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Don't get boxed in by disreputable movers

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Moving can be stressful enough without adding damaged property and excess charges to the mix. Moving can be stressful enough without adding damaged property and excess charges to the mix.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

An estimated 37 million individuals and families move every year, with May the month of choice for more movers than any other month.

May has been dubbed National Moving Month, but whenever you choose to pack up and go, take heed of these tips to help avoid a moving mess during and after your move.

Moving can be stressful enough without adding damaged property and excess charges to the mix.

"The top complaints we get are for damaged property," said the Better Business Bureau's Michele Mason. "Damage to your home during the move, or holding your items for ransom to try to get you to pay more money than you agreed to."

Mason said there have been cases where a moving company tries charging more than what was agreed upon and then holding items hostage just to get the money.

To make sure you don't get boxed into this scam, make sure you check out the companies carefully.

"You want to make sure you are dealing with companies with a good record before you invest your time and money, because we know moving is stressful enough alone," said Mason.

Be sure to obtain a written contract that spells out the cost of the move, and make sure the deal is done on-site. Beware of quotes given over the phone.

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