High shool graduations, job transfers, home sales...there are a lot of reasons to move in May. Millions of Americans will change residences this year, according to the Census Bureau. However, that creates a lot of potential targets for scammers.
The Better Business Bureau reports that complaints about moving scams are up 33 percent over last year. That's why they've declared May "National Moving Month" to educate people about the dangers that come with a move. "Sometimes people will just get a pickup truck and tell you that they're in the moving business and will try to move you for a lesser amount of money," said Andy Fischer, President of the Ark-La-Tex BBB.
Those savings come with a heavy price. BBB complaints range from late deliveries and damaged items to thousands of dollars in furniture that never made it to its destination.
The biggest key, Fischer said, is making sure the company you're using is fully licensed and insured. We spoke to David Trahan of Two Guys Moving in Bossier City to find out what you need to look for in a legitimate business. "Expect to sign a contract with the terms and conditions. They should review the price...and they should go over insurance coverage," he said.
To find out more about fully accredited moving companies near you, visit the BBB website. http://shreveport.bbb.org/