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Holman Moving Systems is Endorsed by MovingScam.com

 

Holman is very excited and honored to announce that we are officially an endorsed mover on MovingScam.com based on our history, reputation, and customer service reviews.

 

For the last 15 years, the volunteers at MovingScam.com have been working to help people avoid rogue movers and ensure a legitimate moving experience with quality professionals. That means that they help people who are moving connect with movers best suited to assist in their specific situation. Every move is different after all! Customers can also rely on MovingScam.com to answer questions and help educate themselves on how to handle their move. Volunteers include former consumers as well as professional working and retired movers.

 

 

In order to be endorsed by the site, companies must pass an extensive screening process that includes reviewing information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the BBB, various state associations, independent web sites across the web, MovingScam.com message boards, word of mouth, and in most cases on-site surveys.

 

 

Holman Moving Systems is thrilled to be endorsed by a site as dedicated to customer satisfaction and quality service as we are.

 

Common Moving Mistakes that Can Put You at Risk for Identify Theft

A good friend of mine recently moved into Manhattan and unfortunately, misplaced some important documents in the shuffle. She is currently dealing with a very frustrating identity theft issue and so I thought today would be the perfect day to re-share this post from Paige.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an uncanny fear of identity theft. I tend to hoard mail and old financial information for years, because I don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. The last time I moved, I had dressers filled with all sorts of papers to throw out. In my frenetic state, I wanted to throw it all into one big bag and out the door. But this would have been a huge mistake that could have caused me to lose my most valuable asset –my identity.

 

When people are in the midst of moving, they are usually so overwhelmed that they forget to protect themselves from identity theft – even though they know, and normally practice, proper ways to protect themselves. Here are IdentityTheftsome common mistakes people make when they are moving:

Throwing away documents with sensitive data. Always be sure to shred any and all documents displaying information about yourself, your family, your financials and anything else that is directly related to your personal identity.

Forgetting to change address with the post office. It’s easy to put off your change of address, but there are consequences for delaying this chore. Should any important information be sent via mail to your old address, anyone can take it and use it to their advantage. Even if you were close to your old neighbors, or sold your house to the nicest people, you don’t ever really know people. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Forgetting to notify banks, insurance companies, utilities providers, etc. of the move and new address. Remember the last time you went to the DMV? You probably had to show a proof of address, which is most often a bill from a bank or utility. Bills, bank statements and insurance documents contain a ton of information that anyone can use to steal your identity. Be sure to notify any financial or utility companies that you are moving in advance of your move so that you can either settle up, or have the address changed so that the bill comes to you. If you won’t be settled into your new home for a while, you can set up a P.O. Box or have your mail forwarded to a trustworthy family member or friend.

Keeping important documents, including titles, registration and insurance, in the car when it’s being moved. Again, you don’t want this important information in the wrong hands. Always keep important documents, from wills and birth certificates to car titles and registrations, on your person when you are moving.

Not vetting the moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Since your mover’s will be in you rhome and handling your items, you want to be sure you are working with a reputable company. A good moving company will only hire employees that have been background checked and drug tested. Here is an article on how to find a reputable moving company.

Leaving sensitive documents and materials, or computers open, in the presence of movers, contractors, utility representatives, cable representatives, etc. Your old home and your new home will be open to a variety of different people. Be sure to keep important documents under lock and key, and your computer locked, in the midst of all of the activity. In fact, be sure to password protect any mobile devices, including your smartphones and tablets, for additional piece of mind.

The FTC estimates that more than nine million people were victims of identity theft in the past year. It’s a staggering number that continues to grow. While most people know to be diligent online, it’s easy to forget that your identity can be compromised the old fashioned way – by theft of paper documents. It’s important to be diligent. If you have reason to believe that your information is in the wrong hands, or that you have been a victim of identity theft, here is helpful information from the FTC on the steps you will need to take to protect yourself.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your identity? Please share below.

Three Common Moving Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

 

 

Moving is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean it has to be horrible. We’ve heard all the avoid moving nightmaresnightmare moving stories there are to hear. I’m talking really scary stuff. I mean, before I had any experience, I even lived through some! Luckily, with some simple tips and precautions, moving nightmares are completely avoidable.

Your Moving Estimate vs. Your Actual Move Cost

 

 

Though some fluctuation is possible, a qualified mover should come pretty close in terms of the initial estimate and About Moving Estimatesthe final moving cost. However, a lot of people moving, especially for the first time may come across a frustrating and confusing question.

 

 

“Why was my estimate so much different than the actual cost of my move?!”

Questions to Ask Your Mover

 

 

Searching for a moving company can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there and some of them can be really appealing, especially when the services listed are plenty and the cost is low. However, it’s important and very Questions to ask your moverhelpful to ask specific questions to ensure you end up working with the right mover for your needs. The following questions can also help you be sure you don’t end up in the middle of a scam.

Three Ways to Avoid Identity Theft During a Move

 

 

Between packing, cleaning, planning, and keeping your normal life in order, protecting yourself from identity theft is three ways to avoid identity theft during a moveprobably not high on your moving to-do list. But it should be. Though you may not realize it, you are vulnerable to identity theft during a move. Important documents are moved from their safe and secure location and are more likely to be left out in the open while you prepare to (hopefully) carry them on your person on moving day. People are in and out of your house, things get misplaced, and if you’re stressed you may end up forgetting where you put certain things. Then there’s the mail forwarding: there could be a delay in your request leaving important private mail in the hands of your home’s new tenants or there could even be a mistake in the rerouting. These are all reasons to take the initiative to protect yourself.

How to Find Reliable Movers in New Jersey

 

How to Find Reliable Movers in New JerseyIt only takes a matter of seconds to find a list of movers in your area on the Internet. Seriously, type in “movers near me” into Google and a huge list will come up. However, it’s not as easy to find a reliable mover in your area. Between all of the different sites, incentives, and discounted offers, it can be confusing to select the right mover. But, it’s important that you do because the last thing you want is to get caught in a moving scam.

Four Important Questions to Ask Your Mover

moving questionsWhen it comes to searching for a moving company, the options and information you encounter can be overwhelming. It’s important and very helpful to ask specific questions to ensure you end up working with the right mover for your needs. The following questions can also help you be sure you don’t end up in the middle of a scam.

Binding vs. Non-Binding Estimate

changed costIn the spirit of the busy moving season I thought it would be a good idea to continue on our vocabulary lesson trend since many of you are dealing with or will soon be dealing with a ton of moving industry lingo. We know how important it is to obtain an estimate before your move and that it’s even more important to make sure that estimate is done in person. Today I thought I would go over the difference between a binding and a non-binding estimate.

What is the Most Cost Effective Full Service Long Distance Moving Company?

I spend a lot of time answering moving questions around the web at sites like Quora and Yahoo Q&A. Throughout the past year, I’ve noticed that the same questions are asked over and over again. Understandably, people sure do have a lot of questions about moving – and we want to help. So, we will be sharing some of our answers here and, if you have a question, please let us know and we will answer it in a post. Don’t be shy – if you are curious about something, then there’s a good chance others are, too.