How To Avoid Scams During Your Commercial Move

Posted on: June 13, 2019 | by: Advantage June 13, 2019

Advantage Offers a Few Tips On How to Avoid a Commercial Move Scam

If you have ever made a long distance move, you know how stressful it can be. Moving is one of the top 10 most stressful events a person can go through, right up there with divorce and losing a job.

Unfortunately, many so-called “rogue moving companies” have mad an industry of taking advantage of inexperienced movers. These companies attempt to gain your trust through low prices and inflated promises. Very often, they do not give a full price quote until they are already in your house, at which point they change the price. Falling prey to a moving scam can wreak havoc on your commercial move. With that in mind, here are some tips to prevent rouge moving companies from getting the best of you.

1. Check to make sure the company is insured

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires interstate carriers to offer at least 1 of 2 insurance plans, the first being full coverage of moved goods and the other being reduced liability. Before hiring a company for your commercial move, make sure they are registered with the FMCSA and they offer the right kinds of insurance.

2. Do not take an over-the-phone quote

Many fraudulent moving companies will attempt to give you a moving quote over the phone before actually coming to inspect your possessions. This is a red flag for moving fraud; legitimate companies will send an in-person consult to take stock of your possessions and give you a quote. Beware companies that try to give you a quote over the phone or via email.

3. Do not make any payments up front

Several scam companies will try to get customers to put down large deposits before performing a move. This is also a red flag. Do not give the company any money until they have given you an in=person quote and they have actually performed the work.

4. Check to make sure they have their own moving trucks

Many scam moving companies will rent out trucks for moving. If on commercial move day a rental truck shows up instead of a company branded one, it could be a sign of a moving scam. Some large reputable companies do use rental trucks, so if your chosen company has been well vetted this should not be an issue.

5. Check the Better Business Bureau for company reviews/complaints

Before hiring a company for your commercial move check the Better Business Bureau. The BBB has a database of certified moving companies and you can check for any official complaints against the company. Avoid companies that have either only positive reviews or only negative reviews as both could be an indication of a scam.