Changing jobs, and therefore locations, is an occupational hazard for many in the local TV business. Lord knows I’ve moved around the country. And I’ve been involved in the process of moving many employees I’ve hired from state to state. There have been a few horror stories. In one case, a young lady hired a […]
Lord knows I’ve moved around the country. And I’ve been involved in the process of moving many employees I’ve hired from state to state. There have been a few horror stories.
In one case, a young lady hired a moving company. They delivered her stuff two weeks after the delivery date, (the station had to pay to house her for those two weeks), and the driver immediately demanded a certified check or cash before he would unload anything.
I called the company and the guy on the other end of the phone told me either pay up or he keeps the furniture.
I called the station’s corporate lawyer for assistance. He told me to cut them a check.
Many of her items went missing. I remember having to buy her a new printer.
WINK is the CBS affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla., owned by Ft. Myers Broadcasting.
The legal department of the moving company, Mayflower, runs an organization called MoveRescue, which provides free assistance to consumers whose goods are being held hostage.
Here are some tips from MoveRescue:
- Always get an in-home estimate for an interstate move. A phone or internet estimate of the cost of a move is not sufficient.
- Do not pay a deposit, particularly if a significant percentage of the total cost is demanded. It is rare that an interstate mover will request a deposit and when that does happen it’s usually a nominal amount, like $100-$200.
- Take extra precautions when dealing with a moving broker, checking on their legitimacy, the terms you’re agreeing to and being clear about which mover is actually handling your relocation.