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I’m writing this article because my grandfather was a victim of crimes against the elderly. He entrusted someone to come into his home to help him with his finances and other things. Within a year his life savings was utterly wiped out and he had to rely on others to take care of him. The good news is the criminal was caught, but he didn’t get his money back. The situation was devastating and disrupted our entire family.
The moving industry is full of scams, and some people may look at you as prey. You need to be careful with how you go about choosing a long-distance moving company. I put together this senior citizen’s moving guide to help you navigate through all the garbage on the internet and narrow down the best moving companies you can pick from. Also, check out this article about the top 5 complaints in the moving industry.
1.DON’T PRICE SHOP MOVERS
2.SPEND 10 MINUTES AND DO SOME RESEARCH
Another huge mistake that seniors make is they don’t do research. Salespeople in the moving industry are highly trained to make their service sound amazing. A lot of them are also very likable and appear to be trustworthy. Don’t be a victim! Do some basic research before you sign a contract. The DOT Safer website will grant you access into the history of a company. It will show if the company is a mover or broker, complaint history and whether or not they’re legally operating. it will take you 5-10 minutes but can save you a massive headache.
After you feel comfortable with a few companies, start with a quick Google search. There are dozens of moving review websites that will help you gage on what a company up to. You can read reviews and see how the companies respond to complaints. Don’t look for companies with anything but five stars; they’re non-existent. The moving industry gets thousands of complaints about various things, so the key is to look at years in business, company size, and complaint history. As a consumer, you should also know your rights and responsibilities.
3.LOOK FOR COMPANIES THAT OFFER A SENIOR CITIZEN’S DISCOUNT
4.HOW TO SAVE SOME MONEY ON A LONG-DISTANCE MOVE
The bottom line is moving is expensive any way you slice it, but there are ways you can save money. Movers base their cost on weight or cubic feet so the size of your load will play a major role. The first thing you can do is minimize what you’re moving. We’re all guilty of accumulating stuff over the years. If you’re not using it then get rid of it. You can either sell it or have a local charity pick it up for free. Here’s a list of 5 charities that will pick up our stuff for free. The second area where you can save is by packing boxes. You can go to a local Uhual, Home Depot or WalMart and pick up boxes. You can even buy them on our website. Self-packing is a great way to reduce the cost of your long-distance move.
There are also ways of getting free packing supplies. Check with local retailers like Walmart, Best Buy etc. Speak with a manager and ask if they have any extra packing supplies that they’re getting rid of. It’s actually very common for people to pick up free boxes from local stores. You can also put out a social media post and see if anyone has any additional packing supplies from a recent move. At the end of the day reducing the size of your move will be the most effective in terms of saving money.