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How to recognize moving brokerage companies


Relocation requires an intimidating amount of work. Normally, it entails making lots of calls for packing, storage, and moving services, while dealing with piles of paperwork. Sounds near impossible, but your chances for success are doubled when you hire moving companies, like U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn. But how do you know if a moving company isn’t actually a broker? To answer that, let us show you how to recognize moving brokerage companies.

This quick guide will make it heaps easier to recognize moving brokerage companies

Sometimes the lines between a moving broker and a regular moving company are blurred. But identifying the differences between them is about to become as easy as pie. No matter what kind of help you seek, everyone deserves to know whose services they’re booking. So, check out how to spot a moving broker.

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Get into the nitty-gritty of identifying a moving brokerage company.

What is a moving company?

As the term suggests, a moving company is a company that has the authorization to handle your move. Normally, a person interested in relocating with a moving company signs a contract with the firm. That way, they are responsible for any potential damage to your possessions during the move. The moving costs NYC vary based on the weight and number of your belongings and the distance of the move. Naturally, they offer other services, like the preparation of your belongings before relocation.

What is a broker?

To recognize moving brokerage companies, we must first clarify what they do. Brokers are mediators between a person looking to relocate and a moving company. They don’t possess moving vans, trucks, or professional moving supplies. Furthermore, they don’t hire staff, but rather work independently. Their role is to connect you with a moving company and arrange the transport of your items via the firm’s moving team. However, if your broker fails in finding reliable movers to conduct your relocation in time, you’ll have to resort to moving to Brooklyn without professional help.

Tips that help identify a moving brokerage company

You can indeed recognize moving brokerage companies with 100% accuracy by following these foolproof steps. Here’s what you should know and do:

  • A broker isn’t authorized to handle the transport of your belongings, so check the FMCSA database of registered movers.
  • Read their reviews – if previous clients complain about missing possessions or movers not showing up, you’re possibly dealing with a suspicious broker.
  • If you suspect a moving company of being a broker, call them and ask. Credible movers will answer truthfully.
  • Contacting the FMCSA or the Better Business Bureau can help pinpoint a moving broker.
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You can check the credibility of your movers via certain regulatory bodies.

Indeed, brokers masquerading as licensed movers can be a cause for concern. That’s why taking all the necessary steps to recognize moving brokerage companies is crucial. Moreover, putting these tips to practice will bring you a sense of security and content, and help you in selecting a respectable moving company. From then on, it’s smooth sailing!

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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