Whether you’re moving across the country, or across town, you want your possessions to be treated with care and to arrive at their destination in one piece. Unfortunately, not all movers share your concern for your goods, and some companies are complete charlatans.
The internet abounds with stories of movers who pick up the goods and then disappear altogether. Alternatively, they use a more time-honored scam by fetching your items and placing time into storage. Then, they essentially charge you exorbitant fees to get them back.
This other one is unfortunately very common—they quote you a great rate, but tack on many extras along the way. The bad news for you is that you have little option but to pay once they have taken possession of your goods.
So, how do you go about finding a reputable moving company? In this post, we’ll deal with that issue fully.
Be Wary of Lowball Quotes
When planning a move, get at least three to four quotes. That way, you’ll have an idea of how much you should be paying. There will be companies that offer better prices, but be wary when those quotes are way lower than the others.
There is only so low that a moving company can go when it comes to covering their expenses. If their quote is lower than anyone else, then there is likely going to be a bad reason for that. At a low price, they’re going to either load the fees later or cut corners somewhere.
Fixed Price Quotes are a No Go
No moving company worth its salt is going to give you a quote without some idea of what’s being moved. This usually means that they’re going to send someone out to take a look at what you have. If you have a smaller list of possessions, they might be able to quote you if you list the items.
If the company is not checking what you have, or they say that they offer a fixed rate regardless of the size of the household, they’re scamming you.
Do Check Them Out Thoroughly
What kind of reviews do they have online? While not all companies are going to have rave reviews online, the bad ones will have some negative ones. Go by the court of public opinion on this one. If they have a lot of negative reviews, then they’re not going to treat you properly.
See if they’re listed with the Better Business Bureau and find out what professional affiliations they have.
What Facilities Do They Have?
If you’re going to be storing your goods with them, you’re entitled to know what facilities they have. Moreover, good companies won’t be shy about letting you see the storage area. They’re not going to let you have the run of the place, but you’ll be able to see if they have an upstanding operation.
Research is your best defense against seedy companies. Do your homework upfront, and you will minimize the risk of being scammed and having your items damaged.