Moving is a stressful situation. That’s why you hire a moving company to take that burden of moving your stuffs, on its shoulder. You can find numbers of moving companies in the market which claim to provide affordable moving service. However, all of them may not be genuine. Be aware! They can be scam movers.
Recently, my neighbor hired a moving company as it was the cheapest one. On the moving day, they came and loaded stuffs on their truck. After that, they demanded an excessively high amount than what they had offered. They kept his goods as hostage and forced him to pay the ridiculous amount.
Be aware of such scam movers while looking for cheap options. Recognize them before they will give you a hard time.
Here a few pointers which might be helpful for you to identify them:
No on-site Inspection
Fraud movers provide you an estimate over the phone or the internet. They avoid visiting your home for on-site inspection. They provide estimates based on cubic feet rather than weight. The estimates based on the cubic feet are not valid for moving. They intentionally offer low estimates to attract the clients.
Demanding Payment First
They provide a low estimate but demand a huge deposit before the move. Generally, legitimate movers do not ask for the payment before the move. It happens, usually, after the delivery of the goods. Demand of payment before the moving process is a big red signal.
Payment in Cash
They only accept the payment in cash. Fraud movers don’t prefer to accept credit cards because it may help client to raise question on fraudulent activity.
No Authorized Information on Website
The website of fraud movers doesn’t have information regarding their physical address, licensing, insurance and authorized membership of Better Business Bureau (BBB) and American Moving And Storage Association (ASMA).
Legally, moving companies are only responsible for a minimum amount of $0.30 per pound of each item for local and interstate moving and $0.60 per pound of each item for interstate or international moving. So, genuine movers suggest you to purchase moving policy, coverage, valuation, protection or any other title of security. The fraud movers claim that the damage of all your goods is covered by their insurance.
Condition of Office
Fraud movers’ office will be in poor condition or, even worse, they may not have an office at all.
No Company Name and Physical Address
If the moving company is fraud, they will answer your phone in a generic manner with no mention of the company name or address. They might provide you a wrong address as well.
No Negative Response
There will always be a positive response for your enquiries. A typical answer – “Yes, we do that!”
Difficult to Get in Touch
You often get response from an answering machine when you call fraud movers. Since they often change their location and name, it will be difficult to contact them.
Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
According to federal law, a moving company must provide the copy of a document called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” while you are planning for the move with the moving company. The fraud movers do not provide this document.
No Marked Fleet Truck
On the moving day, they arrive at your home with a rental truck rather than a company owned truck. Notice that there won’t be a name or logo of the company on the truck. If you encounter such a truck from a moving company, don’t hand over your stuffs to them; instead, use that Italian word you learned from your colleague “ciao”.
Look for these red signals while choosing a moving company. Don’t fall in the trap of moving scammers.