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The 3 Most Common Signs of a Possible Moving Scam

Lisa Archer

Lisa is the Chief Opportunity Officer at Live Love Homes Worldwide...

Lisa is the Chief Opportunity Officer at Live Love Homes Worldwide...

Feb 12 4 minutes read

With a little bit of help and a lot of work, you've finally found the perfect home. Now, all you need to do is pack up your belongings and find a reputable mover to take your collection from point A, to point B. While organizing all of your possessions can be quite the headache for many homeowners, it's only one of the things you'll need to think about when you're preparing for your move.

One of the biggest issues to address involves making sure that you're working with a moving company that's not going to take your money and leave you with damaged or missing goods. To help you move safely to your new neighborhood, we put together a few crucial signs to look for when you're suspicious of a scam.

Sign 1: The Price/ Quote

One of the biggest signs that there's something not quite right with your moving company, is a price that you simply don't agree with. While you should expect to spend a reasonable amount on a reputable moving team, how your team chooses to charge you can raise warning flags. For instance, In 2015, the US government passed a law making it illegal to charge by "cubic foot". Your moving company should charge by weight and mileage, and nothing else.

Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to money is that your moving company shouldn't ask for a deposit strictly in cash. While it's common to ask for some cash up front, a company that demands cash may be shady. Credit and debit cards offer proof of payment that helps to protect you in case of a scam. Always use a card for extra protection.

Sign 2: Problems with References

Whenever you're investing in something important, it's important to get reviews and references to make sure that you're putting your money in the right place. After all, if you were going to replace your roof, you wouldn't bring a building team in with no prior experience working on tiles and shingles. In the same vein, it's important not to work with movers unless you can see evidence that they've successfully cared for a client's property before.

Reputable moving companies will come with a list of references at their disposal, giving you people to talk to if you're not sure whether you've chosen the right support. For instance,
Bellhops Moving in Charlotte has plenty of reviews from previous customers to help put customer minds at ease.

Sign 3: Issues with the Brand

Finally, a great moving company is proud of their brand and the name they've built for themselves. They spend time cultivating a reputation throughout the country, which means that they'd never jump into a rebrand without a very good reason. On the other hand, one of the most common ways that rogue movers attempt to get around the better business bureau is by changing the name of their company. Before agreeing to work with a mover, make sure that you check their history for signs of an ever-changing identity.

Just as we 
take pride in sharing our story with our customers, any mover you trust to transport your belongings around the country should also have a name that they believe in, and a brand that they've cultivated over time.

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