Moving is a stressful process. But you can eliminate this stress by contacting people and services which can be of help for you. For instance, you can hire professional movers who will try to ease as much as they professionally can. However, there are also the people who will try their best to get the bucks out of your wallet while offering you nothing substantial. It happens when you tend to acquire services from the people who would post cheap ads on Craigslist.
Having that said, there are few things that you will need to look out for in order to ensure that you are not getting caught by any scam.
Signs that you are dealing with a scammer
An unbelievably cheaper ad may be quite attractive but it can also be seen as a sign of scammer running the show. Now, you may wonder about the scam when the guy reaches with a moving truck. Well, it would be hidden in the price. When you see a cheaper ad, the price mentioned in this ad doesn’t usually tell you about the contingency prices which are definitely going to add up when movers will move items up or down the stairs and/or across a distance (usually more than 50 ft.). And since you wouldn’t have any binding agreement, you wouldn’t be able to claim for this unfair treatment.
Characteristics of a genuine moving company
Apart from a website, genuine moving companies usually have their presence on review websites. A professional moving company knows well how to maintain business-client relationship on different channels in order to build credibility. Now, you may wonder about the possibility of reviews to be unauthentic. Yes, there is a big chance for it too and the big sign of this is that the reviews always tend to show the perfect picture of the business.
How to prevent scam
You would always want to prevent being a victim of scam. The best way to ensure it is to plan ahead. You should start looking for the moving company well before the big day. The major advantage of starting finding the company early is that you will have more options available. You will have enough time to analyze different options in order to find out the most appropriate one. You can even visit the company’s office in order to confirm if the company is living up to its promises.
Another sign of a legitimate moving company is that they are always going to show you the price of everything you. They are going to tell you about the costs of contingencies. In fact, they may offer you to calculate the price based on the number and nature of contingencies.