Common Household Moving Red Flags
When you’re looking to move, one of the most important things that you can find is a reliable household moving company. It can be a harder challenge than you might think; while the internet has led to the rise of reputable and honest household movers, particularly thanks to search engines like Google and Yahoo!, there are still companies out there that are trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes and get them to sign on to a service that is, in essence, little more than a scam. It’s a shame, truly, which is why we’re doing our part to help customers identify potential scam artists by highlighting common household moving red flags to watch for.
One of the most important red flags you can keep an eye on is whether or not the moving company actually has a name. You’d be surprised – fly-by-night companies often setup with some generic name like “Moving Company” or something equally lame, and when they answer the phone they tend to answer with the same name, if any at all. This is a big red flag, but luckily it’s easy to spot. Each licensed household moving company will have some variation on the same theme, but they typically have names that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.
Another common red flag to watch for is a new MC or DOT number. This is a little trickier, as the industry on the whole is fluid, and with the rise of the internet it’s easier than ever to actually get into the industry. Longevity, just like in the car transport industry, is a key component of a reputable and reliable company, so companies with new DOT or MC numbers may not necessarily be reputable or reliable companies. This is pretty subjective, as we mentioned, so if you’re looking at a specific company’s license to determine whether or not they’re reliable, you may want to also take a look at their reviews.
The internet has helped tremendously when it comes to weeding out bad auto transport and household moving companies, and one of the best resources available to you is a moving company review website. Much like auto transport reviews, household goods moving company reviews can tell you a lot about a company and about how reputable they are. Customers today are always looking for reliability before they buy anything expensive, and household moving is no exception; if you can read reviews on Amazon about various products, what’s stopping you from reading reviews about potential movers? This is perhaps the absolute best thing you can do in your hunt. If a company has a lot of bad reviews, or if there aren’t enough good reviews to offset the bad ones, well…those are pretty big red flags, all things considered.
If you’re interested in getting quotes to ship your household items, and need to get started on your search for a reputable and reliable household moving company, take a minute to fill out our free online household moving quote request form on our Household Moving Articles page. Not only do you get access to our exclusive household goods moving quote request form, but you can also learn more about the industry and read about how to make your next move the best it can be. If you’re looking to ship a vehicle as well as household items, you can request quotes for both via our auto transport quote request form on our homepage, and if you have questions about any of our services, or need some help getting your quotes, you can contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.