3 Simple Ways to Spot a Moving Company Scam

17 Sep, 2016

3 Simple Ways to Spot a Moving Company Scam

If you’ve ever had the experience of moving to a new city, you’ve likely dealt with a professional moving company. While there are plenty of moving companies in Montreal, not all of them are created equal. In the past year, we have heard about a number of moving company scams and that number is rising. However, do not let these stories deter you from using the help of professional movers. The professional moving industry in Montreal employs thousands of people. Those involved in this industry earn an honest living from it. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples out there that thrive off false promises and poor quality services. If you want to avoid being caught in an unfortunate situation, let these tips guide you to finding a reputable moving company:

1. Is the offer too good to be true?

There are a few moving companies in Montreal that are able to provide reliable, quality service. In addition, they charge reasonable prices for their work. Some even offer custom-tailored packages suited to your needs. If you find a moving company offering a half-price service on the majority of competitor rates, take this as the first red flag. Similar signs could include twenty four hour moving services and months of free storage. If you have been presented with an offer that sounds too good to be true in comparison to the market rates, we suggest to trust your gut and do more research.

2. Does the moving company have a physical address?

It is important to always verify if the moving company in question has a physical address or headquarters. There are a large number of brokers or agents whom work on commission, falsely representing various local moving companies. In worst cases, agents have been found to take their commission and the moving company’s fee from the unknowing client. If you encounter someone claiming to represent a moving company but reluctant to share more details on the establishment itself, be wary.

3. Have you been offered a binding quote?

Most professional moving companies today offer what is called a “binding quote”. This ensures that they cannot charge you more than the fixed amount already agreed upon once moving day arrives. Ensure protecting yourself by demanding a binding quote. Too many times have we heard of unprofessional moving companies tacking on extra fees (long distance, heavy loads, waiting time, etc.) right after they’ve moved your goods. If the moving company in question is refusing to offer a binding quote, take this as a sign to keep researching.

By keeping these tips in mind, you should be able to weed out companies that are simply looking to make a quick buck. Reputable moving companies take pride in their work and are often willing to go out of their way to share testimonials as well as details about their employees. Talk to friends and family. Often, they have had experiences with local moving companies, positive or negative, that will allow you to make a better decision. Always remember to go with your instinct when it comes to entrusting another party with your precious goods. Happy Moving!

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