ATA Moving & Storage Conference Celebrates America’s Moving Professionals
Arlington, Virginia – May is National Moving Month and marks the start of peak moving season, with most U.S. moves occurring between May and August. American Trucking Associations and the ATA Moving & Storage Conference are celebrating National Moving Month by recognizing America's moving professionals and providing consumers with a list of helpful tips.
A message from ATA President and CEO Chris Spear
"Every year, millions of Americans move to a new state, and the average American moves nearly 12 times throughout their life," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Whether one's relocating for a new job, a new chapter in life, or to be closer to a family member in need of care — the mobility that the moving industry provides us is crucial to maintaining the dynamic economy and compassionate, free society we all desire."
"At this time of year, many are packing up as they get ready to embark on that journey to a new home," said ATA MSC Chairman David Marx, President of New World Van Lines. "And for so many, that journey wouldn't be possible without the invaluable service provided by the hardworking men and women who form our industry. This month we celebrate their professionalism, impressive skills, and unmatched work ethic."
In addition to looking for the ProMover seal, consumers can protect themselves by following these key tips:
- Get at least three in-home estimates. If a moving company refuses to provide an in-home estimate, or suggests that they can give you a 'final estimate' without ever seeing your belongings, this is a 'red flag'.
- Research your moving companies. Make sure they have authority to operate and a Department of Transportation number.
- Verify your moving company with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Better Business Bureau.
- As a consumer, you have rights. For interstate moves, moving companies must provide you with two documents: Ready to Move? and Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. If your moving company does not provide you with this information, this is a 'red flag'.
- Understand valuations – know how much your goods are worth and what the mover will be responsible for in case of loss or damage.
- Avoid large down-payments. While some movers may ask for a small deposit, any mover who asks for large deposits or full payment upfront should be avoided.
- Make sure all agreements between you and your mover are in writing and keep copies of the paperwork. Print documents as soon as they are sent to you, or save them as PDFs. Links can disappear or go bad, and you don't want to be left in a position where you cannot find your documentation.
- Never sign a blank document.
- Take valuables with you.
- Ask questions. Any reputable moving company knows that moving, while exciting, can also be challenging and they are happy to assist in any way possible. If a moving company is unhelpful, refuses to answer questions or take time to alleviate your concerns, look for a different company that is more willing to assist.
For more tips and resources, visit moving.org.