Signs you’re dealing with a shady mover

No unexpected price hikes from Brandon Transfer Moving & Storage
Unsure if your moving company is scamming you? Afraid you're just being paranoid? Here are signs that your fear of being ripped off isn't all in your head.

Moving to a new home can be stress-inducing even under the best of circumstances, but what if adding to that stress is the worry that your moving company is trying to rip you off?  Rogue moving and storage companies are certainly out there, and they’re on the lookout for vulnerable people to scam.

The first thing to know is that looking for movers with ProMover certification can really be a great sign that you’ve found a reputable company. They have pledged to operate under the ethical standards of The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) program. But if it’s too late for that now, and you can’t decide whether you’re being ripped off or just paranoid, here are some tip-offs that the movers you’ve chosen are not on the up-and-up.

The surprise price hike

This is probably the most widely known con game out there. If the outrageously low price quote from the moving company seemed too good to be true… well… it probably was. We always recommend getting estimates from several movers before agreeing to hire anyone. If one quote is much lower than the rest, that should be a red flag. Cheaper up front doesn’t necessarily equal the best value.

Holding your stuff hostage

This scam is often used in conjunction with the surprise price hike. If you’re unwilling to pay the extra costs they’re trying to charge you, they may refuse to unload your possessions until you do. Reputable movers would never do this.

Suspicious business practices

Make sure your moving company is willing and able to provide their physical address, licensing numbers and references. If they do not provide an in-home, on-site estimate or won’t put their guarantees and quotes in writing, that’s a bad sign. If they show up on moving day with an unmarked truck or van, or are using a rental trailer, they may not be on the up-and-up.

Demanding a big cash deposit

Legitimate movers will not ask you to put down a sizable deposit before they’ll begin your move. This is not standard operating practice, and is a definite red flag. Run, do not walk, the other way.

These are just a few things to be on the lookout for when hiring a moving and storage company. Again, checking to see if they have ProMover certification is a great place to start. Brandon Transfer & Storage has been in business in the West Palm Beach area for nearly 100 years.  There’s a pretty good chance we’ve moved someone you know. Call us today with any questions or to get your free estimate for your upcoming move.

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