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How to Avoid Scams When You’re Researching Durham Moving Companies

Scam Alert

When you’re moving, the last thing you want to deal with is a moving company that takes you for a ride. You’ve got a lot on your mind–kids, pets, old house, new house, medical records, address changes, and much, much more. When you’re looking at moving companies to help you make your move to or from Durham, save yourself a lot of trouble by following these important tips.

Do They Sound Too Good To Be True?

Scammers usually use low prices as bait. Is the price significantly lower than every other moving company in the area? Why is that? Scammers often use the bait and switch tactic, a method whereby they give a rock-bottom verbal estimate, then tack on multiple fees or raise the price exorbitantly when the job is done. And if you don’t pay, they hold your stuff as ransom. These guys usually avoid giving written estimates, since that would enable you to fight their fraudulent pricing. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Do They Only Exist Online?

Is it a company with an actual location or do they only exist in cyberspace? Has anyone in the area ever heard of them? A good way to find out is by picking up the phone and calling local real estate agents. Can they vouch that the moving company exists? If so, do they have a good reputation. Always require an in-home estimate. If a moving company won’t come to your house to do an estimate, then they don’t need your business. A reputable company will want to know what they’re getting into so they can give you an accurate quote for their services.

Do They Demand Cash?

A cash-only company is a red flag. Generally, people who want to deal in cash prefer not to be traced–by you or by the law. If they’re demanding up-front payment in cash, they probably operate more like the mafia. Reputable moving services will usually request payment on delivery and will accept several methods of payment.

Do They Cover Damaged or Broken Items?

Movers should be licensed and insured and should have well-trained employees who know how to move household goods. Cheap companies are probably cheap with their employees too–which means your stuff could end up broken or missing. Yes, there are instances where dishonest movers take off with household goods. Insist on references and insurance for your moving company–your peace of mind depends on it.

Taking a little time to screen moving companies in Durham will save you massive headaches. Don’t fall for the first fantastic quote you receive–do a little research and say no to all the movers with red flags.