If you’re looking for a moving company on the Internet, do your homework first or your furniture may not be the only thing taken for a ride.
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) June 28, 2010
Criminals posing as professional movers are commonplace, especially this spring at the beginning of the moving season. In response to this problem, Daniel’s Moving & Storage has earned an industry certification as a ProMover, and is providing these tips to help you avoid Internet moving company scams:
1). Don’t be fooled by slick websites. Anyone with a few bucks can build a professional-looking website, but that does not ensure a professional move.
2). Check on the firm’s operating license. Every professional interstate moving company is licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and has a Motor Carrier Number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This number must be displayed on the company’s Web site.
Intrastate movers have varying licensing requirements. To find a reputable intrastate moving company, contact the industry trade association in your state, or click here to see State Movers Associations in your state.
3). Look for the “brick and mortar.” Professional movers will proudly post their full contact information, including a street address and phone number. The absence of this information should raise concerns. If the site does post the street address, do a MapQuest and Google search to see if that address really exists, or contact your local Better Business Bureau to see whether the firm is associated with customer complaints.
4). Get at least two written in-home estimates. The Internet is full of “moving cost estimators,” but the only estimates that count are offered by a professional mover who visits your home. If someone offers to do an estimate over the phone, chances are high that you may be getting scammed.
5). Use a certified ProMover who is a member of the American Moving & Storage Association, like Daniel’s Moving & Storage. To find a local ProMover and to learn more about protecting yourself and your family during your move, visit http://www.moving.org, or visit our Web site for more tips on how to prepare for your move,
6). Check references. It’s wise to use companies that display the ProMover or Better Business Bureau logo. But many swindlers will use those logos without authorization. Do your homework to verify that the companies using these insignia are doing so legitimately.
7). Avoid moving companies that require large deposits or down payments. Professional movers generally do not require a deposit. In fact, interstate movers are not allowed to require you to pay before you move. Remember, once a con artist has all your worldly possessions locked in a truck and you’ve handed over payment for the move, you’ve lost any bargaining power.
8). Avoid Internet brokers. Many people who enter their contact information on Web sites that promise to find qualified movers find themselves inundated with aggressive scam artists. It’s best to avoid these sites. If you do use them, create a new e-mail address to be used only for the move. Avoid giving your real phone number if possible.
About Daniel’s Moving & Storage: Daniel’s Moving & Storage has been in business for 81 years. They serve many locations including the Kansas City area. Daniel’s offers a full range of moving services, and has been a certified ProMover since the programs’ inception in 2009. In addition to this, they are a member of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), the trade organization for the moving industry. With all of these certifications, it is clear that Daniel’s Moving & Storage is a reputable moving company.
The core values of the company have remained the same since Daniel Ozbun founded the Family-owned Daniel’s Moving & Storage Company. Their dedication to customer service has allowed them to grown into one of the nation’s top full-service moving and storage companies. They specialize in office relocations and high value residential moves with operation centers in Phoenix, Tucson, Kansas City, Wichita and Little Rock.