Protect Yourself against Moving Fraud:-
- Know your rights and responsibilities before selecting a mover.
- Learn to spot the red flags of moving fraud.
- Be sure your mover is registered with FMCS.
- Read and understand all information provided by the mover.
- Do NOT sign blank or incomplete documents.
- Make sure you understand the type of liability you agree to.
- Supervise the process.
The mover should provide you with the following basic written documents as part of your move:
|Estimate||The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover. Do not accept verbal estimates.|
|Order for Service||The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.|
|Bill of Lading||The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.|
|Inventory List||The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods' condition.|
Declining Mover Rate Driven by Renters, Census Bureau Reports:-
The rate at which renters moved in 2017 was at a historic low of 21.7 percent, compared to 35.2 percent in 1988, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released today from the Current Population Survey. However, renters still moved at a higher rate than owners 21.7 percent compared with 5.5 percent, respectively.
In 2017, 43 percent of movers reported moving for a housing-related reason. In comparison, 27.9 percent said they moved for a family-related reason, 18.5 percent said they moved for an employment-related reason, and 10.6 percent said they moved for some other reason.
The mover rate for U.S. resident's 1-year-old and over was 11.0 percent (34.9 million), which remained statistically unchanged from last year's all-time low of 11.2 percent (35.1 million), according to the new data.
|Moving related reasons||Percentage|
|Movers reported moving for a housing-related reason||43%|
|Moved for a family-related reason||27.9%|
|Moved for an employment-related reason||18.5%|
|Moved for some other reason||10.6%|
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