How to Avoid Moving Scams
Over 30 million Americans relocate each year. Within this number, there is at least 12% who have been subject to scams carried out by phony moving companies. This is not just a statistic. These things have happened to real people and it CAN happen to you if you don't take the necessary precautions.
One of the simplest ways to avoid being scammed is to make sure that you deal with the moving company directly. DO NOT deal with brokers of any kind. Go straight to the source.
Moving companies MUST always be certified or registered in the state they operate and remember that you have every right to ask them for their registration number.
Professional movers will always provide you with a written estimate. You will be required to sign a formal contract before any work is undertaken. You are probably in good hands if the mover is not willing to even touch a packing box until all the papers are signed off. But, having said that, make sure you always read the fine print.
Insurance and Liability is another area where you need to be very careful. Always be aware of the liability valuation and the insurance that you have purchased for your move. You can always purchase additional insurance for your move.
These are all things that you need to watch out for to avoid being scammed. However, your first steps should get you through safely and those are: check if the moving company is registered, check for review/referrals, and obtain at least three moving estimates for three different movers. With this, you are almost home free to hire a reliable moving company.