The number of individuals and families relocating to Mesa has increased dramatically the past three years. Some are moving from within Arizona, but many are moving from out-of-state.

As part of our ongoing Local Mesa Realtor Tips series, we asked one of our expert realtors, Jason LaFlesch, owner of Results Realty, to share tips in conjunction with the Arizona Attorney General’s team to ensure their move to Mesa is a success. Jason has been a realtor in Arizona for 25 years and has helped more than 5,200 individuals and families find their forever home. Visit Jason’s website at www.AzResultsRealty.com or call him at 602-369-4663 for your local East Valley Real Estate needs.

Moving to Mesa Tips:
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History Check: Research a moving company’s complaint history through Arizona’s Better Business Bureau. Your new Cadence or other Mesa neighbors may also have suggestions. For interstate moves between California and Arizona, verify that a mover is federally licensed by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at (202) 385-2423. 

2. Rights When Moving: The federal government publishes two informative resources detailing your rights in the moving process: “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” and “Ready to Move.” Take the time to review these prior to selecting a mover. View these booklets and other resources at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move

3. Written Estimates and Contracts: Someone’s word is no longer their word, if you know what I mean!  Make sure to get estimates and quotes in writing so there are no miscommunications. Numerous moving companies will do an in-home visit to give you an accurate estimate and will provide that estimate in writing. Moving companies may surprise you with hidden fees, so ask about all charges before selecting a mover and find out what method they’ll use to calculate your bill. Also, before giving the green light, I would suggest Google searching your moving company of choice and verify other consumer reviews.

4. Confirm Delivery: Being present when your belongings are loaded allows you to answer questions, give directions and ensure that nothing is left behind. Take pictures of antique items or other belongings that you deem necessary before they are loaded onto the moving truck.  Also, try to be present on delivery day in Mesa as well. This ensures the same person that watched the load up is aware of what should be unloaded and can immediately spot any issues. Before signing the mover’s inventory list, carefully check to ensure you have all your items and immediately inspect your belongings for possible damage.

5. Hire Yourself: Oftentimes if you are moving heirlooms, valuables, firearms or medicine, it’s better to take care of it yourself. Likewise, moving a few items in your own vehicle that you’ll need immediate access to such as a few outfits, toiletries, basic cooking items or something to sleep on (sheets, pillows, cot, etc. are great reasons to hire yourself as the mover!

For more consumer protection tips and news, visit the Arizona Attorney General’s Office website at www.azag.gov.

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*provided by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office