Moving is already an overwhelming experience. Ambit Energy wants to make you aware it’s also a time when some unethical moving companies try to rip off consumers. Summer is the peak season to move. Approximately 52 percent of home moves are carried out from May through September in a typical year in the U.S., according to the American Moving and Storage Association.
Unfortunately, there are illegal moving businesses seeking to take advantage of consumers or there are companies that are operating in an unethical manner. In 2014, the Better Business Bureau received almost 9,000 complaints nationwide regarding moving companies. The majority of the complaints related to pricing issues, problematic employees, and missing or damaged items.
If you’re planning to move, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to help you avoid a mover ripoff.
The issue of moving fraud has even compelled the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to recently roll out its Protect Your Move campaign, which empowers consumers with information if they plan to move to another state. The Protect Your Move website covers your rights and responsibilities, helps you detect fraud and provides fraud prevention tips. You can also search for registered movers as well as learn about their complaint histories.
The Protect Your Move website also has a list of state movers associations. Visit the website of your state’s association to learn about the rules and regulations governing the moving industry in your state and to find licensed movers.
We hope this information will help you avoid being a victim of moving fraud. In addition to the tips above for avoiding a ripoff, Ambit Energy has a moving checklist on how to manage your utilities and services that will also be useful as you prepare for your move. Good luck with your move this summer!