How To Find The Right Moving Companies

Summer time in the US is the heart of the moving and storage season. This is tied to the housing market which sees a large bump in the summer months as well as apartment lease cycles that run summer to summer. Throw in college students moving in and out of dorms, and you’ve got a very busy time of the year for the moving and storage industry. If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re going to be moving this summer as well.

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NECN states that over 8,500 complaints were filed against moving companies with the Better Business Bureau in U.S and Canada within the last year. In a conversation with Oded Carmi, President and Owner of DN Van Lines, one of the more renowned moving companies, NECN lets its viewers know how to avoid getting conned by moving companies.

1) Check for legitimate licensing – Oded Carmi insists that one of the first things you must check about a moving company is whether or not they have legitimate licensing. Online is a great resource. He encourages customers to check about the moving company online. Their licenses should be put up on their website. The licenses should also be on the trucks owned by the moving company. Ensure that they are licensed nationally and with the State Government.

2) Don’t shop only on Price Point – Everybody wants to be cost effective. The natural instinct is to opt for the cheapest option available. Oded Carmi tells NECN that the biggest mistake customers make is to opt for the cheapest options. He warns that if a company is selling their services at a rate way lower than the average rate quoted by most companies it is safer to stay away from such a company.

3) Ask about Damage procedure prior to reserving – Oded Carmi pointed out that biggest mistake customers make is to check for the insurance offered by the moving company only after the damage has been done. He insists that as a homeowner you must know beforehand the kind of reimbursements you should expect in case your goods are damage during moving. Most customers feel cheated of the insurance on receiving damaged goods.

4) Level of Professionalism – Oded Carmi said that courteous behavior of the staff, uniforms and a ready to help attitude is mandatory for any moving service. Do not rely on a moving company who takes no responsibility for the behavior and attitude of its employees.

Last but not the least the credentials of most companies can be checked online. Rely on the testimonials of earlier customers. It is safer to learn from others mistakes than make similar ones of your own. A little caution and research can make the process of moving a trusted and hassle free experience.

How Moving is done in Japan

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Check out the above video posted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs promoting their moving and storage industry.  It’s definitely entertaining with the 80′s style music, the voice actor with the English accent, and the movers dressed like Luigi from ‘Mario Brothers’, but still, it does have some interesting ideas.

For example, how would you feel about having a moving company clean off and wipe down all of your furniture prior to or after moving it? It does sound pretty convenient, but is it something that you would be willing to pay for? As Boston Movers, DN Van Lines does not currently offer this service. In fact, to our knowledge, no Massachusetts Moving Company does. The reason that we don’t offer it is because we don’t think there is demand for it. This could be because of a difference in culture or perhaps the demand is just unknown to us. What do you think?

We also noticed the usage of fold-able plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes. The environmental advantages of a reusable plastic container is obvious, but how about convenience? If you wanted to keep some of your items boxed at the completion of the move, you would have to pay for expensive plastic containers instead of the relatively inexpensive cardboard boxes. Which method do you think is better?

Another funny thing we noticed is that they have the movers take their shoes off and put on “fresh shocks” prior to entering the moving locations. Sure it might prevent staining of the carpet, but what happens when a heavy dresser lands on one of their toes?

Overall this is an interesting video to watch. There a couple of things to laugh about, some things to shake your head at, but also some things to think about as potential ways as improving Boston moving. Watch it, and let us know what you think.

DN Van Lines Premieres First Television Ad on NESN

DN Van Lines debut its first Television commercial on a half-hour show on NESN’s Celebrity Spotlight Series on December 14 at 6pm. The commercial will continue to air in the Months of January and February of 2013.

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The show was filmed primarily during a Canadian-US youth hockey tournament that took place at New England Sport Center over the recent Thanksgiving weekend.  The tournament, the second annual North American Fall Classic, brought dozens of teams to Marlborough MA for three days of intense competition.


Hockey Hall of Famer and former Bruin, Ray Bourque, hosts the show. The show also features short interviews with Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton), Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), and Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant.


“We chose to advertise on this program because it documents the logistics of a nationally recognized athletic completion taking place right here in Marlborough MA where our corporate Headquarters is located.” said Oded Carmi, DN Van Lines president. “We had considered TV marketing for a long time, and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.”


The commercial depicts a team of interviewers canvassing the streets of Boston and asking local New England residents about their experience moving themselves. The responses are honest, thought provoking, and often comical. The commercial gives in-sight into the struggles of moving oneself without professional assistance and encourages the use of a licensed moving company.


Inclusion in the Celebrity Spotlight show is DN Van Lines’ first foray into television marketing.  NESN, which reaches 4 million homes in a six-state area, will rebroadcast the show on December 31 at 7pm, and on three January dates, as well as dates in February to be announced. DN Van Lines is one of the show’s sponsors along with the Boston Rockhoppers and the Horseshoe Pub & Restaurant.


A major player in the East Coast moving and storage market, DN Van Lines is considered one of the East Coast’s premier relocation professionals handling the moves some of Boston’s biggest sports star, such as former Boston Celtic Ray Allen, and former New England Patriot Brian Hoyer, among others. DN Van lines provide local and long distance moving services as well as storage, packing, hoisting, and disposal services.  Contact us now at 1-800-51-Mover.