Top Moving Scams: Warning Signs

Could you point out a moving scam if it was in your face? Not many people can because most people do not deal with moving companies on a regular basis so it is harder to recognize one. Below, we will go over some warning signs that you need to be on the lookout for as you are shopping for the right moving company.

  1. Low Estimates

While it would be nice to be able to move for next to nothing, this is not realistic. If you are talking to a company and their estimate is way lower than other estimates you have received, you need to ask more questions.

When moving companies offer low rates that are too low, you may not receive the best help or the company may not even show up on move day.

  1. Inaccurate References

It is easy for a company to add fake testimonials to their website that rave about their service. In fact, unless you can verify the testimonials, you should assume they may not be real.

To get a true idea of what others say about the company, you should check with the BBB or look on other sites such as Yelp.

  1. Read the Contract

Moving companies that are looking to scam you will add fees into their fine print that you never see. It is important that you look over ALL of the contract and read everything including the fine print.

You should never sign an incomplete or blank document as you do not know what it is you are getting.

  1. Huge Deposits and Cash Deposits

If the moving company charges more than 20 percent of the cost of your bill, you should run. You should never pay a high deposit rate as there is no reason for this.

In addition, if the company only accepts cash, be worried. When you pay with a credit card, you have protection if the company does not deliver; however, you do not have protection if you pay in cash.

Before you work with a moving company, make sure you vet the company and learn more about them. The above four signs can help you identify whether or not a moving company is trying to scam you. There are plenty of legitimate moving companies out there, but you must put in a little work.