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Moving to another city or another house? 
Remember these steps
	The Better Business Bureau gets thousands of complaints about movers every year. One of the most common complaints is the low-quote trick. The mover quotes one price then holds your possessions hostage until you pay for unexpected fees or overweight charges. 
	* To avoid this, get detailed quotes from at least three moving companies. If one quotes a price that is significantly lower than the others, be skeptical. Movers should visit your home to assess the job. In-state moves are usually based on the number of hours they will take. Interstate moves will likely be calculated based on weight and distance. 
	Choose a mover who is attentive and fastidious, advises Bookstore Movers in Arlington, Va. Don't choose a mover who  requires a large cash deposit, especially if it's in cash. 
	* Check the company's reputation. Go to the BBB's website to see if there have been complaints against the company and whether they were resolved. According to Kiplinger's Personal Finance, interstate movers should be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), so visit To find movers registered with the Department of Transportation, go to 
	* Be insured. Check your homeowner's or renters insurance to see if the policy covers your belongings in transit. The Insurance Information Institute says it's likely the plan covers the same perils during a move as at home. If your moving truck bursts into flames, you're probably covered, but if the mover damages your belongings, they won't be covered. You can buy full value insurance for your stuff at about $200 for $100,000 worth of coverage. 
	* If a mover is holding your stuff hostage, call the FMCSA at 888-368-7238. For other complaints, contact the National Consumer Complaint Database at