Planning a Long-Distance Move to or from Tulsa? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Consider this scenario (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):You’d planned 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.Moving day comes.The moving crew loads your household goods for your new home.And it never gets there. It disappears – taking with it most of your worldly possessions.Ah, come on! That hasn’t really happened, has it? Sadly, it has. But that is an unusual scenario. What’s more likely to happen with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t run off with a homeowner’s possessions outright; they’ll just hold them hostage until the homeowner hands over more money. 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, consider them 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 after loading. 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, anddon’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 old axiom 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.And 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 invite you to 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.