When choosing a moving company, get at three to five estimates from reputable, licensed and insured movers. They should be registered with the State as movers and have a registration number, which means they are insured and meet all legal requirements to operate. If they only have an MC, ICC or DOT number they may sometimes be just brokers or middlemen who contract your move to others and an occupational license is not sufficient either.
Have a representative from their company come to your home and give you an onsite visual price quote. Do your homework before choosing. Do an internet search of their address and phone number. If they operate from their apartment or use a cell phone they are probably not your best choice. When they only own one truck they are probably not your best choice. If they cannot provide a copy of their State Mover Registration they probably are not your best choice. If they are in another State or hours away on the other side of your Condition they are probably not your best choice. If they just started their organization that year they are most likely not your best option.
If they have opened and closed under other company names they are most likely not your best option. Simple division of corporation searches to find the company owners and associated partners name and simple web searches of their brands sometimes results in mugshots and all sorts of reasons for them to probably not be your best choice. With a poor economy there has been a recent outbreak of rogue movers. The Moving Company in itself has received a tarnished image over the years from unethical moving and Vanline trucking companies using bait and switch tactics with vague fine print to increase prices which double and sometimes triple the original price. Most other companies and local competition fall short associated with customer expectations.
With the current unemployment market we have also seen a newly released increase regarding rogue movers who out of work in their particular industry such as let’s say construction and are now illegally operating by renting trucks as well as placing ads on the internet. These inexperienced individuals are unlicensed, uninsured and the nightmare stories and unprofessional results continue to grow. The old saying you get what you pay for unfortunately holds true when it comes to the moving industry.