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Remember that you will provide your moving company with most of your personal possessions. Be sure to find someone you trust!

One of the best ways to find a good moving company is to ask your friends, relatives, and business associates about moving companies that they have used. Most of these recommended companies will be listed in the Yellow Pages under "“Movers." Try to find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area and have been in business for at least 10 years. Be careful if you have never heard of a particular moving company and have no references from friends or associates.

Just because a company has an attractive Yellow Pages advertisement or Web site doesn’t necessarily mean the company is reputable. Nearly all victims of rogues found their moving companies on the Internet. Many of those companies have Web sites but no brick-and-mortar business. Consider companies whose physical locations you’ve seen and who offer to come to your home for a visual estimate.

Brokers are not actual moving companies. They are third-party companies that negotiate moving services between the customer and the moving company. If you choose a broker then you will not know exactly what moving company will handle your possessions.

Try not to be swayed by super-low prices from unknown companies. Rogues often offer unreasonably low estimates to entice customers and then hold their goods hostage while demanding more money.

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