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When planning a relocation, you will be presented with the option of using a moving company or a moving broker. If you are unfamiliar with the differences, you may not choose an option that's right for your relocation. 

There are several key differences that will determine the experience you have during your move. As an experienced moving and storage company, we will discuss the benefits of using a moving company over a moving broker. 

Moving Trucks and Equipment

A professional moving company will own all the equipment they use for your relocation. From the warehouse space to the moving trucks, a moving company will be prepared to handle relocations of any type. However, a moving broker typically doesn't have its own equipment they use for moving services.

Moving Services Provided

One of the biggest differences between moving companies and brokers is that moving companies provide packing, transportation, and warehouse storage for customers. When you work with a mover, you will not need to consult with any other company to help you with the move. The purpose of a moving broker is to provide support in helping you pick a moving company. 

Licensing For Interstate Moves 

Whenever you have a long-distance relocation, it's crucial that the moving company is authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can search for proof of licensing for your moving company by searching Moving brokers will not be licensed to transport household items across state lines. 

Item Damage Protection & Reimbursement

If you want peace of mind that you will be reimbursed for any damaged items during your move, you need to work with a moving company. A moving company is legally liable to reimburse customers for damaged items by weight. Moving brokers aren't liable for damages and won't reimburse you if your belongings are damaged. 

Support Local Economy 

When working with a local moving company, you will be supporting your community by choosing residential movers and staff that live in your area. Since moving brokers don't have to provide services themselves, they may not have a brick-and-mortar business. Most moving broker transactions are completed over the phone or online, not in your local community. 

Reputation Research 

Since moving brokers use other moving companies, you can't verify the reliability of their services for your relocation. It's difficult to find public reviews that confirm that a moving broker is a good choice for your home. Moving companies have online reviews that allow you to determine the quality of their services. 

The best places to research moving company's services are:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Better Business Bureau

Learn More About Our Moving and Storage Company

Brouwer Relocation is an award-winning moving and storage company with quality services. Our local and long-distance movers will provide a smooth experience you can count on for your home. Contact us today to request a free moving estimate. Call to speak with one of our friendly representatives or fill out the online quote form.