To avoid choosing a bad moving company, only work with a company that has a real address. Read the company's reviews, and check its references and Better Business Bureau rating. Ensure the company has a branded truck, and never sign a partial or skinny contract. Never pay cash, always purchase extra insurance and ask the company about its claims policy.
Never work with a front company that has no real address and conducts all its business online. Visit the company's offices to ensure its address is legitimate. Companies that have websites and no physical addresses can be around one day and gone the next.
Read reviews and check references from previous clients. Visit the Better Business Bureau website to check the company's rating and read any unresolved complaints. Work with a company that has a branded truck, as this makes it less likely for scammers to drive away with your belongings.
Sign a complete contract that has a list of all your items. Make sure the contract is complete with no blank spaces before signing it. Beware of companies that ask for a huge deposit or only require cash payments. If you pay in cash, there is no evidence of a transaction.
A good moving company provides several insurance options to protect your items. Buy extra insurance to ensure you get replacements in case your goods are stolen or damaged. Before working with a moving company, ask about its claims policy. Ensure the company handles claims properly and in a timely manner.