Considering a Long-Distance Move to or from Austin? Know Your Moving Company First!

Picture this scenario (if it hasn’t already haunted your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d been working out your long-distance move for ages.
  • You investigated three different Austin interstate moving companies, all of which seemed trustworthy, and finally opted for the one that provided the lowest estimate.
  • It’s now Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your belongings]21] on the truck.
  • The truck {{drives off for your new home.
  • And it never reaches it. It disappears – as does most of your worldly possessions.
Ah, get real! That doesn’t honestlyhappen, does it? Regretably, it does. But that is an extraordinary scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t steal a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are but two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com will show you more.

So if you’ve had any misgivings – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, consider them a warning: DON’T EMPLOY A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S LEGIT!

Steer clear of moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Check the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.
  • have a shoddy record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you can examine reviews of over 20,000 moving-oriented companies.
  • bill you for an estimate. That’s not anything a quality mover would do.
  • don’t give you written estimates – or tell you they’ll determine your charges after loading. Again: that’s just not how respectable movers operate.
  • provide you with an estimate that sounds to good to be true. It surely is! (You know the old axiom!)
  • request that you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All contractual elements should be described fully in writing and agreed upon before you put your signature to anything. (Another old adage you surely know!)
  • don’t have a current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have a current Motor Carrier (MC) license, and
  • don’t have a DOT or MC number that’s less than 3 years old …
  • or aren’t insured. You can corroborate all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Don’t forget, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers are required to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s still another old saying for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a bit of due diligence up front and learning all you can about the movers you’re reviwing before you hire can save you all sorts of suffering and sorrow when your move is underway.

internet capable devicesAnd your most useful information source? The Internet! Or it is if you’re not just visiting the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party verification of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we heartily encourage you to use these sites to look into A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Austin too. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of outstanding repute for quite awhile. And we’re happy to offer tools like these to help you make smart decisions for smooth moves.