Anyone with a Truck and a Website Can Claim To Be A Mover
Update from Ralph Bristol Morning News - BBB Middle Tennessee can be heard Fridays at 7:50am on the Ralph Bristol Nashville Morning News, WTN 99.7 (FM Radio)
Moving is never 'cheap' so why google 'cheap mover' and risk connecting with a scam moving company?
Moving? Consider This -
Anyone With A Truck And A Website Can Claim To Be A Mover
Forget ads listed on Craigslist
Some of these ads give the impression that you are dealing with a local moving company, but you are really talking with a broker with multiple ads, and phone numbers who will pass the job off to the first available fly by night moving company such as A-1-A Jay's Way Moving.
Customers complained that the company double the quoted price, demanded payment in cash and refuse to unload threatening that the belongings would be taken to storage, leaving the customer no choice but to pay the drastic difference in price in CASH.
What You Need to Know:
Research the company thoroughly:
There are many reputable moving companies in Middle Tennessee. Check BBB website www.gobbb.org, click on Accredited Business Directory, No company name needed, check by industry for a list of BBB Accredited Movers.
Get at least three written in-home estimates:
No reputable mover will offer to give you a firm price online or over the phone. Think about it, how do they know how much stuff you have, how much it weights, size truck needed?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association:
The FMCSA oversees moves from state to state and maintains a federal complaint database, it handles ONLY MOVES BETWEEN STATES. Moves within states are regulated by the states, and local moves produce even more consumer complaints. Through FMCSA's ProtectYourMove.gov, a consumer can learn if a mover's license is current and if the company has ever had a federal complaint
Consider getting full value protection:
No matter who you select to move your household belongings things get lost or damaged. It may cost a few dollars more up front, but it can provide some peace of mind and eliminate a headache after your move. Investing in full replacement value portection means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made to repair the item to replace it at its current market value, regardless of age.
It's important to understand that without full value protection your items will be covered at the required minimum coverage of 60 cents per pound and would not cover REPLACEMENT cost.
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