Many people are unaware of moving company scams until it’s too late and the damage has been done. They have either been overcharged or scammed with damages or loss to their personal belongings by a moving company. This can be true, especially if you have not moved many times in your lifetime, and not experienced in dealing with moving companies. However, the moving industry can be full of scams that the consumer should be aware of before hiring a professional moving company.
Four good tips to follow:
- Research moving companies – always do your research first and go online to research at least 3 professional moving companies and review references and recommendations. It’s a good idea to get word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family, of reputable professional movers they have had experience with.
- On-site visits – reputable movers will insist on on-site visits to inspect your household goods to estimate bulk and weight. For Long Distance Moves your movers will also make an inventory list of your goods including items in your cabinets and closets. Moving prices are based on not only mileage and time, but on weight of your belongings and how many trucks they will need, depending the type of moving service you require.
- Payment – reputable movers will not request cash or any large deposit before your move. You generally pay upon delivery. If you pay upfront you have little control over whether you will see your belongings again. When paying, use a credit card to protect against any fraudulent activity.
- Moving Company name – some companies can get around the Better Business Bureau and other scam busters by conducting business under new company names. Be certain to check on the company name, a local address and information about licensing and insurance. Always, ask for three references in your local area within the past three months.
Remember, when hiring a professional mover, ask for a detailed invoice of all charges and estimates of total cost of your move to avoid any hidden fees or charges during your move. To learn more about moving scams visit: http://www.movingscams.com/
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