OrbitzMoving.com: What Happened to it? History and Overview

What happened to OrbitzMoving.com?

If you needed a moving quote a few years ago, there’s a chance that you came across a moving site called OrbitzMoving.com.   As a former Orbitz.com employee, this site confused me.   I knew Orbitz.com had nothing to do with it, but why did it steal use the Orbitz.com name?

While lots of people assumed it was associated with the travel company Orbitz headquartered in Chicago, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, OrbitzMoving.com was a less-than honest site that used the Orbitz name to trick unsuspecting consumers into trusting it.

Here’s some background about the site and what happened to it.

The History of OrbitzMoving.com

OrtbitzMoving.com was popular back in about 2005, when it launched. During its peak, customers who were looking for information about moving, or seeking a place to find a reliable quote consistently came across the website.

Despite the fact that moving is an arena where scams are (unfortunately) common, and that many consumers were aware of the companies that are blacklisted by sites like MovingScam.com, OrbitzMoving.com managed to confuse customers into trusting it by using the Orbitz name.   Not cool.

Back in 2005, the site featured a few funky graphics – a moon in a blood red sky, and links for seemingly disparate categories: “moving boxes,” “mortgage,” “lawn care,” and “dish network.”   Take a look at this screenshot from the WayBackMachine:

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Now that’s one ugly site.

Despite the seeming randomness of the page, it also included a review from what seemed to be a happy customer:

OrbitzMoving provided me with the professional service I needed for my long distance move. I recommend their services to anyone planning a long distance move. Thanks guys.” – Richard Myers, NY

Below that was an offer to save 65% on the next move, and a simple statement of who OrbitzMovers was and what they did:

“Finding the right moving company can be a stressful time. Service Network relieves some of that stress by providing you with five quotes from licensed and insured moving companies. When looking at multiple moving companies there is much to consider. It is our goal to make sure that we provide you with the necessary information to assist you in locating that perfect moving company. Our network is set up to fulfill your moving needs.”

OrbitzMoving.com lasted until late 2015.   They updated their graphics a bit, but the messaging stayed the same:

Orbitz Moving in 2015
Did anyone really vote for this site?

Thankfully the site stopped operating, and now visitors see a “site not found” error when visiting OrbitzMoving.com:

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Where did it go?

What Happened When People Contacted OrbitzMoving?

Because of its association with a very well-known name, OrbitzMoving.com succeeded in getting people to contact it on a regular basis.

Here’s a story from one customer, who goes by the name dquaredl2 on MovingScam.com, who reached out to OrbtizMoving about his upcoming transition.

This review was posted on April 27 of 2006:

“My family will be moving from Maryland to Georgia at the end of June or early July. While searching for information on moving companies, I ran across a site called OrbitzMoving.com. Foolishly trusting the Orbitz name, I registered with them. Have received numerous e-mails and phone calls, several from companies that are on MovingScam’s Blacklist, and others that insist on doing inventory either by phone or e-mail and charging based on cubic feet. …”

For the record, landing on the MovingScam.com blacklist raises a major red flag when it comes to choosing a moving company.  Experts who advise consumers on how to choose moving companies tell them to beware of companies that are willing to offer comprehensive estimates over the phone.    Because giving estimates over the phone is remote and almost impossible to estimate correctly, it’s a safe bet that the brands behind it are doing something less-than-honest.

The reviewer goes on to say the following:

One guy claiming to “run a multi-million dollar company” called me within minutes of getting my e-mails…He was rather huffy with me when he insisted that it is perfectly legal for them to quote my move based on volume rather than weight if it is in their tariff….I tried to contact the OrbitzMoving.com site through the e-mail address they listed, and the message bounced back as undeliverable.”

This customer managed to get out of being scammed thanks to some information offered by other reviewers. This experience goes to show how damaging a company like this can be, and how dangerous it is to get involved with moving companies that have loose morals and predatory policies.

While the site was registered privately, there was a section on the site that said the following:

“Orbitz Moving is privately owned and operated. We are a subsidiary of a larger conglomerate company, Precision Management LLC, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our team is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality of service possible. It is our goal to ensure that as a customer you are completely satisfied.”

Looking Ahead: Past ObritzMoving.com

While OrbitzMoving.com managed to make many people hopeful about an impending move, only to bomb them out with spammy emails and offers, it’s essentially fallen into being defunct.

The site all but went offline in 2015 and hasn’t popped back up since. Today, customers looking for moving quotes must still be careful about which companies they trust, but it’s a relief that this particular site is gone. While OrbitzMoving.com claimed to be voted the #1 moving site for having served millions of customers, it was far from it and only wasted consumer time left and right.

For fully transparent reviews from only the companies you would like quotes from, submit a quote on MovingCompanyReviews.com.   We fully verify every review on site with a moving receipt (bill of lading), and it’s our goal to connect consumers with the highest quality movers, whether you’re in Littleton, Henderson, or Brookhaven.   Good luck with your next move!

Moving On Quotes: 17 Quotes & Action Steps to Feel Better Now

Moving On – these amazing moving on quotes can help you turn the page.

Moving on quotes on a moving blog?   What is this?

Well, life happens to us all.

We experience broken hearts, loss, and rejection.  There’s no way of getting around it, experiencing pain is a part of the human condition and almost everyone feels the pain of a broken heart at least once in life.

You know what a great remedy can be for heartbreak?   Moving.    Not just moving on, but literally physically moving to a new location.

With that in mind we scoured the internet for a bunch of amazing moving on quotes and paired them with action steps you can do right now that will make you feel better.

When it comes to moving on, you’re probably tired of the age-old wisdom about “giving it time.” If you’re like us, you want to ignite positive change now, today – not next week or next month.

Here are some inspirational quotes with action-oriented steps to help you not only move forward, but make you feel better now.  Today.

And if you do think about moving, go get some moving quotes to see how much it’d cost to move to the city of your dreams.

Quotes about Moving on With Life

1. There is no time like the present

“Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi.

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Is it possible to turn your life around simply by acting?Physician-writer Kiran Kumbhar credits this quote by Gandhi as inspiring him to finally make the decision to return to his home country of India to serve after receiving his education and training in America. Essentially, Kumbhar argues that if you have something worthwhile to contribute, you must. You must do so even if the circumstances or context isn’t as inviting as you’d like, or even if you can’t immediately see the impact you’re having.

If you feel that you can make a difference, do it now!

  1. Identify one decision, action, or step that you’ve been delaying until the right time or situation.
  2. Take action– no matter how small– today to build momentum towards helping you get there. For instance, if you want to volunteer, find a location and set up a meeting to speak with someone about it

 

2. Commit yourself to your goals, and the Universe will help you

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

07b57ba9-e3a0-4057-a5ae-60cdf656a43fCommitment-new Renowned leadership and personal mastery speaker Robin Sharma lists the above quote as one which has dramatically changed the way he thinks, creates, and lives his life. It offers inspiration to act boldly and take action towards the future.If you want to see this theory tested, and convince yourself in the importance of bold decisions read along.

  1. Get out a sheet of paper
  2. Write down your biggest goal or dream. Start off with “I, _______, commit myself to do everything in my power to [list specific goal]. Sign the paper at the bottom.
  3. Post this somewhere, so you’ll see it daily.

 

3. Knowing your own worth is how others will see it

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.”
― Unknown Author

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Entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Jeremy McCaslin discusses how this quote can be applied to the workplace. He states that when he worked in an environment that celebrated his unique skills and what he had to offer, he thrived. Suddenly, you can be recognized for your true worth, and this makes a dramatic change to self-confidence and self-satisfaction.
Apply this same bit of advice to your workplace, romantic relationships, friendships, and even family.

  1. Take a moment to figure out if the people you dedicate your time to are celebrating or merely tolerating you.
  2. Aim to spend more time with the people who value what you bring to the table, and less time with the others.
  3. If you don’t currently have this, join a group or organization that will help you thrive.

Quotes about Relationships

4. Focus on what you want, and not what you dread

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
-Paulo Coelho

 

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Michelle from Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life says this quote taught her to shift her perspective from how things weren’t going right. Rather, she decided to align her mind and her intentions with her highest truth. That way, the things she wants are more likely to manifest in her life.
If the universe is working on your behalf, then you want to be sure to send the right message.

  1. Refrain from thinking about what you don’t want.
  2. Instead, focus all your attention on what you do want
  3. Make a list of your immediate goals
  4. Recite the list aloud each morning when you wake up
  5. Recite the list each night before bed

 

5. Breathe to relax

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
— Oprah Winfrey

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According to Kevin Daum at Inc. 500, the “Queen of Media,” Oprah Winfrey, shared a lot of inspiring wisdom in her years. One particularly useful sentiment is the above quote, which encourages you to be mindful of the moment and not let worries or fears creep in.
What if we told you there is a way to fight anxiety, and stress that requires minimum effort?

While striving to move forward with your life, one useful strategy is the practice of deep breathing. Checking in with your breath helps you re-focus on the moment, on your own body. It helps reconnect you with yourself.

  1. Try this technique when you feel overcome with anxiety or stress
  2. Breathe in through your nose for about five counts, hold the breath for about three counts, then release the breath slowly through your mouth for eight counts

 

6. One is enough to make a difference

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

 

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Invisible Mentor writer Avil Beckford describes this quotation by Margaret Mead as a personal favorite. She says too often we fall prey to self-doubt and wonder, “What can I do as one person?” Beckford credits Margaret Mead’s quote with helping her realize that we all have the “capacity to make a difference in this world, even if it is one person at a time.”
Initiate a chain reaction.  Don’t think that you alone can’t make a difference. You can! Plus, helping others will improve your mood and may even inspire others to contribute, creating a domino effect of good.

  1. Write a list of things you can do that could have a positive effect on others. Perhaps you could help a neighbor with a home improvement project, volunteer at a local shelter, or rave about a friend’s blog or business to help them build a following.
  2. Post that list somewhere where you can see it often
  3. Do one item on that list per day or per week

Quotes about Letting Go

7. Change is the only constant in life

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
– Heraclitus

 

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Lifehack writer Melissa Atkinson argues that while change can be unsettling, it helps launch us to new areas in life. She states that when you embrace change, you will enjoy personal growth, flexibility, greater strength, and even more opportunities.
Create forward momentum in your life and embrace change by trying something new.

  1. Choose at least one foreign, and possibly unsettling, activity to pursue.
  2. Take the necessary steps to get started today. Some good examples include joining a club or Meetup, taking a foreign language class, writing a book, or moving to a new city.
  3. After the first activity, choose another and repeat the process

8. No regrets, embrace your choices

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

 

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Author Jesse Browner analyzes his life and career decisions against Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Browner was at age 50 when he started to question whether career decisions he’d made earlier in life were the best.

Using the poem, the author later came to the conclusion that placing too much emphasis on one decision as shaping his entire life was foolish. It’s better to turn one’s attention to the positive results that came from the decisions you made.

Browner says that “no matter what you do, you’re always going to be thinking about what you didn’t do, that whatever road you chose could make a difference. But the difference is all in your head.”

Here’s an action you can take now: Rather than dwelling on past decisions, make peace with them. Stop looking back. What’s done is done. In order to move forward you must focus on what you did do, not what you didn’t.

  1. Think of one major decision that you made in your life.
  2. Write down at least five ways that making the decision you made has had a positive impact.   For example, you chose to move to a new city, which led you to a great job or dear friend.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for at least three other major decisions

 

9. Follow your own path

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

 

photo-1508795156417-116392cfa95dTed Rubin uses this quote to specifically encourage his daughters to move forward, follow their wildest dreams, and let go of societal expectations.

He explains that so often in our lives we end up only doing the things others have recommended. These externally-endorsed experiences often leave us feeling “let down.” When we create our own route, though, it is a “much more satisfying experience.”

 

  1. Find a quiet place to sit undisturbed for a few moments
  2. Close your eyes and take several deep, calming breaths
  3. Scan through the faces of the people in your life who influence you and your decisions
  4. Make them all disappear and focus on only your own face in your mind’s eye
  5. Call to mind one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t because it’s a little unconventional or because others discouraged you from doing it
  6. There’s a reason you have this desire, now go do it!

 

10. Action means life

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
— John A. Shedd

 

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Lifehacker writer Alan Henry talks about how this quote by John A. Shedd can really help you get out of your comfort zone. His take from the quote is pretty simple. He says, …that it’s better to get out and do the things you want to do, or the things you need to do, than to sit and rot and do nothing.

Even if you fail, at least you’ll have tried, and at least you’ll have done something and learned something extraordinary in the process.”

If you’re living life in your comfort zone, there’s a chance fear is calling the shots.

  1. Create a list of your top three fears that are holding you back from moving forward.
  2. Write out an action-oriented solution you follow to quiet and overcome these fears
  3. Try repeating positive affirmations or calling a friend for support when your fears are at their strongest.

Quotes for Him

11. Recognize when it is a good time to say “goodbye”

“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
― Jeffrey McDaniel

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Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC describes letting go as “one of the most difficult tasks any individual can master.” The above quote by Jeffrey McDaniel offers inspiration for going through challenging times, so that you can experience the rebirth and newness that awaits.

  1. Set a firm date to carry out a purge in your life.  Like the trees willingly release their leaves in the winter, willingly release those possessions, mementos, or even thought patterns that are keeping you in the past.
  2. Box up  any items that remind you of the chapter you just left behind, so you can make room for new things to come along
  3. Store, donate, or trash your box

 

12. Seek justice, fight unfairness

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.”
— NassimTaleb

 

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Here’s another quote that Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday identifies as being life-changing. He explains that, sometimes, speaking out against injustice may cost us, but we must do it anyway. “What’s the point of working hard and being successful if it means biting your tongue (or declining to act) when you see something unfair or untoward?”
Moving on means using your voice. You’ll feel guilty or even cowardly for biting your tongue.

  1. If there’s someone who hurt you or someone else in your life, share your viewpoint with the person
  2. If you feel unsafe doing so, write your feelings in a letter
  3. Wait a few days, then mail it if you really must, or throw it in the trash

 

13. Everything has meaning; you just have to find it…

“It can have meaning if it changes you for the better.”
— Viktor Frankl

 

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Have you ever felt like everything you do is pointless? It is a common condition of modern life, but one should not drown in such despair. Thought Catalog writer Ryan Holiday explains that he turns to this quote during particularly bad moments in his life. According to Holiday, this quote by concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl, reminds him “that I can change for the better because of it and find meaning in everything — even if my “suffering” pales in comparison to what others have gone through.”

  1. Identify one difficult situation you have recently gone through
  2. Try to reframe the experience through a different lens
  3. Answer these questions: did you learn something useful from the difficult experience? Is there anything positive that came from it?  Write down your answers.

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14. Others will carry on, so should you…

“The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.”
– FaraazKazi

 

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The Positivity Blog writer Henrik Edberg accepts that letting go and moving on is an incredibly difficult thing to do. However, he also describes it as “powerful and liberating,” especially this inspirational quote by FaraazKazi.
Don’t let fear of moving on keep you stuck. Perform an acceptance and closure ritual to let go of what happened to you. Whether it was a bad breakup, the end of a long-time friendship, or a termination from a job, write down how you feel about it.

  1. Compose a letter, detailing what happened and how it hurt you
  2. Read the letter aloud and finish off by saying, “…but I’m letting it go.”
  3. Tear the letter into pieces or toss into the fireplace or trash

 

15. Spend every moment wisely; there is no turning back

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Medium writer and Behavioral Exercise Physiologist Stuart McDonald says that the above quote exchanged between Gandalf and Frodo of the Lord of the Rings teaches us that “In the midst of despair, there can be hope.” Tough situations are difficult to process and accept, but you still have to carry on despite them.
Strive to make the most of every single day.

  1. Create an exciting morning routine that gets your day off to a positive start. When your day starts off with momentum, you’ll feel energized and excited about the afternoon and evening.
  2. Try meditating, reading a personal development book, exercising, or watching a motivational video or podcast within the first 30 minutes of waking.
  3. Look into Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod as a possible way to make the most of your mornings.

 

16. Shift your perspective

“Don’t take things personally… nothing other people do is because of you.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz

 

photo-1515191107209-c28698631303Michelle at Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life credits this quote with helping her not get caught up in other people’s words and actions.

She says “we all at some point in our lives have taken things personally and therefore have suffered because of it.” But, we don’t have to. An immense freedom comes with this concept.
Two quick ways  you can avoid taking things so personally are to:

  1. Remind yourself of your relationship with the person. If something hurtful comes from a loved one it’s likely not meant to intentionally hurt you. If it comes from someone whose relationship doesn’t matter to you, choose to keep your distance.
  2. Consider where the person is coming from. Stand in their shoes for a moment and imagine what they are feeling: maybe rejected, disappointed, or humiliated?

 

17. It all starts with you…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
– Andy Warhol

 

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Thought Catalog writer Katie Marshall lists this quote as helping her get comfortable with change. Change can be good or bad, but it’s all a part of the human journey of growth and discovery.

  1. Identify one small thing in your life that you don’t like. Perhaps it’s something you often complain about, but never take any real action towards resolving. Maybe it’s your hair, the broken plumbing, or your cluttered office.
  2. Write down something you can change immediately that will make a difference.
  3. Now… go do it!

Conclusion: Move on and live your life to the fullest!

You just read a plethora of wisdom and insight from more than a dozen people about the quotes that have inspired them to move forward. What are you going to do with this new information?

Will you file it away for a rainy day?

Or will you get out there and make something happen?

Remember, changing something is better than changing nothing at all.
Choose just one simple and straightforward tip to put into action today.

And if you decide to move, check out our great movers!   Here are some in Chicago, Austin, Orlando and Phoenix.

6 Ways for Kids to Stay in Touch With Friends After Moving

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Moving to a new home, town and school can be difficult for children, especially if they are leaving friends behind. Below are six ways your kids can stay in touch with friends after moving into a new neighborhood, whether that’s in Fort Worth, Sarasota, or Evanston. Use these tips to make the transition to your new town as seamless as possible.

1.) Pen pal 2.0: Setting up an email account for your child is an easy way to help them stay in touch with friends. If you’re not ready to give them full Internet freedom, use a kids’ email application like Tocomail to monitor their emails and contact list.

2.) Get social: Letting your child use social media is a big step for any parent. Take baby steps by creating a profile for your child on Yoursphere or KidzWorld. These kid-friendly social networks allow you to monitor your child’s online activity and lets them share updates with their BFF back home.

3.) Start new traditions: Creating new traditions post-move is a great way for your kids to maintain long-distance friendships. For example, your child can share photos of their life in your new home by using Postagram (iOS, Android/Free) to send a postcard of any photo to their friend for $0.99 cents.

4.) Digital study sessions: Help your child and former classmates reconnect through their school work. Use Google Hangouts to set up weekly chat sessions where they can discuss their upcoming science fair projects or summer reading lists. Tip: This idea works best for in-state moves where the curriculum is similar from school to school.

5.) Work with their teacher: Moving mid-school year can be stressful on younger children who have bonded with their classmates. Work with your child’s former teacher to set up a Flat Stanley project so they can keep in touch with every classmate in a fun way. After the project is completed, use an app like Polagram (iOS, Android/Free) to print each student’s Flat Stanley photo on a poster for your child to hang in their room as a keepsake.

6.) Plan a trip: If you are close enough, arrange time to visit with old friends. Use the Roadtrippers app (iOS, Android/Free) to find a point of interest between your old town and new town that both families can enjoy.

Moving with kids is never easy.   For more tips and strategies to make your move with kids successful, check out our guides on moving with kids under 10, and moving with teenagers.   Kerry Brown, a well-known child psychologist wrote both articles, and each offers actionable advice to make your kids adjust to the move and your new home more easily.

If you’re looking for ways to further settle into your new home checking out our 5 Ways to Decorate Your New Home for Less.   It comes chock full of tips on how to settle and decorate your new home on a budget.

Don’t forget tipping your mover on your move day.  We interviewed over 20 movers and wrote a definitive guide on how much to tip movers, give it a read before your move day so you’re not left scrambling trying to figure out a tip at the last minute.

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Dealing With Your Move, Stress Free

By Guest Contributor – Hannah Hilzer, Direct.TV

Moving is stressful. That’s just the reality of the cumbersome task we all must do at some point or another. The packing, transitioning, organizing and cost can make moving all the more stressful. Thankfully there are easy steps you can take to alleviate the build-up of moving stress and anxiety. Here are four things to help you deal with your move, stress free.

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Movers vs Brokers, Know the Difference

Quick question, first-time movers: do you know the difference between a moving broker and a moving company?

Both types of businesses advertise that they can help you move, but they are definitely not the same. Worst case scenario, you might be getting played by a con artist. In any case, we want to help you be clear on exactly what services you’re paying for.

The difference between a moving company and a moving broker is simple.

A moving company (or mover), offers transportation services for household goods. They operate with their own crews and trucks and manage the moving and delivery process from beginning to end.

A moving broker does not perform a move, instead they evaluate the move and sell the job to a moving company. They do not have logistics or labor capabilities. Brokers usually do not have the authority to give estimates on behalf of moving companies.

There are shady characters playing both sides of the moving market, and unscrupulous brokers misleadingly advertise their services as being those of a moving company. Moving brokers are required by law to advertise themselves as brokers and not movers, but that doesn’t stop some from trying to game the system. They may use clever wording to try and fit themselves through loopholes. While many moving brokers legitimately pair customers with trusted movers, there are some who simply search for the lowest bidder and take their cut of the loot.

If you do decide to use a moving broker, keep this Broker Checklist from the  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in mind.

All HouseHold Goods Brokers Must:

  • Be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Provide you with the FMCSA “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet and the “Ready to Move” brochure
  • Provide you with a list of the moving companies they use
  • Use only movers that are registered with FMCSA
  • Have a written agreement with movers they use
  • Base binding or non-binding estimates on the tariff of the mover that will transport your shipment
  • Reference in their advertisements their physical business location, MC number, and their status as a broker that does not transport household goods but arranges for this service
  • Have the mover that is transporting your shipment perform a physical survey of your household goods if they are within a 50 mile radius of the mover or its agent’s location, whichever is closer. It is your option to waive this requirement.

The best defense against a moving disaster is to not have one at all. Please do your homework and protect your move. If we can help, let us know at support@movingcompanyreviews.com.

Happy and safe moving!