Researching licensed interstate movers
While most of the moving companies in the US are reputable, a few bad apples still remain – along with warning stories from their victims. If you are going to fork over the money, you must make sure that the moving company is legal. In the end, moving from NJ to FL is stressful enough, even without trusting your precious things to the wrong people. Fortunately, there are many ways to test the credibility of a moving company before you even pick up the phone. Here’s how to find out if you can trust your things to those licensed interstate movers.
What should you check when researching licensed interstate movers?
Is the mover properly licensed and insured?
Before hiring a moving company, it is important to make sure that the mover is licensed and insured. Fortunately, we have done this for you – as each mover in our network of best cross country moving companies needs to be licensed and insured. You can find our list of reputable movers in our directory of moving companies.
Are there any complaints?
When you see many complaints from customers, take note! This often signals a red flag. You can check the official complaints filed with FMCSA by checking on the reviews of each moving company. If you are planning to move between states, you can also directly visit the FMCSA website for more information on any formal complaints.
All interstate movers Florida must receive a DOT number in the United States. Under this system, consumers can now enter a moving company number into the FMCSA search engine. This search tool shows the history of complaints of registered licensed interstate movers (or, we hope, their absence).
We also recommend that you check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see any complaints filed against interstate moving companies. BBB is a nonprofit organization that helps people find companies they can trust. If the moving company is accredited by BBB, this means that the movers comply with the organization’s accreditation standards. Checking with the BBB helps you protect yourself from fraudulent movers.
How are the moving reviews?
When it comes to choosing a reliable moving company, checking reviews is a good start. But, don’t take everything you read seriously. Pay attention to every detail in each review. It is best to check those 3-star reviews since they are usually the most honest ones. Read them carefully and note everything. If there is a bad review, check what was so bad about the customer’s experience. Sometimes those complaints are pretty subjective, so don’t evaluate the company just yet.
We also recommend contacting your neighbors, friends, and family for recommendations. Ask about their personal experiences with various moving companies. Check Nextdoor.com (the social network for your community) to ask your neighbors for suggestions. Check out Yelp and other review sites. Just be aware that there is a lot of fraud and fake reviews on the internet. Just be thorough and you will easily find licensed interstate movers you can trust.