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Choosing The Right Moving Company in Southwest Florida

  • Ask if they are licensed and insured. - You do not want to trust your belongings to an unlicensed or insured company.

  • Ask how long they have been in business. - You want to make sure the mover has been around long enough to understand your needs and will still be in business once they have your goods loaded.

  • Ask if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and if so, what is their rating.

  • Always ask if the company is a broker – Are they doing the work or are they subcontracting their work to outside resources.

  • Does Your Move Require a Deposit? - Reputable movers should not ask for a deposit before booking your move. By law all charges are due before delivery of your goods.

When choosing your interstate mover, make sure the mover is licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Visit the FMSCA website and search for the name of the mover. Only choose movers licensed by the FMCSA.

For interstate moves, movers are required by Law to give you a copy of a booklet called “Your Rights and Responsibilities“.
This booklet gives you a definition of moving industry terms, an explanation of how a mover must estimate charges, and other helpful information.

In addition, a quality mover will give you a packet of information that includes their: Code of Ethics, Services Offered, and General Valuation Coverage Information.

Moving companies conducting intrastate moves in the state of Florida must be registered with the Florida Division of Consumer Services. If their principal place of business is within one of the counties with local moving ordinances (Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Pinellas) they must register there also and comply with any local ordinances. State registration numbers must be clearly printed on all advertising and business forms, such as contracts and estimates.

Please take the time to check the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for their license and complaint status.

Also, look for professional organization seals on their website. Check for a Better Business Bureau rating and a Pro Mover membership. Pro Mover is an independent organization that validates the credentials of a mover. They verify a moving company's certificates with AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association), FMWA (Florida Movers and Warehousemen’s Association) are in good standing.

 

Moving Quotes

Always try to get a visual onsite estimate for the services your move needs. There is no substitute for a trained relocation professional viewing the items needing moved and discussing with you the individual situations involved your relocation. We are always happy to send a trained estimator for your no obligation in-home consultation.

We strongly recommend reviewing estimates from at least three moving companies. Always get the estimates in writing and each estimate should include details about your move. There are three different types of estimates. They are:

  • Non-Binding – All charges are based upon actual weight, time or materials. This could lead to unwelcome surprises at the time to pay the bill.

  • Binding – The charges are bound based upon the estimate. The price on the estimate is what you pay.

  • Not-to-Exceed – The charges are bound not to exceed the written estimate amount. Your amount due can be less if you weight or services goes below the estimated amount.

Always ask for a breakdown of the charges listed on the estimate. Inquire about undisclosed fees and unforeseen circumstantial fees such as shuttle fees or storage in transit fees.
Ask about valuation and what coverage is included in the price. Most companies offer extra valuation for your goods in the event they are damaged during the move. These coverages and the associated costs can differ greatly between movers.

We hope this information helps you choose the right movers for your upcoming move. Remember, you can always send us a message or give us a call with your questions at 1-800-226-4663.