Moving out of your place is a real hassle, and you have a lot of things to pack to move to your new place, which is why people tend to hire moving companies to help them with this process. However, you should be wary of what moving company you are choosing to help you out in this endeavor.
Moving out is already very hard, and this can be a highway to hell if you hire the wrong moving company that is only there to scam you. So without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and look into some of the most popular moving scams currently on the market.
1. The price is too GOOD to be True
Okay, let’s be real for a minute; this wouldn’t be an issue in the perfect world, but we live in the real world, where nothing good comes freely or at a low price. My mom always said that you pay for what you get, and if something sounds too good to be true, then there might be a catch behind it. And there usually is.
It is important to know the specific cost of your move as this will allows you to know whether a company is charging too little or too high to help you out in this endeavor. According to statics conducted by moving companies, the average cost to move in-state is estimated at $1400. If your moving company is offering below than average prices, this is an absolute red flag for us, and you should be wary of this.
2. No insurance
Insurance is primordial when you are moving out as it gives you a peace of mind when you are moving out. It also ensures that something will be reimbursed if broken or lost during the journey; what a moving company insures usually varies, but most legit ones offer some sort of insurance.
You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance, right? Then the same logic should apply to a moving company. We need to be honest with ourselves and face the fact that things will go wrong during the moving process, and an insurance protects you and your belonging in case of an accident.
A company operating without insurance is a red flag as it means that they were unable to get coverage for their company, and this is a telltale sign of a scam. It also signals that they had one too many things go wrong in the past for insurance companies not trusting them, which is a reason for you not to trust them with your belongings.
3. They require a moving deposit
As a general rule of thumb, if a moving company charges more than 20% of the price before you move, it’s a warning sign, and you should look for another moving company. Search for companies. Most professional moving companies will not ask you for money upfront or when you book your move.
During peak seasons, such as the summer months, moving companies may ask for a deposit. This is a small amount of money that is used to secure the date of your move and clear the calendar for you. However, in some cases, even reputable companies require a deposit that is completely unfounded.
If your moving company asks for cash up front, they are a shady company or practice. If they require a deposit, ask them what the deposit is for and if this is a common practice. If you get a vague answer, proceed with caution.
It is essential for you to be aware of these scams, but most moving companies out there will help you with your move without any major hiccups. Remember, before hiring a moving company, do your due diligence and make sure that you are hiring a well-known and legal one.
There are a lot of fraudulent companies out there, and you need to do a background check on any company before your hire them. This is how you can make sure not to get scammed while you are moving out of your place. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about moving company scams.