If you’re planning on relocating anytime soon, trusting your moving company can take a lot of the stress out of moving. Complaints about moving company scams have risen 25% since 2014. Avoid moving scams by following these quick tips.

moversSay No to Low-Ball Bids

When it comes to moving, it may seem like a great idea to get a good deal on a moving company. However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Watch out for rogue movers who get business by offering bargain-price estimates. There are many unlicensed companies out there. These most likely advertise on Craigslist or road signs. When hiring a moving company, be sure to check that they are licensed, and have little to no complaint history. Check their reviews on Google+, Yelp, Angie’s List and any other listing sites they may be on. Save on moving in other ways, such as moving midweek or in the middle of the month. Costs of moving are typically the highest at the end of summer months, especially on the weekends.

Prevent Theft

The risk of theft can increase immensely during a move. Between open houses and moving companies, there are a lot of people you don’t know around your personal belongings. During open houses, be sure to store jewelry, important documents and other valuables in a locked safe or in a place other than your home. When moving, pack and transport these items yourself, you never know when you’ll need one of those important documents.

Have Your Paperwork

Keep a copy of everything you sign, no matter what the circumstances are. You’ll most likely sign what is called a “bill of lading” which is a legal document that acknowledges the carrier is in possession of your cargo. You’ll also have an “order for service” which lists what the movers will do, pickup and delivery dates, and an inventory list. This will save you time later if you happen to run into a problem with your moving company.

Here at Gallo Moving & Storage, we treat every move like it’s our own. We are committed to our customers and want their move to go as smoothly as possible. For more information on our moving & storage services, call us today! 866-697-4400