What to Look for in a Moving Company in Houston 08/12/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group When you are deep in the weeds of moving--new house, new locale, new everything--you could neglect one of the most important selections you'll need to make--which moving company are you going to employ to physically move all your things? Picking a reputable moving company in Houston is critical to having a smooth, worry-free move, so follow these suggestions for selecting the best mover for your needs. Ask for Referrals Ask your real estate contact if they have a moving company who they would recommend. They know who's wonderful, and who's not great but has a snazzy bright website designed to draw you in. Google movers in your area--then cross check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and issues. Check for Registration When you Google movers, you should see the company's DOT registration number along with their physical address. This means they are a part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are following federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be honest with you. Get Your Estimate in Writing Professional moving companies have employees on staff to do exactly that—assess the particulars of your move, assemble written estimates, and essentially be the point person for you. If your move is not complex and you have all the particulars on what you are moving an over-the-phone consult may work; if you have a large house with attics, a basement, and a shed, they should send an estimator to your house to view the whole residence to ensure an accurate rate. Your estimate should be in writing--not a verbal ballpark. On Moving Day Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It seems kind of dumb, but be sure the moving van truck's logo, movers uniforms, and the estimate documents all are matching. Professional movers are glad to tell you who they work for; if a crew of guys show up in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also have the proper equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets. The crew leader should walk through your home with you to check for existing imperfections in furniture. Some movers may even snap pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it's quick to verify. Moving to Houston can be worrisome, but with the right movers it can be exhilarating and fun, also. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we are your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!