How to Pick a Mover...

Many people choose a mover based on price.  However, there are a number of other factors to consider when you make your choice.

References:

Do you know anyone who has used a given mover?  In most cases, try to get at least two references on a particular mover to ensure consistency.  Anyone can have a good or bad experience with a move so one reference is usually not reliable.  Ask all movers that give you an estimate for their references and check them out.  Be sure to ask the person you are speaking to when they used this mover and what their experience was. 

Licensing:

A licensed mover is sanctioned by certain state or federal agencies and has basic qualifications for operating a moving company.  State agencies regulate local moves, while the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates interstate moves.  A mover should be able to provide a number, either in its advertisement or over the phone, that certifies that it is licensed.  It also should be on their truck.  You can also check the status of a moving company by accessing them on the web at http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps/mccs/mccsinquiryindex.htm .  You may search by company name, city, zip code, or motor carrier number.  Be aware that Texas DOT has just implemented changes and many DOT numbers were revoked and reissued.  You can check your mover by searching under company name and checking all records.  The newest record should be the first one available for access and will show your mover's new DOT number and all updated information. Be sure you check to see if their insurance is active.  If you still have questions regarding this, you can also contact the Texas DOT at (800) 299-1700 (select Option 3 from the automated menu).  They will be happy to assist you in making sure your mover has all the correct requirements. 

Insurance:

A low price is no bargain if your treasured possessions are not insured.  Licensed movers are required to provide limited liability coverage at no additional cost.  You can usually purchase additional coverage for an extra premium.  All insured moving companies will provide you with a copy of their insurance, upon your request.  Be sure that it comes from the insurance company and check with them to insure that it is current.

Time Frame:

A local move should be completed within a few hours.  Check with the company you choose to see their time frame. 

Length of Time in Business:

Check with your mover about the length of time their business has been in operation.  Be careful when choosing a company that has not been in business very long.  See if they have operated under a different name, if so, ask why they changed names.  Check on the length of time their employees have been with them.  If a moving company has been in business for 10 years and have many of the original employees, odds have it that they are well qualified and take care of their customers. 

Estimates:

Understand your options. Get more than one quote.  We recommend that you get three estimates from well known companies.  Most moving companies do these free and at no obligation.  If you get two estimates that are similar in price and one that is considerably cheaper, ask why.  Check with your friends and family, word of mouth is the best and the worst advertising.  Check with your bank, realtor, and doctor to see who they recommend, especially if you have never moved or are moving to a new town. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.  Email us at Billsmovers@aol.com, call us at (903) 792-7281 or stop by for a visit at 1407 Texas Boulevard, Texarkana, Texas.