So when was the last time you hired a moving company? If you’re like most home and business owners, you might have a difficult time coming up the the date, or even remembering the name of the moving company you used.
Unfortunately, shady moving companies also know that you don’t move very often. They take advantage of the fact that you’re probably unfamiliar with the process. One of the most popular scams is to give you a ‘low-ball’ quote and then, with all your stuff locked away on their truck, the company will tell you there’s an extra fee and they won’t unload the truck until you pay it.
As specialists in smaller moves, we see a lot of scams too, particularly because people don’t often plan ahead so much for little moves.
Here are just a few ways you can avoid being the victim of a scam moving company.
1. Clarify the Quote
First, even if it’s by email, you should get a written quote. Anything else is open to hidden fees and charges. When you accept the quote, include in your return email or write on a printed quote that you won’t accept any other fees to make the move.
2. Check Out the Mover on the Web
Check out third-party review and ratings sites like Homestars, or simply enter the mover’s name in a Google search. While you shouldn’t be fooled by a slick website, be wary if they don’t have a website. Also make sure their address actually exists and either visit the location or at least check it on Google streetview to see if the company has a proper place of business.
3. Ask Friends, Family, Neighbours and/or Your Realtor
Your best guarantee against a scam mover is to get a recommendation from someone you trust.
If you’re looking for great rates, no hidden charges and prompt friendly service for your next smaller move, call Little Moves.