The moving business has been booming, and we at BB&D couldn’t be happier about it! Any chance to offer up our exceptional service and prove we can supply a superior experience is a welcome one. We offer honest and reliable business to our customers, and pride ourselves on our ability to ensure you get exactly what you want from your movers.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares our enthusiasm, and in fact, not everyone shares our honesty. Don’t let yourself become a victim of shysters and fraudulent movers, and be equipped to recognize a scam when you see it. Here are some warning signs and common scams to keep an eye out for.
Warning Signs That You’re Dealing With Fraudulent Movers
- Credentials. A proper moving and packing business is certified and licensed, so anyone offering you a moving service without these is certainly suspect. Also, ask around. We live in the information age, and customer reviews are worth their weight in gold. If they have a bad reputation, there’s probably a good reason.
- Avoid verbal contracts. Anyone offering a verbal contract is quite likely planning on bending the truth. Get all of your contracts in print, and be sure you fully understand all information presented.
- Cash up front. A company wanting full payment up front in cash is a pretty telltale ripoff. Cash, or cash deposit only indicates they want something of yours that is valuable and easy to make off with. Never agree to a cash only deal when the ‘company’ insists.
- Recognize the brand. If your movers show up in an unmarked vehicle, lacking in any identifying mark or logo, it’s a good idea to be concerned. It’s also a great idea to check the company website, checking for a stable address and information in their licensing.
- Lack of professionalism. If you find yourself dealing with rude, unprofessional behavior such as consistent lateness, poor phone etiquette or crass language, it’s a good idea to be cautious moving forward with those movers.
In general, if a company ever gives your reason to feel unsafe, uncomfortable or simply unhappy, we would strongly recommend that you shy away from doing business with those movers. Educate yourself on the options available, finding a good, reliable professional that can give you the service you deserve, and only move forward if you understand all aspects of the deal.