123Movers can help you find a licensed and insured moving company. Instead of spending
your time contacting each individual mover, we can help put you in touch with multiple
movers who are qualified to perform your move. Fill out our quick quote moving form
anywhere on our site and we will match you with movers in your area who are available
to move you. Every mover we work with has been pre-screened to ensure that they
have the proper local and/or long distance licenses and insurance. 123Movers can
help you find a mover for any type of move - Local, Long Distance, Auto, or International.
Anyone who makes a long distance (interstate) move has certain rights. Knowing these
rights can help protect you from unscrupulous and careless movers. Protectyourmove.gov
(brought to you by the FMCSA) has a comprehensive list of all your Rights and Responsibilities
but here is a quick overview to help you get started:
- Movers and Brokers should tell you if they are one or the other and should be registered
with the FMCSA.
- Know the different types of moving estimates: Binding vs. Non-Binding.
- Know what your mover is liable for and the types of insurance available to you.
- Know what paperwork a mover needs to provide you with.
- Know how the billing process works and your responsibilities to pay the moving charges.
- Make sure to thoroughly discuss the pickup and delivery details with your mover.
- Learn about the proper way to resolve disputes with your mover.
Every mover on 123Movers has been prescreened to ensure that they have the proper
licensing and insurance. It is very important that whatever mover you choose, you
validate their credentials to make sure they are qualified to legally move you.
Use these resources to help you with your research - 123Movers Local Movers Guide
and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Long Distance Movers. Another
way to judge a mover's credentials is checking their affiliations and reviews. Who
a company is associated with can be an important measure in how you judge that company.
For Movers, AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) is the largest association
they can be a part of, and they hold their members to a high standard of ethics
in order to help protect your rights (AMSA gives a "ProMover" credential to their
most trusted group of moving companies). You should also check how your mover ranks
on other popular websites such as BBB and Yelp.
A Broker is a company that acts as a middle man between you and the moving company
that moves you. When you deal with a Broker, you do not personally chose the mover
- they do. Typical problems associated with a Broker are; They may book you with
a mover who is not licensed. They may give you one cost estimate and the actual
mover gives you another that is completely different from the first. They may not
actually find you a mover and let you think that one was booked. In order to protect
you from this, 123Movers does not work with any Brokers. Learn more about the differences
Brokers and Movers
One of the first pieces of information a mover will try to give you is their estimate
for your move. There are different types of estimates (Binding vs. Non-Binding)
and it is important to know the differences between the 2. It's also important to
scrutinize the estimate if it appears too high or too low. Too high and maybe they
are trying to rip you off. Too low and maybe they are setting you up to raise the
price on the day of the move. When you use 123Movers to find a mover, each mover
will try to give you the best deal possible because they know they are competing
with other moving companies for your business.
One concern everyone has when hiring a mover is, "What if they break my stuff?"
Well, the good news is that you have options to protect your belongings. When it
comes to moving insurance there are 3 options you can choose from. The cheapest
(it's free) and most basic option that comes with every move is "Released Value"
insurance which is issued by your mover. Here, your mover will be responsible for
60 cents on every pound they move for you. For example, if they break a $1,000 flat
screen TV that weighs 30 lbs., they would pay you $18. This is by far the least
protective of the 3 options. The 2nd option, and more expensive option, is "Full
Value" insurance which is also issued by your mover. As its name implies, this insurance
covers the full value of your belongings. Your 3rd option is "Third-Party" insurance
which is purchased from a specialized moving insurance company. They can offer you
various levels of additional coverage, as high as the total value of your shipment.
To learn more about the different types of moving insurance, visit our Moving Insurance Guide