Moving to a new home is stressful as it is. There are so many things that go into the planning to make the move a success. One of the best ways to make your move manageable and enjoyable is to hire a moving company.
Sure, there are myriad of moving companies in Portland Oregon and out there. But, it is crucial that you know your rights and familiarize yourself with terminologies used in the industry.
That being said, there are two types of movers – the interstate movers and the intrastate movers. It’s essential that you know the difference so you can choose the right one for your move. Picking the wrong type of a moving company could potentially cost you money and cause you lots of headaches.
Interstate movers do what the name says – they move items across state lines. In some cases, interstate movers conduct international moves. Since interstate moving companies move goods out of state, they are typically not regulated by state local agencies. Instead, they are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, popularly shortened FMCSA, regulations, and rules.
If you enlist the services of an interstate mover, it’s considered an interstate move even if the moving company doesn’t actually cross state lines. Interstate movers are, naturally, used for long-distance moves which often mean passing through many states. More often than not, it costs more to hire interstate movers than intrastate movers.
FMCSA requires that all interstate movers be registered and licensed with them. Every interstate mover has a unique US DOT number that you can run by FMCSA database to get all the information about the moving company.
Unlike interstate movers, intrastate moving companies in Oregon complete a move without crossing state lines. You can say they are Portland local movers.
As such, FMCSA regulations and rules don’t apply to intrastate movers. Nonetheless, local US Department of Transportation offices and state agencies provide precise terms and conditions these movers must abide by. Some states like California have stringent regulation and licensing guidelines for intrastate movers. The good thing is that most Portland local movers usually cost far much less than interstate movers.
That being said, there are things to keep in mind about intrastate movers. For one, they can charge you additional fees for long distance intrastate moves. That is why you need to look deeper into the charges and costs that every intrastate moving company charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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