Contemplating a Long-Distance Move to or from Dallas? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Picture this little drama (if it hasn’t already stoked your nightmares!):You’d planned your long-distance move for a long time.You investigated three different Dallas interstate moving companies, all of which appeared to be reputable, and finally selected the one that delivered the cheapest estimate.You’re ready for Moving Day.The moving crew loads your heads out for your new home.And it never gets there. It disappears – as does most of your worldly possessions.Ah, come on! That hasn’t really happened, has it? Unfortunately, it has. But that is an over-the-top scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t abscond with a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are just two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com reveal more.So if you’ve experienced any misgivings – any nightmares – about something like this happening to you, consider them a warning: DON’T ENGAGE 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 poor record with the Better Business Bureau. Go to bbb.org. There you can look at reviews of better than 20,000 moving-related companies.bill you for an estimate. That’s not something any respected mover would do.don’t offer written estimates – or let it be known they’ll figure your charges after loading. Again: that’s simply not done by creditable movers.hand over an estimate that looks to good to be true. It very likely is! (You know the old axiom!)make you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All details should be described fully in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old proverb you must know!)don’t have a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have a valid Motor Carrier (MC) license, anddon’t have a DOT or MC number that’s less than 3 years old …or aren’t insured. You can corroborate 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 are required to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.Here’s one more old axiom for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a bit of due diligence up front and discovering all you can about the movers you’re considering before you hire can save you lots of drama and despair when your move is well along.And your greatest information source? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just going to the websites of the movers you’re considering. 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 heartily encourage you to use these sites to look into A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Dallas as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of excellent repute for many decades. And we’re glad to provide tools like these to help you make wise decisions for smooth moves.