What to Look for in a Moving Company in Dallas

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Picking a Mover

When you are up to your eyeballs in moving--new residence, new locale, new everything--you might disregard one of the most critical choices you will need to make--which moving company should you hire to physically move all your belongings? Choosing a reputable moving company in Dallas is crucial to having a successful move, so pay attention to these suggestions for selecting the best mover for your circumstances.

Ask for Referrals

Ask your real estate contact which moving company they would recommend. They know who is good, and who is not great but has a snazzy bright website designed to draw you in. Google movers in the area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and issues.

Check for Registration

When you Google movers, you should be able to find the company's DOT registration number along with their contact info. This means they are affiliates of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are adhering to federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be fair with you.

Get Your Estimate in Writing

Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on staff to do precisely that—assess the specifics of your move, put together written estimates, and basically be the point person for you. If your move is uncomplicated and you have all the details on what you're moving a phone estimate may work; if you have a sizable home with lots of storage, a basement, and a garage, they should send an estimator to your residence to view the full house to ensure an accurate number. Your estimate needs to be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.

On Moving Day

Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It might seem a tad dumb, but be sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate documents all are similar. Professional movers are willing to confirm with you who they work for; if a bunch of guys arrive in random t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also bring the proper equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.

The crew foreman should walk through your house with you to confirm existing blemishes in furniture. Some movers will even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it is easy to verify.

Moving to Dallas can be anxious, but with the right movers it can be lively and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we're your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!