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The Best Moving & Storage Companies | How To Find Them

Anyone that’s moving is usually looking for two things: an affordable company to help them and the assurance that the job will be done safely and effectively. If you’ve spent any time looking at reviews of moving companies online, you’ll quickly notice that this isn’t the case with every moving company. For every moving company that quietly does the job right, you’ll find several complaints from customers that have had a bad experience with moving companies. Unfortunately, the moving industry is not as well regulated as it could be, which results in a number of people having bad experiences, which are understandably the loudest voices.

So how do you go about finding the best moving and storage companies? In the paragraphs below, we’ll answer that question, as well as other pressing concerns that we often hear about. When you trust a company to move your personal belongings, you have the right to know that they’re a legitimate and professionally licensed mover that is capable of handling the job from end to end, and be able to do it to your satisfaction. 

A-1 Auto Transport is a nationwide moving company with years of experience. We stand behind our claim that we offer the best and most affordable moving solutions you’ll find anywhere in the U.S., as well as internationally. Call us today at 888-509-3213 for a FREE instant moving quote, or if you have any questions about the services we provide. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we’re always happy to help in any way we can!

Qualities To Look For In A Moving & Storage Company

It’s easy in theory to find a reliable moving and storage company you can trust, but how exactly do you go about it? It’s a valid question and luckily, there are some simple steps and checks you can make that will ensure that you find the right fit for your moving needs. Here’s what you should look for. 

  • Movers That Have Storage: As we’ve covered, it’s easier to work with a moving company that has their own storage facilities. It’s not only easier to coordinate for both parties, but it’s often a less expensive option that if a mover outsources storage to a separate company.
  • Experience & Equipment: There’s no substitute for experience, particularly if you’re moving long distance or to another state. Companies that operate nationwide have larger fleets of trucks, offices in more locations, and no shortage of moving supplies and equipment to do the job. Having a larger reach and more resources to draw from is definitely a benefit any time you enlist the help of a moving company.
  • Local Offices: Having a physical office location in the area you’re moving to (and ideally, where you’re moving from) can be very helpful when you’re relocating. Not only is communication easier with local offices in your area, but the process runs much more smoothly if any last minute requests come up. You can imagine the difficulty and frustration that can ensue if you need a larger truck or storage and aren’t able to easily contact the company you’ve paid to help with your move.
  • Insurance: Moving companies have to carry insurance that covers your belongings in the rare event that something is damaged during the move. Be sure to ask about their insurance policy and coverage limits before agreeing to work with a specific mover. Some companies offer more comprehensive coverage than others, which can come into play when you’re moving the contents of an entire house, especially if you have expensive or valuable items involved.
  • Protect Your Move: Protect Your Move is a portion of the moving regulations website provided by the FMCSA. There you’ll find several helpful resources from the organization that oversees the moving industry, as well as what they are legally required to do and communicate with you. One of these items is the Rights and Responsibilities document which details your rights when you hire a moving company, which they are obligated to provide you with.
  • Get Several Estimates: Another good practice you should implement is getting several estimates before you settle on a moving company to hire. By contacting multiple companies, you can get a more accurate gauge of the price range you’re operating in, as well as compare prices and find the most affordable option. Be sure to consider their customer service and experience too since the cheapest option isn’t always the best one.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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