Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, choosing a moving company can be difficult. After all, great movers are hard to come by, and we all care about avoiding moving scams. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss a few common moving red flags, and how you can feel confident trusting a mover. Let’s dive in. 6 Moving Red Flags to Watch out for Whether you’ve moved before or this is your first time, you can find a reputable moving company by avoiding these red flags: 1. The team is not insured If your moving company doesn’t carry insurance, run – don’t walk – in the other direction. Moving insurance serves several important purposes, not the least of which is protecting the mover from lawsuits and ensuring that you – the customer – could get paid back for any goods that are accidentally damaged during the move. If your mover doesn’t carry insurance, they won’t be able to pay you back for the potential loss of your items. Avoid these illegitimate movers at all costs. 2. The estimate is too low You know that old saying – “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” While getting a quote is an essential part of choosing a moving company, you should be wary if the quote you get comes in much lower than anything else out there. Some moving teams will give you a low price, in the beginning, only to jack the price up after moving day. To ensure an accurate and reliable investment, make sure the moving company guarantees the estimate from day one – as Gallo does. Our quote guarantee gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, even if your move winds up being more expensive than we’d imagined, you won’t be stuck paying for it. 3. The company is not licensed Hiring a moving company that isn’t licensed is risky for everyone involved. If you’re gearing up for an interstate move, you need a team that is licensed with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Not sure how to double-check? Ask them for their U.S. DOT number and look them up in the system. If a company lacks a license, chances are good they may also lack insurance or professionally-trained movers. 4. They have bad reviews Bad reviews are a sure-fire sign of an unreliable moving company. While the occasional bad review is inevitable, any moving company that has multiple bad reviews should be avoided. Before hiring a moving company, check out what their customers are saying by looking for customer reviews on Google, their website and social media platforms, and third-party sites. You can also consult sites like the Better Business Bureau or the American Moving & Storage Association. 5. The team is unprofessional In the post-COVID world, the last thing you want is an unprofessional moving company that makes you feel uncomfortable on moving day. To ensure your move is handled well and that your moving team and family stays safe throughout, we recommend looking for a COVID-safe moving company. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we take COVID seriously. To keep you safe, our team of professional movers disinfects all trucks and equipment before and after each move and follows all CDC recommendations. With the move process we also do virtual surveys in addition to using our app. The difference is that with the app you do it on your time by yourself, with a virtual survey we do a Zoom like call and go through the house with you asking questions along the way. 6. Reputable movers never ask for a deposit If a mover asks for a deposit, be cautious. If you have to change or reschedule your move, you likely won’t ever get that deposit back. Here at Gallo, though, we do things differently. We understand that sometimes things change, and you may need to cancel or reschedule your move. If a situation like that arises, we will not charge you. Instead, our customer service team will call you to discuss the details and reschedule your move. On moving day, you’ll receive a text message with an estimated arrival time when your crew is on the way, so you’re never caught unprepared. Need Movers you can Trust? Gallo is Here for you! We know that moving is a significant process, and it requires a qualified, skilled team you can rely on. Luckily, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our moving services or to request your free moving quote.