Thinking about a Long-Distance Move to or from San Antonio? Know Your Moving Company First!

Think about this scenario (if it hasn’t already fueled your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d planned your long-distance move for ages.
  • You contacted three different San Antonio interstate moving companies, all of which appeared to be reputable, and finally decided on the one that provided the most reasonable estimate.
  • You’re all set 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? Unfortunately, it has. But that is an extreme scenario. What’s more probable with, shall we say, “less than honest” movers is that they won’t purloin a homeowner’s shipments outright; they’ll merely hold them hostage until the homeowner hands over more money. Of course, these are but two of many kinds of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com alert you to more.

So if you’ve experienced any misgivings – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, consider them a warning: DON’T SIGN ON WITH 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 shoddy record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you can read reviews of over 20,000 moving-oriented companies.
  • bill you for an estimate. That’s not something any respectable mover would do.
  • don’t offer written estimates – or say they’ll determine your charges after loading. Again: that’s simply not done by respectable movers.
  • hand over an estimate that seems to good to be true. It probably is! (You know the old axiom!)
  • make you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All specifics should be clearly set forth in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old axiom you certainly know!)
  • don’t have a current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have a current 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 all this out 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 are required to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s yet one more ancient proverb for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a little due diligence up front and learning all you can about the movers you’re reviwing before you hire can save you lots of suffering and sorrow when your move is in progress.

internet capable devicesAnd your greatest research tool? The Internet! Or it is if you’re not just checking out the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, trustworthy third-party corroboration of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we heartily encourage you to use these sites to check up on A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in San Antonio as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of great repute for a long, long time. And we’re pleased to offer tools like these to help you make sound decisions for smooth moves.