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The Importance Of Moving Associations

How moving associations can help during your move

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The Importance Of Moving Associations

Once you start planning your move, you’ll begin to notice names of different moving associations coming up in your research, they’ll also be included on some of the estimates and communications you receive from moving companies. Knowing the importance of moving associations can be of benefit throughout your move, from planning through to completion.

Moving associations provide extensive knowledge and information on everything that is relevant to moving. They are non-profit organizations. Visiting their websites will guide you through what defines a reputable moving company, and allow you to explore resources and guidelines to assist you through your move.

The moving industry is large, with over 5000 moving companies in the US. With this vast number of moving companies, unfortunately, some are fraudulent. Moving associations are intent on the moving industry providing honorable services, therefore bettering the industry and helping to keep customers protected.

Although not all moving companies are fraudulent, there are many that do not measure up to the standards of a professional moving company. Becoming a member of a moving association means meeting certain requirements that have been set by the association. These associations will screen moving companies, so that you are able to find a reputable moving company for your move.

Within the US, each state has at least one association for the movers within that state. In California, there is the more common association; CMSA (California Moving & Storage Association) New York has NYSMWA (New York State Movers & Warehousemen's Association), in addition to others.

Additional Benefits Of Moving Associations

If you’ve had any trouble with your move and the moving company you used is a member of AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) or a member of any other state moving associations, you might be able to get help and guidance on handling your specific situation. They can assist with filing a complaint and also directing you to resources that can provide answers to any questions. Moving associations are also known to assist both the customer and the moving company to resolve any problems through arbitration or through communication.

Moving companies that are members of a moving association are required to practice a code of ethics. They could face loosing their benefits, and creditability that members receive if any business has been conducted that is in breach of these codes of ethics, which are set by the moving associations.

Within the US, the American Moving & Storage Association is the leading association and most trusted within the moving industry. With over 3000 members of professional interstate movers, they are effectively representing and improving the moving and storage industry. To remain a member of AMSA, moving companies must meet requirements and pass annual reviews.

In addition to the US, below is a list of other moving associations in other parts of the world:

  • IAM (International Association of Movers) For international moving, go to IAM website for information. They represent over 2000 companies in more than 170 countries.
  • FIDI is an alliance of international moving companies specializing in moving around the globe.
  • BAR (British Association of Removers) represents over 450 UK removal companies in addition to 250 international worldwide associates. They have been committed for over 100 years to provide excellent standards within the moving industry.
  • FEDEMAC (The Federation of European Movers Associations) represents over 1600 moving companies in 19 European countries. It is an independent organization located in Germany.
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