Red flags of moving
Many alleged “scam” moving companies gain access to your money without every visiting your home or seeing what it is you need moved. Often times, they offer you an extremely low estimate on the work through the internet or even over the phone. After they finish loading your belongings, they notify you that the price to move your items will be more than they estimated and demand you pay more or they will hold your items ransom.
So what can you do? The only true way to safeguard yourself and your belongings from these fraudsters is to notice the “red-flags” before you even agree to work with them. Here are a few red flags you should keep in mind when working with moving companies.
Always be aware that incomplete or blank documents come with a heavy price to you. Once your signature is applied to the document they can literally charge you whatever they wish and have legal grounding to stand on. Avoid signing anything until your estimate is complete.
Whatever is on the estimate should be what you are forced to pay. However, scammers will add unnecessary service charges to your estimate later on, therefore leaving you with a bigger bill than you had anticipated. Be aware of what is on your estimate to avoid this situation.
Get a Copy of the Documents
At a bare minimum, make sure you take a picture of the document with your cell phone before you make any agreements with the company. Any legitimate business should have no trouble providing you with a copy of the documents you have to sign.
Non-Business Rental Truck
Legitimate moving companies have their own trucks and are typically clearly marked with their name. Generic rental trucks are a red flag.
Movers who claim they can cover all your goods under their insurance policy are clearly lying. Take these too-good-to-be-true claims as just that.
No Verifiable Company Name
Call the company and see what type of response you receive. If they answer the phone with a generic answer rather than their actual company name, then avoid using them.
Lack of Address or License Number
If the movers in question do not have a physical address, insurance information or license number visible on their website then avoid their service.
Refuses to Do An Inspection
Estimates done over the phone cannot take into account the condition of your goods. Therefore, inspections are necessary, and companies who do not do them are often only in it for fast cash.
Demands for Payment
Legitimate companies expect payment only after they complete the work, not before.
Claims that Your Items Total More than Expected
Movers who claim you have more items than they quoted you for are either poor at their job or are simply trying to charge you more. Never agree to pay more than you initially had, and be aware of your rights as a property owner.
Keep these tips in mind to experience a fraud free move!