Moving scams are on the rise, thanks to sophisticated scammers who keep on coming up with new, innovative methods to defraud unsuspecting customers of their hard-earned money. We come across reports of customers’ belongings being illegally held by moving companies every day.
Many inexperienced, first-time movers do not know what to look for when hiring a mover in Sonoma County. They take everything their mover says at face value and later realize that they have been duped.
Hiring a mover in Sonoma County is a big decision. Before signing a contract with a moving company, you need to ensure that the provider is worthy of your trust.
Here is a list of things to do to avoid getting scammed while moving.
Every moving company is required to have a DOT number. You can check the FMCSA database or call FMCSA customer service to determine the status of your provider’s USDOT number. The FMCSA database contains information related to the nature of complaints filed against companies.
You can also use the American Moving & Storage Association’s database to check whether your mover’s DOT number is valid. The AMSA database provides information about professional movers and was created by industry professionals to help customers identify rogue companies.
Fraudulent companies are either not listed or you will see several complaints listed against them. If a mover makes excuses for not being listed or asks you to look under a different business name, walk away.
Research Companies Thoroughly
From ordering food online to keeping in touch with the people who matter, you use the Internet to complete everyday tasks, why not use it to research movers?
Before hiring a mover, check online for reviews. Check BBB rating, complaints, and customer reviews. Talk to family members and friends who have moved recently. Ask them for recommendations. If you are planning to hire their mover, ask them about their experience working with the professional and how likely they are to hire them in the future.
Get Multiple Quotes
Get estimates from at least three companies. An estimate must break down costs. If you do not understand a particular cost element, do not hesitate to call up the provider. Steer clear of movers who give unrealistically low quotes or say they are unavailable for an in-person or online estimate. If possible, get a binding estimate and make sure you know what is included.
Preserve receipts and your copy of the contract. Note problems, if any, on the mover’s copy of the inventory before signing it. If any belongings are damaged during the move, you can file a written claim. The more evidence you have, the better your chances of being fairly compensated.