How to Avoid Unreliable Moving Services

By: Louis Cote  |  July 16, 2014

We’ve all heard the stories when the moving contractor overcharged for their services, or withhold customers’ items just to get a better price. Unfortunately, these are very common problems. The reason why they appear in the first place is because there are no regulations to state clear enough what qualifies a contractor to be a reliable moving company. In other words, everyone with a van can call themselves movers nowadays.

If you’re planning to relocate, then the first thing you should do is make sure you avoid moving scams. The market is flooded with unreliable contractors. Your responsibility is to learn how to screen them, and eventually, find the right one for your needs. Here are a few things that may help you out.

Gather Information
If you know any relatives, friends or neighbors that moved recently, you can ask them for references. Word of mouth is the safest way to find a reliable moving company. The other option is to search online. Make a list with all the movers who are active in your area.

Investigate
Once you have at least five moving contractors to choose from, it’s time to screen them. In order to do so, you’ll have to dig into the company’s background. The Better Business Bureau is a great way to start. Read comments and testimonials on mover websites in order to make an idea about the quality of their services as well.

Ask for Estimates
Most movers offer free estimates, therefore you lose nothing by requesting as many estimates as you like. However, you have to make sure the contractor visits your place before they hand you a quote. You should be careful with companies that give estimates over the phone. Most of the time, their estimates are not accurate which means you may be charged more for the service.

When calling for estimates, don’t forget to contact Christos & Christos Moving as well. We are a reputable moving company that offers all sorts of services, from piano moving to commercial building relocation. Call us at (813) 362-0001 if you reside in Tampa FL.

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