Bar Will Be Raised In 2014 For The Moving Industry
According to Reuters, the government is planning a new crack down on rogue movers, a problem which has plagued the moving industry for years. Rogue movers are companies that operate outside of ethical standards by piling on charges, missing deadlines, breaking things and holding goods hostage.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has but a handful of investigators nationwide who focus on policing the moving industry, will in 2014 raise the bar for those who want to get into the moving industry and will give the Department of Transportation the authority to order the release of a consumer’s goods being held and to assess fines.
Legitimate movers, such as Arpin Van Lines, have been lobbying to get the federal government to increase its involvement and help rid what has already been a stain on the industry’s reputation.
Here are some tips on how to avoid rogue movers:
- Try to get an in-home estimate for an interstate move. A phone or online estimate for the cost of a move may not be sufficient.
- Do not pay a deposit - particularly if a significant percentage of the total cost is demanded. It’s rare that an interstate mover will request a deposit and when that does happen, it's usually a nominal amount, around 100 to 200 dollars.
- Finally, take extra precautions when dealing with a moving broker by checking on their legitimacy and the terms you're agreeing to. Also, be clear about which mover is actually handling your relocation.