In honor of the holidays, we thought we’d give another tip on common moving scams. In our last post on moving scams, we shared the story of a friend of ours and his nightmare move cross country. One of the traps that story didn’t include though is one of the biggest moving scams: the bait and switch.
You visit a website, you call up a moving company, and they talk to you about your move, and then they quote you an unbelievably low price, often flat. You’re tempted, you’re skeptical, but then maybe you’ve stumbled on the best deal out there? And even if it’s not the best moving company, maybe saving a couple hundred bucks is worth it?
And then come moving day, you find out the truth: that estimate wasn’t based on anything. While you’re standing there with your lease about to expire and your whole lives in moving boxes, the price doubles or even triples sometimes. Just when you can’t back out anymore, you discover that the cheapest company out there is actually the most expensive one – or even worse, that the cheapest moving company isn’t even a moving company! That the company that took your deposit and gave you an estimate was just a middle-man pretending to be a moving company, and that now you’re going to get a new estimate and have a new price to pay.
The problem is so widespread, that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation even sent letters to major online search engines to ask them to crack down on false moving companies and moving scams.
A lot of times this comes from picking a moving company in a hurry, without taking the time to really shop around. We totally understand that people today are busy and don’t always have time to slave over their moving decisions. But even just taking the time to visit sites like Yelp and reading customer testimonials can help you avoid this. It can also help you to get better educated and prepared for your move.
So take the time to research, it pays off in the long run!
Otherwise, it’s holiday time, and we hope you’re all home safe with your families and certainly not packing up and moving just now. Christmas is a big holiday for us movers – there’s just something about a holiday that revolves around a sleigh loaded with boxes visiting houses all over the world that appeals to anyone in our profession. Santa is something all of us in the moving business can aspire to – he does it all for no payment more than milk and cookies, and no one has better online reviews than he does!
Happy holidays, we wish you all a safe and healthy new year!