Moving Scams Revealed
Unfortunately there are many moving scams out there. They are in the news frequently, and we get asked about it often. This section of our site should help you see that we are not that type of moving service at all. We offer dependable moving services at competitive prices without the necessity of tricks or scams.
We start out by revealing how the moving scam works. You will learn how to spot it a mile away. You are never going to fall for it once you learn how's it's done. You won't fall for the tricks of the the lowest bidder only to have them double or triple the price once they have your load on the truck. We finish by showing you how MoverQuest is not a moving scam but is a dependable way to move.
Here's How The Moving Scam Works
Watch out for a quote that states "This is an all inclusive 'Not To Exceed' quote", but when you read the fine print on the quote, it's really based on the actual weight. It's not guaranteed at all. I guess they mean that if the move really weighs that exact low amount, and the packing really takes that few boxes, and there are no unexpected charges that come up, then yes that's the price. But if it really weighs more or takes more packing material, then yes of course it will cost more.
I wouldn't recommend using a mover that uses an email address from hotmail.com, yahoo.com, msn.com, sbcglobal.net, or any other free email address. They are sometimes not a legitimate moving company. Just use some caution when working with a mover using one of these email addresses.
I know of an independent moving company in Southern California that pays their drivers and movers commission on how much packing materials they use on the move day. I've seen them use 1/2 a roll of tape to wrap around a moving blanket on a vacuum cleaner. It's amazing to see that amount of packing materials being totally wasted, and the customer must pay for all of it (often an extra $500 to $900 in material charges).
These are the misleading tactics we are seeing that make it appear like they are a legitimate moving company giving a low low price. In reality they don't move anything at all. They just re-sell the move to an unknown van lines with an unknown reputation who could charge you something different upon delivery, especially if the quote is too low. It's a moving scam in the making.
You won't see any of these tricks from the big movers, namely agents for major Van Lines such as Allied, NorthAmerican, United, Mayflower, Global, Bekins, Atlas, Wheaton, or Stevens.
Search for moving scams in Google and see what's happening in out there. This is still happening currently in 2005. For a site devoted to mover scams see www.movingscam.com. This site is written by someone who got scammed and made a website to prevent it from happening to others. He's got hours of reading about the scams. Our site is not devoted to moving scams. Our site is devoted to giving you a great move with our dependable moving services through Allied Van Lines, but unfortunately we have to address the mover scam issue because there are so many moving scams out there (especially on the internet). We are proud to state that NONE of our Allied Van Lines agents (individual moving companies) are listed on the Mover Blacklist on www.movingscam.com (why are so many blacklisted movers from New York and Florida?). None of the agents for the other major Van Lines are on that list either. If an Allied Van Lines agent even tried it, they would violate their agency agreement and lose their affiliation with Allied real quick. It's a great screening process to select MoverQuest and deal with Allied's network of moving companies.
Here's what we do differently at MoverQuest:
Call MoverQuest at 1-800-410-7499 for a moving & storage estimate
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.