Braintree, MA (PressExposure) March 21, 2009 -- According to many credible medical authorities, movingâafter life, death, divorce and illnessâis one of the more stressful things anybody can go through. Thatâs why being the victim of a moving scam adds fuels to an already blazing fire. As a small load shipping specialist for two decades, Boston Pack and Ship offers some basic rules of thumb to follow to prevent yourself from falling victim to moving scams.
âThere are a number of moving scams out there, everything from an out-and-out theft of your belongings to holding your belongings hostage because you didnât pay a made up fee or you had more pieces than your estimate,â said Joe Fell, co-owner of Boston Pack and Ship. âPeople are even more vulnerable to these scams in tough economic times because everybodyâs trying to keep their costs down.â
So, what can you do to minimize the risk of falling for one of these scams? For starters:
Beware of virtual movers - make sure the moving company has an actual physical address, preferably in your area or where youâre moving to and especially if you found the company on the Internet.
Find out whoâs actually doing the moving â beware of companies who broker the move to unknown third-party service providers. Ask more about the entire process; who is making the pickup, who is providing the long distance transport and the final delivery?
Ask for references â better yet, ask friends you know who have moved lately to refer a mover.
Check the moverâs Web site for professional accreditation â there are moverâs associations in every state. A mover affiliated with an accredited association does have more creditability than one that is not. Even better if the mover is a member of the Better Business Bureau. That allows you to not only check their credibility but the companyâs history for handling complaints.
Get a minimum of three quotes â scam victims are often victims of their own impatience and wanting to get their move underway and over with. Getting a minimum of three quotes may slow things down slightly, but it will make you look a little closer at the company you eventually hire.
Fear the lowball quote â like the saying goes, if itâs too good to be true, it probably is. While no two moving companies are exactly the same, true professionals should not be more than a few hundred apart. If an estimate is more than $1,000 less than the others, thatâs a red flag and you might want to scrutinize the estimate and company further.
Stick to national carriers for cross-country and out-state moves â If your entire home is being moved, stick to a national carrier. That way, you will have an actual physical address for the mover on each end of the move, not to mention a corporate office who the agent has to answer to should anything go wrong.
âThese suggestions should help you avoid most scams but if youâre still not sure, always opt for the mover who was referred to you by trusted family or friends,â said Fell.
Boston Pack and Ship specializes in moves of 1,000 pounds or less. In addition, it offers customized package and custom crate building services at its workshop in Braintree. For items like computer equipment, artwork and other fragile items, Boston Pack and Ship employs foam-in-place technology to âlockâ those items in place and limit movement within the package.
The breadth of Boston Pack and Shipâs relocation services include:
Small loads â with no minimum requirement; blanket-wrapping for fragile, delicate moves; full insurance available Custom crates and packaging for computers, electronic instruments, prototypes, antiques and artwork. State-of-the-art, foam-in-place solutions to protect valuables Multiple U.S. and International shipping optionsâocean or airâto help lower costs Door-to-door and door-to-port delivery with insurance available On-time pickups by appointment
For more information, you can visit the company Web site at http://www.bostonpackandship.com. For a free quote on an out-of-state or international move or shipment, please call (800) 400-7204.
Small load specialists Boston Pack and Ship has been a trusted strategic partner of many movers in eastern Massachusetts for more than two decades. Based in Braintree, Massachusetts, Boston Pack and Ship employs custom crates and packaging and foam-in-place solutions to pack and ship everything from artwork to heirlooms, computers to antiques to both out-of-state and international destinations. Known for its fast and efficient customer service, one call is usually all it takes to schedule a pickup for a door-to-door or door-to-port shipment. For more information, visit http://www.bostonpackandship.com or call (800) 400-7204 for a free quote.