Considering a Long-Distance Move to or from Wichita Falls? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Consider this little drama (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):You’d planned your long-distance move for months.You investigated three different Wichita Falls interstate moving companies, all of which seemed reliable, and finally decided on the one that gave you the cheapest estimate.You’re all set for Moving Day.The moving crew loads your heads out for your new home.And it never reaches it. It disappears – as does the greater part of your worldly possessions.Ah, get real! That doesn’t actuallyhappen, does it? Sadly, it does. But that is an extraordinary scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than legit” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are but two of many sorts of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com will show you more.So if you’ve experienced any qualms – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, consider them a warning: DON’T SIGN ON WITH A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S FOR REAL!Be leery of moving companies that …don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a dead giveaway. 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’ll see reviews of better than 20,000 moving-oriented companies.charge a fee to provide you with an estimate. That’s not what any respectable mover would do.don’t offer written estimates – or tell you they’ll determine your charges once they’ve gotten the truck loaded. Again: that’s simply not done by reputable movers.turn in an estimate that looks to good to be true. It surely is! (You know the old cliché!)ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All contractual elements should be clearly presented in writing and agreed upon before you put your signature to anything. (Another old proverb you certainly know!)don’t have a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have an active 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 check all this out 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 have to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.Here’s still another ripe cliché 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 contemplating before you hire can save you a lot of drama and despair when your move is being carried out.And your greatest information source? The Internet! Or it is so long as you’re not just going to the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, trustworthy third-party verification of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.While you’re at it, we cordially suggest that you use these sites to look into A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Wichita Falls as well. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of excellent repute for quite awhile. And we’re pleased to present tools like these to help you make smart decisions for smooth moves.