BEWARE: Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Moving Scams
When you are planning a move, you are not only looking for someone who will pack and move everything you own, but someone that you can trust with your belongings. This makes it very important to find a moving company that you can count on and who will take the time and effort to help take the stress out of your move. In contrast, moving scams are the last thing you want to deal with.
Unfortunately, some moving companies can be dishonest when they interact with their customers. Their only goal is to make as much money as possible, in the easiest way they can. As a result, some people have become the victims of moving scams that have left them with a drained bank account, missing belongings, or maybe both.
How to Protect Yourself from Moving Scams
Do your research. Confirm that the company has a physical address. Check online to make sure they are currently operating and in good standing. Read the reviews of the moving company to be assured you’re dealing with reliable movers. There are many online resources to utilize to ensure that you pick a reputable company. Learn more about these resources here.
Don’t sign an incomplete contract. Make sure your contract is complete and that you fully understand it before you sign it. Your contract should contain all the details of the agreement, including a price, delivery date, and a complete list of what is being shipped. It should clearly explain there are no additional costs or state under what circumstances additional charges may be incurred. If you have questions, make sure you ask for clarification. A reputable company will make sure you are comfortable with the contract and all your questions are answered.
Make sure the company is using marked trucks. As silly as it sounds, you need to make sure that the company has branded trucks with commercial plates. If the company is using U-Haul rentals or unmarked trucks, do not use them. Reputable movers are professional, identifying themselves as employees of the moving company you’ve hired. Occasionally, due to high volume or a breakdown, a professional, reputable mover may have to rent a truck to ensure your move is handled on the day(s) promised. This is an exception and you should be able to visit their office and see a fleet of their trucks when choosing your mover.
Don’t pay cash. If you pay for the move itself in cash, you’ll have no record of the paid transaction. The company can take your cash and disappear, even with your belongings, pretending that you never paid. Be sure everything is traceable and the receipts or transactions contain the moving company’s name, address, and contact information.
Use the tips in this blog to recognize and avoid moving scams. When you’re ready to begin your next move, get in touch with Premier Relocations for professional, reliable, and reputable moving services.