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Moving Tips
Verify a mover’s identity to
know who you’re dealing with.
Look for red flags that something
may not be right, such as:
• No physical address or phone
number online, just a “Contact
Us” feature
• You’re quoted a very low price
that seems too good to be true
• No federal motor carrier (MC)
number is shown; or if there
is an MC number, it doesn’t
match with the searchable
database available on AMSA’s
website or the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration’s
(FMCSA) website
Get at least three written in-
home estimates.
Check the company’s ratings
with the Better Business Bureau,
or other consumer websites such
as Angie’s List, and ask family
and friends for referrals.
• Most state governments
regulate movers who operate
within that state, so for a local
move, check with your state
moving association or your
state consumer affairs office
for details.
Unders tand the l eve l of
liability, or valuation, that your
mover would be responsible for
in case of loss or damage.
Avoid large down payments.
• Although some movers
may ask for a small “good
faith” deposit to hold a date
(especially during the busy
summer season), be wary of
carriers seeking large down
payments, or payment in
advance for any reason.
Make sure all agreements
between you and your mover are
in writing.
Take valuables with you.
Be reachable by phone.
• Make sure the mover has your
cell phone number and is able
to reach you during your move.
Ask questions.
• If you do not understand
something, ask.
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