There’s no way around it—moving is stressful. While there are companies that can help lessen the burden, others may only add to it. Generally, bogus movers are easy to spot, but that's not always the case.
Sharane Gott with the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana says when it comes to your possessions, don't cut corners—go with who you know.
"Sometimes they may undercut prices, take a few shortcuts, but that's not what you want,” said Gott. “You want a company that's going to treat you fairly, do the right thing."
And moving is also expensive. Gott recommends getting at least three different in-home estimates, which are usually determined by weight. But be wary of the hidden costs with the lowest bid, especially if it's with movers you don't know.
"We've had reports of movers holding people's stuff because the amount wasn't paid and the estimate is more than what was projected,” said Gott. “Crooks are crooks. They want their money up front, so be very careful about that."
Gott says it all boils down to research and reputation. She says a reputable company will require a contract, which protects both parties.
"All the secrets are in the contract,” said Gott. “They can't do things they're not going to tell you about."
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