Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County

14 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com 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. Article from the American Moving and Storage Association. Get more moving tips and find a professional mover at