5 Tips to Verify Your Mover
Written by Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com
In the excitement of getting a bargain, it’s easy to forget that all websites aren’t run with the best of intentions. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the rush of a good deal. Before you choose the moving company to whom you will entrust all your belongings, follow these tips to verify that you have selected a trustworthy business.
Do Your Research
First of all, after you get quotes from a few companies, you’ll want to start online and do some solid research of the companies you’re considering. Check websites like the Better Business Bureau, Yelp! and MovingScam.com to see what previous customers have had to say about them.
Check the Company’s US DOT Number
Get the movers’ US DOT number, then go to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website to confirm some important details about the company that you’re choosing. This is a great way to ascertain that a company is legitimate. Basically, it’s a simple way to carry out a background check on a moving company before you’ve selected it.
Go to a Local Office
Although the Internet makes it a lot easier to find movers from the comfort of your own home, this is a time when you want to do the legwork and go into the company’s local office. If there are no local branches of the company, this isn’t a good sign and may mean that the website is just a scam. Follow your intuition on this. If something doesn’t feel right to you, it likely isn’t.
Find Statistics on the Company
An important part of finding a reputable mover is making sure that the company has a proven track record in successfully facilitating moves. Ask a company representative about how long the company has been around and how many moves it has done since its inception. If you can’t find this information, that is a huge red flag and may mean that this company is just a scam.
Ask Friends and Family
Lastly, step away from the computer in making your ultimate decision. Who do you trust more than anyone else? Hopefully it’s the people you know – your friends and family. Ask people that have hired these companies before. You don’t always know that online reviews are legitimate or come from real people. When you’re talking to the people you know, you’re benefiting from bona fide knowledge of someone who you trust.