avoiding moving scams

How To Identify a Moving Scam in Tryon NC

Moving can be a very exciting event, especially if you have found your dream home or are moving into a brand new apartment. The last thing you want on your mind when finding a local mover to complete your move is to be scammed by the moving company in Tryon NC you are hiring. Prior to hiring any moving company, you need to learn the more common scams that are being run by less than reputable and scrupulous moving companies.

Who’s is That Tryon Moving Company?

It is very unlikely that you will meet the moving company you hire prior to your moving date. However, this is where your due diligence must come in, in making sure the mover is a responsible and reputable firm. At Tru-Pak Moving Systems, Tryon’s oldest mover, we recommend you do your research online and make sure that the mover you are considering, is a legitimate moving company. Take a look at their reviews, their years in business, take a look at their DOT#, and maybe even go to their office unless they are located in a different city. This will ensure they are not a fly-by-night business and that they have a physical location. Prior to hiring any mover, make sure they are not a 3rd party mover that sends your information to another moving company for profit. Also, make sure that the moving company you hire is the actual company that will be performing the move. And on the day of the move, make sure the moving truck that shows up to your doorstep has the company name displayed on it and their DOT #.

No Contracts Offered

With any company you plan on hiring to perform a service for you, you should always want to have something in writing as to the services they will perform and their charges listed out. When hiring a Tryon moving company, make sure you get a written estimate and a contract for their services. Having a paper trail is always a good idea. If the contract seems vague or amateurish, you probably need to consider another company. Always make sure the contract you sign has everything itemized as to what you are paying for and what the moving company’s responsibilities are. Also, never ever hire any company that is not properly insured, especially a moving company taking possessions of your goods. You always want to make sure your belongings are protected from damage and theft. Prior to signing anything, always ask questions about the terms and conditions and if there are any additional charges that will be incurred with your move. Make sure it is on the contract, not just verbally communicated.

Weight vs. Volume

Some of the moving company scammers you might encounter try and play a “bait-and-switch” game. They state that the price you are charged is based on weight, but when you get the bill, the price is based on volume. This can significantly alter the price you are charged. Please, do not fall for this. Always make sure that the moving company spells out in writing how they are going to charge you and make sure it is based on the volume of your goods, not the weight.

Can They Hold You Belongings Hostage?

Another popular moving scam played by some companies is to provide you a cost and then during the move tell you they have underestimated the cost and will need to charge you more. Many times, the mover will try and hold your belongings hostage until you pay the additional charge. Sometimes they will put your items in storage until you pay the difference between what was estimated and the new increased charge for the move. This is a big problem and a scene played out by many unscrupulous movers. These types of company owners should not be in business but should be in jail.

The Low Estimate Scam

Be very leery of low estimates especially if it is considerably lower than any other estimate you receive. If you get a moving quote that is much lower than other estimates it is usually a sign something is amiss. Many moving companies play this game where they will provide you an extremely low estimate only to tack on additional fees to make up the difference in a low estimate. Often times this scam actually turns out to be more expensive than the other quotes you have obtained.

Who Is the Best Moving Company in Tryon NC?

That really is the most important question. Who has the best track record on promises kept, and made? At Tru-Pak Moving Systems we have been serving the needs of Tryon residents for over 60 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines and are proud of it. Our unique services include providing one team of moving specialists to every move we make and we always assign a moving coordinator as one point of contact so you know who to talk to with any questions you may have.

At Tru-Pak Moving we specialize in local, statewide, and long-distance moves anywhere in the lower 48 states. We never hand off your articles to anyone else, never. We are experienced in all types of residential, commercial, office, and/or employee relocations and military moves. We have the best reputation for any moving company in North Carolina and as a moving specialist, we pride ourselves on our professionalism, our honesty, affordable rates, and customer service.

Give us a call for a free moving quote at 1-800-659-1233. Our moving estimators will be glad to help you and our website has all of the information you will need to complete a successful move. Visit us at Tru-Pak.Com

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