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If you have heard horror stories about second-rate moving companies, feeling concerned about whether or not you have chosen the right moving company is natural. The good news is that there are reputable moving companies which employ skilled movers, invest in quality moving equipment, and pride themselves on delivering exceptional service. But unfortunately, because rogue movers are out there competing for business, consumers have to be careful about who they trust to execute their move.
Here are 5 signs that you have hired – or may be about to hire – the wrong local moving company:
If you have hired a moving company but they haven’t given you an on-site estimate, be extremely cautious. If a mover gives you a quote sight unseen, it is likely you will end up paying much more than you expected on moving day. Reputable moving companies provide on-site estimates complete with a detailed itemized inventory. This way, you know your estimate reflects the contents you need to move – no more, no less – and there are no stomach-churning surprises when your movers hand over your bill.
If a moving company accepts your moving job over the phone and tells you they’ll bring the contract along for you to sign on moving day, this should set off major alarm bells. Any reputable moving company will insist that a contract signed by both parties is in place before moving day. This protects the consumer against moving companies who simply don’t show up, cause negligent damage, or hike up the prices when demanding payment. Contracts are important because companies can't be held to anything they haven't put in writing! If you are moving in New Jersey, it is important to be aware that all movers licensed in the state of New Jersey are required to provide a contract at least 24 hours in advance of moving day. If your mover wants you to sign paperwork on moving day, beware! Rogue movers often exploit this tactic.
If the moving company you’re considering is operating without a license, run the other way. All local movers in the state of New Jersey must be licensed through the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. Click here New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to check if your moving company is licensed. Be aware that if a moving company is not licensed, they are not obligated to have cargo insurance, workers comp, or general liability coverage. They also almost always lack the skills and experience necessary to execute moves without sustaining personal injuries or causing damage to your home or possessions.
Reputable moving companies don’t advertise their services on Craigslist. Search for movers on Craigslist and you will discover these “professional movers” have very little information about their company online. So, who advertises moving services on Craigslist? Unfortunately this is where many rogue movers sell their services to unsuspecting consumers. Often times, these moving companies will provide a quote that sounds too good to be true. They also often request payment in cash. When you pay with cash, you can't really protect yourself against moving scam artists. If you pay by check, you can stop payment. If you pay by credit card, you can report the movers to your credit card company. The bottom line is it’s important to do your research. Ask friends and family for recommendations and visit crowd-sourcing consumers sites like Angie’s List to find professional movers you can trust.
All Jersey Moving & Storage was established in 1992 and has undertaken thousands of successful moves since then. We have a history of providing great service and have earned prestigious Super Service Awards from Angie’s List.
On a daily basis, All Jersey Moving & Storage receives calls from consumers scrambling to find a mover because they simply didn’t bother to show up. We have learned that the common thread between these no-show moving companies was that they quoted a very low price. We’ve all heard the old saying, “if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.” Simply put: You get what you pay for. If you come across a moving company offering a quote much lower than the other quotes you have received, there is almost certainly a reason. They may be ill experienced, employ undocumented movers, operate without a license, or charge you astronomical “hidden fees” on moving day. At All Jersey Moving & Storage, we pride ourselves on being an honest, fair, and competitively priced moving company you can trust to execute a quality move.
Contact All Jersey Moving & Storage today for a free moving quote with no-obligations.