Protect Your Move: Signs Your Movers Aren't Reputable
Whether you're getting ready to pack up a studio apartment or you're moving from a multi-story home, finding a reliable mover to help you through the process can make or break your moving experience. It is essential to vet potential moving companies before hiring them because all movers are not created equally. By following these steps, you can protect your move and ensure you have reputable movers working for you.
Here are the signs that a moving company might not be a good choice:
#1 An Estimate That's Too Good To Be True
If you get an estimate from a moving company that seems off or too good to be true, chances are, it is. If you're not sure how much your move should cost, make sure that the moving company performs an on-site inspection of your belongings so that you don't get a low estimate that is likely to double or even triple by the time your move is done. Making sure you take the necessary steps to protect your move ensures that you don't get surprised by additional costs.
#2 They Are Not Properly Licensed Or Insured
Interstate movers are required to be licensed with the US Department of Transportation. They should be able to provide you with their USDOT number that you can use to confirm. Local moving companies are not required to have this national licensing, but they are regulated by the state in which they operate in. You want to confirm they are properly licensed with the state before hiring them.
Being insured is also a requirement for a legitimate moving company. This protects the moving company from potential lawsuits and provides the means to repay customers in the event of damage. Without insurance, it is a good bet that the movers will not be able to make good on any claims that may result during your move.
Additionally, a reputable moving company will offer valuation coverage, which is different from moving insurance. Any interstate mover is required by law to offer two different types of liability options – Full Value Protection and Released Value. These details are essential to your ability to protect your move.
#3 You're Asked To Pay Up Front
If you're asked to make a payment before your move, that's an immediate red flag. We'd hope that everyone in the business is trustworthy and wouldn't take an upfront payment and run, but, unfortunately, that is not the case. If a company is asking for an upfront payment, it is a good indicator that they are fraudulent.
#4 The Reviews Are Bad
Not every bad review out there is legitimate, but all bad reviews are definitely a factor you'll want to consider when you are trying to protect your move. You want to do your research on any moving company you are considering to see what people are saying about their experience working with them. The previous clients of a moving company are going to tell you everything you need to know about the customer service the company provides and what you can expect upon hiring them.
#5 They Can't Answer Your Questions
Your intuition is your best guide when you are considering where to spend your money. Ask questions, the more the better, to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision to protect your move. If the team of movers can't answer your questions, that's a good sign that you should move on to a different company. You want an informed team of individuals working with your belongings to prevent damage or hassle.
Protect Your Move With Reliable Movers
Having spent decades in the industry, Amazing Moves has worked tirelessly to provide hassle-free moving services for all of our clients. Many clients come to us after a bad experience with another moving company who doesn't do the things we've talked about above. Protect your move and your belongings by finding a reputable mover who you can trust. Need an estimate? Contact the pros at Amazing Moves today.