Contemplating a Long-Distance Move to or from Little Rock? Know Your Moving Company First!

Consider this scenario (if it hasn’t already haunted your nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d planned your long-distance move for a long time.
  • You examined three different Little Rock interstate moving companies, all of which appeared to be reputable, and finally selected the one that gave you the most reasonable estimate.
  • It’s now Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your household items for your new home.
  • And it never reaches it. It vanishes – as does most of your worldly possessions.
Ah, no way! You’re making that up, right? Regretably, we aren’t. But that is an unusual scenario. What you’ll more likely find with, shall we say, “less than honest” movers is that they won’t purloin a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll merely hold them hostage until the homeowner hands over more money. Of course, these are but two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com will show you more.

So if you’ve had any trepidations – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, take them as a warning: DON’T EMPLOY A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY IS WHAT IT SAYS IT IS!

Bypass moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Consult the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.
  • have a shoddy record with the Better Business Bureau. Visit bbb.org. There you’ll find reviews of over 20,000 moving-oriented companies.
  • bill you for an estimate. That’s not something any creditable mover would do.
  • don’t provide written estimates – or let it be known they’ll determine your charges after loading. Again: that’s just not done by respected movers.
  • turn in an estimate that seems to good to be true. It surely is! (You know the old axiom!)
  • make you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All specifics should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old saying you certainly know!)
  • don’t have a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have a valid 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 on all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Keep in mind, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s one more old adage for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a bit of due diligence up front and uncovering all you can about the movers you’re considering before you hire can save you a lot of headaches and heartaches when your move is being carried out.

internet capable devicesAnd your best research tool? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just visiting the websites of the movers you’re contemplating. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party confirmation of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we invite you to use these sites to investigate Oil Capitol Relocation here in Little Rock also. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of outstanding repute for many decades. And we’re glad to provide tools like these to help you make savvy decisions for smooth moves.