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Finding A Moving Company You Can Trust

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Finding A Moving Company You Can Trust

The decision to pack up your belongings and move to a new home is a major step in your life. When you purchased the new home, you did a lot of research on the home and the lender you were using. Now you need to use that same kind of diligence in finding the moving company that will help you move your belongings from your old home to your new one.

While the Internet can make searching for a moving company easier, you should not use the Internet to make your final decision. Never fill out an form online for a moving company that asks for your personal and financial information and never send a deposit to a company online. To protect yourself and your family, you should make personal appointments to have sales representatives from each company come to your home and give a real presentation.

When the sales representative arrives, ask him for a copy of the company's insurance certificate and the company's DOT registration information. A reputable moving company will have plenty of liability insurance that will cover your belongings in case they are damaged or lost. The DOT registration number is something you can use to check out the company's driving record. There are websites you can use which will let you know the company's vehicle inspection record as well as the number of accidents the company has had.

Another important piece of information you will need to get from the company is the name it is incorporated under. You can then contact your secretary of state office and ask to see the company's articles of incorporation. You can then learn how long the company has been in business and what kind of business it is primarily involved with. If you are talking to a moving company that has something else listed as its primary business, then you need to question whether or not you want that company moving your belongings.

The next step is to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has a history of angry customers. You can use the BBB website to find your information, but you may be better served by visiting the local BBB office to get a comprehensive report on the company in question.

Before you determine whether or not a moving company is reputable, you will need to see what kind of reputation it has. There are websites that ask people to give their opinions on contractors and movers, which you can use to decide whether or not you want to do business with a company. You can also do an Internet search of the company name to see if there are any Internet posts or news articles about the organization. If a customer feels disgruntled, then he will probably post it on the Internet as a warning to others.

Many moving companies also provide references that you can call. When you call these references, you should ask a lot of questions to find out if the references are genuine or not. If you ask for a lot of details, then the answers you get will let you know if you are talking to a genuine customer, or if you are talking to a relative of the company owner. Some people refuse to use references supplied by the company because they do not feel that they will get an honest answer from staged references. But if you ask a lot of comprehensive questions about the company and the service it provided, then you can easily tell whether or not a telephone referral is giving you honest answers.

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