What to Look for in a Moving Company in Austin 08/12/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group When you're knee-deep in moving--new home, new locale, new everything--you may neglect one of the most critical decisions you will have to make--which moving company should you hire to actually move all your stuff? Selecting a reputable moving company in Austin is vital to having a smooth, worry-free move, so follow these tips for choosing the best mover for your circumstances. Ask for Referrals Ask your real estate contact which moving company they would recommend. They know who is good, and who's not great but has a flashy bright website designed to lure you in. Google movers in your area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and complaints. Check for Registration When you search movers, you should see the company's DOT registration number along with their physical address. This means they are a part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are adhering to federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be fair with you. Get Your Estimate in Writing Professional moving companies have employees on hand to do precisely that—go over the particulars of your move, assemble written estimates, and essentially be the point person for you. If your move is uncomplicated and you have all the particulars on what you are moving an over-the-phone consult might work; if you have a big residence with attics, a basement, and a barn, they should send an estimator to your house to view the whole house to ensure an accurate rate. Your estimate must be in writing--not a verbal ballpark. On Moving Day Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It seems kind of dumb, but make sure the moving truck's logo, movers uniforms, and the estimate letterhead all are matching. Professional movers are willing to confirm with you who they are employed by; if a bunch of guys get there in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to question them. They should also have the applicable equipment and supplies--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets. The crew leader should walk through your home with you to verify existing flaws in furniture. Some movers might even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the pictures, so if there is transit damage it's quick to verify. Moving to Austin can be anxious, but with the right movers it can be exhilarating and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been around long enough to make it fun, so we're your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!