Published on 25 Nov 2014

What is a moving company?

A moving company is a business or an organisation that provides relocation services to individuals, businesses or companies. Moving companies have been around for a very long time and the industry has grown over the years.

There are many moving companies today around the world, from small moving teams to big corporate removal companies. There are moving companies that focus on local and near distance relocation while major moving companies provide long distance and even international relocation services.

young couple in front of moving boxes


Where did it all come from? The first moving companies came around during the expansion of the national railroads in the US in the 1800's. The people wanted to take advantage of the flourishing economy so they rush to the cities and other places of opportunity.

The first "moving trucks" were composed of a horse pulling a covered wagon. After a while, an axle truck powered but a two-cylinder air-cooled engine replaced the horse carriage in transporting household goods and other personal effects.

As businesses and technology matured, the moving industry has also developed into what it is today. Some of the oldest moving companies include Aero Mayflower Transit Company of Indianapolis, known today as Mayflower Transit and Johnson Storage and Moving United, currently an agent of United Van Lines.


In Australia, US and other countries around the world, millions of people move each year. However, because there is no proper legislation or regulation regarding rates and quality of service, the moving industry is one of the consumer industries with the highest complaints. According to the consumer report Federal Actions Are Needed to Improve Oversight of the Household Goods Moving Industry, “the primary responsibility for consumer protection lies with consumers to select a reputable household goods carrier, ensure that they understand the terms and conditions of the contract, and understand and pursue the remedies that are available to them when problems arise.”

Today, moving is as easy as placing a call or clicking a link. To make sure you get quality service, always go with trusted and reputable moving companies.

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