Contemplating a Long-Distance Move to or from Colorado Springs? Know Your Moving Company First!

Think about this little sketch (if it hasn’t already stoked your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d been working out your long-distance move for months.
  • You examined three different Colorado Springs interstate moving companies, all of which seemed reputable, and finally opted for the one that gave you the lowest estimate.
  • You’re ready for Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your belongings]21] on the truck.
  • The truck {{drives off for your new home.
  • And it never shows up. It vanishes – along with the greater part of your worldly possessions.
Ah, come on! That hasn’t really happened, has it? Unfortunately, it has. But that is an unusual scenario. What’s more probable with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll simply hold them hostage until the homeowner hands over more money. Of course, these are but two of many kinds of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com reveal more.

So if you’ve had any trepidations – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, consider them a warning: DON’T ENGAGE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S LEGITIMATE!

Be leery of moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a dead giveaway. Consult the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.
  • have a poor record with the Better Business Bureau. Visit bbb.org. There you can look at reviews of better than 20,000 moving-related companies.
  • make you pay for an estimate. That’s not what any creditable mover would do.
  • don’t provide written estimates – or let it be known they’ll determine your charges after loading. Again: that’s just not done by creditable movers.
  • hand over an estimate that sounds to good to be true. It very likely is! (You know the old saying!)
  • make you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All contractual elements should be clearly delineated in writing and agreed upon before you affix your signature to anything. (Another old axiom you surely 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 corroborate all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Keep in mind, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s yet one more old adage for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a little due diligence up front and uncovering all you can about the movers you’re considering before you hire can save you lots of suffering and sorrow when your move is being carried out.

internet capable devicesAnd your greatest source of information? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just visiting the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, reliable third-party verification of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we cordially suggest that you use these sites to check up on A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Colorado Springs as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of outstanding repute for many decades. And we’re pleased to provide tools like these to help you make savvy decisions for smooth moves.