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Avoid these moving pitfalls

Don't ever pay for a moving service that bases their quote solely on a phone conversation.

Don't ever pay for a moving service that bases their quote solely on a phone conversation.

Relocating can be complicated and stressful, and the last thing anyone wants is to be scammed by a moving service. There are some things consumers should look out for before handing their money over for a move.

If a moving service offers an estimate through a phone conversation solely, consumers should make sure they are dealing with a respected company, ABC News said. A person should also be cautious when paying for a moving service based on the internet alone. While the internet is a great resource, consumers should know that there are times when a moving website is run by a broker acting as a middleman. This often turns out to not be worth someone's time or money.

By avoiding a broker, consumers know exactly who they are dealing with and are able in advance to research their possible hire. Not knowing the company they are working with in advance may lead to a consumer "dealing with a rogue mover who will pick your goods up and then hold them hostage until you've agreed to pay a substantially higher fee," ABC News said.

It's also a good idea to ask friends and family for suggestions on what type of moving service or company to use.ADNFCR-3450-ID-19899853-ADNFCR