5 Most Common Red Flags to Watch When Hiring a Mover
Whether you're executing a local or a long-distance move, avoiding relocation scams should be your top priority when hiring a professional moving company. Otherwise, you'll end up with a stressful and daunting moving day. The worst case is that you may end up without your furniture and other belongings. Luckily, it's easy to spot moving scams, if you know what to look for. With hundreds of Johnston cheap movers to choose from, finding a trusted moving company can be quite hard work.
Before forking over your dollars to a mover, watch out for these five red flags.
1. Consistent negative Reviews
It's quite reasonable for occasional negative reviews, but an onslaught of bad reviews cannot get ignored. Be careful since some companies ask their employees to write reviews on their website to lure unsuspecting clients to believe they can handle interstate and cross-country moves smoothly and efficiently.
Pay attention to your close friends and relatives’ word-of-mouth as well as the review sites. Check if the mover is associated with the American Moving and Storage Association and Better Business Bureau. More so, check if they have complaints and claims filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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2. They demand to Get Paid in Advance
If a moving company asks to get paid before completing commercial or residential moving process, that’s a surefire sign that you’re dealing with a fraudulent company. Normally, professional movers would only demand to get paid after delivering your household goods on time and in excellent shape.
Movers who request to get paid up front can hold your goods hostage in a moving storage unit or refuse to unload them from a moving truck until you pay the extra prices they have added. Or the worst scenario, they can take your hard-earned money and run.
3. They’re Not Licensed and Insured
The last thing you want is to let a company that's not insured and licensed to handle your valuables. Every full-service moving company should be insured to ensure your goods are protected during packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking moments. You deserve a company that is bonded to protect your furniture when conducting an office moving process.
A company that lacks license and insurance cannot be able to pay clients for the loss of their valuables.
4. They are Unprofessional
It’s always advisable to use common sense when hiring a moving company. If the mover lacks courteous and polite workers, it means they will mishandle clients. If their trucks are not labelled with the company’s logo, you should not hire them. A company that doesn't have an office address, business email or cards, they probably lack license as well.
The last thing you would want is to entrust your items to movers who cannot handle heavy lifting. They will either break your valuables or injure themselves or both. Such movers will tend to quote low rates to entice clients only to offer poor moving services. And remember, a low-ball estimate doesn't mean you will get cheap moving services. You will pay a higher price than the estimated one, or you lose your prized furniture.
You need to hire trained movers who will offer you moving labor services, competently.
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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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