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

Think about this scenario (if it hasn’t already stoked your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d been planning 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 provided 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? Regretably, it has. But that is an unusual scenario. What’s more probable with, shall we say, “less than honest” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll simply hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. 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 EMPLOY A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S LEGITIMATE!

Steer clear of moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Check 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’ll find reviews of over 20,000 moving-related companies.
  • make you pay for an estimate. That’s not what any creditable mover would do.
  • don’t offer written estimates – or let it be known they’ll determine your charges once they’ve gotten the truck loaded. Again: that’s just not how creditable movers do business.
  • provide you with an estimate that seems 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 contractual elements should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you sign 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 check on all this 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 have to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s still another ancient proverb 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 contemplating before you hire can save you lots of anguish when your move is being carried out.

internet capable devicesAnd your best 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 confirmation of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

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