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By Rusty Johnson | Agent in Columbia, SC

Moving Scams

There is so much involved in moving – whether to the next city or state – and moving companies know this.  Unfortunately, many unscrupulous movers will use this information to put home buyers in desperate situations that could cost big bucks.  Take the following steps to avoid being scammed by a rogue moving company:

Angie’s List

www.AngiesList.com is a great website where consumers can review companies they have experience with.  Companies cannot pay to be on this list, so you can rest assured that reviews are as genuine and unbiased as possible.

U.S. Department of Transportation

The US DOT has great information that will help Protect Your Move, including a Moving Fraud Prevention Checklist.  This insightful website will help you plan your move, file complaints, check a company’s credentials, and much more.  Don’t start your move without first visiting this website!

Confirm Insurance

Ask for proof of insurance, how to file claims, and how you would be compensated if something gets damaged/lost/etc.  All movers must assume liability for the value of the goods they transport, but there are two options for this liability:

·         Released value

-          a no-cost option that provides minimal protection

-          covers any damages at 60 cents per pound, per article

·         Full value

-          the most comprehensive option available

-          cost varies


A credible moving company will need to come into your home, take a look at your belongings and give you a quote based on their assessment.  A binding estimate is written and discloses the total cost based on service(s) needed.  A non-binding estimate is based on weight and cannot give a total until after the job is performed. 

To learn more about rogue movers and red flags, view the Blank Document Warning provided by the US DOT.

If you are ready to search homes in Columbia, SC, or if you are ready to sell a home in Columbia, SC, contact Rusty Johnson online or call him directly at 803-622-2285.  Rusty has a team that specializes in representing clients in the purchase and sale of single-family homes and income-producing investment properties within the Greater Columbia, SC area. His team has implemented systems that have been delegated to key staff members to ensure your transaction is a smooth and successful one.

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