The best movers get contracted quickly so do your homework and avoid scams by following these tips to help protect your family and possessions:
- Hire a reputable mover, one that you know. Check Consumer Protection BC, the Better Business Bureau and CAM before you contract a mover to ensure they are members in good standing.
- Read Industry Canada’s Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company on CAM’s website, www.mover.net.
- Get in-home estimates from movers as this is the only way to get an accurate estimate on your move and will alleviate cost disputes later on.
- Take the time to validate the mover’s reputation and their affiliations. Don’t make your decision based on the mover’s advertisement, verbal promises or slick website as these are no guarantee of professionalism.
- Beware of lowball quotes or movers offering to waive the tax. Low prices are often altered on moving day with additional fees and only a disreputable mover will avoid collecting tax.
- Get a written explanation of the mover’s liability for loss or damage while in transit.
- Rogue movers have vague contact information on their web site. If there is only a cell or toll-free number listed, avoid them. If it does list an address, take the time to drive by their facility to ensure they have a warehouse, trucks and equipment to service your move.
- Beware of movers who charge up front for a move. Reputable movers collect at time of delivery.
- Remember above all - always get promises and quotes in writing. Don’t accept a verbal agreement or over-the-phone estimate. A verbal commitment or promise is not binding and cannot be proven in a dispute.
Government of Canada Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company
Consumer Protection BC - Choosing a Moving Company
Consumer Protection BC - Things to Know about Moving Insurance
Thank you to the Canadian Association of Movers for providing information for this post.