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How to Protect Yourself from Hostage Load

The government is launching a “Protect Your Move” campaign to help people who are moving, avoid falling victim to what is known as “hostage load”. Local Baton Rouge moving and storage companies are eager to share and pass along the information for anyone who may be moving in or out of Louisiana this moving season.

36 million people move every year, and one in 10 will report that the moving company is holding their belongings hostage until they get paid more money (aka hostage load), amongst other complaints. When a moving company deems your move a hostage load, it is fraudulent. No matter what the moving company tries to tell you, you should have your moving quote in hand, and if they refuse to give you your belongings unless you pay them more than what was originally quoted, you may be able to call the police. Without proper documentation – you may not.

If you find yourself in a “hostage load” moving situation, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – who has received 3,000 complaints each year, for the past two years.

In order to finally combat this major moving issue that has been sweeping the nation, the federal government has finally intervened with a program to educate homeowners on the entire moving process and how to find a legitimate, reliable, trustworthy moving company – called “Protect Your Move”. The Department of Transportation also launched a new website where you can check moving company complaints. If you are moving to Baton Rouge, local moving company All My Sons Moving & Storage has over 20 years of experience and will never let you down. If you are looking to move to Baton Rouge, check out all of Protect Your Move’s tips online.

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