Background Check on Potential Movers
One of the most important things you can do for your international relocation is research which international moving company you are going to pick to handle your move. What is not always clear however, is what to look for while you are doing your research for trustworthy movers. Reputable companies will all have similar qualifications that you should look for, which are different than moving companies that only handle moves domestically. Here are some things you can look for to find out if you are hiring a legitimate company. Also keep in mind that the movers that you hire, may use a freight forwarder for shipment as a third party, so find out what forwarder they use, and do similar research on them.
The best thing to search for is what affiliations and memberships they have with regulatory commissions. Groups such as the FMC, OMNI, FIDI, and RIM all have a certification process that the company will have to go through, in order to gain endorsement. If a company is a member of these organizations, you can be assured that they are reputable, because they do not just give away licenses. You can also check the company’s standing with the Better Business Bureau, or BBB. This is a regulatory commission that reviews businesses across the country. If a company violates the law, customers can complain to the BBB, and the company will have marks against it. If a company has enough marks against it, it will become blacklisted. The list of companies that have this status can be found with a simple internet search. You will absolutely want to avoid any company that is blacklisted. Choosing reputable movers is crucial to a successful move.
Also, just like when hiring a new employee, you can check a company’s references. Any reputable business would be happy to share testimonials from their customers, because they often have their customer’s best interests at heart. Another good way to check is by simple word of mouth. Check with any friends or family if they have utilized any international moving companies and what their experiences were. There are also apps that are made for customers to rate how a company operates, that you can check after searching for the business. When using apps though, be aware that sometimes employees of the company will leave positive reviews to boost their stats, while competitors will leave negative reviews to lower them. Try and check ratings that are in the middle, and see what the benefits and detriments the company has, then assess if they are right for you.
Once you have found the company that best fits what you are looking for, consider leaving a review of your own to help other people that are looking for the same thing. Also, by leaving your own review, you could be helping the business out if your experience was positive. Many companies take their ratings very seriously, because it will enhance their exposure, so any positive reviews will be greatly appreciated.