Canadian Association of Movers

Canadian Association of Movers

June 18, 2009 08:01 ET

Protect Your Family and Possessions During Your Summer Move

Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) cautions consumers about unreliable movers and offers consumers six tips on moving to protect themselves.

Attention: City Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor MISSISSAUGA/ONTARIO/CHOOSING A MOVER--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - If you're looking for a mover, do your homework first or your furniture won't be the only thing that gets taken for a ride!

With the current economy, fly-by-night, new and inexperienced movers are posing as reliable moving service-providers. "There are moving companies that make promises they have no intention of keeping, at unreal prices that bait customers, and they do it in print, online and face-to-face", says Rick Taylor, CAM chairman. "Consumers have a responsibility to protect themselves, now, more than ever."

Consumers cannot rely upon short-term promotions - on telephone poles, bulletin boards or in local newspapers or flyers in mailboxes - to find reputable, professional moving services. Canada's trade association for the household goods moving industry recommends that consumers find good movers and check their reputation by contacting CAM or the Better Business Bureau.

Here are six top tips to help Canadians avoid a moving disaster.

1. Check out your mover with your provincial government, the BBB and CAM (at www.mover.net/consumers or 1-866-860-0065) before hiring them.
2. Get three in-home estimates and all promises IN WRITING. A telephone or online estimate may not give you the bottom-line cost.
3. Ask how your goods will be physically protected and insured while in transit.
4. Don't be fooled by slick ads, flashy websites or a classified ad. These don't mean the movers are professionals.
5. Don't use brokers. You won't know who your mover will be on moving day or who's responsible if there's a problem.
6. Don't make your decision based solely on price. If the estimate seems too good to be true, it is!

There are consumer protection laws to protect you, but it's far easier to hire a reputable mover than to fight for compensation after the move. /For further information: Contact the Canadian Association of Movers, Canada’s moving industry trade association. CAM helps consumers by identifying good movers and monitoring movers’ performance. Visit CAM’s website, www.mover.net; fax enquiry to 905-848-8499; mail to 2200 Sherobee Road, Suite 404, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5A 3Y3./ IN: FINANCE, INTERNATIONAL, RETAIL, SOCIAL, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • John Levi, President, Canadian Association of Movers
    Primary Phone: 905-848-6579
    Toll-Free: 866-860-0065
    E-mail: jlevi@mover.net