Everyone wants to be able to trust home moving companies to work in their customer’s best interest, but it’s not always what happens. Moving company scams are becoming more common, so it’s important to know what to look for and what to avoid when you’re getting ready to move. The process of moving to a new home is stressful and most people don’t want to prolong it more than it has to be. This is exactly what scammers want, since some people won’t do their due diligence and just hire the first moving company they see. Here’s what you need to look for that could be indicative of a scam.
Be Wary of Deals That Are Too Good To Be True
Most scams by home moving companies start with a price that’s too good to be true. While their incredibly low price is probably accurate, most of the time there isn’t a contract to sign to outline what the price includes. Then when moving day arrives, you are charged additional fees for stairs, the amount of items loaded, mileage and any other things they can tack on. You’ll likely have to pay the amount owed, and the packers and movers will leave your items on the locked truck until you do so.
Read Consumer Reviews
Online consumer reviews about home moving companies are very valuable. If a company doesn’t have many reviews, then they probably aren’t interested in being in business for the long-term. But also be aware of home moving companies with nothing but positive reviews, since those reviews may not be authentic. No company is perfect, and while you want to see as many positive reviews as possible, there should inevitably be some negative reviews mixed in as well.
Give Yourself Plenty of Options
Most scams make their money off of people who wait until the last minute to book a moving company. When people don’t have much time, they tend to neglect to do their own research and just book the first company they see online. To ensure you have plenty of options and don’t get caught up in a scam, look into moving companies well in advance of moving day.
The best office moving companies and home moving companies will have packed schedules, so you need to book them early. And if you can, have a representative of the company come by to give you a cost estimate. This will allow you to ask any questions you have and see how punctual and professional they are, if nothing else.
Imlach & Collins Brothers has provided excellent moving services for nearly a century. We are proud to be a part of the Atlas Van Lines network of agents and we hold ourselves to this high standard every single day. We will always be honest, trustworthy and work with you to make your moving experience as seamless as possible. Be sure to contact us for a free moving quote and to get your move started the right way, free of scams.