Nobody likes moving. Hiring a professional moving company can take a lot of the (literal) weight off your shoulders during an already hectic and stressful time. But it’s important to make sure you’ve hired a reputable company that wont end up creating more problems than they solve. Here are three little-known scams:
Bait and Switch:
Some moving companies may provide a flat rate in advertisements or in a written quote before they begin loading your possessions into their truck. Unfortunately, this rate increases immensely once the possessions are loaded, due to a cache of hidden fees like dispatch fees, mileage fees and additional labor costs. If you don’t pay, your belongings are held hostage. To avoid this, get a written contract in advance and ask about any additional fees due once the job is complete.
Packing your belongings is a very convenient and desirable service offered by a number of moving companies, but it also leaves room for another scam – where they pad the cost with packing supply fees, or only fill boxes halfway to use more boxes and supplies.
Size of the move
Does your mover estimate your load’s size in cubic feet, or by weight? Cubic feet are confusing, and easy to be deceptive about. Weight is weight, and there’s no fooling a scale at a weighing station. Avoid this scam by insisting on a quote based on the weight of the load, not the size of it.