January 3, 2018
Are you looking for legit Red Bank movers? Moving is a very stressful and expensive ordeal. With over 14% of people moving annually, there’s bound to be issues, like moving scams that crop up. This could involve dealing with an unlicensed Red Bank movers who might do things like lose or damage your stuff, or even worse, take your money. Below are some tips to help you determine which Red Bank movers are bad news.
Signs of Shady Red Bank Movers
- Make sure that your potential Red Bank movers are registered: While it might be tempting to go with a ‘guy with a van’ or an online ad that you saw, you must be very careful with movers who aren’t registered. While these Red Bank movers might seem cheap, there’s nothing that the FMCSA can do if anything happens to your stuff. A big warning sign that you’re working with a fake mover is if they have “no physical, local address and no federal motor carrier number, which shows they are registered with the federal government for a state-to-state move. Any mover should be able to provide you with their address (or headquarters), contact information, registration status, and what type of moving business they have.
- The Red Bank movers have bad ratings: After you call and meet with a few movers, be sure to check out their rating and reviews on the Better Business Bureau. Here, you’ll be able to see reviews, online complaints, company information, when they were incorporated, and their BBB rating. A major red flag is if your prospective moving company has poor online ratings with the Better Business Bureau.
- You don’t receive an estimate: Before you hire a mover, you should receive an estimate of how much your move will cost. This means that your potential mover should come to your house or apartment to determine the size of your move and how much furniture you have. After they do this, you will receive a written estimate. This will help you lock in a price after you meet with a few movers. If a mover refuses to visit your home to provide a written estimate for an interstate move, you probably have a scammer on your hands.
- You get weird estimates: While it might be tempting to go with a cheap moving estimate, we recommend getting multiple estimates so that you can compare various services and rates. Keaton noted that a scammer provides “unusually high or unusually low estimates, compared to the other estimates.” A good rule for estimates, he noted is to “get estimates in writing from at least three different moving companies.” This will allow you to make an informed choice by comparing the company, their services and the multiple estimates.
- Down payments are too high: Once you decide to work with a mover, you’ll have to put down a down payment to secure your move date. This is normal, and rarely exceeds 20% of your total move cost. In general, the down payment should be in the hundreds of dollars and will be used towards your state-to-state move. A sign that you might have a scam on your hands is if your potential mover asks for cash, a large down payment, or full payment in advance.
- Your mover has an unmarked truck: A legitimate moving company will never have a generic, unmarked truck. You should clearly see their company name, address, website or phone number on their van or truck. If their van appears shady or something seems off, don’t let them in your home.
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