Summer is the busiest season for America's moving companies. While many of us are trying to find ways to beat the heat, millions of others are relocating their households. And that is no picnic.
We at DOT know that moving can be stressful. Over 40 million Americans every year try to take stress out of the equation by hiring interstate moving companies. And there are many reputable companies providing excellent service to choose from.
Unfortunately, as in many fields, there are also unscrupulous companies that would take advantage of your vulnerability during a household move. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers the terrific online resource www.protectyourmove.gov to help you get the best moving experience possible.
Protect Your Move also offers a thorough moving checklist. And you can learn about key steps you should take to ensure your move is successful, such as:
- Get several written estimates, based on real, on-site inspection of your household;
- Use only DOT-registered movers; and
- Make sure your mover gives you a copy of the booklet “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” required by federal regulations for state-to-state movers.
If, when you get to your new home, your mover increases the agreed-upon price or won't deliver your goods, our website offers useful measures to protect you from potential fraud.
Relocating can be one of life's most stressful events, so please take advantage of the tools we've made available on protectyourmove.gov. And, no matter where the road takes you, all of us at DOT wish you the best in your travels.