The summer months are peak moving times across the United States. As the busy season typically begins in May, the industry has dubbed this month National Moving Month. This is a busy time largely because of the school calendars. Parents are eager to relocate without disrupting studies, college students are transitioning, and graduates are moving on. Much of this hustle and bustle is good and exciting news, but this peak season also marks a period in time where predatory or fake moving companies in Michigan begin popping up as well. It is important to investigate any Michigan moving company you consider using and look for potential red flags to ensure you are hiring a reputable, licensed, and professional moving company to handle your belongings.
Concerns and Considerations for Qualifying Movers
Certain signs can indicate that you are dealing with a disreputable company that may put you on the hook for unexpected, extra expenses. Be on the lookout for these red flags:
- No physical street address. Being difficult to find can be an indication that you’re not dealing with a legitimate brick-and-mortar moving company.
- Too-good-to-be-true pricing. If you are quoted a very low price that seriously undercuts all other estimates, chances are good that your price is going to change once your household goods are loaded on the truck.
- Price quoted over the phone. Accurate pricing requires an evaluation of the space and household goods to be moved. When a company representative does not ask to visit your home prior to giving you an estimate, the potential for accuracy substantially diminishes, but likely not in your favor.
- No discernible licensure. If the company does not display a motor carrier (MC) number, or the one that’s listed cannot be matched to the company on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) site or American Moving and Storage (AMSA) website, they may not be the licensed, insured, and the professional moving company they claim.
At Preferred Moving & Storage, we strive for transparency as well as quality. You can find our company information on our website and cross-reference this on the FMCSA website. In our case, it displays “Wheaton World Wide Moving” because we’re affiliated with a reputable national van line. You can further confirm our status by visiting the Wheaton website and visiting our local moving agent page.
Equally, there are many signs that you are working with reputable and trustworthy Michigan movers. Search for positive indicators, such as:
A good reputation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Because we take great pride in providing exemplary service, we’ve earned an “A+” rating, which can be confirmed on the BBB website.
Excellent reviews from real clients of the company. You can see our amazing track record on our moving company reviews page.
A longstanding history with the community. Fly-by-night companies may be around for a few weeks, and companies that provide poor service don’t last long either. To stay in business for decades like we have requires great service, commitment, and community involvement.
Industry affiliations. A reputable company will likely have affiliations to places like the Michigan Movers Association (MMA), which has strict requirements for admittance. You can see our MMA page here.
It is also important to remember that reputable movers book up fast during the peak season, and may fill all their appointments months in advance. If you would like to ensure your relocation is handled by a trustworthy and honest company, contact Preferred Moving & Storage today for a free estimate.
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