Have you recently learned that you’ll be relocating your family or business to a new location? If that’s the case, now is the time to start planning for your move! Whether you consider yourself a seasoned mover or have only relocated a couple of times, one of your first tasks should be to research companies that will provide a cost-effective, efficient, and professional relocation experience.

One of your options is to hire a moving broker. These companies do not actually transport your belongings, rather they act as a middleman between you and the moving company that will actually perform your relocation. Before you enter into a contract with a moving broker, there are several important aspects to consider.

How does a moving broker estimate the cost of my relocation?

In general, moving brokers conduct consultations by phone or email in order to estimate moving costs. The moving estimate is then submitted to moving companies that will bid on your project. A moving broker can potentially negotiate with several moving companies resulting in a lower rate than a mover would provide if your hired them directly.

Which moving company will transport my belongings?

Depending on the broker, you may or may not know which moving company has bid on your relocation until the day of your move. This is one of the risks associated with moving brokers. In fact, it is possible that a moving company won't accept your project due to a low estimate, the mover’s availability, or lack of resources. If this happens, you could find yourself without anyone to transport your belongings on moving day.

Is the broker registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?

If you only ask one question or look at one website, make sure it relates to the FMCSA. The organization issues registrations to legitimate moving brokers and also requires that brokers only utilize moving companies that are also registered with the FMCSA.

What options do I have besides a DIY move or hiring a moving broker?

If working with a moving broker seems too risky or impersonal and you don’t want to attempt a relocation on your own, you can hire a moving company directly. Like brokers, moving companies are required to register with the FMCSA, and they must be licensed and insured. In addition to working hand-in-hand with a team of moving professionals to plan and execute your relocation, a few of the common benefits you could receive by hiring a moving company include:

  • An accurate, on-site moving estimate
  • Full-service packing options
  • Quality packing materials
  • Custom crating for fine art, antiques, and valuable items
  • Service from a BBB-accredited company
  • Short- or long-term storage solutions
  • Online shipment tracking

If you would prefer to put your trust in an experienced moving company—more than 65 years and counting—reach out to the team at Thomas Transfer & Storage! Whether you’re in need of long-distance movers to assist with the transition to a new state or international relocation specialists to move your business overseas, our expert staff will help you plan and coordinate a move that suits your needs, schedule, and budget. Call us today or fill out our fast online form now to request a free, no-obligation moving estimate.