Moving Nightmares

Welcome to My Moving Nightmare!

This page is a hub of helpful information for anyone who plans on hiring a moving company to move to a different state. This page is also for those who have already moved and have had bad experiences with their moving company before, during and after their move. 

All the info here focuses on moves across state lines (interstate) since that’s what my move involved. Moves within a state (intrastate state) may have different regulations.

I am NOT a lawyer nor am I a moving company expert.  I am, however, someone who has first hand experience in dealing with shady brokers, nightmare movers and a car transporter who commited a crime (see video) during my 2021 move from Maine to Mississippi.

CLICK HERE for information about the companies I used (do NOT use them!)

You can watch my Moving Nightmare youtube series here: 
My Moving Nightmare – From Maine to Mississippi
(start at the bottom of the playlist and work your way up)


Share your moving experiences with me or ask me questions about your upcoming move.
Email: movingnightmares@yahoo.com
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How to Choose a Moving Company

Last update to this page was on 8/4/22

Start with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Read everything you can on the FMCSA site before you start calling movers.  Can’t read everything? You can start with the following links on the FMCSA that I think will help you the most.

Protect Your Move (Registered Movers Database)
Prepare For Your Move (Protect Yourself From Moving Fraud)
During Your Move (Liability & Protection)
After Your Move (What if there are problems?)

I will update with more info soon.


Filing Complaints

There are several good ways to file a complaint. Let’s start with the most important one, the NCCDB (National Consumer Complaint Database).

File a complaint with the NCCDB

Be as detailed as you can be when telling your story.  

You do not have much space and the site can time-out and you can lose your progress which means you will have to start over.  It’s better to type your complaint as a document then upload it when you get to the upload section of the complaint. Acceptable document types are: DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, TIF, TIFF, TXT, WPD, ZIP, HTML, HTM, MSG, MP4, RTF, PNG, MPG, WMV and MOV (size limit 20MB)

The File Upload tab will only be clickable when you get to that step. I do not think there is a limit on how many files you can upload.

If you ever click Next and nothing happens, scroll to the top of the page and you will see a message.  You most likely did not fill out something that was required.

If you get a scary message in the Complainant Information section, just check to see that your address is correct. Use your current address.

I FILED THIS COMPLAINT!!!  If I can do it, you can too.

If you need help filing the complaint, you can call the NCCDB hotline at 888-368-7238. You are forced to listen to some talking, but when they get to the part where you can press a number, go ahead and press 9. You do not need to listen to the 1 through 8 options.

More to come… stick with me!