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 interstate movers.
  • 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.
  • Attain 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 reservation.
  • 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. 

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