May is National Moving Month and the start of the busiest moving season of the year. A greater number of Americans moving means busier movers and greater need for consumers to protect themselves with awareness and advice. Here are a few tips for selecting a quality moving company and things to look out for in avoiding disreputable movers.
- Verify your mover’s license information (U.S. DOT number) and,
for interstate movers, their national van line affiliation for
- Reputable moving companies should have an American Moving &
Storage Association (AMSA) affiliation, ProMover status and BBB Accreditation.
- All contractual documents should be provided in writing with
signatures – and always get an in-home estimate in writing.
consumer protection information – for interstate moves this includes the
brochures “Read to Move?” and “Your Rights and Responsibilities When
You Move” plus arbitration information when the mover is hired; state
regulations vary and state mandated materials may be available for local moves.
- Look out, there's a catch – rogue movers may require
substantial portions of the payment upfront as part of a great deal; do not
succumb to this scam. Only a small down payment may be expected to hold a
- Consider valuation for your property loss or damage
protection. Full- or partial- value protection should be discussed and
documentation made available as part of the estimate or contract.
- Hold your precious keepsakes, important documentation, cash
and credit cards; such items should never be packed away and shipped.
- Take down the driver’s information – phone number, truck
number, etc. – so you can easily communicate during the move or discuss any
additional needs with the moving company office staff.
Fallon Moving & Storage is proud to be a genuine Atlas interstate agent and BBB Accredited AMSA ProMover. Serving residents and businesses of Connecticut, we deliver superior moving and storage services to our community. Trust Fallon for a legendary move.