When hiring moving services, carry out intense research to avoid choosing the wrong movers. Your items are life-long investments, and if you make a mistake in hiring moving services, you may end up with irreplaceable memories. With the number of moving companies increasing by the day, it is inevitable to have unprofessional movers and scammers. Therefore, the only way to avoid losing money or your belongings is by having s thorough screening process.
Weather is a factor to consider when you are planning to relocate because it affects loading, unloading and transporting your belongings to a new home. Normally, summer is the busiest moving season of most people due to favorable weather. However, due to the high demand of moving services, professional movers cannot be able to handle the workload, and they give scammers an opportunity to exploit homeowners. According to Linda Darr who is the president of America Moving & Storage Association, most frequent scams involves money. This is because, most scammer movers are out there to make money either by overcharging or holding your items hostage claiming for more money.
Unfortunately, most homeowners have a connection with their belongings, and it is better for them to pay the money rather than lose their items. Hence, most people spend the money to have their items delivered or unloaded from the load truck. One problem in handling such cases is lack of licensing and insurance covers from the movers. Also, failure to have a written agreement on the quote makes it complicated because there is no supporting document in the claim. You will come to find out that police department is reluctant in handling such cases and since it is time sensitive, most people give up and pay the money. Although AMSA can help you negotiate if you contact them when the problem arises, they may not guarantee to solve the problem.
It is all lies with the homeowner during selection process. You’ve to be very considerate and keen while hiring a moving company. Look out for the red flags such as very low rates, the mover asking for a large down payment, the mover refusing to offer an onsite estimate or failing to agree on a written agreement. When hiring a mover, look out for the following signs: