How to Avoid Moving Company Scams

Avoid Being Scammed By Your Movers

Lowball bids, prices that change as soon as your belongings are packed onto the moving truck, shady (or non-existent) contracts and holding your goods hostage – moving can be fraught with scams and risks. How can you avoid moving scams and be sure your moving company is reputable?

  • Get a cost estimate based on weight, not on cubic feet. A weight-based estimate is accurate and indisputable when it comes time to pay for your move.
  • Get an in-person estimate. Website and phone estimates are blind guesses and are red flags. Never trust a company that refuses to put their estimate in writing.
  • Check the company’s credentials. Do they have a physical address? Are they licensed, bonded and insured? Are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau? If there’s little or no record of the company, you’re taking a big risk.
  • When your moving van pulls up, is it branded and are the crews uniformed? If the truck is generic and the movers unattached to a particular company, you may never see your things again.
  • Never pay in cash. If a company demands a large amount of cash, you’re probably looking at a scan.

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