Moving is an infrequent event in life and without the benefit of repetitive experience it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some moving resources and tools to help you on your quest to find a company worthy of entrusting your life’s possessions for a safe and successful cross-country or international move.
American Moving and Storage Association – The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is a nonprofit trade group based in the Washington, D.C. area whose mission is to educate consumers and help them make good moving choices. Member companies subscribe to a Code of Ethics that sets high standards of reliability and integrity. MiniMoves is a proud member of the AMSA.
Better Business Bureau – BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust. MiniMoves has been rated and reviewed by the Better Business Bureau for 20 years and has an A+ rating based on the BBB grading criteria. See what the BBB has to say about MiniMoves
Department of Agriculture Gypsy Moth Alert – The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive pests of trees and shrubs to ever be introduced to the United States. Since 1970 gypsy moths have defoliated more than 75 million acres in the United States. To help prevent the further spread of this destructive pest, the USDA requires that homeowners inspect and remove gypsy moth egg masses from household goods prior to moving from an infested area to a non-infested area. Use this link to see if you reside in a gypsy moth area.
How To Do Your Own Packing – Here are some valuable moving tools that will help you properly pack your household goods for moving. The types of boxes you select and how you place items in those boxes can make all the difference between success and disaster. Learn how to do a great job from the pros and save money on your move with this moving resource.
Illinois Movers and Warehouseman’s Association – The IMAWA is a nationally recognized trade association based in Springfield, IL. As an Illinois based moving company, MiniMoves, Inc is proud to be a member of this great association and fully supports the IMAWA Code of Ethics. This website has links to a number of moving related resources even if your move
ProMover - Finding a reputable, reliable mover is critical to any relocation. The Internet has made it easy for almost anyone to create a professional-looking website and claim to be a "mover." In reality, some are fly-by-night operators who may not even own a truck. To provide consumers with a symbol of quality they can trust for interstate moves, the American Moving and Storage Association established the ProMover Program which is a moving tool that certifies moving companies that have passed a background check and agree to uphold a Code of Ethics. MiniMoves is a ProMover member of AMSA.
Protect Your Move – All interstate movers are federally licensed by the Department of Transportation and subject to the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Purchasing moving services is an infrequent event so it’s hard to know how to select a mover you can trust. Unlicensed companies, masquerading as legitimate movers, prey on hundreds of families every year. These rogue movers can be easily identified by doing a little research. Protect Your Move is a government website that helps reduce fraud by tracking the licensing and safety information on moving companies. It’s a great moving resource to learn more about a mover before you entrust your life’s possessions to their care.
Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move – This booklet, presented by the Department of Transportation, is your best moving tool for information about interstate moving. It will guide you through the process of getting a quote for your move, explain what to expect on moving day, review your options for payment of your moving charges and explains how to file a claim should that become necessary. Set aside all of the sales literature you receive and read this booklet first to get the facts about moving!