Fraud Alert

It’s a scary world from time to time. With buying and selling scams on Craigslist and Facebook, IRS scams over the telephone, and many other schemes by ne’er-do-well-ers out there, it can be difficult sometimes to separate someone who is legitimately looking to help you from someone who is not. Moving scams happen from time to time. In the effort to look out for your best interest, we want to tell you about the most common moving scams and how to avoid them. Here are some easy ways to spot a mover who isn’t being fully honest.

Insists on a Telephone Estimate

Most movers want to come by, take a look at your space, and determine the amount of work that needs to be done to give you an accurate estimate. While moving companies, Central Lakes Region Movers included, can offer limited estimates over the internet or by phone, we always suggest to our customers that we swing by and take a look at what we will be moving. If the mover insists that a phone estimate is “good enough”, you may want to be wary.

Quick Change: Name Changing

Companies that do bad business are often changing names to avoid bad press coming back on them. Researching your moving company on the internet is a good start. If they have no reviews, you may want to beware of them. One review, even a bad one, is better than no reviews… At the very least it shows that the moving company has been in business for a longer period of time and is willing to own their reviews. You can also check out when the business was started using the Better Business Bureau or the NH Business Name Lookup tool if they are in NH. They should have a name that is registered with the state and in good standing.

Weird Deposit Requests

If a mover asks for a full deposit up front, beware. If you pay up front before services are rendered, a scam company can take off with your money — without completing your move. Make sure you place your deposit(s) on a credit card to help combat the likelihood of fraudulent activity. It’s also easier to fight if you pay on a credit card if you need to.

How to Avoid a Moving Scam

There’s a few things you can do to keep yourself safe. Ask for things in writing. Ask any and all questions that you may have. Don’t be afraid to bring up that one bad review that you saw online if it makes you wary of the company. Most companies, especially if they’re reputable, will have no problem answering any and all questions. Make sure to do your due diligence in researching movers online!

We can help! We’ve been helping people move since 2001. Contact us today to get started!

What to do When Something Doesn’t Fit Through a Door

What to do When Something Doesn’t Fit Through a Door

We've all had that fear... You're moving a couch but it's just too big to fit through the front door!...
Read More
How to Best Compare Movers & Moving Companies

How to Best Compare Movers & Moving Companies

We know that you want the best person (and the best price!) when it comes time to move. But what...
Read More
Dos and Don’ts while your movers are moving you

Dos and Don’ts while your movers are moving you

You’ve done it. You’ve planned a move, and you’ve hired in some professional movers (hopefully us!) to help you move...
Read More
Spring Moving: Five Things to Consider

Spring Moving: Five Things to Consider

Are you gearing up for a move this year, and trying to decide on the best time to move? Do...
Read More
Downsizing? 3 Tips to keep you on track

Downsizing? 3 Tips to keep you on track

Sometimes you need to downsize. Whether you’re empty nesters or someone moving from a too-large space to a smaller one,...
Read More
Upcoming Celestial Events in 2019 Viewable in NH

Upcoming Celestial Events in 2019 Viewable in NH

New Hampshire holds some spectacular viewing for celestial events! This year has some particularly amazing offerings, from meteor showers to...
Read More
Four Hints to Help You Move this Winter

Four Hints to Help You Move this Winter

No matter the season, moving can be a tough chore -- physically, mentally, and emotionally. There are things you can...
Read More
Printable Reasons to Move to New Hampshire

Printable Reasons to Move to New Hampshire

We've talked about why you should move to New Hampshire before, but there are even more great reasons to live...
Read More
Ring in the New Year with a Clean Closet Refresh

Ring in the New Year with a Clean Closet Refresh

If you’re feeling the urge to purge some items from your closet that you no longer use or appreciate, there...
Read More
Things to Know About Storage Units Before Buying One

Things to Know About Storage Units Before Buying One

A storage unit can be a real lifesaver when it comes to moving your belongings or looking for a temporary...
Read More
Want updates like this delivered straight to your inbox?
Subscribe to our blog to receive moving tips, the latest and greatest around NH, and more. We don't share your email address with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *