Plagiarism Prevention Gets Serious

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Sometimes it takes a big name to draw attention to a problem. This phenomenon is evident in the entertainment industry. A-list celebrities from George Clooney to Bono have used their considerable clout to refocus the world’s attention on issues that may otherwise go under the radar. From fighting poverty and disease in Africa to highlighting the acts of genocide in Darfur, many of these efforts are intended to help bring aid to a pressing issue. Sometimes, however, missteps and irony can carry the same weight as a familiar face. In 2003, The New York Times, a newspaper founded on principles of absolute journalistic integrity, was caught up in a plagiarism scandal. Then reporter Jayson Blair had submitted articles that lifted large segments from an article published in the San Antonio Express-News written by reporter Macarena Hernandez. Plagiarism had hit the front page, both literally and figuratively. This incident helped refocus national and international attention on creative integrity and intellectual ownership. The spotlight turned on plagiarism and members of the academic community that helped train the reporters, authors and intellectual leaders of tomorrow took note.

Since the dawn of the digital age, content creation and research have been moving targets. Libraries began to take a backseat to online catalogs of vast information resources. Instant access and unlimited breadth of topics became a mouse click away for most of the modern world. Many benefits arose from the computer-centric culture. Word-processing simplified essay creation, E-mail made submitting articles painless and accessing informational resources became painless. These positive developments were stalked by less well-intentioned applications of new technology. Dedicated sites cropped up that provided instant access to papers on a variety of subjects for a small fee. For student looking for an easy way out of putting in their time, the temptations were there. The simplicity of copying files from one computer to another also helped facilitate the sharing and stealing of original work between students. Educators were facing increasing challenges in trying to safe guard the notions of academic integrity once so firmly instilled in a previous generation.

As the Jayson Blair fiasco served to strengthen the education community’s fight against Plagiarism, new technology was being developed to actively fight the problem. New plagiarism checkers went to market that allowed educators to scan a paper and crosscheck the content against vast proprietary databases and a wide breadth of online content. These new tools allowed professors to pinpoint suspected cases of plagiarism and even provided links to probable sources. With the firepower of new plagiarism detection tools and a renewed focus on academic integrity many high schools and universities made a concerted effort to further educate their student body about plagiarism, proper citation methods and academic integrity as a whole.

With the renewed awareness of academic integrity, students began to seek new ways to empower themselves and protect their work from citation issues. As online sources became a larger part of the general research process the potential for oversight began to grow. With the expansion of online resources and less emphasis on actually books, the citation process became increasingly more complicated. Once again, technology began to offer a solution that students were looking for. Companies that built the original plagiarism checkers for professors began to offer repurposed online plagiarism checkers designed for students. These new programs allowed students to scan their work prior to submitting the documents and helped them pinpoint any potential trouble areas that required additional citation efforts. While the new tools were not designed to let students get away with plagiarism, they did offer protection against any citation oversights students made during the writing process.

Some may say the Jayson Blair incident was a travesty for journalistic integrity, but ultimately the attention helped cauterize the efforts of the academic community to help fight the potential for future plagiarism cases and empower their students with proper citation techniques. Technology helped fill in the gaps and equip both educators and students to battle the pitfalls of citation in a digital age. Even the New York Times got in on the act by publishing a dedicated column on new cases of plagiarism. In the long run the outcome was a win-win for both journalism and education as a whole.


Source by Darwin Redshield

Campus Initiatives for Sustainable Schools – AASHE Conference for Sustainability in Higher Education

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The topic on the minds of the 2,000 sustainability professionals and educators gathering at the annual campus sustainability conference, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is how to accelerate sustainability on campus. As North America's largest campus sustainability conference, the 3-day event in Denver, Colorado October 10-12, 2010 will gather its diverse members to look at practical initiatives, ideas and tools to advance the process of sustainability at colleges and universities.

The title of this year's AASHE conference is: Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World and will focus on real-world activities that increase sustainability. Some themes that characterize the talks and workshops are that of behavioral change, moving from commitment to action, and strategies for communicating sustainability. In addition to the keynote addresses, approximately 500 papers, posters, field reports and workshops will be presented by conference attendees.

The exhibitors in the Expo hall, selected for their relevance to campus sustainability, will showcase their green services and products for university life. With over 100 exhibitors in attendance, conference participants will be able to network with businesses that are providing gerner solutions to educational institutions.

Armed with new perspectives, shared insight and green products, these environmental ambassadors will be better equipped to transform their campuses into greener, more sustainable centers of learning.

As a member of AASHE, AusPen eco-friendly marks is a proud exhibitor at the 2010 AASHE conference on campus sustainability. AusPen eco-friendly markers help campuses reduce toxicity and waste. AusPen marks are non-toxic (no xylene), refillable (no waste), and made of 100% recycled aluminum (no PVC plastic).


Source by Maureen O'Neill

Cutting Trees for Firewood Safely and Effectively

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Cutting down trees for firewood is actually harder than most people realize. Each year quite a few people are actually killed trying to fall trees. Most of these people are killed because they do not know how to safely cut down a tree.

The first step in cutting down a tree is to determine where it will fall. Many of those who are hurt and injured by falling trees are hurt and injured because they did not know how to determine where it would fall.

The way to make sure the tree falls where you want it to cut a large wedge a few inches above the ground on the side facing the direct you want the tree to fall in. Making a large enough hole, should ensure that the tree falls over in the direction you want it.

It is possible to cut such a notch with a chainsaw. Once the notch is created, the person will cut a notch on the other side. When both notches are cut, a person should be able to push it over in the direction they want. In some cases the tree may fall over once the tree has been cut straight through.

Cutting Trees the Wrong Way
Many people can not fall in the right direction because they make the mistake of cutting straight through with a chainsaw. Although this technique makes little difference with smaller trees it can be down right dangerous when cutting larger trees.

It should be possible to safely fall most trees by using this technique. Another good tip to follow is to bring a pry bar along when you cut fire wood. In many cases a person will have to use a pry bar to force it down.

Something to watch out for is smaller trees and saplings that larger organizations fall upon. If the smaller trees, sitting under a fallen one are alive, they can spring up and hurt a person when the larger tree is moved. A person can prevent this from happening by cutting off the smaller trees before moving the log.


Source by Jason Lewiston

Dayton Ohio Economic Studying Digging for Reality

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Working in a market such as Dayton, OH requires business savvy and complete understanding of demographics. For instants the difference between Ohio on the whole and the Greater Dayton Area MSA, which includes such county areas as: Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren. The demographics of Montgomery and Miami are excellent for an expanding company to put in a service type outlet.

The population backdrop is somewhat similar to the entire state of OH. Ethnically speaking it is mostly white with Asian populations and Black Americans at about 10% to 11%. In Montgomery County it is 19% Black American and only 10% in Clark County, but the middle class Black Americans are moving in and fixing the diversity issues. There are quite a few people who commute to work in Marysville at the Honda Plant and Proving Grounds. Also a huge distribution center there with many large carriers located and Rail Service by CSX and also huge numbers of Auto Haulers. About 13,000 at Honda work there. One of the reasons that the Japanese wanted to have competing rail service with their plant in San Antonio as part of the negotiations. So they could squeeze the price point out of the rail companies similar to Rockefeller’s exploits. One thing that is unbelievably nice about the area is the many colleges and Universities in the area, 29 in all the biggest being University of Dayton with 10,000 enrolled, Wright University with 14,000 and Sinclair Community College with 22,000. This makes for a very good young and energetic group of people. The clientele is equally as inviting with 202,000 inhabitants between the ages of 25-34 not including the part-time college students. 35-44 representing nearly 250K pop and 45-54 at 215K.

The population South of Town is expanding and we see Scarsborogh to Centerville with great markets and everything in between is golden. The USAF also has Wright Patterson AFB with excellent inflow to the economy even though much of that is deployed presently, still it impacts the city in an extremely positive way. About 25,000 people work there and that is after the lay offs and discharges previously. They expect with BRAC that they will be on the receiving end of additional attachments and squadrons serving in Dayton as well as R and D since the colleges offer that level of researching. Also with the huge museum of flight and being the history of the inventing flight makes it good also for tourism and positive PR for the Military. Other large employers included Delphi but they have had significant labor lay offs and GM is a biggy there. In health Care about 9000 workers. Airborne Express and Emery Air freight also claim fame to the area. 7500 people work there and you may recall the merger with DHL? The good weather of the region provides Airborne a much better chance at this hub facility than in other parts of Michigan, IN, IL, NY, KY. The Seattle based company has brought many jobs to the region. Emery has laid off people but at one time employed over 3000 in the area. Emery has really worked hard to work with the Manufacturing industry and helped OH The just in time world of manufacturing has to take into account rush situations for total capacity scheduling, leading that charge was it’s bay area parent company and they manufacturing sector did rely on Emery for that;

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Also of significant value is it’s ability to deploy new wave technologies at it’s hub and custom clearing houses. Much of this technology was in response to FedEx’s market advances and UPS shear size making it difficult to compete. The University of Dayton employs 4500 folks all fairly high wage earners like their blue collar UAW counter parts at the GM SUV and Delphi centers. Here is some recent news as of today’s watch: Dayton Recent News contains some Blues; For instance we all know the state of the Union when it relates to the steel industries.

At one time employing 4200 people. But Dayton is not primarily a steel town, it is a manufacturing town and the birth place of aviation. Today the market sectors which are up in the greater Dayton area include: Construction in residential, Retail is up, Real estate, Healthcare and services is big. Commercial construction is being primarily boosted with school projects recently. Square foot costs on the robust side of town south side is anywhere from $2.30 to $12.00 per square foot. Retail space is $2.30 to 3.00; Office is $7-12.00; Industrial runs the the entire spectrum. Office Parks include; Franklin, Heritage and South Tech Center all good for professional service businesses and small businesses. Industrial Parks are also plentiful with Emery Logistics Park 265 acres in all. Lebanon Commerce Center for 200 acres, Moraine Industrial Center and Park center Industrial. Although Manufacturing has declined drastically over the last decade the Industrial Parks have life. Downtown Office buildings include Kettering, Mead, First national, Reibold, 5/3 Bank and the Key Bank Buildings. Over 3 million square feet with a convention center right in the middle. There is significant space underutilized and unoccupied. Close by Cincinnati has done what academics think is unthinkable;

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But Austin TX also had a recent issue and fired it’s area economic development recruitment group too.

We are seeing this in many areas were high-end $60-80K per year jobs have been lost. Although this maybe an unfair comparison you can use this lesson when you discuss new technological recruitment to derive jobs in cities of similar size. IN Dayton there are issues with vacant properties looking run down and hurting the prospecting and retaining of lessees in other buildings which is said to lead to the decay and they have proposed a fee to take care of this. Some apartments also in the area are a drag on their owners and the area.

All bad signs of urban flight and need of revitalization to bring people back to town from the out of town suburban box stores. It can be done. Look at Brick City in OKC, River Walks in Columbus GA, and San Antonio TX. Alexandria Boardwalk area and Torpedo Factory shops. Some of the surrounding suburbs scare us more as many of these areas need an uplifting too. In the other suburbs, which are newer they have grown the new style way with retail box stores and shopping centers. And with that office parks such as Wright Executive and Newmarks 5 office complex tech style parks in the area, which have done well and are about 88% occupied now. Unemployment is 6.1% and I see a another couple of ticks on that before things are through since the manufacturing sector is 18% while we know the US nationwide average is at 13%.

About 148,000 are employed in services in the Greater Area which we had to double check as that seemed high, but it is correct and Dayton has made a good transition and better than most cities its size over the past decade. Service sector could grow some more there as things return to a normal economy. A considerable amount of new jobs for the area are posted at Nationjob.com and even with the adverse tax structure to businesses in OH things are doing better than their neighboring states.

One of the unfortunate situations has been truck manufacturing and in town were International Truck Manufacturing which has seen steady declines and lay offs. Also DuraMax laid off there. This effects Delphi too. Now realize OH is hostile to the trucking industry yet trucks, truck engines and truck parts are built there. A recent study showed that when cars and trucks have accidents 74% of the time it is the cars fault, 11% of the time the truck might have prevented it but it was the cars fault and 15% the truck made a bad judgment call, yet the OH highway Patrol pulls over 80% commercial and 20% personal cars? I guess it is about revenue not safety. And you know who makes the stats? The DOT and the same group, which is trying raise fines on truck tickets because they are larger fines. OH deserves the job losses for their actions, but really who does this hurt? Regular hard working good Americans. Truck sales are up this month for the first time about 1500 more trucks then last month, that is a good sign even if some of the reason is upgrades to comply with EPA harassment. Other lay offs include McCauley Propeller Factory, BWXT, Wright AFB, about 5000 in all. But high paying that is the kicker.

Dayton also has some newer cleaner type industries such as Victoria Secret Catalog Processing center and the famous Lexis-Nexis for Attorneys is located in Dayton and it has grown, boy has it grown. Lawyers are a growth industry, which has its own pros and cons.


Source by Lance Winslow

Choosing the Right Company For Your Removals to France

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As the credit crunch has drastically effected the domestic removal industry, more and more local removal companies have branched out into the European removals market to keep their vehicles moving. Whilst they may be experts in moving you locally; do they have the required knowledge to comply with French road transport laws? As the French police are notorious for imposing hefty on-the-spot fines: any failure to pay promptly by the removal company could result in a delay in receiving your furniture.

It is imperative to locate a trusted and renowned removal company, having wide experience in removals to France and removals from France to the UK. Before you proceed in booking your removal, you should satisfy yourself that they have been offering French removal services for a considerable period of time. Is the company solely operating in the Anglo-French relocation market? As Europe is too vast to have local knowledge in all member states. You should also look for a mover connected with local movers in France, This will enable the supply of smaller vehicles for moves with awkward access and extra manpower if required.

For greater peace of mind- obtain a company with membership to a recognised trade association like: The British Association of Removers. Members of this Association are inspected on a regular basis and their terms and conditions of trading have been approved by the Office of Fair Trading.

If you are looking for a part load service, make sure the company are involved in a high volume of removals to France, ensuring you don’t have to wait for them to consolidate loads in order for you to receive your effects on time. Check the terms and conditions on their service-as some companies will ask for up to 30 days from date of collection to deliver your effects in France.

Unless your looking for a budget service, the company should offer a complete door-to-door service/room to room service, including different packing services to suit your requirements. It is a legal requirement that the removal company completes an itemised (ideally numbered) inventory of your effects upon collection as well as obtaining an onward delivery address in France, to comply with French import regulations.

The next piece of information is vital if you are choosing a part load service, where there maybe up to 9 other customers effects on the same vehicle.

The removal operatives will ask you to sign the inventory as correct-once all your effects are collected, you should always insist on your own copy of the inventory to use as a cross reference when the removal operatives are delivering your effects. The delivering operatives will not take offense if you stand at the door and ask them to call the item numbers out as they bring your effects into your new home. Yes, a good delivery crew should be able to manage it on their own but, if you do it yourself it will not only allow the crew to concentrate on placing your items in the correct place and speed up delivery;but also give you complete piece of mind that everything has arrived safely before the removal crew depart.

Another major factor when choosing a mover is the goods in transit insurance offered. Check to see if it is included in the quotation, offered free of charge or charged as an additional extra. Also check the overall value your effects are insured for. Removal companies offering the standard liability scheme undertake to compensate you for loss or damage of your effect- even if it does not result from their negligence. This is subject to you, declaring the overall value of your effects upon acceptance of their quotation. A reputable mover operating this scheme will highlight the importance of the client declaring the overall value of their effects to be relocated; as failure to do so limits the liability to £40.00 per item in most cases.

If you are being placed into containerized storage: check the total liability limit per container the remover is offering. You may be insured for a total of £25,000 but the mover could have a limit of £5,000 per container, therefore if you were placing a £5,000 item into store it would have to be placed into it’s own container to have the correct cover.

Finally always read the terms and conditions-so you understand exactly where you stand in the contract between you and the mover regarding service. Delays, compensation (if things go wrong), independent ombudsman/arbitration schemes offered and which items are not covered like jewellery and chipboard furniture.


Source by Vincent Robinson

Prime Valentine's Day Gift

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It comes around every year and couples everywhere rack their brains to come up with appropriate and meaningful gifts that reflect their romantic thoughts. It is easier for a man to give a woman a Valentine's gift than vice-versa. After all, there are the traditional items like red roses, boxes of chocolates, perfume, small jewelry items and baskets of flowers with stuffed animals sitting in the middle. For the female gift-givers, it's a little more difficult

Do you get him a new fishing lure? How romantic is that? Maybe he would like a new CD – but that looks like palty and does not exactly get the heart strings moving. Ladies, remember what your mother always told you, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. It's true! This year show your love and affection with food. But do not give him just any food, treat him to a great dinner at his (or your) favorite Prime Steakhouse! He will be so surprised.

You know he likes nothing better than to be served. And what better place to get great service? He will be able to select from cuts of Midwestern corn-fed USDA Prime Beef which is the top 2% of the nation's total beef production. A prime man describes a prime steak. And you will be the one giving it to him.

Even though it is a fine dining experience, he can still dress casually. He can have his favorite beer while he decides on whether to order a regular or man-size filet mignon, Rib Eye, Kansas City Strip or huge T-bone. He may want to dampen his appetite just a hint with a shrimp cocktail while he waits and then start in on a Cesar salad. When his prime steak comes to the table the meal will be complete with side dishes like a loaded baked potato or potatoes au gratin. To make sure he gets his serving of veggies he may try fresh asparagus, fresh broccoli or traditional green beans.

Since this is your treat at the Prime Steakhouse you want to let him know that he can order wine if he likes. He can order by the bottle or by the glass from the fine dining wine list.

You want to make sure he samples a nice desert, even if the two of you share one. See if he is brave enough for some bread pudding with Maker's Mark sauce, southern Pecan Pie or a generous slice of scrumptious cheese cake.

Even though the prime steakhouse is known for their beef, you can order your favorite dish as well. You could choose North Atlantic Salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb or even pork chops. Your meal will be every bit as good as his. He will think all of the service and fine food was just for him, but you are coming out a winner as well.

When he goes back to work all the guys will be rolling their eyes when they talk about what their women have made them for Valentine's Day. Your man will have a big smile on his face when he tells them that he treated him to one of the best meals he had had in a very long time!


Source by Eli Galindo

GVO Conference Review – Experience Success or Failure Using This Network Marketing Tool

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Reach more Clients and Build your Network through GVO Conference

Ever wanted to build your network faster, deliver your marketing message quicker, and quickly conference with your team online? Now that is possible with GVO Conference, the ultimate conferencing and webcasting software that will maximize your MLM presentations to drive more sales, reach new audiences and provide training to your team. Do you want access to the next hottest software in the video conferencing industry? Then explore the 1.) Background of the GVO Conference business, 2.) GVO software features web and 3.) Affiliate opportunities.

Background of Global Virtual Opportunities

Global Virtual Opportunities is a company operated and owned by Joel Therien. In 2004, Therien developed software called HotConference which generated over 7 million downloads. Moving the company from Canada to San Antonio, Texas was a strategic move to be able to invest in telecom resources, and fiber optics. Today, GVO owns and operates its own hardware, code lines, Data Center, fiber optics and resources. This cuts out middlemen and other 3rd parties that would otherwise drive up costs to the consumer.

GVO Software Features

GVO web conference is an online business tool that you can quickly implement into your business. You have the ability to broadcast live, create webinars, and share PowerPoint presentations to an online audience. Some of the main features of GVO Conference include:

1. Video & Audio Controls: Enable or disable web cam and microphone.

2. Talk Now: One click to enable voice and broadcast your message to conference room members.

3. Presentation: Create and convert your presentation into Power Point.

4. Record: Record and re-distribute your entire video/audio presentation.

5. Chat: GVO allows you to instantly text message your guests.

6. Multiple Moderators: Use moderators to control and moderate your live events.

7. In-Built Video Player: Quickly broadcast other movies and video to your guests.

8. Live Show: GVO webcasting offers live video streaming.

9. Desktop Sharing: Share your desktop with your event guests.

Affiliate Opportunity

Now anyone has the ability to afford creating an online meeting. In addition, GVO online conference offers you the opportunity to generate a residual monthly income. Earn commissions on paid clients that are referred to the GVO Conferencing platform.

• Receive 10% commissions on personal sales to clients

• Earn 10% commissions on affiliate sales

• Collect 10% commissions on direct sales

• Get 50% commissions just for signing up 10 people in one month

• Receive a 20% matching bonus on direct referrals

GVO conference is the only web conferencing tool that is not only cheaper than all the rest, but will also save you money and precious time. Get started boosting your sales, growing your team with by webcasting and networking instantly with a online conference.

How To Decide Which Moving Services Are Right For You

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Whether you are happy or unhappy to be moving houses or offices, moving is a significant life stressor. You can help reduce your anxiety about getting yourself and your belongings relocated by developing a good understanding of the moving services available to help you make a successful transition and by learning tips for choosing the right mover.

Before selecting a mover, take a few minutes to think about your needs. Do you want to do most of the packing yourself, or would you prefer a full service mover who will handle all of the packing and unpacking for you?

When it comes to moving services, some people prefer to do everything themselves. They want to pack and load their own belongings, take care of the transportation, and unload and unpack at the new location. There are some advantages to this approach. It is usually less costly than hiring traditional movers, and people with a lot of fragile items such as fine china or delicate computer equipment may feel better doing all the handling themselves, rather than trusting movers who might accidentally cause damage. The disadvantages, or course, are that self-moving takes a lot of time and energy. It is also physically demanding. One person alone usually cannot manage it, especially if there is heavy furniture that must be moved.

Another moving services option is known as self service moving. In self service moving, a moving company delivers a pod or crate to your home. You pack all of your belongings and load them into the crate. You then notify the moving company, who transports the crate to your new residence. You are responsible for unloading and unpacking your things. This saves you the trouble of having to drive a moving truck or a van, but you are still the one providing all the physical labor of packing and loading. Like moving completely by yourself, self service moving is only a viable option if you have friends or family who can help you move.

Another popular moving services option is hiring the moving company to load, transport, and unload your belongings. You take responsibility for packing your household goods into boxes and unpacking them when they have reached your new location. You can often obtain boxes and other packing supplies from the moving company at little or no additional cost; alternatively, you may locate your own boxes or purchase ready-to-assemble boxes from office supply shops.

This limited-service moving option allows you to arrange your own belongings so that you can be sure that fragile items are carefully packaged and that the boxes are labeled and sorted to your satisfaction. It still requires time, energy, and a certain amount of physical labor, but at least you are spared the effort of having to load and unload heavy boxes and furniture.

A final type of moving services is called full service moving. If you arrange for full service moving, the movers will come to your home, pack up all of your belongings, load them onto the truck or van, transport them to the new location, unload them, and unpack them. Full service moving can be especially convenient if you are physically unable to handle the exertion of packing, if you have a full schedule and don’t have time to pack, of if you are moving out of town or out of the country.

No matter which type of service you choose, it is important to select your mover carefully. You should only work with moving companies that are licensed and insured by the U. S. Department of Transportation. Movers should be able to provide a motor carrier license number. It’s also a good idea to check with your local Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no complaints against the company you plan to use, and to ask the company for references. Finally, to avoid misunderstandings about cost, be sure to tell the moving company exactly which services you want and what type of items they will be moving. This will enable them to give you an accurate estimate.

Moving is inherently stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare if you know which moving services you want to purchase and if you choose your mover carefully.

Tips to Choosing the Best Moving Company

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Like within any industry, the household goods business has its share of rogue companies that have been known to prey on the general public. From denying claims, lost belongings and holding the consumer’s items for “ransom”, reports of abuse by moving companies happen all too often.

The majority of these consumer abuses occur by those movers who are operating under their own authority and are normally not associated with a major van line. These rogue movers will often work under their own generic “van line” name.

Forty million people move each year and the large majority are completed with customer satisfaction by both, van lines and independent movers. These movers also tend with the negative impact placed on them and the industry by the fraudulent companies that take advantage of the consumer.

The major cause for the consumer who gets caught in one of these moving scams often lies with choosing the cheapest priced mover. Economics is certainly understandable, but going with the cheapest price is usually a recipe for disaster. Extensive research and understanding how the moving industry operates, play key factors in choosing the best moving company for your relocation.

With May through October being the busiest time for movers, the peak moving season will soon be approaching and there are steps that consumers can take to increase their chances of obtaining a care-free move:

  • Never hire a moving broker
  • Make sure the moving company has been in business for at least 7-10 years
  • Visit their office to make sure they are who they say they are
  • Never accept an “estimate” over the phone
  • Make sure their trucks show the appropriate markings as required under federal law
  • Check them out with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Check their ICC number against the FMCSA records

These are just a few steps that consumers can take to validate a moving company’s reputation and record particularly when it comes to storing your household goods.

Most moving companies offer storage facilities should you have to store your items until your residence is ready for the move-in process. Moving companies holding the consumer’s belongings in storage for “ransom” have been documented and the FMCSA is now enforcing laws against these type of movers through the Map-21 Act.

Although these type of incidents do occur, it is most often done by independent movers not associated with a major van line. If you must place your belongings in storage, it is recommended to deal only with a major van line that is well-known; not with an independent moving company or a company which operates under its own “van lines” name.

Although many independents can be trusted, the key factor here is for you, the consumer, to have peace of mind. The greatest peace of mind you can have is to place your storage in a storage facility that you have complete control over such as a mini-storage facility.

By utilizing a self-storage facility, you and only you will hold the key and access rights to your belongings. If you are concerned with a possible “ransom” scam by movers, this would alleviate any fears of such an incident occurring.

Through research and investigation and fully understanding the household goods moving process, consumers can avoid becoming the next victim to moving fraud.


Source by Aubrey Allen Smith

Moving Tips

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You have finally signed your closing documents and have been informed that your loan has funded, the home is exclusively yours! The likelihood is very high that you have been packing for a while in an effort to make your move a little bit smoother. Your moving plan is now in full effect, and often times it looks to be a rush-rush feeling and anxiety starts to kick in.

Relax, it’s going to be just fine, especially if you follow a few tips to relieve some stress and ensure you have everything you need between homes.

Make 8X10 signs to “name” every room and tape them at the designated location. These can be hand written with a thick marker, or printed in large font. Whether you are using a moving company or you have great friends willing to help you, these signs will certainly keep you from having to answer the dreaded, “where does this go?” question. These signs should match the room names written on your moving boxes. This will help ensure that Tommy’s toys go in the game room, or in his bedroom, according to your box and sign names.

Pack as if going on a trip . When we travel, we tend to pack all of the necessities such as prescriptions, personal toiletries, glasses, makeup, hair appliances, shoes, and clothes. Designate one room or specific area where the luggage will be placed so that when you wake up the next morning, you have easy access to everything as you would when traveling.

Pack a “must have box” and label it “kitchen” or “pantry” so that you will know exactly where to look amongst the sea of ​​boxes. In it, one should pack disposable plates, cups, cutlery, napkins / paper towels, hand soap and sanitizer, toilet paper / wipes, trash bags, and nonperishable snacks and drinks. It would not be a bad idea to keep a list of phone numbers for the companies you will be using for service in your home in the event you need to call them. This will remove the pressure of having to unpack everything in one day or having to rummage through boxes to find items most likely not packed together. After all, how many people pack toilet paper with their dishes?

Limit your boxes and reduce unpacking time by leaving clothes in your dresser drawers. Simply ask the moving company to tape the drawers to secure them in place if the furniture is not too cumbersome, and if it can be moved with a dolly. If drawers can not be secured, it’s worth the time to pull them out, and cover the items in the drawer with towels or saran wrap. These are items you can take in your car if the moving company does not want to take liability for the items in the drawers.

Use Rubber bands tied around the hangers of your hanging clothes, to keep them from falling off the hanger. This will also help you keep your clothes in order by bundling like clothes such as jeans, pants, casual shirts, etc; together. Once you get to your new home, you can simply place then in the order you like and cut the rubber band off.

Order out . There is no need to add more work by making yourself cook (do not forget to pack a pan in your “must have” box if you do plan on cooking), unless you absolutely hate take out. Everyone describes a break from the move, allow yourself some time to relax and enjoy a meal.

Planning is always a good thing, so do not forget these tips to help make your move a little smoother. The sooner you unpack, the sooner you can enjoy your home; I just can not guarantee your friends will be “available” the next time you move!