Because there's only a handful of movers out there who do volume-based interstate moves (although we've been told that all major van line agents has used this for one reason or another, because of an unusual situation with the shipment's makeup), it's still a caution symbol. If we hear of a mover quoting by volume, we immediately look to make sure the mover itself is good, and if that checks out, and the estimate is based on an in-home estimate by a company employee (scammers will say that a Binding Estimate is nullified if it's not viewed by the company, but they don't tell you this until the truck's been loaded), then the customer gets a green light.
So this site highly recommends Moovers as a moving company, however, the estimate I did with them was based on a cubic foot measurement. Trying to plan an interstate move is getting a lot more stressful by the minute.
Did they do an in-home estimate?
Hiring people here and there seems like a lot of work. I may have to do that is I can't find a full service mover by Tuesday.
Thanks for the advice,
Trust me, I've been there. So has Farrah, so has Tim Walker, so have many many other scam victims. You DON'T want to go there. They've already demonstrated they're setting you up to be screwed (telling you that a Binding Price will change if you did something wrong is not legal and wouldn't hold up in court, because Binding means won't change)
Therefore, if I was a crooked mover, I would count on the following happening...
1) The shipper failing to initially divulge everything that is tendered to me on move-out day: not by design...but rather by the shipper failing to understand that plans nearly always change, and what is initially planned to be moved often changes...by failing to comprehend the scope of their move…as happens so many times...and by minimizing the size of their move as (it seems) is a common practice which is perhaps driven by human nature and the desire to pay as little as possible.
2) I would load inefficiently, thereby ballooning the cube.
Furthermore, it stands to reason that weight-based moves encourage load-density efficiency whereas cube-based moved discourage load-density efficiency. Add to this the ease by which one can be cheated on a cube-based move and one has to wonder why on earth a consumer would elect to pay for cube-based moving service. The only reason I can surmise is that the consumer has failed to perform due diligence and research the issues at hand…or they are shopping for the cheapest price which (I believe) is the number one reason consumers get into bed with less then honest moving companies.
Perhaps some witty comment suggesting a fool and his money being soon parted is appropriate here, eh?
Title: Massachusetts Road Contractor Fined $3 Million for Falsifying Asphalt Tickets
Date: August 09, 2007
Summary: On August 9, P.A. Landers, Inc., a Plymouth, Massachusetts, road construction contractor, was ordered to pay a $3 million fine by a U.S. District Court judge in Boston, Massachusetts, as a result of its conviction earlier this year on charges of providing fake and inflated asphalt tickets for paving projects. The company was also ordered to pay $332,686 in restitution to the United States, the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the towns of Chatham and Sandwich, Massachusetts. Former company President Preston Landers was ordered to serve 42 months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and $332,686 in restitution.
Gregory Keelan, the company's former vice president, was ordered to serve 30 months in prison, pay a $10,000 fine and $332,686 in restitution. The company and its two former officials were convicted by a Federal jury in May on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, and making false claims on $18 million in paving projects between 1996 and March 2003.
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