How Do Some Moving Companies Fool You?

Moving is a huge undertaking that not many people take joy in. That’s why it’s important to outsource help wherever you can when it’s time to pack up and leave town. When you look for a moving company to hire, there are many considerations to make first. The amount of belongings you’ll be taking, any heavy items that need to be transported with a level of skill (such as a piano), and the area that you’re moving to, such as an out-of-state location. All of these factors, plus a few more, will affect the cost of the move, and affect the initial estimate you receive. It is quite easy for moving companies to fool people, getting them to sign contracts that lock them into paying for services they don’t need. Furthermore, initial estimates are often inaccurate, leading customers to believe that they are getting a really great deal, when the fine print of the contract states otherwise. It is important to make sure you do all your research before you attempt to find a good, reputable moving company in your area. To help you be even more informed of your options and what to look out for, here are some other ways that moving companies can fool you:

Out-of-State Moving Costs

Depending on the area you move to, you may encounter discrepancies in moving costs. Different movers charge differently in various states, and not all states have the same regulations. It is important to know what the standards and regulations are for the area that you will be moving to as well as what the average hourly wage costs are for moving company employees. Make sure to thoroughly look over your moving contract before signing it and ask plenty of pertinent questions about other states’ policies—you will be better off going with a company that points you in the direction of other resources that can help you with your research.

Inaccurate Estimates

When a moving company provides you with an estimate, it is important that you take it with a grain of salt. Moving companies generally provide estimates based on the amount of belongings you have, but the actual prices are factored by the weight of the total items being moved. Many moving cost calculators are inaccurate and don’t factor in the exact weight of the belongings being transported, and moving companies typically estimate lower than the actual cost will be to reel in customers with “low prices.” Before hiring a company find out how they fix their prices and what you can do to get the cheapest possible move.

Misrepresenting Level of Experience

Plenty of moving companies have been flagged by the Better Business Bureau, but state that they have an excellent and impressive track record anyway. Furthermore, a moving company may not have the proper qualifications, certifications, and licensing for transporting belongings, operating a moving truck, or moving out-of-state. It is important to collect a list of references from moving companies that you are profiling and verify their qualifications beforehand. It’s better to avoid a bad situation all together than deal with the ramifications later because the price seemed good.

Not Disclosing Moving Tips

No one is an expert on moving more than a moving company themselves. They have all the tips and tricks on how to make a move be the most cost-effective, yet many moving companies don’t share these valuable tips with clients. For instance, because most moving companies charge by weight, it may be in your best interest to take all of your clothing, shoes, and books yourself to reduce the weight; these items can generally fit nicely into the average-sized vehicle and save you a ton of money in the long-run!

How We Can Help

We Are Movers is one of the leading sites in helping people find reputable, trustworthy moving companies at low costs. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we save clients time, money, and stress while searching for a moving company to hire. Because moving is so stressful, it can be an inconvenience wasting time searching for a moving company you can trust. For a more efficient, stress-free moving experience, check out our website; we can help you find local and professional moving companies at an affordable price.

David Gersh
Author: David Gersh
Author Bio:
David Gersh has been developing products for moving companies and improving online customer experiences in the moving industry since 2012. He is the lead author and editor of We Are Movers.