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FMCSA investigated 350 moving companies

Last spring, FMCSA, along with state transportation departments, investigated 350 moving companies for violations. It fined nearly 60 of them. This is where complaints have an effect: Most agencies, including FMCSA, target companies with the most complaints when determining which movers to investigate

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Interstate movers, those that cross state lines–are regulated by the FMCSA = Federal Motor Carrier Safety Aмебелиdministration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Companies that move only within New York are regulated by the New York Department of Transportation.

If you’re planning to hire a moving company, do some checking first. Don’t just hire the company that their website is look nice (specially be aware from companies with ugly sites). Ask other people about their experiences, CitySearch and Google maps are good point to start with. Get estimates from multiple companies and do some research.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a Web site http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov, where you can search for complaints and company safety ratings. You also can make sure the company is insured and can check the number and type of complaints filed against it. FMCSA and this site also provides tips for choosing a moving company.

Keep in mind that multiple companies may be involved in your move. If you use a relocation company, it may contract with a mover separately. So make sure you know which company actually will be moving your items.

Also, in dealing with problems during moves, timing is very important. In most cases, you must file for damages within 90 days of your goods being delivered. Be sure to read all of your paperwork carefully so you know what your deadlines are in case of a problem.

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  2. new jersey moving companies Said,

    January 9, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    That’s why it is important to hire the right moving company. Basically having your money’s worth is an important matter when moving. When moving you should always consider the expense and time you spent to it. Right moving company results to easy and hassle free moving out.

  3. achlablog Said,

    January 9, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    I’m 100% agree. We have friends they are from Teaneck, and they check ed so many teaneck movers I went crazy. They just didn’t want to fail like the stories they’re reading.

    Only two moving companies voted by relatives, we check, BBB and past client. Number one is FlatRate and number 2 is

    Hercules Teaneck Movers

  4. linkbuilder Said,

    January 13, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    When finding a good moving company, it is better to check first the track record and ask other people or better yet relatives that experience hiring the said company. It is very risky if you try to hire somebody without even checking its records.

  5. San Diego Moving & Storage Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 4:29 am

    Great article. We should all take the advice given.

  6. regionsvanlines.com Said,

    February 4, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    Hi! I am glad you said that. some fly-by-night Miami movers really affect operation of legal ones. My advice is to carefully choose the right Miami moving company to do your moving needs. thanks! =)

  7. Toronto Movers Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

    These companies make it even harder for movers who play by the rules.
    We don’t have the exact same situation up here in Canada, but having worked for a moving company, I remember how frustrating it used to be hearing all those bad things about movers.

  8. Nobel Van Lines Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    It is about time that the FMCSA will start inforcing regulations.
    We also hope that they will limit the options for companies out of state to pick up jobs out of there areas,

  9. FlatRate Said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 4:47 am

    I agree with you, there are some things to look at when you plan to hire a moving company. first see whether the mover is an experienced company or not and then see whether the mover is registered and licensed moving company to move across the states or country you are looking to relocate and hire only a moving company which is economical to you and one that fulfills your moving needs. look for a moving companies that help you in moving your possessions at very reasonable price and with quality of service and hire one that provide hassle free and quick moving service to avoid stress of moving.

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