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1 Tips  to  Avoid  Moving  Company  Scams         Moving  to  a  new  home  consistently  ranks  highly  on  lists  of  life’s  most  stressful  events   Although  it  can  be  an  exciting  time,  the  logistics  and  disruption  of  a  move  sends  many   people  into  a  panic  Hiring  a  moving  company  is  supposed  to  ease  some  of  the  stress  and   lighten  the  load,  but  it  can  often  make  the  process  worse  when  you  work  with  the  wrong   mover  In  fact,  hiring  the  wrong  mover  can  turn  a  rather  simple  relocation  into  a  fiasco  very   quickly     A  big  part  of  the  problem  is  the  rise  in  moving  company  scams  Trying  to  cash  in  on  your   stress  and  inexperience,  unscrupulous  movers  may  use  a  variety  of  methods  to  take   advantage  of  your  trust  Let’s  take  a  closer  at  a  few  of  the  warning  signs  of  moving  fraud  so   you  can  be  sure  to  hire  a  reliable  mover       Always  Get  an  Estimate   Never  sign  a  contract  with  a  moving  company  before  you  receive  a  written,  in-­‐home   estimate  Many  moving  company  scams  start  off  with  the  promise  of  an  affordable  move   that  isn’t  based  on  your  specific  needs  and  situation  A  professional  mover  will  always   perform  an  on-­‐site  inspection  to  provide  you  with  an  accurate  estimate  Over-­‐the-­‐phone   estimates  are  unreliable  and  often  lead  to  surprise  charges  when  it  comes  time  to  deliver   your  belongings  Also,  take  the  extra  time  to  interview  a  few  different  movers  to  learn  more   about  them  and  their  moving  practices  After  all,  you’re  trusting  them  to  handle  your   family’s  most  prized  possessions       2 Do  You  Know  What  You’re  Signing?   Review  the  contract  paperwork  carefully  and  never  sign  an  incomplete  document  If  there  is   a  liability  section  in  your  contract,  read  it  meticulously  before  hiring  a  moving  company   According  to  the  Protect  Your  Move  organization,  the  liability  amount  should  cover  the   entire  cost  of  your  goods  if  they  are  damaged,  lost,  or  stolen       Verify  Their  Credentials   Never  sign  a  contract  with  a  moving  company  that  cannot  show  you  a  US  DOT  number  or   its  Motor  Carrier  number  You  will  also  want  to  check  the  company’s  reputation  with  the   Better  Business  Bureau  for  any  complaints     Moving  Fraud  Red  Flags   Most  moving  company  scams  work  the  same  way  To  avoid  them,  look  for  red  flags   associated  with  these  fraudsters  Common  red  flags  include  companies  that:   • Require  a  large  deposit  or  cash  upfront  before  the  date  of  the  move   • Don’t  give  you  a  copy  of  “Your  Rights  and  Responsibilities  When  You  Move”  The   federal  government  requires  all  moving  companies  to  provide  customers  with  this   brochure  prior  to  a  move     • Don’t  have  a  local  office  listed  on  their  website,  won’t  show  insurance,  or  doesn’t   have  license  information  readily  available   • State  that  all  belongings  will  be  covered  by  their  insurance  during  the  move   • Have  offices  or  warehouses  that  are  in  poor  condition  or  don’t  exist  at  all   • Use  rental  trucks  instead  of  company-­‐owned  fleets     Stay  Up-­‐to-­‐Date  on  Moving  Company  Scams   The  US  Department  of  Transportation’s  website,  ProtectYourMovegov,  allows  you  to  keep   up-­‐to-­‐date  on  the  latest  moving  scams,  search  for  moving  companies,  review  any  complaints   they  might  have,  and  learn  about  all  of  your  rights  as  a  customer  Performing  a  little  due   diligence  can  protect  you  from  hiring  a  moving  company  that  can  turn  your  relocation  into  a   nightmare       Admiral  Movers  is  a  reputable  moving  company  with  over  twenty  years  of  experience  and   thousands  of  satisfied  customers  From  following  industry  best  practices  to  looking  out  for   your  best  interests  every  step  of  the  way,  you  can  count  on  Admiral  for  all  of  your  moving   needs  Visit  wwwAdmiralMoverscom  to  setup  your  free  consultation  or  call  8778163454   to  speak  with  one  of  our  residential  moving  specialists