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How To Protect Yourself From Falling Prey To a Moving Scam

What's in this article?
  1. Protecting Yourself From Falling Prey To A Moving Scam
  2. Do Your Due Diligence
  3. Be Cautiously Optimistic
  4. Visit The Mover’s Physical Address
  5. Read And Understand The Contract
  6. Don’t Do Deposits
Don’t Do Deposits

Protecting Yourself From Falling Prey To a Moving Scam

Did you know that over 35 million Americans pack up and move to a new city every single year? It is no wonder the moving industry now has very many service providers. Unfortunately, this industry is also full of con-artists and unscrupulous people who can make your moving experience hell. So, how can you protect yourself from such moving scams? Here are a few tips;

Do your due diligence

Many people find a moving company through a simple online search while others get referrals from friends and real estate agents. Whichever means you use to find a mover, it is important to do your due diligence instead of just taking their word that they are legit.

One of the best ways is to check out websites like Better Business Bureau to see if the company is registered and reviewed by customers or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for any misconduct.

Be cautiously optimistic

While the first moving company you find may impress your socks off with low prices and customer service, be sure to check out a few other companies. It is always great to get a second and third opinion on everything including moving and compare their prices and services remembering that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If the prices are too low compared to the other movers, there is something they are hiding.

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Visit the mover’s physical address

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a client is to find a company online, call them and make all the arrangements online. Instead, you should make a point to actually pay a visit to their physical address so you can see their place of work. Checkout how many employees they have, their licenses and insurance, do they have many moving trucks and so forth. Ask any question you want and hear them out on their policies and standards before hiring them.

Protect Yourself From Falling Prey To A Moving Scam

Read and understand the contract

Any moving company worth its salt will definitely give you a contract to read and sign before you embark on the moving process. Make sure that you have read the entire fine print and understood it. The movers should come and estimate the content of your home and then give you an estimate. After that they will give you a contract with their terms and conditions specifying all the services you will receive, dates and time and of course the cost as per the terms. If there are some extra services that you need, get them in writing including their terms and how much they will cost.

Don’t do deposits

All reputable companies work with solid contracts that stipulate their payment terms and that these come after the service. Do not fall for the upfront deposit requirement. Pay once the job is done.

Moving can either be exciting or immeasurably depressing especially if you get scammed. However, with the right company helping you make the job easier, you can have a smooth move.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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