with nearly any detail-driven event, prevention is key.
And planning ahead can help to reduce the possibility
of problems during your move.
of mouth is usually a great indicator of reliability.
Ask around. Talk to friends, relatives and business associates.
in mind that a big ad or a Web site isn't necessarily
a sign of a reputable mover. As a matter of fact, nearly
all moving scam victims report finding their moving companies
on the Internet. Further, be certain that the moving company
lists their address in their yellow page ad and if they
do, go visit their facility. See first hand for yourself
how they operate. If they do not have an address in their
ad it is cause for immediate concern and cross them off
you're searching for the right company try to find a company
that: Have offices in your area. Has been in business
at least 15 years. Has local affiliations with organizations
such as your local Chamber of Commerce. Has facilities
and an office you can visit. Does not have an answering
service answer their phones during normal business hours.
use the Internet until after you've narrowed your search.
Use the Web to research your individual choices.
affiliations are a good way to gauge a company's integrity.
Moving companies who are members of the American Moving
and Storage Association (AMSA) have all agreed to: Abide
by the terms of published tariffs (the carrier's provisions
and rates for services performed applicable to your move).
Participate in the Arbitration Program sponsored by that
the mover to visit your home for an on-site estimate.
This service should be free. If they won't come to your
house to do an on-site estimate, then find another company!
NEVER RELY ON A QUOTE PROVIDED SIGHT-UNSEEN WHETHER IT'S
OVER THE PHONE OR OVER THE INTERNET.
be swayed by a super-low price or extras. If one of the
quotes is substantially lower than the rest, be careful.
Quoted prices that are dramatically lower than the rest
of the competition are probably too good to be true. "Low
ball" price quotes could mean lower quality service. Plus,
scam victims often report being hooked by low prices only
to be hit with added charges or having to pay a "ransom"
for their belongings.
consumers assume the moving company's insurance covers
the full value of their goods at no extra charge. This
is not true!
Make sure you ask about "valuation" options. Valuation
provides protection from loss or damage to your possessions.
Valuation is not insurance; it is simply a level of motor
Further, ask your mover for a certificate of insurance
and contact the insurance carriers listed to verify that
coverage is in place.
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