Furniture Moving Company- Avoiding the Scams
When you are preparing for a move to or from the Ft. Lauderdale area, you need to make sure you are using a trusted and responsible Furniture Moving Company to help you. There are a lot of scammers out there so you need t protect yourself and your belongings. It can be very helpful to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website and check to see if the moving company you are considering has a registered Department of Transportation (DOT) number. This number will tell you that the Furniture Moving Company is registered with the Department of Transportation. This is a great first step to ensure you are dealing with a legitimate company in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Guidelines to Avoid Scams
There are signs that a moving company is a rogue mover or that they are trying to scam you:
- The mover will not set up or agree to an on-site inspection of your household goods and moving need. These estimates seem too good-to-be-true, and they often times are and Ft. Lauderdale residents end up getting burned.
- The moving company requires you to pay for their services with cash or they demand a large deposit or down payment also in cash before the move. A small down payment is normal to show the company you are serious about using them, but larger payments and demanding everything be done in cash are warning signs that your Furniture Moving Company may be pulling a fast one.
- Offers you a quote that is an hourly rate. In many cases a job that is offered at an hourly rate opens the doors for many opportunities to be scammed out of money. Be very careful about a moving company that wants to be paid on an hourly rate.
- The Ft. Lauderdale mover doesn’t provide you with a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”, a booklet movers are required by Federal regulations to offer each and every customer and interested customer before any work is begun.
- When you call the mover, they answer with generic greetings, do not give their name or the name of the company, and have no insurance or address information listed on any of their materials. Legitimate furniture moving companies in Ft. Lauderdale are required to have this information easily available.
- Services are given without you asking for them. If the movers come in and immediate start helping you with stuff without asking or without you agreeing to, consider that a major red flag as they could be trying to ‘offer’ services that you will end up paying more for at the end of the move.
- On moving day, a rental truck pulls into your drive way instead of a licensed company-owned and marked fleet truck. Make sure the drivers are licensed and insured, the company is insured and covered for any accidents or damage that occurs on the drive. If you are unsure it is best to pull out of the deal and lose the down payments rather than risk losing your belongings to a rouge Ft. Lauderdale Furniture Moving Company!