4 Tips for Avoiding Moving Scams
Tips from a Commercial Mover for Performing a Quick and Safe Relocation
Scam movers are amateur movers or crooks who try to trick people into paying more or even stealing their belongings. When it comes to moving companies, you need to be very careful who you hire. A reliable moving company will never try to pump up your bill with “unexpected” expenses or change the prices after the arrangements have been made. To avoid such problems, we recommend you do the following:
- The safest way to negotiate the expenses for your move is by asking for a binding estimate. If a residential or a commercial mover gives you a binding estimate, that means they can’t change the prices later and ask for more money. Actually, the state law allows the price to rise only in case of additional expenses, and it can’t rise more than 15%. If they are scam movers, they will be reluctant to agree to a binding estimate.
- Another thing to do if you want to avoid dishonest movers is research them before you hire them. Don’t hire the first one you come across. Check their background first! If they are certified, licensed, and insured professionals, then there should be nothing to be afraid of. Don’t forget to research their services too! If you need storage and long-distance relocation services, and they can’t provide them for you, then don’t hire them.
- Don’t hire movers over the phone. The first reason for that is they need to see the place before they can give you an accurate estimate. It all depends on the number of belongings you have. The second reason is that you can see them in person. They could be pretending to be from a different company. So, if the company logo on their trucks doesn’t match the logo on their work clothes, then you need to be careful. Also, if they don’t answer the company phone with the company name, that means they may be hiding. Be wary about such contractors of any kind.
- Lastly, if they don’t look presentable and they don’t have a good reputation among the members of the local community, then don’t hire them. On the other hand, if they have a good reputation, then why not give them a call?
If you need a reliable residential or commercial mover, then Johnson Moving and Storage is the one to call. We are a reputable local moving company with plenty of satisfied customers in Washington DC and the surrounding areas. Reach us at (301) 960-5052!