According to a survey conducted by an association of certified mover of America, more than 40 million moves take place every year. The full-service steps are 12 million; this figure indicates a move which includes packing, shipping, storage and unpacking. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation USDT, most of these moves do not go smooth.
On a positive note, most of these shifting are done without any fraudulent incident reported. The sad thing is the number of objections against movers has augmented gradually over the decade.
The doubled quote of Susan b Meyers:
Susan b Meyers, An African American homeowner was quoted $1700 for the full service and was charged $3000 for the whole process. The staff claimed that the actual belongings of the season were twice of what she told them over the phone. A moving supervisor who doesn’t contend on an on-site checkup of your household is giving you just an estimate of the moving cost. These estimates are too good to be true, so it is crucial to check the real prices with the local movers.
The advance deposit requested to Michael and Linda:
Not all long distance moving companies will demand cash in advance. A mostly large deposit is required before moving have a definite purpose. You usually pay when the labor is delivered. If you are asked to pay up front, scrutinize your situation. In the case of advance payments you have zero control over the whole process. Same happened with a newly wedded Michael and Linda of Wisconsin, the couple was scheduled to shift shortly, and the company asked them to pay the half payment in advance. They never saw the face of the supervisor again. When it is time to pay for the servise, use a credit card .
The name changer-game changer scam:
Some businesses are fooling the statutory bodies by continuously doing business under new names and titles. Make sure you have the company’s local address and information. Check upon the licensing and insurance of the company and do the required research before making the contract with one name or the other. Once you have made the agreement, you are bound by the law to abide by the terms. Karen a 45 years old mother hired a company to move her household. The company used a similar name to that of a big moving company. Karen made the contract with the service without spending much time on the research. Once the agreement was made, she found out that the company she has hired isn’t the famous Movers, but it was too late. As usual, the service quality of the company was nowhere near the variety of movers, and she tried reaching the servicemen a few times. The number provided by the staff had directed her to a call center sourcing to “mobile movers”.
How to save yourself from scammers:
If your associates can’t recommend you good long distance moving companies, get a list of dependable movers from the local or national body. Like national movers association, the American Moving and Storage Association and State Associations of Movers. Doing so, you will save yourself from the loss, and the good guys will get your business.
Gather references—do your homework before making a contract:
To avoid the risk of fraud, ask for three references about the movers. Here don’t get satisfied by any reference, but ask the people who have moved in the neighborhood in past two to three months you can always find new neighbors who had a good experience with their moving company. Actually, all those consumers and ask pointed questions about their experience.
In the case of fraud, Call the government’s consumer complaints hotline at 1 (888) 368-7238 to inquire about the company’s history. Once you’re sure about the company, go ahead and make the contract, pay them for their services and enjoy the leisure of being moved without any stress or fatigue.