It is not always easy to uproot and plant yourself into a new place. Sometimes a new career, a family crisis, or a need for a safer environment can warrant a move. Moving is never easy and almost always requires extra hands and extra money!
Not only is the move itself a stress inducer, the fact that scam artists are standing by waiting for you to hand over your hard-earned money just adds to the anxiety. However, there are ways that you can protect yourself.
- Ask friends and family for recommendations. Friends, family, and even reliable real estate agents can point you in the direction of respectable moving companies. Be sure to obtain a bid from at least three different companies for price comparison.
- Check BBB.org for complaints. Better Business Bureau keeps track of complaints against moving companies. Search with the name of the company to find reviews.
- Never pay cash. Most movers these days will now accept credit cards, but many will still accept money orders and cashier’s checks. Make sure you keep a receipt for whichever payment option you choose.
- Check your homeowner’s insurance for coverage. Most moving companies offer a slight amount of insurance, but before buying extra from them double-check to see if your homeowner’s insurance covers damaged or misplaced personal items.
- Keep a packing list. Be aware of how many boxes you leave with and how many arrive at the new location. Keep things as organized as possible and label each box.
- Check company licensing. You can go to www.protectyourmove.gov to see a list of state regulators who keep an eye on moving companies in your state to verify licensure.
If you make it to your new home safe and sound, count your blessings. If not, post your complaint to online message boards, such as consumeraffairs.com for those “future movers” who are looking for this same information!
Please comment below with other suggestions you may have to make moving easier! All thoughts are appreciated!