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The Price of Not Being Licensed

August 4, 2011 · Print This Article

This past week, officials from the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs executed ‘Operation Mother’s Attic’; a sting operation aimed at finding and fining unlicensed moving companies that operate throughout the state. The target group of companies was 25 movers who advertised online in places like Craigslist, where consumers might not always know what their rights are when hiring movers. The result was fines for all 25 companies, even though only 17 showed up to the job that they had been scheduled for.One company, Van Express, was cited for operating without the proper licenses, and as such, they will have to pay a fine of at least $2500. Officials say that companies that operate without licenses are more likely to scam consumers out of their money by holding belongings hostage or demanding a large tip before things are unloaded. While this particular operation is not accusing any of these companies of being scams, the DCA is demanding accountability including licensure and meeting the requirements that go with it.

A Boom in Moving Truck Rentals

Moving can be scary when such companies are allowed to operate. Without the proper license, a mover can pretty much do whatever they want. This is why there has been such a boom in moving truck rentals over the past few years. Consumers are no longer willing to sit on the side and allow these companies to take their money or harm their things. But even when you choose to move your things on your own, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure that the truck rental you obtain is better than the scam movers that you might have hired.

Protect Yourself When Moving

If you are considering a moving truck rental, then make sure that you remember these simple steps:

·Always reserve ahead of time. Trucks are generally overbooked, so if you don’t reserve in advance, you might face unavailability.

·Do a walk around of the truck before you sign the paperwork and take it off the lot. You want to make sure that it is in working condition and in good repair.

·Get extra insurance. Truck rental companies will charge you for any ‘damage’ that they see on the truck. This is another good reason to do a walk around when you first obtain it.

·Read the fine print. Never blindly sign a contract when you are getting a truck rental.

Research Before Signing

Whether you choose to hire movers, or you opt for the moving truck rental solution, make sure that you are aware of your rights so that you can reduce stress when you move. Never sign anything blindly or hand over money to a company that you are not really familiar with. Do some research to ensure they have all the proper licenses (including truck rental companies) so that you can enjoy the moving process rather than dreading it.

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