Local Moving Company Gives Tips on Hiring Movers

Published 03/16 2014 11:00PM

Updated 03/16 2014 11:10PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Spring moving season can cause stress and concerns..

"Moving has a shady reputation. I don't know how else to put it," said Theresa Meyer, Owner of Move It with M & S.

One concern many may not think of is scams.

"You're going to see a lot of them on Craigslist," said Meyer.

Meyer said one of the biggest scams comes from moving companies, and there are ways to know if the company is a fraud.

"Clearly underbids a move. They can also hold the items hostage, and not deliver, until you perhaps pay up an additional amount that may be an excess in which you originally agreed to with the moving company," she said.

Meyer said rogue movers often charge less than professional movers.

"You're going to see, probably, between $80 to $100 per hour rate, for the normal moving," she said.

Professional moving companies are also authorized by their state's Department of Transportation.

"Professional moving companies should always provide you with a DOT number. If they can't do that, that might be your first clue that they aren't legitimate," said Meyer.

Louis Semintal, the Operations Manager for Move It with M & S, said on moving day, frauds probably will not go through paperwork with the customer.

"They usually come in and start loading your stuff on the truck," said Semintal.

He said it is important to get a copy of how much the move will cost.

"Either online, where they can read it, or if they come to your house, have some way to have a contract estimate in writing," he said.

Also, a copy of "Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move."

"You want to know your rights, too, when you're doing your move for professional movers," said Semintal.

Both agreed the best way to avoid getting ripped off, is meeting with the company before moving.

"People have memories with their stuff. And, you can't always replace that. So, it's so important to do your research," said Meyer.

The United States Department of Transportation says it receives about 4,000 moving complaints per year.

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