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Avoiding A Moving Scam

February 20th, 2012 3:42 pm by

The most important thing to keep in mind about avoiding a moving scam is that if it sounds to good to be true, chances are it is.  Rest assured your well reputable professionals here at Highland will take good care of you.  However, if you are just beginning your research to find a moving company you want to evaluate the following:

  1. Reputation. Reputation is everything.  You want to do your due diligence.  Start by checking references and experience.  If you are in Canada or the US, check with professional organizations like your local Better Business Bureau (BBB).  If you are in the United States, check the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and get the MC number of the company.  This will allow you to check the Department of Transportation website and it will give you a great deal of helpful information on the company. 
  2. Online presence.  You want to assess their on-line presence.  See if they have one and if so, what is the feedback they are getting from customers.  You want to evaluate their professional reputation, community and professional involvement and their ability to meet your moving needs.
  3. Get Several Quotes.  You want to get at least three quotes.  This will allow you to get a clear comparison and enable you to assess the true cost of your move.  This will also serve as a litmus test because it will allow you to evaluate the bids that you are getting to make sure they are reasonable. A great online resource for this is ClickandMoveClickandMove allows you to take your inventory at your convenience and submit it online.  Movers will return estimates based on your information.  
  4. Cost is not everything.  I know you are all on a budget but I want to caution you.  If you put all of your emphasis on the lowest bid, it may end up costing you in the long run.  If the bids are within a reasonable range, you should be in good shape.  However, if one is significantly lower than the others, chances are you may be dealing with someone questionable.  Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who will give you a very low estimate but then charge you additional fees or claim a greater total weight before you take delivery.  Therefore, they will hold your items ‘hostage’ until you pay them the difference.  So, just be careful when you receive a bid that is significantly less than the rest.

Taking the time to do your research will be worth it in the long run.  Feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions or concerns.  We will be happy to help you.