Using the Internet to Plan Your Move
Each year, 1 in 4 Americans pick up and move. To aid them in this process, more and more people are turning to the internet. In fact, studies have reported that 91% of people state that they have found the internet to be a useful tool during their move. The web definitely provides a lot of helpful information when it comes to finding a moving company. However, it is important that consumers know where to do their research, what to be leery of, and how to supplement their internet findings. Below are some suggestions on what to do and what not to do when it comes to using the internet find a mover.
DO use the internet to research moving companies. However, before you begin your internet search, talk to other people and get some recommendations. Once you have made a list of these recommendations, call each company and gather the following important information:
-Full company name
-Number of years in service
-Address and phone number
-Email/ web address
-DOT (Department of Transportation) and MC license numbers
Once you have obtained this information, go to safersys.org. This is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. It allows you to view safety and licensing information about prospective companies by entering their DOT or MC license numbers. Another great resource to use to find out more about a company’s reputation is the Better Business Bureau. Just go to www.bbb.org. Once you have selected several reputable moving companies, contact at least two of them to schedule an in-home estimate, which should be free of charge.
DO NOT rely on the internet to select your moving company for you. A company’s fancy website or ad in the yellow pages should not determine which moving company you choose. Instead, put emphasis on a company’s reputation and record. Additionally, don’t make your decision on price alone, especially if you are basing it on a quote provided sight unseen given over the internet or the phone. It is always a good idea to meet with a company representative in person. That way, he or she can survey your goods to get a better idea of the cost of your move. This meeting will also give you a chance to discuss any questions that you may have regarding your move.
We hope that these tips are helpful to you, and that your search leads you to Sorensen Mayflower!