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Dear Friend and Neighbor,
We have written this webpage for you... so that you’ll know what to look for – and what to look out for – when deciding upon a moving company.
You have a difficult decision to make. In the coming days or weeks, you’ll select a mover to pack, load and transport your most valued possessions to your new home. I think you may be surprised to learn how different moving companies can be from one another.
Here’s a short list of things that have actually happened to people right here in New Jersey.
Do YOU want these kinds of people in your home... handling your most treasured belongings... being close to your family?
You can read more about this sting operation and others at NJ.COM or watch the video below:
If the authorities are allocating time, money, and resources to go after these rouge operators than I am sure these rouge operators must be harming many consumers.
Situations like this could drag you into court because an uninsured worker decides to file a lawsuit against you.
Moving companies haven’t always had the best reputation. You may have heard stories like these – or worse – from your neighbors and friends. You can find all kinds of horror stories by searching on the internet.
Because it’s easy to buy or rent a truck and hire some strong backs, it’s an attractive business for people who are looking to make a quick buck.
Unfortunately, these dishonest movers can hide behind a professional looking website or a well written Craigslist ad. It’s up to you to do your homework to avoid becoming another victim.
Before you give everything you own to someone you don’t know, spend just a few minutes reading the information I have prepared for you on this website to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable, licensed moving company.
Moving companies fall into two main categories:
So how do you tell them apart?
Here are some questions to ask every moving company that you are considering:
There are many movers here in New Jersey that operate illegally without a license. A lot of them are found advertising on Craigslist, Yelp, and other internet sites.
Let me explain why it’s so important that you use only a licensed mover.
You can click here to confirm the company you are considering is a licensed moving company. and SELECT - Public Movers and Warehouseman in the profession dropdown.
In order to perform a local move within NJ a company needs a NJ PM (without storage) or PC (with storage) license number. A company with only a DOT number does not allow them to perform moves within NJ.
Unlicensed movers use day laborers without the proper training and with a-who-knows-what kind of background. A sting operation in New Jersey targeting unlicensed movers identified individuals that had outstanding warrants which included an individual with child molestation charges and others which had ties to gangs. Don’t risk your family’s safety by hiring a mover that doesn’t perform background checks on their employees. Good people keep their distance from a certain element of society so why be foolish and open the door of your home to a potential criminal.
Membership in an industry trade association demonstrates that a company is licensed and is committed to continuous improvement to better serve their customers. The local association is the New Jersey Warehouseman’s and Movers Association. The National Association is called AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association).
Membership in the Better Business Bureau shows a company’s commitment to ethical business practices. The BBB exists so that consumers have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust.
Any reputable moving company will have plenty of references that you can call. If a moving company only gives you three or four, be careful. It’s not uncommon for businesses to use their friends and relatives as references.
Be very careful. Reputable movers will not ask you for a large deposit. Do not under any circumstances give a large deposit. There’s a good chance you will never see them-or you’re money-again. “
The old adage is really true, “you get what you pay for”. This is especially true with moving companies. Unlicensed and lower caliber movers might offer to move you for a little less money than a reputable mover like us, but where are they cutting corners? To give you a cheaper price they might hire untrained day laborers, not carry insurance, utilize rental trucks without the proper blankets and equipment and handle your belongings with a minimum of care.
Plus they might demand more money after your possessions are on their truck, and you will end up paying as much-or more-than if you had used an honest mover with the proper labor and equipment.
No amount of money is worth this misery. You’ve worked too hard and invested too much money in your valuable possessions. Why throw it away for the few bucks you save on poor service provided by a dishonest want-to be-mover.
We have written a more in-depth booklet called “What Everybody Who’s Planning a Move Ought to Know When Hiring a Moving Company”. This booklet gives you even more details about what to look for in a mover. Plus it gives some tips about saving money on your move, and some tips from our employees about how to pack your boxes to avoid damage.
If you want great service by a well-qualified, reputable moving company that can deliver the worry-free move you desire – professionally and on time – than I invite you to call us.
We will be happy to answer your questions – provide information over the telephone – or come to your home or office to discuss the details of your move – without obligation of any kind. Call us today on 732-748-1200