It’s important to be well informed when it comes to trusting any company on a moving estimate. It’s not likely that they’re going to try to pull the wool over your eyes, but just in case it’s better to be safe than sorry. Not every company is as reputable as us. Some moving companies have been known to charge people appalling amounts of money for something that shouldn’t have cost very much. This should not put a dark frame on the industry though. Many people in this industry, like us, are just trying to make a living by helping you move places.
It’s important for you however to realize that being it a savvy consumer is the best kind of consumer. Having the knowledge underneath you and the street smarts to realize that a moving companies quote maybe a little bit high is an extremely handy skill to have. Really it all comes down to basic mathematics. If you have the ability to add and subtract, you can figure out a quote. Plus, all you have to do is do a little bit of research into other companies in the area and find out what they are charging. If their estimates are considerably lower than what you have, then you may want to talk to the company you have hired.
There is one way to avoid this whole thing though. Hire someone who is as reputable as us. Better yet, hire us. We will give you an extremely fair quote that you are more than welcome to talk with us about. We like to know that the people we are working for our very intelligent. We like to discuss the sort of things with you and ensure that you are as happy as we are. Granted, everybody would be happy if everything was free, but there would be no such thing as business. So, don’t expect a free move when you get a quote from anyone, but at least make sure it’s reasonable. Otherwise you could end up paying a lot more money by just not being careful enough to make sure that your quote is acceptable.
It is unfortunate that scam movers take over the moving industry. By following a few steps, you can have the advantage of spotting them before they take your stuff and run. Here are some pointers on how to avoid getting scammed:
- Be wary of radical estimates. Estimates too high or too low should not be trusted, and when it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Get everything in writing! If you don’t have anything in writing there is no way to be sure that your given estimate will be honored.
- Avoid companies that only accept cash or large deposits
- Find out if the company is on the American Moving and Storage Association of blacklist scammers
- Avoid doing business with moving companies who do not have a physical address or licensing information on their website
The best way to find a legit moving company is through word of mouth or other local resources. Good sense and judgment should be used whenever you hire any company to do service for you. It is in your best interest to take extra precautions because they are packing up everything you own, stuffing it in a truck for a cross country trek.
First and foremost, we want to stress the importance of determining if your mover is registered with FMCSA by accessing www.protectyourmove.gov or calling FMCSA at (202) 385 9805. Unfortunately, we hear so many horror stories of people signing with moving companies that seem to be too good to be true and we want to stress to you that anything that seems too good to be true… Probably is! Hopefully, our Terminology Tuesday series will help you know and understand the information provided by the professional mover. The expert mover should provide you with the following basic documents as a part of your move.
Estimates: estimates should be clearly described- in writing– do not accept oral estimates. Here at Exodus, we believe in order to get the most accurate estimate you must see what you are estimating. Therefore, we are more than happy to give you an in person estimate.
Order For Service: this is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates that the household goods will be picked up and delivered.
Bill of Landing: contract between you and the mover and receipt of ALL your belongings. You should be given a partially completed form before the vehicle even leaves the residence of origin.
Inventory List: receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. At Exodus we provide and go over the inventory list with you so we can agree on the description of the goods condition before and after the move.
Applicable Transportation Charges: charges that a mover assesses for its services must be contained in a published tariff which MUST be made available upon request. If you feel that a mover has overcharged you, you can contact the Surface Transportation Board at (866) 254 1792 to obtain assistance.
Filing a Complaint: you may file a complaint against a mover by visiting www.protectyourmove.org or calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT Monday-Friday.
We hope that you never go through the typical horror moves that we too often hear about. It is super important that you understand your rights and your responsibilities before selecting a mover. We believe that the best way to avoid problems is to be informed and plan ahead.