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OKLAHOMA CITY-- With the summer sun in the forecast, residents across the country may be moving to a new home.

Consumer Reports says that while more people move in June than any other month, you may be wary.

The Better Business Bureau got more than 8,000 complaints on moving companies last year.

But there are ways to avoid getting ripped off.

Lauren Richeson is now settled in her new apartment now, but for months a moving company held her belongings hostage.

Despite paying $900 up front, the movers demanded an additional $900 once she was moved into her new place.

Richeson said, "I freaked out. I refused and so they shut the door, put my things back on and drove off with all my stuff."

Richeson's family simply found the company in the phone book and gave her a low estimate for the move.

Experts say you should always be careful when a company insists of giving you an estimate over the phone instead of coming to your home.

They also stress to never sign a document with a lot of blank spaces that haven't been filled in.

Another red flag would be if the movers are using unmarked trucks.

To find a legitimate mover with a good reputation, seek out recommendations from real-estate agents or friends who have actually used the company.

Experts recommend getting estimates from at least 3 companies and make sure the companies are licensed.

You can also look at a government website that lists all the companies licensed for interstate moves and whether or not they have complaints.

You can also check the ratings at the Better Business Bureau.

If you find that something is missing or damaged, call the mover immediately.

If you feel that you've been defrauded, contact the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office.

Richeson was able to get her belongings back after filing a police report.

Consumer Reports says that you should also be aware that moving companies are allowed to charge a certain percentage above their estimate upon delivery.

Regulations are also different if the move is out of state as opposed to within state lines.