Spotting and Avoiding Moving Scams - Tips from the Professional Movers at L&J Moving & Storage
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Scammers know that their best chance of success is to target people when they are already feeling stressed, confused, or overwhelmed. Moving scams have increased over the past decade, even though it’s easier than ever to research companies and employees before you work with them. When planning a move, it’s important to do your research so you can feel comfortable with the business you’ll be partnering with.
Don’t let the stress of planning your move make you blind to the signs that a company doesn’t have your needs at its heart. The professional movers at L&J hate to see customers left in the lurch by disreputable companies and moving scams, so we’ve put together this list of signs that can help you spot a scam.
Do a web search. A professional company should have a professional looking website, with multiple legitimate ways to contact their office. You can also look for reviews on platforms like Google and Yelp that can confirm other consumers’ experiences of working with that business.
Look for company associations. Even very small or local professional movers will still identify themselves as members of the Better Business Bureau, the local chamber of commerce, the International Association of Movers, the American Moving and Storage Association, etc. Each of these affiliations is an organization you can contact to verify the legitimacy of the company you’re looking into.
Pay attention to your first phone call. When you call the company to investigate working with them, you should be able to find their phone number clearly listed in their marketing materials (as well as online), and you should be greeted with the name of the company (not something generic like “moving services”). If the representative doesn’t readily identify themselves or their employer, it could be a sign that you’re being scammed.
Listen for their liability coverage. Professional movers will always be able to offer you some sort of liability coverage during your move. Even if you’re using the full services of the company and not doing any of the labor yourself, it’s important to understand what liability you maintain and the company maintains throughout each step of the move.
Confirm your payment options. Professional movers get paid after all the work of your move has been completed. If the company is requesting a down payment, an advance, or other payment arrangements, it might be a sign of a scam.
If you’re looking for a trusted partner to help you with your next move, L&J can get you what you need. Contact us today to get started with your free quote.