Planning a Long-Distance Move to or from Oklahoma City? Know Your Moving Company First!04/07/2017Think about this scenario (if it hasn’t already given you nightmares!):You’d planned your long-distance move for months.You called three different Oklahoma City interstate moving companies, all of which appeared to be dependable, and finally picked the one that delivered the most reasonable estimate.You’re ready for Moving Day.The moving crew loads your household goods for your new home.And it never gets there. It disappears – along with most of your worldly possessions.Ah, get real! That doesn’t actuallyhappen, does it? Sadly, it does. But that is an extreme scenario. What’s more probable with, shall we say, “less than scrupulous” movers is that they won’t pilfer a homeowner’s belongings outright; they’ll merely hold them hostage until the homeowner agrees to pay a higher fee. Of course, these are just two of many types of moving scams. Sites like Moving.com and MovingScam.com alert you to more.So if you’ve had any apprehensions – any nightmares – about something like this happening to you, consider them a warning: DON’T ENGAGE A MOVING COMPANY UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT COMPANY’S FOR REAL!Bypass moving companies that …don’t have a physical address. P.O. boxes are a good sign they don’t. Consult the phone book. And check online at Google Maps or Google Earth.have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau. Get on bbb.org. There you’ll find reviews of more than 20,000 moving-related companies.make you pay for an estimate. That’s not something any quality mover would do.don’t give you written estimates – or tell you they’ll determine your charges once they’ve loaded the truck. Again: that’s simply not done by quality movers.turn in an estimate that looks to good to be true. It very likely is! (You know the old saying!)ask you to sign documents that have blank lines to be filled in later. All details should be spelled out in writing and agreed upon before you sign anything. (Another old proverb you surely know!)don’t have a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) license,don’t have an active Motor Carrier (MC) license, anddon’t have a DOT or MC number that’s less than 3 years old …or aren’t insured. You can check all this out at the DOT website’s Mover Registration Search, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp. Don’t forget, all moving companies for hire as interstate movers are required to be licensed and insured for interstate commerce.Here’s yet one more old adage for you: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Exercising a certain amount of due diligence up front and ferreting out all you can about the movers you’re contemplating before you hire can save you all sorts of headaches and heartaches when your move is in progress.And your most useful information source? The Internet! Or it is so long as you’re not just going to the websites of the movers you’re reviewing. Follow the links we provide above for solid, dependable third-party corroboration of a long-distance mover’s credentials … or lack thereof.While you’re at it, we invite you to use these sites to look into A-1 Freeman Moving Group here in Oklahoma City also. We’ve been long-distances movers – not to mention local and intrastate movers – of excellent repute for quite awhile. And we’re pleased to provide tools like these to help you make good decisions for smooth moves.