When it’s time to move you might want to consider that the cheapest moving service might not be the best way to go. According to a national survey the drop in the economy has resulted in 20% fewer people moving which has caused a drop in the moving business revenue. This plus the cost of a move has continued to increase each year. The result is that many moving companies have been forced to go out of business.
Consumer advocates say that even the savviest shopper may encounter hidden fees, stolen & broken items, and bad estimates. Here are some things to watch out for.
- Are estimates very low? Companies may offer a low quote and then make a demand for more money on the day of the move.
- Is the company properly licensed? The old saying “two guys and a truck” may actually be a reality. Movers might not have proper licensing, no insurance and offer no way to file a claim is there is breakage. Also something to think about is that without proper licensing you could end up dealing with someone who has a police record.
- Have there been complaints? Are there any Better Business Bureau complaints? However, f they are not licensed it will be hard to track down complaints as there was no place for anyone to complain to.
- How do they want to be paid? Have they asked for upfront deposits or payment is full before doing work? This may be a sign they are not a licensed, reputable company.
In general – check out references and licensing of a mover you decide to work with. Happy moving.