Considering a Long-Distance Move to or from Denver? Know Your Moving Company First!

Picture this scenario (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d been working out your long-distance move for a long time.
  • You examined three different Denver interstate moving companies, all of which seemed dependable, and finally picked the one that gave you the lowest estimate.
  • It’s now Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your household items for your new home.
  • And it never reaches it. It disappears – taking with it most of your worldly possessions.
Ah, get real! That doesn’t actuallyhappen, does it? Sadly, it does. But that is an unusual scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than honest” movers is that they won’t steal a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner hands over more money. Of course, these are just two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com reveal more.

So if you’ve suffered any trepidations – any nightmares – about something like this happening to you, consider them a warning: DON’T HIRE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY IS WHAT IT SAYS IT IS!

Avoid moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Look them up in the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.
  • have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you can examine reviews of over 20,000 moving-related companies.
  • make you pay for an estimate. That’s not something any respectable mover would do.
  • don’t give you written estimates – or let it be known they’ll determine your charges only after they’ve gotten the truck loaded. Again: that’s simply not done by respected movers.
  • hand over an estimate that looks to good to be true. It very likely is! (You know the old saying!)
  • ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All specifics should be described fully in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old saying you must know!)
  • don’t have a current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have a valid Motor Carrier (MC) license, and
  • don’t have a DOT or MC number that’s less than 3 years old …
  • or aren’t insured. You can check all this out at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Remember, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers are required to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s one more ancient proverb for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a certain amount of due diligence up front and learning all you can about the movers you’re considering before you hire can save you a lot of pain and woe when your move is being carried out.

internet capable devicesAnd your greatest research tool? The Internet! Or it is if you’re not just checking out the websites of the movers you’re contemplating. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party verification of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we invite you to use these sites to check up on A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Denver as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of excellent repute for a long, long time. And we’re pleased to present tools like these to help you make sound decisions for smooth moves.