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More people move in May than any other month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
One in eight people change their address in the course of a year, down slightly this decade compared to the previous decade. Two-thirds of moves are within in the same county. Renters are more likely to move than home owners.
The Better Business Bureau and American Moving & Storage Association offer this advice to those who are moving:
- Check out the moving company. All interstate movers must be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and are assigned a motor carrier number you can verify at www.protectyourmove.gov. Also, check out the mover’s number with the Better Business Bureau.
- Get estimates. Only deal with movers who are willing to come to your home and offer a thorough estimate. Over-the-phone estimates are likely to be wildly wrong.
- Know your rights as a consumer. Moving-related laws vary by state. Local law enforcement or the BBB can help consumers when moving companies fail to deliver on their promises.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau (05/29/2010) and The Miami Herald (05/29/2010