Moving Scams and How to Avoid Them

Moving can be an incredibly stressful experience. One of the last things you need is to find out that your moving company isn’t quite what they made themselves out to be. A lot of moving companies out there use deceptive tactics and inconvenience their clients for the sake of an inflated payday.

At Matco Moving Solutions, we offer safe and honest moving services for you and your family. So what can you do to avoid unnecessary hardship when it comes to your next move? Here’s a list of things to look out for when considering the credibility of a moving company.

Different types of scams
It’s important to look into the credibility of any company before you hire them, but this is especially true when it comes to hiring movers. They are put in a position where you, the client, trust them with your most valuable processions. Here’s a list of scams to look out for the next time you hire a team of movers:

  1. The hostage. This is a scam that involves movers who provide you with an estimate, but once they take procession of your belongings, add a list of additional charges and extras. This results in a price that amounts to double or even triple what you were initially quoted.
  2. WeWeigh-Ins- Be sure that you are present when your shipment is weighed and if you have any doubts about your weight ask for a reweigh and ensure that you are present during the process.
    Abandonment. Sometimes, a disreputable mover won’t move your belongings at all. They’ll take your items, put them on a truck, and abandon them in an undisclosed location (generally in a storage facility).
  3. Name change. If a moving company has notoriously bad reviews, they will sometimes change their company name so they’re still able to attract customers. Be on the look out for moving companies that don’t have a lot of presence on the internet.

Avoiding moving scams
The best way to avoid a moving scam is to keep yourself informed. Do a bit of research before you decide on which company to hire. The most effective method is generally to get testimonials from real customers of the company you’d like to use as well as a referral from a friend who has utilized the services of a moving company.

If you’re looking for respectful and reliable movers, Matco has been providing reliable moving services across Alberta, Yukon and Northwest Territories for more than 50 years. Give us a call at Matco Moving Solutions, your team of trained professionals will carefully pack and transport your belongings without issue. Don’t settle for anything less than perfection, rest easy knowing your move will be handled quickly and without stress. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and receive a quote.

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