Make sure the mover you are considering is duly licensed by the N.Y. State Department of Transportation as required by law and that his DOT certificate number is legitimate. In the New York Metropolitan area, call (800) 786-5368.
A responsible mover might have a few complaints lodged against him but his record with the Better Business Bureau should show that he responds to and resolves complaints. On Long Island call (516) 420-0500.
The DOT requires such coverage. This adds to the cost of doing business but it protects you. Be suspicious of the very low bidder for he may cutting costs by cheating on this needed protection.
Paying a visit tells you something about the mover's integrity and professionalism, for you can confirm that his place of business is there and appears clean, organized and properly staffed.
This could be a ploy simply to get a sales person into your home to give you an estimate. Be careful, do research and you decide who to invited into your home, based on references.
A high-quality firm with a good reputation doesn't need to knock the competition, or to criticize other moving firms in an attempt to make themselves look better.
If not, it could be a legitimate new company. But it could also mean the mover's DOT license was revoked and he's trying to operate under a new name or the name of another licensed mover.
If you can talk to the owner of the business, even if only by phone, you will be able to develop a feeling of confidence that he is experienced and capable enough to assure a professional move.
A satisfied customer is the best sales pitch for a mover. Remember, even a mover with a big franchised name is still a local business who is only as good as his local reputation.
LIMSA was established in 1933 to build confidence in Long Island's moving industry. It checks a mover's DOT certificate, workers' compensation insurance coverage and reputation before accepting him as a member.
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Moveco Moving Services, Inc. - 146-44 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica,
New York 11435
Telephone: 718/738-8732 Fax: 718/738-4432 Bob@Movecomovers.com