In your next relocation, there are 3 crucial measures to defend yourself from “rogue movers”:
Phase 1: At ProtectYourMove.gov, check the credibility of the mover.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, which took over from the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1995, is the agency in charge of overseeing interstate movers. A website dedicated to protecting people from moving scams was developed by the DOT. ProtectYourMove.com is the platform and has a number of different tools, including a way to verify the registration of a mover and to investigate rogue movers. Before deciding to use them, always research the moving business.
Phase 2: Beware of the U.S. The Highway Department’s “red flags.”
A list of possible warning signs is issued by the Department of Transportation. Be aware of the list and see if there are any of the following suggested by your movers:
The mover does not bid or consent to a household goods on-site inspection and offers an estimation over the phone or Internet-sight-unseen. They always sound too good-to-be-true in these estimates. Typically they are.
Before the transfer, the moving company demands cash or a major deposit.
The mover does not provide you with a copy of “Your Rights and Obligations As You Pass,” a booklet movers are mandated to provide their customers in the planning phases of interstate movements by Federal regulations.
The company’s Web site has no local address and no licencing or insurance information.
Both products are covered by their insurance, the mover says.
“When you call the mover, rather than the company’s name, the phone is answered with a generic” Movers “or” Moving Company.
Offices and warehouses are in bad or nonexistent condition.
On moving day, instead of a company-owned and numbered fleet truck, a rental truck arrives.
Phase 3: Ask for at least 3 sources, and check them.
The most noticeable moves are also the ones that we skip. People are used to asking for career applicants’ references. So why wouldn’t you ask for, and validate, 3 references for “employees” that will move your most precious treasures from the past 30 days? If the movers fail or delay providing this information, or if the references are not checked out, delete those movers from the list of potential hires immediately.
You’re far more likely to recruit the kind of movers you want and deserve if you take the time to follow these simple steps.