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“You Pack, We Drive” Options Eliminate Moving Scams

Despite an increase in federal regulations and educational materials designed to protect the consumer, scammers are still prevalent in the moving industry. Services like U-Pack Moving were created as a safe relocation alternative to traditional moving companies (where moving scams are easier to hide).

Fort Smith, Ark.— According to a recent investigative report on “20/20”, finding a reputable moving company can be difficult.  “You pack, we drive” services have rapidly gained popularity because they eliminate the possibility of falling victim to a moving scam.  

Instead of hiring an unknown crew to haul your items into a van destined for who-knows-where along with multiple other families’ items, U-Pack Moving offers a unique alternative that combines do-it-yourself loading with professional drivers from trusted motor carriers. Consumers pack and load their own belongings into a moving trailer or container, and a professional driver delivers their items to their new home. Pricing, transit, and who comes in contact with your belongings are all different with a moving service like U-Pack, which removes the uncertainties that often result in fraudulent moving ploys.

The differences between “you pack, we drive” options and traditional movers are fairly drastic. Conventional mover rates are based on the weight of your items, which can be very difficult to gauge correctly despite an in-home estimate. Rogue movers commonly underestimate the weight of your shipment, which can result in thousands of dollars in extra charges by the time your goods are delivered. However, the U-Pack alternative eliminates weight-based rates, and instead allows customers to only pay for the space their items take up in the moving equipment. Not only do U-Pack customers control how their items are handled, but they also determine exactly what their price will be based on the amount of space used as they load.

Another significant contrast between the two types of moving services is who’s behind the wheel. Regular moving companies employ drivers who travel the country in a moving van, picking up shipments from multiple families to maximize the miles driven for each load. U-Pack utilizes the extensive transportation network built by carriers such as ABF Freight System, where professional drivers make stops at designated terminals only and a single household shipment is moved per trailer or container. This variation in how goods are transported can mean the difference between a quick, safe delivery and an extensive delay with missing items.

Since 1997, U-Pack has handled over 750,000 household moves and is determined to spread the word about readily available options for making a safe move. “U-Pack was created to provide a secure moving alternative for consumers,” says Andrew Schweizer, Chief Operating Officer for U-Pack. “When you choose a service like U-Pack, you completely avoid the situation where you might encounter a scam or elaborate hold-up.”  No matter what moving service you select, Schweizer recommends checking the company’s reputation through consumer review organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, or even social media.

U-Pack Moving offers convenient, affordable moving solutions to fit your needs and budget. For more information about the “you pack, we drive” options available from U-Pack, visit www.upack.com.