Anyone can start a moving company. ??Put an ad on Craig???s List, grab a buddy, and rent a truck.

The government requires moving companies to be licensed with the State???s Department of Transportation (DOT). ??Without a valid DOT number the moving company is breaking the law. ??It is easy to go online and check out a moving company???s DOT number; make sure it is current, view the insurance, view bond filings, and see if there are any complaints.

Do not do business with an illegal moving company. ??Illegal movers is where most of the horror stories come from. ??Criminals posing as movers ready to steal your personal property, hold your belongings hostage, and extort you..

There are a multitude of advantages to dealing with a moving company that is licensed, bonded, and insured.

While there is nothing wrong with a startup that runs their company on the road with a cell phone, lots of one crew operations are run above board. ??Just make sure they have met state requirements and are legal.

When you select your mover, do your research. ??Reputations are gold in the moving industry. ??Reputations take time to earn. ??It takes time and experience to become a good furniture mover.

People are sometimes blinded by a low price. ??If the movers don???t show up, show up late, items get damaged or they increase your move price, what are you doing to tell your friends? ?????When I called the ad on Craig???s List, Chuck said it was going to be $39 per hour.??? ??Your friends will ask how your move went, people are always on the lookout for a good movers.

At the very least hire a legal moving company. ??It is preferred to avoid on the, ???fly by nights??? and hire a company with a reputation to protect.

The illegal small time mover is rarely prosecuted with the laws already on the books. ??They come and go. ??Being a mover one day, picking up side jobs the next. ??Often these companies have no history and are impossible to research. ??You may as well rent a truck, hire some day labors and be your own ???moving company for a day.???

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About Jack Grant

I got my start in the moving industry as a driver for a budget apartment mover. I owned my own one ton pick-up truck, or should I say, Bank of America owned the truck. It was a hot summer and I made ok money. It didn???t take long before I started having problems with this company. Nothing affected me directly, not at first. I showed up at 6 am, hitched my truck to a trailer, picked up my move tickets for the day, and kept to myself. Then I started having problems with the way the company treated its customers, as well as, some of its movers. There were days I was overbooked, and could not get to all the jobs on time. There was also moves that were underbooked. Customers were given a low price just to get their business, then on move day they would be over charged on additional items that they wanted moved. I would arrive at a $600 move, call in the additional furniture only to find the move price to be doubled, but there didn???t seem to be twice the amount of items. The real problem I saw from the customer's point of view was what kind of crew they got. It was the luck of the draw. I considered myself to be a professional, treating the customers??? furniture with the same respect that I would want to receive if I was the one being moved. It seemed that they would hire anyone that could pull their trailers; no experience, no background checks, no drug tests, no English, no ethics???no problem. I started to feel out of place. I remember that one of their drivers lost a trailer on the highway. The budget apartment mover tried to make him pay for all the damages, even though it was a worn out trailer hitch that was to blame. The equipment was not properly maintained. After three months pulling for the budget apartment mover, I resigned and went to work for a local independent moving company. The trailers were well maintained, as well as, the moving equipment. The quality of the movers was a lot better too. I worked there as a driver for a little over three years. In 2001 my friend started a moving company, a new kind of moving company. A moving company with upfront pricing, an instant online quoting system, and online testimonials. In 2001, no one that I knew had an online message board for folks to post their comments or an actual instant online quoting system. Email forums were all that was used and is still the standard in most moving companies to this day. ???We will get most of our business from repeat customers and referrals if we set the benchmark for quality,??? he told me. I started at as a driver in spring 2001, just in time for the moving season. Soon I was running packing crews, and doing onsite bids as well. MoveCo did not have a sales force; the drivers did all the in-home estimates; Having the actual driver do the bid eliminated lots of misunderstandings. I became proficient at everything from crating nine foot sailfish, to moving grand pianos. I was able to see the country, moving folks coast to coast. I have met a lot of interesting and good people along the way. is proof a good deal of stress and all the horror stories can be eliminated with fair pricing, quality service, and no misunderstandings. MoveCo started adding box trucks to the fleet early on. Box trucks were more capable and I always felt gave a better image. I started going to the industry conference and discovered there really is a wide range of moving companies and service levels. The budget apartment movers might be a step up from a guy and a rental truck off craigslist, but on the other end of the spectrum you have the National Van Lines and top notch independents. In the moving business you are only as a good as your reputation. MoveCo has built that reputation over the last 15 years. I am proud to be a part of the MoveCo family. I hope you find this information in this blog useful. I may not be a professional writer, but I am a professional mover with over 18 year???s experience.