Considering a Long-Distance Move to or from Killeen? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Imagine this scenario (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):You’d planned your long-distance move for ages.You examined three different Killeen interstate moving companies, all of which seemed trustworthy, and finally opted for the one that provided the most reasonable estimate.It’s now Moving Day.The moving crew loads your heads out for your new home.And it never shows up. It vanishes – as does most of your worldly possessions.Ah, no way! You’re making that up, right? Sadly, we’re not. But that is an atypical 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 just two of many kinds of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com reveal more.So if you’ve had any misgivings – any nightmares – about something like this happening to you, consider them a warning: DON’T ENGAGE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY IS HONEST!Avoid 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 shoddy record with the Better Business Bureau. Go to bbb.org. There you’ll find reviews of more than 20,000 moving-related companies.charge a fee to provide you with an estimate. That’s not anything a respected mover would do.don’t offer written estimates – or say they’ll tally up your charges once they’ve loaded the truck. Again: that’s simply not done by respectable movers.turn in an estimate that seems 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 contractual elements should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old axiom you certainly know!)don’t have an active U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have an active 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 verify 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 have to 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 certain amount of due diligence up front and discovering all you can about the movers you’re contemplating before you hire can save you lots of drama and despair when your move is well along.And your best information source? The Internet! Or it is if you’re not just going to the websites of the movers you’re considering. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party verification of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.While you’re at it, we heartily encourage you to use these sites to check up on A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Killeen too. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of great repute for many, many years. And we’re happy to provide tools like these to help you make savvy decisions for smooth moves.