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4 Most Common Moving Company Scams (and How to Avoid Them)


Moving is already stressful, we get it. The last thing you want to hear about is scams, but that is the unfortunate reality of the world today.

However, the more you aware of them, the better you can prevent them, so, when it comes to your own peace of mind, the security of your items, and safety of your loved ones, read on to learn more about some of the most common mover scams that exist today and how you can avoid them to make your next move an easy and breezy one!

1. Movers request a large cash deposit before you move

Be weary of any movers who ask you for a large cash deposit before you move. This should be a huge red flag. Often, when movers ask for this, odds are you will never see that money again, or the movers or “company” itself. Especially during seasons where people are more likely to move, you are more likely to see scams like this. While we also recommend that you hire professional moving companies, should you choose to hire amateurs, be weary of putting down a large cash deposit with them for the same reasons. Professionals will have a proper system and payment method setup for you.

2. Movers demanding more money

Did you have a set price for your move that your movers aren’t following anymore, or have they announced to you that something has changed and they no longer intend to uphold the contract? Raise more red flags. Any movers who have these hidden fees are not worth moving forward with. To avoid this sort of moving scam, be sure to carefully read any websites where reviews may live on this moving company.

Professional and credible movers will be upfront with you about all possible fees or complications. When it comes down to it, you should know what the price of your move will be upfront. Any mover who tells you differently points to sketchiness.

3. Item theft or hostility

Have you read reviews about movers that take items from the people they move? Do you see negative reviews associated with loss of items associated with a particular mover? Move on and look into others. This, of course, should be another huge red flag. You don’t want to run into a situation of item theft, or, should you go through with them, running into a situation of them holding your items hostage, such as sentimental items from grandma, until you pay them more. It’s scary and sad, but it does happen …

4. No liability

Be sure that your moving company actually shows you their insurance papers. You never want to work with movers who aren’t insured. You can run into a lot of trouble later, should your items become broken or movers are hurt in the process of transitioning your items. Insurance not only protects the movers, but you as well. Think of the entire picture before you decide on a moving company. Do your homework to prevent all of these issues from ever happening.

Are you looking for a moving company you can trust to get the job done and do it right? Be confident in your move. Ensure a safe, secure, and easy one. You deserve nothing less from a professional moving company!

Let the experts at Matco help you get it done. Reach out to them to get a price quote, learn more about the company, and talk to an expert.