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.???