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Moving Scams Target Hurricane Victims

With hurricane season in full swing, we are hearing a lot about the victims of these storms. While each storm brings a different set of circumstances to light, there are a few things that remain consistent. One of the most important things to hurricane victims is getting back to their home and way of life as quickly as possible. In order to do this, a move or relocation is often needed. Especially when there is extensive damage or flooding in the area, moving is sometimes the best option for those wanting to get back on their feet after a storm.
Victims beware, however, as there are many companies out there who are taking advantage of people recovering from hurricanes. Just because disaster just blew away most of your home does not mean you should let your guard down. The Better Business Bureau is advising hurricane victims to look into moving companies before they allow them to move their things. Some tips from the BBB include getting binding estimates, and showing the movers everything that needs to be relocated.
One of the most important things that hurricane victims need to realize is that they need to understand the contract that they are signing before they sign it. Too many people are simply signing on the dotted line and not fully realizing what they are signing. Make sure that you know what the fees are and what is included with your service before you sign anything. A good moving or storage company will always answer your questions.
The BBB maintains a reliability report hotline that consumers can call in order to find out about different moving companies. This hotline can be reached at 713-868-9500 or 877-468-9222. More information about avoiding scams and problems when moving can be accessed on the BBB website at www.BBB.org.

 



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