Safeguard yourself from moving scams - Better moving company
Moving is a burdensome task. If you get a mover who is professional and honest then these worries are more than halved. But if you come across a fraud moving company, then moving scam can lead to increased stress and troubles.
What are moving scams?
When a fraudulent moving company adopts tactics to fleece their customers and not offer the promised services, then it can be said that you are a victim of a moving scam.
How can you safeguard against these moving scams?
- Credentials and reviews posted by such companies are usually fake. So, it is advisable to hire a company recommended by your friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
- A better moving company will be the one that is a member of American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- Beware of deals that seem too good to be true. This is most common trick adopted by the scamsters to ensnare innocent customers. It is safer to get an estimate from 3-4 companies after they have performed an on-site inspection and then chose a better moving company.
- In worst case scenarios the cheat movers either hold your prized goods as ransom or may just disappear into thin air, never to be seen again. In such cases, you can do nothing but try to retrieve the lost goods. Notifying the police, lodging a complaint with the Department of Transportation and filing a Household Goods Consumer complaint should be steps in the right direction.
- Never pay any large deposits in cash. If at all it is the peak of the moving season and the mover wants an advance as confirmation of the date, then make the payment only by card. This deposit should not exceed 10-15% of the settled amount.
- Ensure that you have everything in writing. The moving contract, the estimate fees and taxes, the inventory sheet and any such documents that is mandatory for moving. All documents should be complete and properly signed and stamped.
- Never sign any incomplete or blank documents. Scrutinize the document thoroughly and do not hesitate to ask for clarifications if you fail to understand something.
- Be wary when the mover asks you to sign a new invoice as the previous one has either been damaged or misplaced or you have more items than they originally estimated. Demand a revised estimate and ensure that 'both' of you sign it before the moving begins.
Just a little precaution practiced at your end will ensure that you have a pleasant and safe moving.