Are you prepping for a move? Here's a few tips to avoid hiring an illegitimate moving company when relocating.

1. Research the companies you're considering thoroughly. Check for a physical address, business reviews, company history and more. 

2. Have the company visit your house prior to the move to give you a realistic estimate of time and money. Never accept an estimate over the phone.

3. Make sure that the company has insurance in case anything is damaged during the move.

4. Ask for the company's DOT number (US Department of Transportation) and use the FMCSA database to check if the company is registered.

5. Check multiple companies to see who has the best estimate and the better offers, but be careful of offers that seem too good to be true.

6. Never pay in advance or in cash.

7. Make sure all contracts are reviewed and signed before you allow the movers to start packing up any of your valuables in their truck.

For more tips and ideas on how to avoid a moving scam, visit this page from USA.gov. 

Congratulations to YMCA of Central Virginia and Lynchburg Humane Society! They placed #6 and #22 in Lynchburg Living's Giving Back Awards!

Just two of Beacon's many charity partners, we're excited that Lynchburgers voted for these two organizations to receive a Giving Back Award from Lynchburg Living magazine.

Events and donations that Beacon has made to the YMCA include support of the Storming of Thunder Ridge bicycle event and contributions towards the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. For the Lynchburg Humane Society, Beacon raised $3,000 with an in branch promotion and helped them promote several of their events through Living in the Heart of Virginia spring of 2018.

We look forward to working with YMCA of Central Virginia and Lynchburg Humane Society more in the future, along with all of our other charity organization.

To find out other organizations that Beacon supports, click here.

 

You've found the perfect house, but what about the neighborhood? Sometimes a good or bad neighborhood can make all the difference in how much you grow to love your new home.

1. Talk to neighbors to find out what they like and don't like about the area.

2. Think about your drive to work. If it's pretty far, maybe practice the route to see if you're okay with the distance.

3. How close are you to family?

4. Consider how close you want to be to stores or restaurants.

5. Look around to see if people are outside, sitting on porches, walking dogs. Does it seem like a safe area?

6. Check local crime statistics on police department websites.

7. Research the school systems.

8. Look into home values throughout your neighborhood to see if they're about equal.Do these homes hold value over time?

9. Are city services available? Is trash pick up an option and are streets and sidewalks well maintained?

10. Is growth is apparent? Are new businesses or new homes are being built?

Join us for the Miracle Makers' Mingle! Saturday, August 25th, 2018 come hang with the Children's Miracle Network and Beacon at the Amazement in downtown Lynchburg!

There will be scrumptious dinner stations, an open wine and craft beer bar, a live auction, music and dancing with the Steve Freeman Band. Summer cocktail attire is suggested.

Proceeds from this event remain local and this year will be used to advance treatment of babies born dependent upon opioids, as well as provide medical equipment to treat newborns, infants and children at Central Virginia Baptist and Lynchburg General Hospitals.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here.

Be sure to follow Beacon Credit Union and Children's Miracle Network on Facebook for news and updates!

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