Find the Best Moving Companies in San Francisco
Michael is a San Francisco native that's been working in the moving industry for seven years. He has a passion for the industry and enjoys writing articles about different industry related topics. Michael has also hired moving companies in the past and indeed needed to find moving companies in San Francisco.
Most people assume that online reviews are the best tool when deciding on a moving company. Although reports can help they’re not the end-all solution and here is why. A large moving company that handles thousands of moves each year will naturally have more complaints then a smaller company. A prime example is United Van Lines. UVL is the largest moving company in the world but has thousands of negative reviews online – just like Walmart. A smaller company that just opened or handled a small number of moves will have fewer complaints.
You also have to be aware of years in business. If a company opened it’s doors last month they will also have fewer complaints. We recommend looking at companies years in business, fleet size, and complaint history. You can find this information on the FMCSA websites SAFER. The DOT is a great tool to look up factual data kept by the U.S. Government. Spend a few minutes to do some due diligence, it can save you a significant headache.
Understanding your estimate
Brokers vs. Movers
It’s unfortunate, but just like most industries, there are scams so be careful. About 15 years ago we noticed a significant influx of complaints – according to the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). We then found that people were migrating to the states and opening fake moving companies during peak season months. These companies have beautiful websites, counterfeit reviews and appear to be legit, but they’re not.
These people will pick up customers goods, hold them hostage and demand more money for the move. Most people will pay because they’re under duress. Once they’ve accumulated enough money, they fly back home and prep again for the following year. It’s is a real thing that happens every year so be aware.