“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.
“All insurance is the same”iStock/AndreyPopov
The most basic and most common form of moving insurance is Standard Repair Coverage Insurance. However it only pays $0.60 per pound per item if something is damaged. That’s fine if you’re only moving pillows but heaven forbid the movers drop your 30-pound flat-screen TV. “With Standard coverage you’d only see an $18 check to cover your broken $500 TV,” says Mike Glanz, CEO of HireAHelper. “Most reputable moving services will offer another form of insurance, called Full-Value Replacement Coverage, which covers (just like it sounds) the full value of every item listed in your inventory. This coverage is generally available as a paid upgrade but is relatively cheap.