Tips for a Successful Move: National Moving Month

In 1997, Allied named May National Moving Month. In the Summer months the number of home sales rise making the summertime the busiest moving season.

Moving can be stressful and overwhelming but it doesn't have to be! Here are several tips provided by the FMCSA to make moving less of a hassle and to ensure a successful move.

Tips for a Successful Move

It's important to understand your Consumer Rights and Responsibilities when it comes to shipping your household goods.

Before the Move

  • When hiring a moving company, get multiple estimates in writing.
  • Research the moving company with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Verify that the moving company you hire is registered with the FMCSA and has a DOT number.
  • Eliminate clutter by having a garage sale or donating.
  • Make a list of services that need to be transferred to your new home.
  • Update your mailing address with family, friends and the post office.
  • Label boxes by room when packing.
  • Get a moving schedule with pick-up and delivery times.
  • Make sure to exchange contact information with the moving company.
  • Insure any valuables prior to your move.

Moving Day

  • Be present to help and provide any guidance.
  • Carefully read all the information on the estimate, order of service, bill of lading and inventory list provided by your mover.
  • Before the mover leaves, make sure nothing has been left behind.
  • Verify the delivery location with the moving company.

Delivery Day

  • Be present to help and provide any guidance.
  • Pay the driver prior to unloading your belongings.
  • Supervise the unloading and unpacking.
  • Make a note of any missing items before signing any paperwork.

Beware of Moving Fraud

While majority of moves go smoothly, there are dishonest people out there that may try to take advantage of you. The best way to protect yourself from moving fraud is to be aware and informed.

The Red flags of Moving Fraud

  • Companies offering low estimates over the phone or internet without seeing the goods to be moved.
  • Demanding money when your goods are on their truck prior to delivery.
  • Holding your goods hostage unless you pay more.
  • No written estimate is provided.
  • Companies that do not provide copies of the moving materials regulated by the FMCSA.
  • Website has no address, insurance or registration information.
  • Mover says they will determine the charges after loading.
  • They show up in a rental vehicle and not a company-owned or marked fleet vehicle.


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