Courtesy of RE/MAX
There’s no move better than a safe move! And since this is National Moving Month, there’s no better time to tell you about a great website from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Here are highlights of red flags the site recommends looking for when working with a moving company:
1. Blank documents – Never sign or accept incomplete forms provided by the moving company. Make sure all fields are complete to prevent anyone from adding to the form after you sign. And be sure to get copies of everything you sign! A good tip on the site: Snap a photo with your cell phone.
2. Limited company information – Beware any company that doesn’t have a local address and shows no licensing or insurance information online.
3. Generic rental trucks – Watch out for a rental truck arriving on moving day rather than a truck from your moving company’s fleet. (Sidenote: You might even want to confirm the truck number prior to moving day and that they have semi truck insurance.) Some of the moving companies offer trucks with trailer transport that includes an aluminum storage box for trailer; ask your moving company about the details.
4. No inspection with estimate – A moving company should inspect your household goods prior to providing an estimate. The site warns against sight-unseen estimates.
5. Payment requests – If the moving company wants payment upfront, a large deposit, or cash transactions, you might be at risk of payment fraud.
Be sure to check out the page outlining “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.”
If you’re ready to start planning a move and you need to buy or sell a place, contact a local Real Estate On Heels agent who can guide you every step of the way.