Contemplating a Long-Distance Move to or from Little Rock? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Imagine this little drama (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):You’d planned your long-distance move for months.You reviewed three different Little Rock interstate moving companies, all of which seemed trustworthy, and finally selected the one that delivered 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 better part of your worldly possessions.Ah, get real! That doesn’t actuallyhappen, does it? Regretably, it does. But that is an unusual scenario. What you’ll more likely find with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t steal a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll simply hold them hostage until the homeowner forks over more money. 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 trepidations – any nightmares – about something like this happening to you, regard them as a warning: DON’T HIRE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S FOR REAL!Avoid moving companies that …don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Check the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you can examine reviews of better than 20,000 moving-related companies.charge a fee to provide you with an estimate. That’s not something any reputable mover would do.don’t offer written estimates – or tell you they’ll determine your charges once they’ve loaded the truck. Again: that’s simply not how quality movers operate.turn in an estimate that seems to good to be true. It probably is! (You know the old saying!)ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All details should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you affix your signature to anything. (Another old cliché you certainly know!)don’t have a current 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 verify all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Remember, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.Here’s still another old adage for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a bit of due diligence up front and uncovering all you can about the movers you’re contemplating before you hire can save you lots of drama and despair when your move is being carried out.And your best research tool? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just checking out the websites of the movers you’re contemplating. Follow the links we provide above for solid, trustworthy third-party confirmation of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.While you’re at it, we recommend that you use these sites to check up on A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Little Rock also. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of excellent repute for many, many years. And we’re happy to offer tools like these to help you make sound decisions for smooth moves.