How to Avoid Moving Scams in Moving Industry

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Moving is stressful. And as if that is not enough, the moving industry is prone to a lot of scam. Hence, as you plan your next move you don’t want to be caught off-guard by a scam artist trying to take advantage of your practical nature.

 

What to Look Out for to Avoid Getting Scammed

To avoid getting into all the traps set by the scammers, it’s crucial that you do your research when choosing a moving company, especially if you plan on using any professional or licensed movers.

So, what are some of the pitfalls to look out for in North Carolina?

  • Hidden moving fees

When you’re moving, it’s always tempting to find a company with the lowest price. But if you don’t read the fine print and ask all the right questions, you can wind up with a surprise or two–and an empty bank account–when it comes time to pay.

Scam companies always charge for services that were never discussed or agreed upon, such as packing materials or fees for moving stairs. Therefore, before hiring a company, be sure to discuss all services and fees in detail, including those that may require additional payment.

  • Upfront deposits

The most common scam in the moving industry is the upfront deposit, also known as a security deposit or good faith money. Understandably, you want to protect yourself against potential damages, but the upfront payment is a common scam tactic.

  • Suspicious quotes

Moving companies that overprice their services and then demand more money before they move your stuff are all too common.

Common moving scams include bait-and-switch scams, where a company quotes you one price over the phone or in an email to get you to call them, then quotes you a higher price when you show up at their office or home to move your stuff.

  • Frequent name changes

Some moving companies will change their name or the name of their company once they have your stuff, and then be impossible to track down. They’ll send you to a holding facility or just ignore your calls. This is illegal, but it happens all the time.

How to avoid moving scams

  • Ask friends and family – They may have had good or bad experiences with local companies, and they might be able to recommend specific services or companies that performed well for them.
  • Research companies thoroughly – Most states require movers to be licensed, so check to see if a company is licensed in your state before you hire them.
  • Document everything – It is very important to keep records of all communication with movers, including names of representatives and dates/times of conversations. Also, be sure to keep copies of all paperwork provided by potential movers and any contracts signed.

Bottom Line

Avoiding a scam when you move can be tricky. There are many moving scams out there, and they aren’t hard to fall into if you’re not careful. Use the tips provided above to help you avoid many of these types of scams and learn how they work. It’s crucial that you do your research; don’t let moving companies know that you’re desperate for a good deal.

 

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