Over the years, our moving experts at Capitol Moving & Storage have been called by various clients asking for our moving assistance due to the fact that they were involved in a moving scam. Hearing about individuals getting caught in a moving scam is something that truly breaks our hearts. Moving is stressful enough. The last thing that you should have to worry about during your move is getting scammed. Today, our moving professionals would like to share 3 ways to avoid common moving scams.
Do your Homework
The Internet can be a great tool when it comes to finding a moving company to help with your upcoming move. You do have to be careful, however, because there are many moving companies that utilize fake or dishonest customer reviews to get them to the top of the search engines. There are multiple moving review websites that provide you with reputable search results. Another thing to look for when choosing a moving company is whether or not they’ve earned any recognition or certifications such as being a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Inaccurate Moving Estimates
If you are offered an extremely cheap moving estimate that just doesn’t seem right, then chances are that your gut reaction is accurate. Many moving companies offer very low estimates to try and gain your business. What they fail to tell you about are the hidden costs and charges that pile up once the move is complete. Next thing you know, you’re spending more with this moving company than another more reputable option. Always be sure to ask for an on-site inspection so that they can provide you with a more accurate estimate. Also, it’s never a bad idea to get multiple estimates so that you can compare the estimates to each other.
Avoid Pre-Move Deposits
Be cautious if a moving company asks you to provide a hefty deposit before the move has even occurred. The last thing that you want to happen is for this to be a scam and you end up losing out on significant money. Most reputable moving companies, including Capitol Moving & Storage, collect your money once the move is complete. If a deposit is made, it should never exceed more than 10-15% of the total cost of your move. Use a credit card to pay for the deposit if it’s required. That way you can dispute the charge if it ends up being a scam.
As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when hiring a moving company for your upcoming move. These are three effective ways to avoid common moving scams. Another way is to partner with our honest, trustworthy team at Capitol Moving & Storage for your upcoming move. To learn more about our moving options, give us a call today at (860) 282-4646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.