Avoid Moving Scams This Summer

May 07, 2010

Avoid Moving Scams This Summer

AMSA and BBB Offer Advice on How to Protect Your Move

Believe it or not summer is just around the corner! May is National Moving Month, the start of the busiest time of the year for changing residences. More than 37 million Americans -- or about 13 percent -- move to a different home every year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Following a few simple rules when looking for a mover will go a long way toward protecting you from being victimized by scammers this summer, advises Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

Get at Least Three In-Home Estimates. No legitimate mover will offer to give you a firm estimate on-line or over the phone. Also keep in mind that the lowest estimate can sometimes be an unrealistic low-ball offer which can cost you more in the end.

Know Your Rights. Research your rights as a consumer with both the state you currently reside in and where you are moving to. Also enlist the help of BBB or available at AMSA's consumer Web site, www.moving.org; and the U.S. Department of Transportation's site, www.protectyourmove.gov.

When making the final choice, go with a BBB Accredited Businesses or, at the very least, choose a business that has a good rating with BBB.

BBB Business Reviews are available for free online and will tell you how many complaints the BBB has received, how the company responded to complaints and the BBB’s overall letter-grade rating available at www.bbb.org.or contact us at 337.981-3497