Tips for Avoiding Moving Scams

Moving can be stressful, and the last thing you want to deal with is falling victim to a moving scam. Here are some red flags to watch out for and steps you can take to protect yourself: 

1.      Lack of Address: Be wary of moving companies without physical addresses on their website or communications. Legitimate movers will have a verifiable address.

2.     Large Advance Payments: Avoid movers who demand hefty advance payments or deposits before starting the job. Reputable companies typically require payment upon delivery of your belongings.

3.     Blank Forms: If a moving company asks you to sign blank forms or contracts, it’s a major red flag. Always insist on filling out paperwork with all the details clearly stated.

4.     Demands for Large Sums: Some dishonest movers may demand additional payments once your belongings are loaded onto the truck. To avoid this, make sure you have a clear understanding of all costs upfront and get everything in writing.

5.     Suspiciously Low Quotes: Avoid movers offering significantly lower quotes than others. This could be a tactic to lure you in, only for them to tack on extra charges later.

 

How to Protect Yourself:

 ·      Seek Referrals: Ask friends, family, and real estate agents for recommendations. Personal referrals can help you find trustworthy movers.

·      Research Thoroughly: Check the mover’s reputation with organizations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the New Jersey Warehouse & Movers Association (NJWMA), and the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. Look for any complaints or negative reviews.

·      Get Multiple Estimates: Obtain estimates from several moving companies through in-home or virtual assessments. Compare prices and services offered before making a decision.

·      Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask the mover plenty of questions about their services, pricing, and policies. If they’re evasive or impatient, consider it a warning sign.

·      Get Everything in Writing: Before moving day, ensure you have a written contract with the moving company’s name, address, and all agreed-upon details. Review the contract carefully and keep printed and electronic copies for your records.

·      Payment Method: Avoid paying in cash, as it’s harder to dispute fraudulent charges. Instead, use a credit card to provide an added layer of protection.

·      Verify Contact Information: Before they leave with your belongings, make sure you have the driver’s cell phone number and confirm that it works. This ensures you can reach them if any issues arise during transit.

Following these precautions and staying vigilant can minimize the risk of falling victim to moving scams and enjoy a smoother relocation process.

To search for a licensed mover and browse our moving tips, visit www.NJMovers.com or call 732-341-3934.

Blog Submission: Chuck Smiley, All Season Movers and NJWMA Board of Director

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