Choose National Moving Companies Licensed Across State Lines- By: John Cutts
If you are making a short list of national moving companies from which you will select your final mover, your first requirement should be their license to transport goods across the states, specifically from your current state to your destination state.
If a moving firm is only licensed to operate in your current state, the firm will need to coordinate with another out-of-state mover and will need to transfer your load at the border, increasing the chances for breakage and losses.
To look at the licenses and accreditations of the moving firms you are considering, visit the websites of the American Moving and Storage Association, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Better Business Bureau.
AMSA has a listing of certified national moving firms that are members of its ProMover certification program. You can check the reliability of a moving firm at the ProMover website through its business name or through its motor carrier number. An MC number, also called docket number, is a number issued by the FMCSA.
Every for-hire motor vehicle that crosses state lines must obtain an MC number from the FMCSA and must be properly insured.
The ProMover program was launched by AMSA last year to fight the proliferation of rouge operators that are destroying the work of reliable and reputable national moving companies. Every ProMover member has passed rigorous standards of membership, including lack of felony convictions arising from violations of regulations issued by the FMCSA, the Surface Transportation Board and state consumer protection agencies.
Meanwhile, the protectyourmove.org of the FMCSA enables you to check information about interstate movers, including the number and type of complaints filed against them. Their licensing and insurance status and safety ratings are also provided by the website.
The BBB website also provides information on complaints filed against certain movers, in addition to the description of their business operations.
Another thing that you should consider in making your short list is pricing. Ask how they compute your moving costs and how they adjust costs when there are discrepancies in time spent for the move, the weight and dimensions of possessions moved.
Lastly, consider national moving companies that offer full replacement value insurance. Basic carrier liability policies are cheaper, but they typically base their settlement on weight. Full replacement policies pay the full cost of repairing or replacing your possessions at current prices.
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John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.