Protect Yourself from Unprofessional Movers
Each year, many Canadians are the victims of fraud moving companies.
These movers do not deliver what they promise, cheat their customers or ask for extra fees which were not mentioned in the contract.
However, you can avoid these unprofessional rogue movers by considering some factors beforehand.
A Low Price is Offered
Although some movers might be authentic and offer you a low price, you need to be aware of fraudsters. If the price is too low, it is too good to be true.
Unfortunately, some people fall into the trap set by the rogue moving companies and take their services for low prices. These movers might run away with your stuff or charge you extra when the moving day arrives.
Presenting Contract on the Day of Moving
To force the customers into signing the contract without reading, fraud movers often present the contract on the moving day. Since you don’t have time and are extra burdened due to the moving process, you are likely to sign the contract without reading.
As a result you might have to face extra charges or you would receive no compensation for breakage as damage coverage might not be a part of the contract.
Check the Authenticity of the Movers
You can consult your friends and family, or check online reviews and feedback of the moving company. If the movers have a Facebook page, you can check the reviews section there to get an idea of their service.
Moving companies with ratings higher than 4 out of 5 on their Facebook page are generally authentic. You can also read the customers’ feedback on their page to get an idea about their contract.
Alternatively you can ask the movers to provide references of their previous customers. You can then contact different customers to get feedback. Be very cautious while hiring movers in Toronto or else you could be scammed.
Should You Pay in Advance?
If the moving company is reliable, then you can make a deposit by credit card or cash payments. However, if the movers look suspicious and they ask for advance payment and that too in cash, it is better to avoid those companies.
Always look for better and reliable alternatives.
What to Do If You Are Scammed?
Falling into the trap of rogue movers can result in loss of valuables, cash, or both of these things. If you are a victim of a fraud moving company, you can file complaints with the Canadian Association of Movers and the Better Business Bureau.
You can also sue the rogue movers; however, it is highly possible that you won’t be able to find them. A good practice is to keep all the contracts and documents in a safe place to present them as evidence when needed.
A General Advice
You should always take the service of professional and authentic movers, even if they offer a slightly high price. Those extra charges are worth paying.