How to Check a Moving Companies Credentials

How to Check a Moving Companies Credentials

 

Bringing in a moving company in Portland OR can make your move manageable, and (dare I say?) enjoyable. However, finding reputable movers who will show up and do a bang-up job is no picnic. You have to do some due diligence.

One of the best ways to ascertain the credibility of moving companies is to check their credentials. That means you’ve to check if the said Portland local movers have insurance, proper licenses, certifications, and so forth.

Keep reading to learn top 5 ways you can check movers’ credentials.

#1. Confirm the Basics with an Online Search

It’s somewhat laughable how some people are still scammed of their hard-earned money by online “movers.” Some hire moving companies from Craiglist and end up losing their money as well as their valuables. Don’t fall prey to these conniving thieves – check basic info like address, phone number, email or even the name with a simple Google search. Such a trivial move can save you a massive headache.

#2. BBB

Better Business Bureau is a god-sent when it comes to cross-checking a moving company’s credentials. They have an easy to navigate website where you can find everything about BBB-accredited movers in Portland. You can check out their standing, complaints, reviews, and an array of other credentials. This should be your first stop.

#3. Check the License with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

FMCSA website boasts a snazzy tool that can help you locate licensing information for any interstate moving company. You will need the movers’ US DOT number to key into the search bar. And with a click of a button, you will be availed with all the details you need.

#4. Check with Local US Department of Transportation Office

If your moving company operates intrastate, you will have to contact a local US Department of Transportation office to get information above. Even so, you will still need the moving company’s US DOT number.

#5. Confirm with the Insurance Company

Most people would shy away from contacting an insurance provider, but it can be a huge lifesaver. The insurer can tell you if the movers’ policy is still genuine or not. You can also confirm with the insurance company what’s covered and what is not.

If you don’t want to go through all the trouble with the insurance company, you can still view the moving company’s insurance information from the FMCSA website under “Insurance Data.”

These are just but a few ways to confirm movers’ credentials. You can also contact their references to ascertain their credibility.