Planning a Long-Distance Move to or from El Paso? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Picture this little drama (if it hasn’t already haunted your nightmares!):You’d been planning your long-distance move for a long time.You contacted three different El Paso interstate moving companies, all of which looked to be reliable, and finally picked the one that delivered the lowest estimate.Moving day arrives.The moving crew loads your household items for your new home.And it never gets there. It disappears – as does the better part of your worldly possessions.Ah, get real! That doesn’t honestlyhappen, does it? Unfortunately, it does. But that is an extreme scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than honest” movers is that they won’t steal a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll simply hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are just two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com alert you to more.So if you’ve experienced any misgivings – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, regard them as a warning: DON’T SIGN ON WITH A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S LEGIT!Steer clear of moving companies that …don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a big red flag. Consult the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.have a poor record with the Better Business Bureau. Go to bbb.org. There you can examine reviews of over 20,000 moving-oriented companies.charge a fee to provide you with an estimate. That’s not something any respectable mover would do.don’t provide written estimates – or say they’ll figure your charges after loading. Again: that’s just not done by creditable movers.provide you with an estimate that looks to good to be true. It surely is! (You know the old cliché!)ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All specifics should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you affix your signature to anything. (Another old axiom you must know!)don’t have a current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have a valid 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 corroborate all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Keep in mind, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.Here’s still another old adage for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a little due diligence up front and uncovering all you can about the movers you’re reviwing before you hire can save you a lot of headaches and heartaches when your move is underway.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 reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, trustworthy third-party corroboration of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.While you’re at it, we heartily encourage you to use these sites to investigate A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in El Paso also. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of great repute for many, many years. And we’re glad to present tools like these to help you make wise decisions for smooth moves.