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You have enough on your plate if you’re in the process of moving. Between the planning and the packing, the last thing on your mind is falling victim to a scam. But with thousands of moving fraud complaints filed each year — to the tune of nearly $8,000 in losses each — it’s too costly to risk being unprepared.
As fraudsters and technology become more sophisticated, it can sometimes be tough to spot a scam. Especially if you don’t know what to expect or you aren’t as familiar with the moving process.
As Central Florida’s trusted moving service provider for more than 60 years, we’ve heard it all — and want to help you ensure a safe, successful move by sharing some common red flags:
Red Flag No. 1: Lowball (or no) estimate
Rogue movers typically work like this: Without ever assessing your belongings, they give a lowball estimate. Then, once your items are packed on their truck, they demand more money in order to get your things back — essentially holding them hostage. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Red Flag No. 2: Demands cash up front
Reputable movers don’t demand cash or large upfront deposits. If a mover asks for either, it’s time to move on to the next option — or, at the very least, ask some pointed follow-up questions.
Red Flag No. 3: No online presence or physical address
If the moving company doesn’t have a physical office or an online presence (you should at least be able to find business directory listings or customer reviews) — proceed at your own risk.
Red Flag No. 4: No Written Estimate
If a moving company quotes a rate without providing it in writing, you’re putting yourself at risk. Make sure you always get a written estimate and don’t trust any mover who claims they will provide an estimate for the bill after they load your belongings.
Red Flag No. 5: Not Licensed and Insured
Movers are required to maintain proper licensing and insurance. Additionally, all interstate movers must be registered with the Federal government. When choosing a Florida mover — especially for moves across state lines — make sure the mover you select has been assigned a U.S. DOT number, is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and has the proper level of insurance.
Choose Central Florida’s Trusted Movers
If you’re looking for a reliable local Florida moving company, Sorensen Moving & Storage has you covered. We’ve been an area staple for more than 60 years and are dedicated to providing the best customer service — and value — in the industry. Want to learn more? Request your fast, free virtual quote today.