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Moving Tips for Peak Season: Ways to Avoid Identity Theft & Moving Scams

Moving Tips for Peak Season: Ways to Avoid Identity Theft & Moving Scams

As the peak moving season begins, millions of Americans are preparing to make a residential move. During this busy moving time, identity thieves and unscrupulous movers are ready to take advantage of unsuspecting households. If you are one of the many planning to relocate this summer, the following moving tips on ways to avoid identity theft and moving scams will help protect you from becoming a victim.

Identity Thefts & Moving Scams Can Make Moving a Nightmare

Moving your household is stressful enough without worrying about the threat of identity theft or becoming the victim of a moving scam. But both occur often enough to warrant taking precautions.

Identity theft has been the number one consumer complaint for the last 15 years, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Someone becomes a victim of identity fraud every two seconds.

Most moving companies are legitimate, reputable businesses, so moving scams do not occur nearly as often as identity theft. But every year a small percentage of movers make moving day a disaster for many by robbing or taking advantage of their customers.

6 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft during a Move

Moving puts you at a higher risk for identity theft. Mail and other documents with sensitive information can easily become accessible to thieves as you are packing and moving between residences. The following tips offer ways to help avoid identity theft during your peak season move:

  1. Hire a reputable mover.  During the peak moving season, the cost for professional moving services increase. Good movers are busy, so scheduling a move on your preferred pickup and delivery dates can be difficult. Avoid the temptation of hiring the first mover you find online offering a low estimate for a move on your selected dates. Research the company first. Hiring a reputable, licensed mover helps increase your protection against identity theft as well as moving scams.  (Scroll down to read more about moving scams.)
  2. Submit a Change of Address to the US Postal Service 10 days before your move. You don’t want anyone else receiving your mail.
  3. If you are selling your home, make sure mail and any documents with personal data are inaccessible during an open house.
  4. Moving is an ideal time to clean out old files and get rid of what is no longer needed, but do not throw any papers with sensitive data in the trash without first shredding. If you don’t already own one, you can buy a cross-cut shredder for under $30. It is money well spent.
  5. If possible, take your sensitive documents with you when moving rather than sending them on the moving truck. If you are unable to do so, make sure the documents are securely stored in a locked cabinet or container.
  6. After your move, closely monitor your credit card and bank statements for the next three months for any fraudulent charges. Consider enrolling in an identity theft and credit monitoring service. Request a free credit report a few months after your move and carefully review it for any new accounts opened in your name.

Take Precautions to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Moving Scam

As the peak moving season begins each year, we see consumer warnings and moving tips about how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam. The work of government officials and industry organizations put a stop to many of those moving scams. But news reports such as this one about the recent arrest of movers authorities say robbed customers’ by picking up their possessions and never returning them prove you must still take precautions. (See the latest news about moving scams.)

These moving tips and red flag warnings provided remain as relevant today as they were in 2013.  Read the tips and research movers before you hire one.

Protect yourself and your property. Taking a few extra precautions can make the difference between a successful, stress-free move and a nightmare that continues for months to come.

The Best Time to Move before the End of Summer is Quickly Passing

Posted on April 15 by admin

If you plan to move sometime in the next few months and haven’t set an exact date yet, make plans quickly. The best time to move before the end of summer is now, or within the next month or so. The peak moving season will be here soon.

Peak Moving Season not the Best Time to Move

The busiest moving times generally run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many people want to move during summer so demand is high, especially June through August. According to a  United Van Lines study, about 40 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place between May 1 and August 31.

Because demand is so high, many movers increase costs during those busy times, so you could pay more. Plus, scheduling your chosen pickup and delivery dates can be difficult during the peak moving months. Although the best movers will be able to accommodate your schedule, additional charges may apply.

You can find better deals and more flexibility when moving during the off-peak season, which is September through April. That off-peak time is quickly running out, though. If you are ready to schedule your move,  contact your mover now to see if your preferred dates are available and how much, if any, you could save by scheduling different dates.

Moving During the Summer

If you do plan to move during the peak season, try to schedule the move for mid-month during the middle of the week, when demand is not quite as high. More people want to move on a weekend at the end of the month, so movers are busier.

What is the Best Day for Moving?

Because the weekends are busiest for movers, avoid moving on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Schedule your move on a Tuesday or Wednesday, if possible. It could save you a few dollars. Call your movers and ask.

Get Help with Your Move

Any move, even ones planned several months in advanced, can be hectic. Moving in less than six weeks may seem nearly impossible, but it is actually quite common. In fact, many people move with only two weeks or less notice.

However, a move without months of planning does require more focus, organization and flexibility. Use  moving tips and a checklist. They can save time and your sanity. And hire full service movers, if your budget allows.

full service moving company can provide complete door-to-door relocation. That includes planning the move as well as packing and unpacking services. It will cost a little more, but enables you to focus on the many other details you must take care of while the professionals handle your move.

If you’re unable to pay the additional costs, enlist the help of family and friends. You will need it.

Don’t do any long-distance moving into a home that isn’t clean and tidy

January 27, 2015

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If you’re about to trek across state lines or even from one coast to another for a major relocation, you’ll want to minimize as much aggravation as you can. This means you need to avoid any work possible on moving day, since you and your state-to-state movers will be pretty busy unpacking and organizing. Don’t move into a messy house – make sure things are pristine when you get there.

The best way to ensure that your new digs are clean is to do it yourself. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually possible when long-distance moving is involved. If you can’t easily get to the new place, consider hiring a local cleaning company to give things a once over before you arrive with your boxes and furniture. Search online or contact your real estate agent to be certain there’s a reliable company involved with the clean up.

You can also remove the responsibility of cleaning from yourself by putting the cleanliness in writing. For instance, one of the closing stipulations can be that the old owner needs to clean (or hire cleaners) to get the house in tip-top shape before you set foot in it. Make sure to include language guaranteeing a penalty for non-compliance or else you and your movers might be kicking dust bunnies and trash out of the way to make room for your possessions.

Happy New Year

With 2012 now in the rear view mirror….what’s next?

For millions of Americans 2013 will be a MOVING year. Some will be moving across the street and some to far away lands. The basic elements of moving are the same. PICK A GREAT MOVER…HAVE A GREAT MOVE. Its that simple!

Questions for Your Mover

How long have you been in the moving business?

Are you licensed for local and long-distance moves?

Do you carry workers compensation insurance?

How long will my move take?

Are there items not allowed to be moved?

How much will my move cost and what am I charged for:

Packing and unpacking

Packing Materials

Mileage

Weight

Are your employees full-time, certified and background checked?,Will I have one point of contact during my move?

Can my possessions be stored temporarily?

Do you offer crating for items needing special attention?

What services do you offer for appliances?

How will my heirlooms or high valued items be handled?

How do you protect my home against damage?

Am I protected against loss or damage?

What happens when damage occurs?

Can I do my own packing?

Can I purchase packing supplies from you?

How long will it take to pack, load, unload and unpack?

What are my payment options?
Review your moving estimates in detail. Be sure you understand all charges.