Protect your belongings from moving scams

I found this story today while searching out moving news on the web. I thought this would be a good story to share with everyone. We here at Men On The Move hear this kinda of stuff all the time. When you call a company price might be the most important. But ask yourself the day of the move how important is price then?

Call 12 For Action reveals tips to avoid scams
Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 6:03 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

Reporting by Susan Hogan
BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – If you are moving this month, you are one of 37 million Americans who are. Call 12 for action has uncovered important information to protect your goods and your wallet.

Imagine, you hire a moving company, pay them big bucks. and then, your belongings and the mover are no shows! All too often customers Call 12 for Action when moving goes wrong..

Trying to save a few bucks on her last move, Deborah Viera of Bristol admits she hired a moving company without doing her homework and ended up costing her some valuable antiques. This time, she says she’s doing her homework.

“This time i wanted to make sure i did my research, called recommended and they have a good reputation.”

Cynthia Tuaniga and her husband are still waiting for their belongings they haven’t seen since early February. Despite repeated calls to the mover, they say they have no idea where their stuff is.

“Then, they told me they can no longer talk to me because I made a Better Business Bureau complaint.” she said. Cynthia tells Call 12 For Action that the company is now just hanging up when she calls..

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Tells us that is simply not true. In fact, they encourage customers and businesses to work things out together.

The BBB received more than 8900 complaints last year against moving companies, mostly about damaged or lost goods and final prices in excess of original estimates.

So before hiring a moving company ask for a copy of their motor carriers certificate and insurance information. Also, you can check out their hourly rate on the PUC’s website.

And beware of hiring movers advertising on Craigslist or other online advertising sites. Virtually anyone with a truck can claim to be a mover, but they can’t always be trusted to follow the rules

May is National Moving Month:

We bet that you didn’t know that National Moving Month is in May, did you?  Well, all through the month of May we get to celebrate National Moving Month – it runs all month, from the 1st through the 31st.  So, what is National Moving Month all about?

Things kick off on May 1st and the celebration mainly focuses on the moving industry.  It is an excellent way to set off the moving season since most people happen to relocate in the spring and summer months.  In fact, almost 44 million people pack everything up and move to a new home or neighborhood each year in the United States alone.  (And most of these moves are initiated during the peak season – between May and September.)

So, what else does National Moving Month entail?  Well, during this special period, most moving experts will be focused on not only providing relocation services to residents and businesses but also educating Americans like yourself about how to plan a successful and efficient move, sharing tips on packing, and how to handle your children’s concerns during a move.

In addition to being able to learn more about the moving industry and making your next relocation even easier, National Moving Month is a great time to find specials from various moving companies and get lots of extra support for relocating.  Though it may not be a widely known celebratory month, we sure like it!

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