Make Moving to Houston Easy
Houston is home to NASA, Rice University, Reliant Stadium, and now you. Before moving, the first step is finding a great moving company. We’d like to share five tips for a great move to the country’s 4th largest city.
According to the American Moving and Storage Association, ask friends and colleagues about their experiences with movers in the area. The association also suggests that consumers check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer organizations before signing with a mover.
Ask your Realtor for their referrals.
Realtors usually have a list of several companies that they recommend and often get feedback from their clients as to the level of service performed. Other good sources of moving company referrals include local antique and high-end furniture stores, your interior designer, or even your home builder.
Research your potential candidates for the proper licensure.
The moving industry is a regulated industry and to lawfully operate, a mover must have one of two licenses. To operate nationally, a mover must be licensed by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). To operate within a given state, a mover must have a state license. In Texas that license is obtained through the Texas Department of Transportation.
In order to obtain licensing, a moving company must carry certain levels of both liability and cargo insurance. Full Time employees of licensed companies must have pre-employment background checks completed and must submit to random drug testing. Additionally, licensed movers are subject to certain guidelines when it comes to what they can legally charge for moving services.
First and foremost, when looking for a moving company, you should find a mover with a valid state or national license. Nice web sites and yellow page advertisements do not guarantee a moving company is operating legally. Always verify a moving company’s license.
Select a company that will do an onsite visit.
Estimates done over the phone or online are rarely right and can lead wild variations in the final bill. Verify that the company you choose is an actual moving company and not a broker that will sub-contract your move to a third party.
Choose a moving company that uses full time company employees to complete the move.
Many companies use contractors, sub-contractors, or even worse, day laborers. When moving your most personal and valuable belongings, you want full time, uniformed, benefited, legal employees who value their jobs and consider themselves professionals.