Some Tips To Avoid Moving Scams
Moving scams have been plaguing the moving industry for decades and in the last two years they have more than tripled!
How can you protect yourself from becoming a victim? Hire only well vetted licensed professionals!
Top 5 ways to find the right mover:
- Look for a company local to where you are moving from. Their listing must include a physical address and license number.
- Check Google reviews. Be sure the companies you are looking at have many positive reviews. The more reviews the more established they are. If they have special accreditations or awards even better.
- Ask for referrals from friends, neighbors, and family.
- Check with trusted sources: New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association – njmovers.com; Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org; Division of Consumer Affairs, https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/ , for local moves; US Federal Motor Carrier Administration, https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp for long distance moves.
- Get 3 visual (in person or virtual) estimates. A licensed mover is required to do a visual assessment.
Additionally, when shopping for a mover beware of brokers, many of which operate online. Often, they will be disguising themselves as local moving outfit. These companies do not own or operate any trucks or employ movers; they simply collect a deposit and hand off your information to a moving company of their choosing to handle your move. The problems with such arrangements are you have no control over who performs the work. You can get stuck with an inferior outfit or worse no one to show up on move day. Blog submission: Tom Kilduff, NJWMA President
Do you research and find out about the mover you are looking to hire. #njmoversforconsumers #moversforconsumers