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 reliable, and finally selected the one that delivered the least costly estimate.Moving day comes.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, come on! That hasn’t really happened, has it? Sadly, it has. But that is an unusual scenario. What’s more probable with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t steal a homeowner’s belongings 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!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 bad record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you’ll see 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 provide written estimates – or say they’ll determine your charges once they’ve loaded the truck. Again: that’s simply not how quality movers conduct themselves.turn in an estimate that sounds to good to be true. It probably is! (You know the old saying!)request that you sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All details should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old axiom you surely know!)don’t have an active U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have a current 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 ripe cliché for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a little due diligence up front and ferreting out 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 best source of information? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just checking out the websites of the movers you’re considering. 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 investigate 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 savvy decisions for smooth moves.