Moving can be a stressful, emotional time. There’s plenty to do and it’s usually on a tight deadline, not to mention life keeps moving forward as if you don’t have an entire household to uproot. The one team you need to have on your side is a professional moving company.
As you begin researching moving companies and collecting quotes, you might be wondering what exactly you should be looking for in a legitimate moving company. There is much more to a moving company’s value than their moving rate, and in order to get the best bang for your buck, you need to know what you’re looking for.
Don’t let a moving company scam ruin your relocation process. Look for these key traits in a professional movers to ensure you are vetting legitimate moving companies in Sunnyvale.
If you’re on a budget, the freelance moving guy with a van might sound appealing. However, a lot can happen over the course of the move, and the last thing you want to deal with is theft, an accident, or damage. Minimize the possibility of this and only hire professional movers that have a USDOT number and are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
This is a minimum requirement, so if you are not able to find a physical address for the moving company, this is a major warning sign you’re dealing with an fake driver.
A legitimate moving company will always be fully licensed and insured. This information will be available on their website. Here at Moving Forward SF, we are fully licensed and insured.
Legitimate moving companies will come to your house and perform a formal walk through in order to accurately assess the cost of your move. Once this is done, they will produce an estimate based on the walk-through. If a company does not come to your house to create the estimate, or does not provide an estimate at all, then this is a red flag.
Another red flag can be found in unusual estimate details. If they request a high down payment or if the estimate is suspiciously high or costly, the company could be hiding something. Be sure to get estimates from several companies so you can compare rates and fees.
Check the Better Business Bureau for ratings on the drivers and the moving company as a whole. If the company has bad ratings, then don’t bother including them as a candidate. BBB ratings are not something you should be lenient about.
A legitimate moving company will always have trucks with some form of branding on them, whether it’s the logo, the company name, the tagline, and contact information. If the moving company has generic trucks with no business information, this is could be a scam.
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