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What You Need To Know About Finding a Reliable Mover

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 between 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.

Moving Tips of The Day

Knowing the differences between a Local move and a Long Distance move is an important step in the moving process. Make sure to read up on this topic.
Do not sign off on a move until you are positive that your belongings arrived in satisfactory condition.
Check out our comprehensive Do It Yourself Moving Guides to learn how to save some money when moving.
Moving is going to make you and your movers sweat. Keep a cooler of icy waters and rehydrating sports drinks on hand for you and your movers on moving day.

What You Need to Know About Getting Free Moving Quotes

Start off by filling out our short estimate request form above. You will need to share you moving details as well as your contact information. Once completed, we will match you to movers in your area that have the ability to move you. They will reach out to you and provide you with free moving estimates. From there you can decide which mover is right for you. And if you decide not to go with any mover, you are free to walk away as these are no obligation estimates.
Every mover 123Movers works with has gone through a prescreening process. It is important that every mover we work with follows state and federal regulations. Our movers can also handle a variety of move types - Local, Long Distance, Auto, and International.
The cost of your move will depend on several factors. The 2 biggest ones are whether you are making a Local or Long Distance move and how much stuff you are moving. You can visit our Moving Calculator to get a ballpark estimate of what your move might cost, but the best and most accurate way to get an estimate is by getting a quote from an actual mover.
You do not need to fill out this form to get free moving estimates. You can call us at to speak with a representative who can submit the form for you.
It's simple - a Local move is when you move without crossing state lines and a Long Distance move takes place when you cross state lines. If you are moving within the same state but your mover crosses state lines at any point during your move, then it would be considered a Long Distance move. For more information on this subject you can visit our guides page.
Disclaimer: 123Movers is not a moving company or broker. We help put you in touch (via phone or email) with licensed movers who are qualified to perform your move. You will make the decision on which mover to hire.
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