8 Tips For A Scam Free Move
8 TIPS TO HELP AVOID GETTING SCAMMED
- Ask Your Realtor – The general consensus among moving professionals is that word of mouth is the best way to find a good mover. While friends and family are always good sources, realtors know many of the ins and outs of the housing industry and are the most reliable sources.
- Investigate the companies – Check with your area’s Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed and whether there are reliable Web sites solely dedicated to moving scams.
- Make sure the moving company visits your home – Good companies will spend 20 minutes or more with a potential client answering questions and giving packing tips, Molloy says, and should offer to show their warehouses for temporary storage
- Demand a contract that covers everything – A moving contract should spell out all the details, and there should not be any hidden charges, such as a “driver’s fee.”
- Ask about the claims process – Even reputable movers occasionally drop vases and scratch tables. The difference between a good mover and a bad mover when this happens is that a good mover has a solid claims process to make sure you recoup damages.
- Are the movers employees or contractors – Most “Cheap” moving companies use day laborers or other forms of temporary help
- Be cautious of internet movers – If you were to Google “movers” or “cheap move,” your screen would be filled with special moving deals from companies that have legitimate-sounding company names. But if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Look at the actual trucks used – When you’re shopping, take a look at the trucks. Do they look clean and well-kept? The condition of the truck is a good indication of how your furniture will be treated.