During our 32 years as Houston movers, we have heard endless stories from clients who have booked with shady Houston moving companies in the past and are hesitant to trust movers again. To protect yourself from these illegitimate moving companies we have outlined the five ways to ensure you are booking with movers in Houston you can trust!
1. CHECK TO SEE IF THEIR TXDMV# IS VALID
One of the most important, and least known, ways consumers can ensure that they are booking with a legitimate moving company is to check their DMV#. Every legal Houston mover is required by law to list their DMV# on their website (it’s usually located in the footer) and on their trucks. By simply typing the number that you find into the Texas DMV Truckstop site, you can verify that you are booking your Houston move with legitimate movers.
2. MAKE SURE THEY ARE BBB ACCREDITED
Another important step is verifying that your movers are BBB accredited! Simply type the business name into the search bar on the BBB site and you can find out whether or not the Houston moving company is accredited, what complaints they may have outstanding, and their letter rating.
3. BE SURE TO ASK PLENTY OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINE PRINT
Unfortunately, not all Houston moving companies are forthcoming about their service. Keep reading for the questions you may not think to ask but need to know before you book.
- Are there any special fees for moving large items?
- Does the hourly rate begins when they leave their office or when they start moving?
- Is there an hourly minimum?
- Are there fees for travel time (sometimes referred to as fuel charges)?
4. DO SOME DIGGING ONLINE
Check out the moving company’s social media platforms and reviews on sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google +. Checking these websites gives you the opportunity to see what other customers have to say about their moving services and you also get the chance to see how they interact with their clients.
5. ASK AROUND
While online research is great, there’s nothing wrong with doing things the old fashioned way. Get the opinions of your friends and family. See what Houston movers they have used in the past and what their experience was like.
Ensuring that you are booking with reliable movers in Houston may take more effort, but when all of your belongings are in your new home without a scratch, you’ll be glad that you put in the time and booked with pros! Happy moving!