Moving is a big investment of both your time and your money. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to spend your valuable time vetting moving companies. However, you do need to do some homework in order to properly protect your move. And for every great moving company that exists, there’s at least one disreputable mover — or worse, a total scam.
But all of that is no reason to get frustrated. One way to protect your move is by verifying your movers’ credentials. This process, in fact, is actually pretty straightforward. And with a few tips, you’ll easily recognize the scammers. Check out the most obvious red flags below.
How To Verify Movers’ Credentials and Protect Your Move
A few simple searches and some time are all you need to ensure you’ve found a good moving company.
Red Flag: They don’t have a valid USDOT or TXDMV number.
Professional moving companies must register with the United States Department of Transportation as a commercial vehicle hauling cargo. In addition, they must also register with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Most companies display these numbers directly on their websites. If not, the office staff should provide them when you ask. Be sure to follow up with an online search to make sure the numbers are valid.
Red Flag: They don’t check out with the Better Business Bureau.
The Better Business Bureau is another great resource to check whether a moving company is valid. The BBB rates organizations with multiple criteria like type of business, time in business, and licensing and government actions. If a prospective moving company has a poor rating with the BBB — or no presence at all — you should look elsewhere.
Red Flag: They have no online presence.
Nowadays, having a website is an important part of doing business. Not every professional company has a cleanly designed website with all the bells and whistles, and that’s okay. But they should maintain some sort of digital presence, whether it’s a website, Yelp, or Facebook. If they don’t, consider it a sign of a possible moving scam.
Red Flag: They have negative feedback on consumer protection sites.
Thanks to organizations like Movingscam, you can easily weed through unprofessional movers. This volunteer-run site is filled with articles, reviews, message boards, and professional recommendations.
Consumer advocates screen moving companies through:
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- The Better Business Bureau
- Various state associations
- Independent sites
- Word of mouth
- On-site surveys
A simple search should tell you whether your prospective movers are reputable.
Don’t let the thought of dishonest moving companies get you down. You can find excellent professional movers right here in Houston. In fact, Ameritex Movers is the top choice for a safe, reliable move.
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