Kristy Chin, Journalist, our staff
Relocating can turn out to be very stressful, and the last you would want to worry about is whether your belongings are going to reach you safely, in good condition. On an average 1.4 to 1.6 million households move from one place to another every year. Almost all families have a smooth moving experience. However, fraudulent moving companies have victimized some families. In fact, every year the U.S. Department of Transportation receives almost 3,000 to 4,000 complaints from consumers who state that moving companies have victimized them.
It usually happens that people hire a moving company over the net because of the low estimate, but once the truckload of belongings shows up, the estimate surges two to three times the original bid. Consumers are asked to pay their new bills, or else they are forewarned about their possessions being put up for auction.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) moving companies often are unable to deliver or end up delivering damaged goods. Thereafter they refuse to reimburse for the loss and damages incurred. These movers may not even be legitimate carriers, and customers could easily fall especially, the uninformed and elderly.
Following are some tips which can be helpful in knowing if the moving company you are dealing with is genuine -: