Moving properties is a common occurrence. Normally, the peak time to move is during the summer months, however moving can happen anytime of the year and so can fraud. Fraud companies come in all shapes and forms. Not the most obvious of the fraud family, removals fraud can be disguised as genuine companies. To avoid being a victim of fraud, there are certain tricks of the trade to look out for. These common frauds aren’t always easy to spot, use this guide to be streetwise and van savvy.
When looking to hire a removal company, you really need to make the conscious effort to do some much-needed groundwork. A really common form of fraud when it comes to removal companies is the old faithful trick of loading up their van and then completely changing the price there on the spot. Before agreeing to a removal, make sure you have settled on the price, agreed and locked down a quote so you then avoid any shocks on the day.
Another classic trick is to negotiate a price on the phone. Before the day of the move, make sure you have met the company, shown them around your place and the amount of stuff you are planning on moving. Then you can negotiate a price and agree on a set cost to avoid being over-charged. If you decide not to call them to your property, not to meet them and not to negotiate a price, then when it comes to the removal job, it is very likely the company will say that there are more things to be done then agreed during the initial telephone conversation. This will then increase the overall price and will most probably come as a big shock to the system if you were expecting a good deal.
If a company you have in mind doesn’t run their own transportation, this company is probably not one to be trusted. Make sure the company you choose have their own lorries and vans, otherwise you’ll be paying for what is essentially just a man without a van. This is why it is so important to meet the company before the day of removal. If you rush a decision and rush a plan then on the day of moving you’re more than likely to be overcharged and perhaps caught in a scam.
Like all companies, it really pays to be streetwise and aware of whom you are dealing with. The key is to shop around and go with recommendations. Of course, these guidelines unfortunately do not guarantee you won’t be caught in a scam or become a victim of fraud. However, if you’re aware of these nifty cover-ups and easy disguises you’re more likely to spot something before it happens. Trust your instinct and make sure you know whom you are hiring.
1) Are the company well-known with a name you can trust? This doesn’t always mean you will avoid fraud but it’s always better not go with recommendations and companies with good advertising, proving they have the money to spend so hopefully won’t be rinsing you of yours!
2) Meet and greet them before agreeing to a job. Make sure you know who they are, what their intentions are and how genuine they appear to be. You can research reviews for removal companies online too, for peace at mind.
3) Ensure they have their own means of transport otherwise you may as well do the job yourself. No van? No move.
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