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From coordinating logistics to packing all your belongings, moving can feel a bit overwhelming. The relocation process can be made so much simpler, and less stressful, by choosing reputable and reliable professional local or long-distance movers, but it can be time-consuming to locate a trusted company.

Price is certainly an important consideration when choosing a moving company, but it shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. Dishonest companies often use low price estimates to lure customers in, only to add a ton of hidden charges or fees. In the worst-case scenarios, companies take off with the deposit, all of the customer’s belongings, and disappear. It’s important to do your due diligence when choosing a moving company, and Merit Moving Systems is here to help. Check out the tips below to make sure you avoid moving scams.

Research Companies You’re Considering

Most often, an online search for “movers near me” is how customers look for local movers, and the internet is a great tool. Often, companies looking to scam people out of money have a great website, but it’s near impossible to find additional information about them elsewhere. Make sure to check the BBB, review sites, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to determine whether the company is trustworthy.

Always Get a Written Estimate

Legitimate moving companies will always provide a written estimate of moving costs. Scammers often provide unbelievably low-price quotes over the phone, but avoid putting anything in writing. If a price sounds too good to be true, there’s a strong chance that it is. If you aren’t offered a written estimate, ask for one and if the company refuses to provide one, look elsewhere.

Don’t Pay Upfront

Many credible moving companies do require a down payment, so if you’re asked for one it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being scammed. However, look for red flags such as a company asking for an abnormally large deposit, or payment in full upfront, especially without providing you with a detailed receipt. Any money paid before services are complete should go towards the final cost of the move, so be sure to ask for a receipt and don’t pay a large amount of cash up front.

You can also avoid moving scams by choosing the professional local and long-distance movers at Merit Moving Systems. With 60 years of industry experience and countless satisfied customers, you can trust our professionals for honest, respectful service. Get more information regarding our moving services by giving us a call, or complete our online quote form today to request your free, no-obligation estimate of moving costs.