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Getting the right movers is crucial

Getting the right movers is crucial

As the summer officially kicked-off last weekend, many people now find themselves relocating to a new home or region of the country. If this is the case, identifying the right moving company may be a crucial part of the planning.

In order to stay protected against potential scams, the Better Business Bureau urges that people make sure they know exactly who they are hiring. The BBB receives thousands of complaints every year against movers, usually regarding damaged or lost goods and pricing issues.

"Checking a mover's credentials is critical and easy. Last year alone, consumers relied on BBB more than one million times for finding a trustworthy mover," said Stephen A. Cox, President and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. "When making the final choice, go with a BBB Accredited Businesses or, at the very least, choose a business that has a good rating with BBB."

Experts warn that people should be leery of moving companies that have extremely low prices, according to The Consumerist. One of the most typical moving scams is for a company to quote the customer one price, and then when it is time to unload the belongings, charge something significantly higher. People could find their furniture being held hostage and may have no recourse but to pay.