Moving around is not something you do on a daily basis. Therefore, a lot of people have no clue what to look for before hiring an auto truck transport company. If you bother to check out the Internet, you will probably be chased away by all the negative reviews you can find, not to mention about the horror stories with scratched furniture or stolen items. All in all, this is not the movers’ fault, but the homeowners’ guilt. If you fail to research your potential movers and screen them accordingly, you obviously risk becoming a victim. In other words, ask a lot of questions upfront and double check them over the Internet if possible.
For example, almost thirty states ask for DOT and state registrations in order for a company to activate. Ask for these registration numbers and double check them over the Internet, as well as local governmental agencies. This is the best way to tell whether or not a company is registered, licensed and legal. Other than that, all the estimates you get must be signed by the mover. They should be extremely detailed and include everything that might add to the costs. After all, unexpected situations always arise. Make sure you include the stairs, long distances from the truck to the first door, elevators, packing, loading or unloading. The same rule applies to the potential insurance. When inquiring about past experience and length in the industry, remember than such information can be double checked too. [Read more…]