How to Protect Yourself from Unscrupulous Movers
Moving from your present resident can be a daunting task. The last thing you need is an unscrupulous mover robbing you blind while destroying your most treasured possessions. The Better Business Bureau gives some excellent advice on how to protect your belongings and pocket book from unscrupulous moving companies, in their informative and eye opening documentary titled Scam Alert.
When moving, you do not want to find yourself in the following scenario. You have just sold your home and are ready to move all your belongings. You call a moving company and they give you a quote over the phone. The price sounds good, so you agree to have them move your belongings. The company you called subcontracts to another company, without letting you know. The truck comes and picks up your belongings. This is when the trouble begins. When the truck arrives at your new residence, you are then presented with a bill that is about two hundred dollars more than the price that was quoted to you and you agreed to pay. You find that you can’t get a hold of the company to complain and you have to accept the bill, in order to have your belongings brought in your new residence.
After the movers have left you discover that many of your belongings are now broken and that there wasn’t any insurance covering them. Therefore, you find yourself with broken possession and having paid more to the mover than you originally agreed. How do you protect yourself from this type of criminal behavior?
There are ways to protect yourself and you should put these into practice, whenever you are planning to move from your current place of residence. First of all, you should contact the U.S. or Canadian Mover’s Association for a list of reputable movers. The number for these agencies can be found either online or in your phone directory.
A reputable mover will do an on site inspection and will give you an estimate in writing; this would be a good time to discuss insurance options. Ask if their company uses sub-contractors. If they do use subcontractors, get the name of the company and check the company out with the U.S. or Canadian Mover’s Association. Always, always make sure you fully understand the contract before signing it. You may also want to check their reliability report with your local BBB.
Moving can be a happy occasion, after all you are embarking on a new phase of your life. Make it is a safe occasion, as well, don’t let an unscrupulous mover ruin the moment or destroy your things, while making of with your money. Some movers might offer you a lower price than a reputable mover would, and there is a reason for this. Chances are you could be the victim of a scam. So check the company out before entering into any agreements with them.
If a friend of yours recommends a moving company, and your friend says they were great, have them checked out anyways. Sometimes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Remember, these people will have all your most precious possessions in one of their vehicles; you don’t want to find yourself having to pay extra money only to recover a lot of damaged property. Moving can be both a happy and safe experience, if you organize your move with wisdom.