Moving Scams are all too common in today’s world. A dishonest company will seem nice at first, and they will offer you a “low ball” moving cost. But on the day of the move, after your possessions are all packed away on their truck, they will suddenly hand you a bill for twice the original estimated cost. And if you don’t pay, your clothing and furniture will sit in the warehouse of this unscrupulous moving company, and you may never get them back.
So next time you are making a move, be sure to carefully check out the company you are planning to use, before letting them handle your belongings. Packing Service Inc. the founders of MovingScam.info recommends you take the following steps to check out a moving company, before hiring them, and before you let them touch any of your belongings.
When your hunting for a mover online, keep in mind that even a good looking web site, may be run by an unscrupulous moving broker or a lead website company while will get your information and sell it to 5-10 moving company, its is always better to call the moving / packing / shipping companies directly and to ask for a flat fee guaranteed estimate for packing / loading / moving.
If you are asked for a significant up front deposit, look for another company, if they are asking for a credit card for reservation, that is fine, most companies do it.
Every time you talk with a company to get an estimate, get that company’s name and any aliases it might operate under, along with an address, phone number and its Department of Transportation and MC, or motor carrier, license numbers.
Ask for how long the company has been in business. Also ask for three references from people who’ve used the company to move in the last few months — and call those references.
Call the Better Business Bureau to see the company’s complaint history and check out the company’s DOT number at the FMCSAs Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System (SAFER) Website.
The safest way to avoid scam is to hire a reputable packing company to do your packing and use an honest container company to transport your belongings. Packing Service Inc. is one an example of an honest packing service company. We are dedicated to fight moving fraud, we offer flat fees guaranteed estimates nationwide and provide a list of reputable container and trucking companies that will transport your belongs interstate.
Another option that you have is to rent a truck and drive it and let Packing Service Inc. do the loading and unloading for you and be charged by a flat fee unlike any moving company that will charge you by the time, and when someone get paid by the time, they will try to waste it as much as they can to make more profit from you.