Moves are stressful and expensive times. People are sometimes in a hurry with sudden life changes and they may cut corners when shopping around for long distance movers. People eager to save money and not doing their due diligence can fall prey to moving scams.
After all your belongings are packed into a truck unscrupulous movers can hold your belongings hostage, waiting for payment on fees much higher than those you agreed to. It can be difficult to imagine what you would do in this situation, but taking a few steps before any problems arise can keep your possessions by be hijacked by frauds.
1. Know Market Rates
One way that frauds lure their victims in is to compromising situations by promising rates well below the market value. Knowing the rates offered by most long distance movers can let you know when a company is offering a deal that really is too good to be true.
2. Beware Cash Only Operations
Legitimate long distance movers do not require large up front cash deposits or only accept only cash as form of payment. Buyer beware of services that expect to be paid for services not yet delivered.
3. Get More Than One Estimate
Going along with tip number one, getting three or more estimates will give you and idea of fair rates, and give you exposure to the different types of moving services that are available. Estimate should include a break down of all costs and how they will be tabulated. Be sure to note if the long distance movers are quoting based on volume or weight. Also make sure to check weight slips to make sure you are not being charged for the weight of the truck.
4. Check Up on Company Names
Call the number listed by your long distance movers or pods providers, make sure that they answer the phone professionally. Fly by night operations my operate with disposable phones, and their numbers may be disconnected by the time you call looking for your stuff. Check too with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the company.