Moving Companies

Written by Rachel Pearl
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Moving companies are relatively easy to evaluate if you have nothing to do other than search the Web or check endless references. Most of us do not have this luxury. Yet, it is critical that you choose a company wisely, given all that can go wrong with the process. How do you resolve this issue? You streamline it as much as possible.

After you have a list of 3-4 potential companies, you need to put them each through a screening process. You should ask whether they charge based on weight or feet, and whether they are able to do in-home estimates. You should also reference their DOT and MC numbers through the federal database, in order to verify certification and insurance standing.

Evaluating Moving Companies
However, these are only the first steps to evaluating your moving companies. You should then check out their Better Business Bureau reports. Now, keep in mind that companies pay the BBB to obtain membership, making the Bureau a less than objective reporter. It is often helpful to call the local office and ask for specific information regarding the number of complaints they have received and how they were resolved.

If your movers have come through this process unscathed, you are looking pretty good. There is no sure fire way to avoid being ripped off. You can only take the necessary precautions and trust your gut instinct. These screening steps will keep you moving in the right direction.

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