If you’re planning a move, you’ve probably heard “moving broker” thrown around like they’re synonymous with a moving company. And while it might seem like moving brokers can offer some benefits at first glance, they’re an unnecessary and risky expense due to having almost no accountability and oversight.
What’s the Difference Between Moving Companies and Brokers?
Let’s get into the basics: moving companies specialize in providing relocation services for people and businesses. They have their own fleet of moving trucks, equipment, and personnel who handle the entire moving process, from packing and loading to transporting and unloading. They are directly responsible for your move, come insured, and care about the quality of your experience on moving day.
On the other hand, moving brokers act as the “middleman” between clients and moving companies. Brokers typically take care of administrative tasks like quotes and logistics. Sounds pretty good, right? But here’s the rub: brokers don’t own any moving trucks or equipment and rely on a network of actual moving companies to get the job done. And their distance from the move means less control over scheduling, communication issues, and a lack of accountability if something goes wrong.
It’s important to remember that brokers are not directly responsible for or invested in the quality of your move because they are not performing it themselves. Using a moving broker may seem like a convenient option, but they only have one goal in mind: to sell your move to the lowest bidder. The quality of the company comes second.
Beware of Scammers Posing as Moving Brokers
Because moving brokers are just the middlemen between clients and moving companies, they often don’t require in-person meetings. This makes it tough to know if you’re working with a scammer posing as a real moving company. Reputable moving companies like Move4Less will never provide a guaranteed quote for an unseen load.
Another red flag to watch out for is upfront fees. If the person or company you’re speaking to doesn’t offer a free consultation (at minimum!) before demanding payment, do not give them your money. And never book a moving company through an open, third-party site like Craigslist. Quality movers will direct you to their company website or social media channels for contact info and to learn more about pricing and logistics.
Move4Less Is Local, ProMover-Certified, and Committed to Quality
At Move 4 Less, our owners and staff work every day to earn the trust and confidence of our clients. Whether we’re moving you across the street or across the country, our goal is the same: to provide you with an honest, efficient, and hassle-free move.
Here are just a few of the benefits we offer that brokers do not:
- Free on-site, in-person estimates
- Binding, guaranteed pricing
- Licensure to haul your belongings interstate
- Direct, in-house handling of any questions or issues
But don’t take our word for it! Check out our reviews to see why the Las Vegas community has trusted their moves to us for over 18 years!