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How to Avoid Moving Scams
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|Hiring a moving company is usually the best option for your move. However, you must be sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid being victimized by one of those notorious moving scams. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to avoid getting scammed by a moving company.
Do your homework
Research prospective moving companies' credentials by heading over to the Better Business Bureau of Canada's website. The BBB provides you with the registration and license information of a company, as well as any official complaints filed against them. This will help you understand what to look for in movers and give you an idea of what makes a moving company legitimate.
Get more than one estimate
When researching moving companies, you should get at least three estimates from different movers. Some companies only give online estimates, so be cautious when dealing with them. Online estimates can never be accurate. For this reason, you may want to get at least one in-home estimate to get a true quote on what your move will cost.
Ask about insurance
Find out from prospective movers whether or not your items are fully protected under your insurance contract. Check if the moving company has its own insurance claims agent or if it outsources claims to a third party company. Research how the valuation works and make sure your items will be repaired or replaced if damaged or lost.
Review your contract carefully
Your contract should deal with all of the details of your move. Read the document carefully several times before signing anything, and even have somebody else look it over. This is where you will identify any hidden charges. Some moving companies may try to charge extra for moving up and down stairs or elevators.
Know your rights
By law, licensed moving companies are required to provide a booklet that details "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move." This document will clarify your responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities of the moving company. Having this knowledge will drastically reduce your chances of getting scammed.
Inquire about the employees
Request information about the moving company's workers to make sure you can trust them with your move. Do they undergo background checks before getting hired? Are they full-time employees? Are they required to pass drug tests? Since these individuals will be responsible for your valuable belongings, it is imperative that they be trustworthy and careful with moving materials.
Ask about the payment process
When a moving company says it will charge upfront, be very careful. If you are paying with a credit card, there may be a hold placed on your card, but this is normal. Be sure that all of these payment details are explained before signing a contract with a moving company. One of the most common moving scams reported is a moving company holding your possessions "hostage" until you pay an amount that is significantly higher than the original estimate. Beware of these sketchy movers.
With this knowledge and preparation, you can avoid getting scammed by unprofessional moving companies. We hope you use this information to your advantage and that you enjoy a safe and stress-free move!
Author : Ryan Hussey
on October 20, 2014
TopMoving.ca - Moving Expert