“I don’t have my paperwork handy but I’m totally registered”iStock/Dmitriy Shironosov
“A mover or moving company should be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and should have a U.S. DOT number to prove it,” says Ross Sapir, founder and CEO of Roadway Moving. “A good mover will volunteer this information. Run away from anyone who won’t immediately provide it.” Beware of these 10 phone call scams that can steal your money.
“Just sign this, we’ll fill out the rest later”iStock/shironosov
Asking customers to sign a blank or incomplete contract is one of the primary ways dishonest movers con customers, according to Mr. Sapir. Make sure you get everything in writing—and read it—before inking your name on the dotted line. Find out the secrets home inspectors won’t tell you.
“We’ll give you the cheapest rate”iStock/Ben Harding
Finding the cheapest deal may work fine if you’re buying beans or basketball tickets but when it comes to moving companies you get what you pay for, says Kate Windleton, moving expert for Strong Move. The internet is riddled with moving customers who took the cheapest deal only to have it turn out to be far more expensive in the end when things got broken or, worse, the company held their goods hostage. Instead, seek several quotes from reputable companies and if one is a far outlier, be very wary. Here are more sneaky “deals” that are secretly money scams.