Common Moving Scams and How To Avoid Them

Moving to a new home can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a stressful one. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous moving companies take advantage of this stress by scamming their customers out of their hard-earned money. These scams can come in different forms, but they all have one thing in common: they aim to deceive people and extract more money from them than initially agreed upon. The following are some of the most common moving scams and how to avoid them.

1.     Lowball Estimates

One of the most common moving scams is the lowball estimate. This is when a moving company offers a very low initial estimate to lure customers. However, once your possessions are loaded onto their truck, they may inflate the price and hold your belongings, hostage until you pay up.

Always get estimates from at least three moving companies to avoid falling victim to this scam. This will give you a good idea of a reasonable price range for your move. Additionally, be wary of any company offering an estimate significantly lower than the others. This is a red flag that they may be trying to scam you. Remember, you are moving valuable items that, in many instances, cannot be replaced easily, so why would you even consider the lowest price for your valuables?

2.     Non-Binding Estimates

Another common moving scam is the non-binding estimate. This is when a moving company offers an estimate that is not binding, meaning that the final price can end up being much higher than expected.

To avoid this scam, always get a binding estimate from the moving company in writing. A binding estimate means that the final price will not exceed the initial estimate unless you request additional services or there are unforeseen circumstances that the movers were not aware of. This will help ensure you are not hit with unexpected charges when the move is completed.

3.     Unlicensed and Uninsured Movers

If you choose a moving company that is not licensed or insured, you risk losing your possessions entirely and being scammed out of your money. Always ensure the moving company is licensed and insured to avoid this scam. You should read reviews from previous customers. Ensure the company is licensed and insured, and always get a binding estimate in writing before signing. You can also check with the Department of Consumer Affairs to ensure the company is legitimate. If you have any questions or concerns about your next move, you can contact Tracy at New Jersey Warehouse & Movers Association.

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Blog Submission: Godwin Dzantah, Charles Moving & Storage, NJWMA Treasurer.


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