Moving is a very stressful and expensive experience , and if you don't take precautions it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with everything that you own and feel safe in your decision? While we always recommend moving yourself if possible, or using a you-pack/we-drive service like Moving California ORG, we know that sometimes circumstances don't allow that to work out. If that's the situation that you're in, here is some helpful advice to get you on the right track.
The first thing that you should do is put down your keyboard and step away from your computer. While there are some reputable moving companies that have web sites, nearly all of the victims that contact us found their moving company on the Internet.
As each moving company gives you an estimate based on what they see in your home, leave the paperwork out where the next moving company can easily see it. Ask questions about the difference in pricing since it may have to do with what services one company provides that another doesn't, the amount of insurance included, or valuation of your belongings. Never hire a mover who gives you a quote based on cubic feet. Never, ever sign blank paperwork, and know what you're signing. Read the document, understand it and don't worry about making the moving company wait.
You should know that every moving company is required by law to provide you with a "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move" booklet. If they don't provide you with this, send them packing (so to speak).
Also, while you have the sales rep's attention, get as much information about the company that you can such as:
Full company name and any DBA names (doing business as)
How long they have been in business
Phone numbers (local and toll-free)
DOT and MC license numbers
Company web site address
Get references (and call them)