimate and it's unusually low.


•The estimate is based on cubic feet not on weight. Estimates based on cubic feet, i.e., truck space, are not valid. Do not accept service from companies that offer this kind of estimate.


•The moving company never visit your home for an on-site inspection of your possessions.


•The moving company demands cash or a large deposit even before they move any items.


•The moving company does not provide you with a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move, information movers are required by Federal regulations to give to their customers.


•The moving company's website does not provide contact information or information on licensing or insurance.


•The moving company tells you that all your goods are completely covered by their insurance.


•When you call the moving company, the telephone is answered with a generic "Movers" or "Moving company," and the company name is never mentioned.


•The moving company's offices and warehouse are in poor condition or nonexistent.


•On moving day, a rental truck arrives instead of a company-owned and marked truck.


•Finally, you go to MovingScam.com and there are several postings on their message boards that complain about the potential mover. This is probably the best resource on the web for finding out about rogue movers. If you can't find anything posted against the company you're thinking of hiring, post your own message and ask. Someone will respond with their own experience. Take their advice or post your own.

And some of my tips:


•The moving company's name is extremely generic. In my case, the rogue company was called "AAA Moving Company". That should have been my first clue!


•When you ask the moving company where they are located, they give you a false address or will not provide you with an address.


•When you call the moving company, they seem very accommodating and will answer all your questions with "Yes, we can do that!".


•The moving company is difficult to get in touch with. When you call, you often get an answering machine that provides little information.


•When you check the moving company with the Better Business Bureau, the company has no records at all. Sometimes such a result means the company has not had any complaints; however, it can also mean that the company changes it's name so frequently that the new name is not registered at all. In fact, rogue movers change their name so often, it's difficult to trace their history.

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 Post subject: Re: Simple Moving Tips
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:29 pm 
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How to Choose a Reputable Moving Company for Your Next Move
In the recent years, the moving industry has seen a lot of growth in terms of participating players. Unfortunately, amidst the rise of credible moving companies also comes rogue movers and scam artists. These companies usually charge unsuspecting customers with unfair prices, or worse, ask for huge down payments, only to disappear right after.



In order to steer clear of these crooks, customers should always try to get the services of reputable moving companies that will take good care of their possessions. The following is a quick guide on how to choose a good company for your next move:

Know what type of service you’ll be needing

The first step involves knowing what type of company you’re looking for.

Are you planning to do a self-move? This entails renting a truck and doing the actual move yourself. You’ll pack your things, load them into the truck and drive it yourself to your new house. This process may appear cheaper but you will still incur costs in gas, toll and travel expenses, PLUS you’ll need to ask several people to help you in the process.

Do you want a full service moving company? These are movers that will do everything for you, from measuring to packing, loading to transporting up to unloading. In short, they are one-stop shops. They usually cost higher but the speed and convenience are things that you have to consider. You’ll also have to specify if you’re aiming for a local move or an interstate move.

Where to look

Now that you know what you’re looking for it’s time to move one to the next step - searching for movers. For this, you can use your local listings, newspaper ads and referrals from friends. However, if you don’t have the time, you may want to consider using online moving quote providers that will give you several quotes at once. But make sure to find a service that’s credible and trustworthy. No matter what your source is, make sure that it’s a reliable one.

Aim for credentials

Always aim for companies with good stable backgrounds. You must look for reputable movers that have been in the business for several years already. To do this, ask for the company’s specific contact details, office address and license numbers. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) for information about a specific company.

Compare their quotes

Try to get at least three (3) quotes from different moving companies. Try to get on-site estimates if possible. Then, compare their prices as well as the services included in each package. You can even show the quote of one company to another to get their opinion. Be careful with companies that ask for a huge down payment or full payment prior to the move. This is a red flag that you should be weary of. Credible companies will only get the full payment after the transport has been completed.

Search for reviews and referrals

The best thing would be for you to find a moving company that was recommended to you by a friend who has actually availed their service. If not, you can also search the internet and the BBB for reviews or complaints if any.

Your best weapon against scammers is knowledge. Do your research and spend some effort in finding reputable moving companies. After all, they will be handling your personal possessions. You wouldn’t want to get cheated or conned right?

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 Post subject: Re: Simple Moving Tips
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:31 am 
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All the tips you are mentioned are very useful to find out a reliable moving company. But it is also important to ask them about Waste collection from your old location and dispose that waste before your move. You must also conform that they help you in packing and unpacking your items or not. One more thing that you must conform that they are not charging extra for large items like Piano Movers.

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