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Contrary to popular belief, not all long distance moving company are qualified to provide interstate or cross country moving services. Due to additional licensing restrictions and increased liability risk, many long distance moving companies simply choose not to cross state lines. Even though most legitimate companies are honest about their services, it is ultimately the responsibility of the client to ensure they only entrust their property to a qualified moving company.
The first thing a person should do before requesting a quote for services from a moving company is to determine whether or not the company is the proper mover for the job. This can be determined by calling the company directly or using the web to verify the company’s license and insurance status. The website Safersys.org, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is an excellent resource for determining whether or not a moving company is authorized to provide interstate moving services.
A dishonest moving company may try to “ghost” their services into states that they are not authorized to enter by lying to the client and hoping they don’t get caught. This is especially true for clients who are moving only a short distance from the state line. If a mover only has to travel a few miles into a new state, the mover may decide to accept the risk of lying in order to avoid losing the job contract. Unfortunately, if the mover gets caught, it’s the client who will have to answer for why they hired an illegal moving service. Depending on the jurisdiction where the mover is caught and the circumstances surrounding the case, this can cause significant legal trouble for the client. Also, if any property is damaged in transit, insurance may not cover those damages if they occurred in a state that the mover should not have entered.