Considering a Long-Distance Move to or from Tulsa? Know Your Moving Company First!

Imagine this scenario (if it hasn’t already fueled your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d planned your long-distance move for months.
  • You investigated three different Tulsa interstate moving companies, all of which appeared to be trustworthy, and finally picked the one that gave you the least costly estimate.
  • You’re all set for Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your heads out for your new home.
  • And it never reaches it. It vanishes – as does most of your worldly possessions.
Ah, come on! That hasn’t really happened, has it? Sadly, it has. But that is an extreme scenario. What you’ll more likely find with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll merely hold them hostage until the homeowner forks over more money. Of course, these are but two of many sorts of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com reveal more.

So if you’ve suffered any qualms – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, consider them a warning: DON’T ENGAGE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY IS HONEST!

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’ll find reviews of over 20,000 moving-oriented companies.
  • bill you for an estimate. That’s not anything a quality mover would do.
  • don’t give you written estimates – or tell you they’ll figure your charges only after they’ve loaded the truck. Again: that’s just not done by reputable movers.
  • provide you with an estimate that looks to good to be true. It undoubtedly is! (You know the old proverb!)
  • request that you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All contractual elements should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you affix your signature to anything. (Another old adage you must know!)
  • don’t have an active U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have an active 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 verify all this 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 must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s one more old axiom for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a bit of due diligence up front and ferreting out all you can about the movers you’re reviwing before you hire can save you a lot of headaches and heartaches when your move is underway.

internet capable devicesAnd your best information source? The Internet! Or it is if you’re not just going to the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, reliable third-party corroboration of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we cordially suggest that you use these sites to investigate A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Tulsa as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of great repute for quite awhile. And we’re glad to provide tools like these to help you make wise decisions for smooth moves.