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Movers vs. Brokers

Are you hiring a household goods mover or broker?

A moving broker is a company that arranges for the transportation of your cargo, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. Moving brokers are sales teams that book your move and sell it to an actual moving company.

A moving broker is not a mover. A broker does not assume responsibility for, and is not authorized to transport, your household goods. Brokers do not have moving trucks or professional movers. Brokers for interstate moves are required to use only movers that are registered with FMCSA.

Sometimes the broker is not able to sell the job to a moving company for various reasons – low estimates, no availability, limited resources, etc. – and in this case you can get stuck without a mover on the day of your move. Many moving brokers operate from call centers located anywhere in the country.


What do I do if I am working with a broker?

When you book your move, make sure to ask the company whether they are an actual moving company or broker. If they are a broker, they must:

  • Be registered with FMCSA.
  • Provide you with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • 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 and
  • 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.

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  • Free onsite and video estimates

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Are you hiring a household goods mover or broker?

A moving broker is a company that arranges for the transportation of your cargo, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. Moving brokers are sales teams that book your move and sell it to an actual moving company.

A moving broker is not a mover. A broker does not assume responsibility for, and is not authorized to transport, your household goods. Brokers do not have moving trucks or professional movers. Brokers for interstate moves are required to use only movers that are registered with FMCSA.

Sometimes the broker is not able to sell the job to a moving company for various reasons – low estimates, no availability, limited resources, etc. – and in this case you can get stuck without a mover on the day of your move. Many moving brokers operate from call centers located anywhere in the country.


What do I do if I am working with a broker?

When you book your move, make sure to ask the company whether they are an actual moving company or broker. If they are a broker, they must:

  • Be registered with FMCSA.
  • Provide you with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • 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 and
  • 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.

What-We-Offer-Title.png
What-We-Offer.png
  • Full Service Company
  • Local and Long-distance
  • Residential & Commercial
  • Professional Piano Movers
  • Small & Large Moves
  • Overnight Storage
  • Long-Term Storage
  • Climate-Controlled Storage
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Free onsite and video estimates

Moving Guides

Professional-chicago-moving-guide-services

Moving Guides & Tips

Enjoy a smooth and easy move with these valuable moving tips, hints & articles... READ MORE

chicago-packing-services-guide

Packing Guides

Learn how to pack like the pros with these easy to follow tips & articles... READ MORE

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Long Distance Moving Guides

Everything you need to plan ahead and prepare for long distance moving can be found here... READ MORE

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Storing your items can be quick and easy with these handy tips & articles... READ MORE

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