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Moving Tips - Moving Scams

Buehler Companies wants to ensure that you choose the right moving company for your move. We understand that moving is already diffucult enough. Let us help you with some tips to ensure that you choose the right movng company for your next move. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

Protect Yourself From Disreputable Movers

At Buehler Companies, we understand that moving is already difficult enough. So how do you know if you have chosen the right moving company for your move? Here are some hints and tips that will guide you on your way.

Research and Planning

Did you know that the department of transportation received approximately 3,000 complaints of moving fraud each year? Although each moving circumstance differs from the other, most of these instances follow a consistent pattern. Typically, victims connect with a potential moving company online and hire what they think is a “reputable” moving company to handle their items. Once the items are picked up and in the hands of the mover and then services or the goods are withheld until additional money is paid. With the world of technology growing, this type of fraud has expanded and grown into a nation wide problem. As people request moving quotes on their mobile devices, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that all moving companies are good. Don’t let this happen to you!
This is illegal and many victims are often left with no recourse except for paying thousands of dollars more in order to get their items returned to them. It can be very emotional and financially disrupting.

At Buehler Companies, we are devoted to helping consumers understand their rights under federal law. We are working to educate consumers on this fraudulent behavior and provide assistance to those who have fallen victim to these moving companies. Here are some moving tips that will help to guide you so that you don’t become a victim to these moving scams.

Before You Choose A Moving Company

Ask around. Talk to friends. Word of mouth is a good way to see who others have used in the past and if they did a good job. Who better to trust than your own friends and family? Keep in mind that just because a moving company has an attractive website, does not mean they are legitimate.
Have face to face contact with your moving company – Nearly all moving scams come from companies that are found on the internet and provide over the phone quotes without ever looking at your items. If your moving company does not offer to have face to face contact with you, then there is a higher chance that they may be scamming you.

Cross Check!

Check to make sure that your moving company has good standing with the Better Business Bureau, that they have been in business for more than 10 years and that they have an actual office in your area.
Personal Affiliations are a great way to determine if your moving company has integrity. Make sure that your moving company is a member of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) – These moving companies follow all federal consumer protection laws. Many of these movers are also participants of the AMSA Certified Mover and Van Line Program. To learn more go to www.moving.org

Price and Value

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Don’t be swayed by a moving company that offers you a deal that is substantially lower than the other movers. “Low-Ball” prices could mean lower quality service and could result in a scam to get more money out of you at a later time. Victims often report being hooked by the low prices only to be hit with added charges or having to pay a “ransom” for their belongings.

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