May marks the beginning of the busiest moving season for Texans. It is also a time when unscrupulous and unlicensed operators are most likely to take advantage of consumers.
Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, along with the Southwest Movers Association, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Association of Realtors, will kick off National Moving Month at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 4 at the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
In order to educate Texans on the importance of hiring a trustworthy mover, State Representative Celia Israel (District 50-Austin) will kick off National Moving Month with Better Business Bureau (BBB), Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), Southwest Movers Association (SMA), Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA).
Rep. Celia Israel, who owns a consulting firm focusing on public affairs and real estate, will join these industry experts to share important consumer tips on how to avoid moving scams, along with information on increased penalties for rogue operators.
SMA’s Pinnacle Movers, an elite group of companies adhering to high ethical standards and professional competence, will be on hand with moving trucks for on-site demonstrations of best practices. These movers are also BBB Accredited Businesses, adhering to BBB’s eight Standards for Trust, which includes advertising honestly, honoring promises and safeguarding privacy.
Consumer victims who have been taken advantage of by rogue operators will also be on hand to share their personal stories.