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How to protect yourself from moving scams

author avatar Written by Aaron Steed

Meathead Movers was founded on the principle of helping athletes accomplish the American dream, while also providing a superior moving service to its customers. The moving industry has a notoriously bad reputation, and it’s our mission to change the way that people perceive moving and storage companies.

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Although these founding principles have helped our company grow to be the largest independent moving company in the state, there are still hundreds of moving companies across the country who are making a profit off of scamming customers. We want to help you spot those “companies”, so here’s how:

1. Check credible review sites

Whether it’s Yelp, the Better Business Bureau or, all of these platforms compile reviews and ratings submitted by previous customers. It’s important to check the good and the bad reviews, as some might be one-off experiences where a piece of furniture was damaged, but others might be massive scams of people being charged triple the quoted price, no-shows, and more.

Something to keep in mind: some companies who are caught with suspicious behavior or given an “F” rating might start another company under a different name. If you ever suspect that’s the case, don’t be afraid to file a complaint with the site or even your local authorities.

Verify that the company is licensed and insured.

All professional moving companies need to be licensed and insured, but that doesn’t mean that many are not. You can always verify a company’s license through your local administration. We predominately display our license number on our website and our trucks for quick access.

In addition to proper licensing, if you want to make sure that you and your items are safe and insured on a move, it’s absolutely essential to check the company’s insurance policies. A moving company should be able to guarantee that a customer’s items will be covered should something go wrong during the move. If you want to be extra safe, you can purchase your own moving insurance as well.

3. Get plenty of quotes

You wouldn’t think a moving company like us would encourage our customers to get more quotes, but we do! On move day, we want our customers to feel like they made the best, educated decision and are confident in our ability to handle the job. While a lower price might seem desirable as all those moving expenses are piling up…beware! There’s always a reason that a moving company isn’t charging the competitive rate, and it usually comes at the expense of your belongings or the type of movers you’re letting in your house.

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