How to Avoid Moving Scams

Moving, no matter how far it is, can be a stressful experience for all parties involved. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the moving business who take advantage of this and try to scam innocent movers out of lots of money.  The following are some tips on how to avoid scammers and save yourself tons of money and hassle in the long run.

-every legitimate moving company is licensed but not every licensed company is legitimate. You should look beyond just a license to find a good company to trust with your move.

-beware of a company that asks for an initial security deposit. A legitimate moving company will never ask for money upfront.

-always get all of your agreements in writing. Verbal guarantees are useless and will never stand up in court should you encounter a problem.

-an indicator of a potential scam is if the moving company tells you that they don’t need to visit your home to get an accurate estimate. Expect costs to be significantly greater than quoted from these places.

-don’t trust a moving company that doesn’t have an office. Visit the offices and take a look at their trucks. How well everything is maintained will be an indicator of how well your stuff is treated during the move.

-research potential moving companies with the Better Business Bureau. It’s not a guarantee for a reliable company, but it’s a good place to gain more information.

-never do business with a company that accepts only cash, postal/money orders or certified bank checks. It’s a sign that you may be working with a rogue mover.

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