Watch out for moving scams and shady movers

Watch out for moving scams and shady movers that don’t have your best interest in mind.

Nearly 40 million people move each year, according to the American Moving & Storage Association, a trade association with more than 3,200 moving company members. In an online poll, 38 percent of Angie’s List members say they encountered a problem with their most recent move, such as damage, extra fees or stolen goods.

AMSA president Linda Bauer Darr says unscrupulous movers cause problems for homeowners and industry professionals. “We don’t like to call them movers because they’re really crooks,” she says. “The rogues are our No. 1 complaint.”

Newlywed Lance Hopper looked forward to moving from Jacksonville, Florida, to Tampa with his bride. Not yet an Angie’s List member, he called a moving company: Ocean Moving and Storage in Pembroke Park, Florida.

“I wasn’t comfortable doing this, but I had to rely on a phone estimate from the mover as I was already in Tampa working,” Hopper says of his summer 2010 move. “They told me they had a truck coming through town with enough room to pick up my stuff — all for $1,200.”

Hopper returned to Jacksonville to supervise the movers and says problems started as soon as the moving truck arrived late to his house. “There was no way they could fit everything in the truck,” he says. “They only loaded half of my wife’s belongings.”

When the moving truck arrived in Tampa, Hopper says the movers refused to unload and demanded the $1,200 he agreed to pay over the phone in cash. “They were absolutely hateful,” he says. “They held [my belongings] for two days because they had another job scheduled. I ended up paying them $1,800 in cash for everything. This was the worst business I’ve ever dealt with in my entire life.”

He says the Tampa move motivated him to join Angie’s List. Ocean Moving, which didn’t return calls seeking comment, has 27 complaints on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since 2008.

Have You Ever Felt This Way?

In Wuthering Heights (1939), Merle Oberon as Cathy says: Forgive me, Heathcliff. Forgive me. Heathcliff. Make the world stop right here. Make everything stop and stand still and never move again. Make the moors never change, and you and I never change.
Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff says: The moors and I will never change. Don’t you, Cathy.

Have you ever felt that way?  Stop the world. Freeze time. Make no changes. A nice thought but not real practical. The world does move on and things do change.  When that change means moving, it can mean leaving behind memories and belongings. For some, it is an easy change.  But others find it more difficult.

Easy Transition Advisors are here to help with the physical and emotional challenges of change. Maybe you need to organize for the move. Or downsize. Or plan for your new space. Or pack. Or sort out your emotions. We can help in each of these areas, then supervise the move, unpack and make sure you are settled in before the day is done. From the initial visit to the mint on your pillow, we will be there for you.

Help!!! Grandma needs to move

Help!!!   Grandma needs to move and she has too much stuff. You don’t want to deal with it, so who are you going to call? Call me, Luan Morrow at Easy Transition Advisors. As a Senior Move Manager, I help people navigate this difficult transition in life.

This is how I introduce myself, when I have to grab the attention of my audience. Working with Seniors most of my career, I have an understanding of their situation and challenges. They are never too old to have hopes and dreams. They are never too old to have a spirit of gratefulness and generosity. They are never too old to set goals or desire a better life. Like a tour guide, I can take the transition journey with them, while gently guiding them through difficult decisions.

The National Association of Senior Move Managers says NASMM members specialize in helping older adults and their families with the daunting process of downsizing and moving to a new residence. NASMM members are experienced professionals, bound by a pledge of integrity, committed to safety and ethics, and dedicated to continuing professional development. NASMM members will move you expertly, compassionately, and affordably.

I am all of that and so much more.  Through this blog, I hope to reveal to you the exciting and inspirational aspects of being a Senior Move Manager. The best part of being a SMM is being able to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Moving, downsizing, organizing, etc. can be very stressful and I can ease the transition for them. I cannot wave a magic wand, but I can help them honor their memories as we downsize their belongings.

Let’s get started!!