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The Rise of Interstate Moving and Regulation in American History


by: Jeffrey Anderson
01 Dec 2010

Most people lived close to their home place during the early part of our country's history. The moving that happened was often just down the road, and the moving truck was a wagon stacked with their belongings and pulled by a few horses. Long distance moves, when they did take place, were normally done by railroad.

As our nation's roads improved, and automobiles became more of a way of life, people no longer found the need to live close to home. A growing economy meant job opportunities routinely led families to relocate, and planes and automobiles made doing so easier. Our country fell in love with the freedom of the open road, and as they began to move farther from home, moving companies began to help them.

Most of the large national moving companies in existence today got their start during the 1920s and 1930s. These moving companies had humble beginnings, but with a mobile population to service, they grew into household names, their trucks often visible on the country's highways.

Today's Moving Companies: Regulations Protect Consumers

Professional association's for movers began as early as the 1930s, when the Household Good Movers' Group of the American Trucking Association was formed. This early group had 150 members, but grew to become the American Movers Conference.

As interstate commerce increased and began to be regulated by the federal government, moving companies came together to help monitor compliance and structure the growing industry. The Motor Carrier Act of 1935 led to the Household Goods Carriers' Bureau in 1936 with a membership of 1,400 of the 4,000 companies at the time, according to the American Moving and Storage Association.

Three of these groups later merged to form the American Moving and Storage Association, which has a membership of around 3,700 companies.

Today regulation governs the moving industry. This is mainly for consumer protection, but it also protects professional movers from irresponsible moving companies giving the industry a bad reputation. Professional movers must comply with regulation on the national and state level and often on the local level as well.

What to Look for in a Moving Company

Most national movers have good reputations, or they wouldn't be able to remain in business, but there are also many excellent local moving companies.

Whichever type of move you are contemplating, pick a mover with a good reputation, and you should be able to start your adventure by hitting the open highway, and leave your moving stress behind.

Sources:
Our History • http://www.promover.orghttp://www.promover.org/content.asp?contentid=786 • American Moving and Storage AssociationCompany History • http://www.mayflower.com/moving/http://www.mayflower.com/moving/about-mayflower/company-history.htm • Mayflower Transit, LLCCompany History • http://www.unitedvanlines.comhttp://www.unitedvanlines.com/mover/about-united/company-history.htm • United Van Lines, LLC