Planning a Long-Distance Move to or from Tulsa? Know Your Moving Company First!

Consider this scenario (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):
  • white moving truck headed long distanceYou’d been working out your long-distance move for ages.
  • You reviewed three different Tulsa interstate moving companies, all of which seemed reputable, and finally decided on the one that delivered the least costly estimate.
  • It’s now Moving Day.
  • The moving crew loads your heads out for your new home.
  • And it never gets there. It disappears – taking with it most of your worldly possessions.
Ah, get real! That doesn’t actuallyhappen, does it? Sadly, it does. But that is an unusual scenario. What you’ll more likely find with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are but two of many sorts of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com alert you to more.

So if you’ve had any qualms – any nightmares – about something like this befalling you, regard them as a warning: DON’T ENGAGE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S LEGITIMATE!

Be wary of moving companies that …
  • don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a good sign they don’t. Look them up in the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.
  • have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau. Go to bbb.org. There you’ll see reviews of more than 20,000 moving-related companies.
  • charge a fee to provide you with an estimate. That’s not something any well-regarded mover would do.
  • don’t offer written estimates – or tell you they’ll figure your charges only after they’ve gotten the truck loaded. Again: that’s just not how respectable movers do business.
  • hand you an estimate that sounds to good to be true. It undoubtedly is! (You know the old saying!)
  • ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All contractual elements should be described completely in writing and agreed upon before you affix your signature to anything. (Another old saying you surely know!)
  • don’t have an active U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,
  • don’t have a valid Motor Carrier (MC) license, and
  • don’t have a DOT or MC number that’s less than 3 years old …
  • or aren’t insured. You can confirm all this at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Don’t forget, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers must be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.
Here’s still another ripe cliché for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a little due diligence up front and learning all you can about the movers you’re reviwing before you hire can save you lots of drama and despair when your move is underway.

internet capable devicesAnd your most useful source of information? The Internet! Or it is on the condition that you’re not just visiting the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party corroboration of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.

While you’re at it, we recommend that you use these sites to look into Oil Capitol Relocation here in Tulsa too. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of outstanding repute for a long, long time. And we’re happy to present tools like these to help you make good decisions for smooth moves.