If you think that moving within your state is difficult, just think about how stressful it is when you have to move out of state. Moving out of state is double the worry about if your items would arrive at its destination in good condition and because of this, you need to ensure that you are choosing the right interstate moving company for the job.
As with everything else, there are quite a few scammers on the interstate moving circuit that you need to avoid. And while they may appear as legitimate moving companies, there are some investigations that you can commence on your own to make sure that you are putting your money and your personal items in the right hands.
The first step into seeking out an interstate moving company is to perform your own background checks on these companies as well and verifying that they are indeed authorized to perform this type of business. A legitimate moving company would have to qualms of providing you with the information that you need from them to be comfortable enough to turn your business over to them. Therefore it would be wise to ask them for a copy of their license numbers, a list of references and DOT numbers. When you receive the information, first verify if the license numbers are legal and if they are up to date.
Your next step would be to contact the Better Business Bureau verifying the company's reputation and if there have been any reports from unsatisfied customers. If you decide to contact the people on the reference list you should have a few questions prepared to ask them. Questions such as if the moving company was punctual to how they would rate the service should all be explored. Moving experts would be quick to tell you that you when you visit your prospective moving company, you should ask a lot of questions before you make a decision to contract them. Remember that an interstate move is a huge task and you want to make sure that you ask every question that you may have concerns about.
Contracts and quotes are usually the first set of information that you would want to retrieve from the moving company. Find out if the quote given by the moving company is binding or non-binding. You would be better off if you choose a binding quote since this type of quote locks the mover into a price that they cannot change later on. Find out about the company's laws, rules and regulations and make sure that they are in accordance to state moving laws.
Quite a few people have chosen moving companies that appeared legal only to have movers come to their door to bully them into giving them more money before they surrender their items. This is the sign of a scam. If this happens to you, then you should notify the police. However, it would be best beforehand to get most of your items insured in case the unexpected happens.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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