You’ve found a mover you like, and you’re ready to book their services. Just when you’re ready to sign on the dotted line, the mover asks for a deposit to “hold” your move date. You’re stumped. While the movers say it’s normal protocol, you’ve never hired movers before, and you’re not sure this is standard. What do you do? Should you give the mover a deposit or should you continue your search? In this post, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of providing deposits for movers and what you need to know to protect yourself and your pocketbook during your move. Let’s dive in. First Things First: Should You Pay a Moving Deposit? The short answer is no. No legitimate mover will ask for a moving deposit to secure your move date. Here’s the deal: The movers who typically ask for a deposit are the ones who only provide phone surveys. These movers will request a moving deposit to hold the move date and then arrive to pack up your items on the move date. Once they do, they’ll generally hold your shipment hostage while claiming that the shipment is larger than you had informed them of. To get your belongings back, you’ll need to pay these movers more – usually much more than their initial low-ball estimate. It’s a frustrating, unethical, yet prevalent tactic employed by cut-rate moving companies to scam consumers out of as much money as possible. How to Identify a Reputable Mover To put it plain and simple: a good mover will never request a deposit. Reputable moving companies have flexibility and will not charge you to change your date. For example, here at Gallo, you can cancel or change your move the day before with no financial penalty. In addition to allowing flexible moving dates, we also provide free, accurate estimates. Our DIY video quote tool and in-person estimates will enable us to get an accurate idea of how much volume your move will entail and how we can charge accordingly. We stick to the quotes we provide, which means you can take control of your moving budget – no questions asked. We’re so confident about our estimates that we guarantee them. While you may pay less than we initially quoted, you will never pay more. We guarantee it. You Deserve A Moving Company You Can Trust Even if you’re just moving across town, moving is a big commitment, and you deserve to trust the team you hire to help you. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we’re proud of our reputation for excellence and customer service. We go above and beyond to help our customers streamline and simplify their moves. We’ve been in the business for many years, and we’ve heard plenty of horror stories from customers who paid a moving deposit and were ultimately cheated by their movers. Fortunately, we can promise that the buck stops here. No reputable moving company should ever charge a moving deposit, and we can guarantee ours won’t. We offer 3 easy ways to get accurate estimates, including our free DIY video survey, website text feature, or contact us form so you can budget for your move, while our friendly, accommodating team will answer your questions and support you every step of the way. With Gallo, moving is easier than ever. Ready to learn more about our team or services? Contact us today.