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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
Several long distance moving companies have reportedly refused to deliver the furniture and other personal possessions of their clients to force them to pay more than the pre-agreed moving fee, according to the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. Recently, a man who moved to Phoenix reported being victimized by one of these moving firms.

According to Tyler Green, who hired Budget Van Lines to move his things from Philadelphia to Phoenix, he signed an agreement with the relocation services firm for $3,400. Green even showed the contract to local CBS 5 News to prove that they had a pre-agreed moving fee. However, Green reported that on the actual relocation day, another firm called Ideal Moving and Storage came to his house and asked for $9,053.56.

He recounts that he was told about the change in price after all his possessions were loaded into the truck. Green then got in touch with the Department of Weights and Measures and an investigator was sent to his home. The investigator reportedly asked for documents from the moving van driver who then called his employer at Ideal.

The case was eventually resolved and the moving firm agreed to deliver Green's possessions for the initial price. However, officials from the Department of Weights and Measures have revealed that situations like Green's do not always have a happy ending. A number of long distance moving companies are reportedly doing the same around the area and some of them are able to get away with it.

Officials from the department have cautioned movers to research thoroughly the company that they would hire before contacting the service providers. It was found out later by CBS-5 News that the first company called by Green, Budget Van Lines, is actually a relocation service broker that hired another firm, which then asked a third firm to provide the relocation service.

Meanwhile, the Federal Motor Carrier Association is looking into all the long distance moving companies involved and is studying whether laws were broken and if there is any citation that should be issued. Budget has released a statement revealing that they have suspended any transaction with Ideal Moving while an investigation is conducted.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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