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Avoid moving scams during peak moving season

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Warmer weather brings a higher number of movers switching apartments or moving to a new home.

It could also spell trouble when hiring reputable movers.

"As business picks up the good honest legitimate honest movers get booked up and that leaves room for the not so reputable ones to start getting some jobs," Better Business Bureau Tom Bartholomy.

Last year, consumers filed more than 11,100 moving complaints with the Better Business Bureau nationwide.

Nationally, moving companies rank among the top BBB complaint categories.

"You don't want to be doing business with and F rated mover," said Bartholomy. 

Certainly, moving is no one's idea of a good time. But there are ways to make the adventure go as seamlessly as possible.

First steer away from any moving company that only provides an online or over-the-phone estimate.

"Have them do (the estimate) it in your apartment so that they can see exactly what you have," recommended Bartholomy.

Make sure that estimate is guaranteed and it also lets you to comparison shop.

"Get three or four bids from different movers," added Bartholomy. 

"Make sure that they are properly licensed."

Under federal law, all moving companies are liable for basic insurance. Its 60 cents per pound, per item.

But if you have expensive items "make sure that either your homeowners insurance or renters insurance will cover it during the move, or you'll want to upgrade the insurance through that carrier," said Bartholomy.

A little caution ahead of time can save a lot of expensive headaches.

If you are still unsure about a moving company log on the BBB's website www.charlotte.bbb.org and see what other people's experiences have been.

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