As your Cincinnati moving company, Nelson Markesbery Moving understands that moving is an inherently stressful task. There’s a lot of time, work, and money that goes into coordinating a successful relocation, which is why hiring Cincinnati movers is often a smart choice. However, it’s easy to unintentionally turn that smart choice into a bad one by choosing a rogue local moving company whose intent is to scam you.

So how do you spot the red flags that mark bad movers hoping to cheat you out of money? We’ve compiled a shortlist of things to watch out for.

  1. You aren’t offered an onsite inspection of the goods you wish to move before the mover gives you an estimate of moving costs. How can a mover know how much their services will cost you without seeing the items they will need to move? They can’t, and the low-ball estimate they give you over the phone is always too good to be true.
  2. Your movers demand you pay in cash or provide a large deposit before any services have been rendered.
  3. The company asks you to sign blank or incomplete documents –NEVER DO THIS.
  4. You are not given a written estimate of moving costs beforehand – whether binding or non-binding.
  5. The company’s website has no local address and no information about their registration or insurance.
  6. You are told all goods are covered by the mover’s insurance.
  7. If you call the company, the call is answered with a generic "Movers" or "Moving Company" instead of the company’s actual name.
  8. The company’s offices and warehouse are either in poor condition or nonexistent.
  9. You are told charges will be determined after loading.
  10. On moving day, a rental truck arrives rather than a company-owned or marked fleet truck.
  11. The mover says you have more stuff than originally estimated. In case this occurs, have the mover provide a revised estimate that you both agree to andsign listing the additional items or services and the price being offered, BEFORE you allow the movers to begin packing or loading. You should also receive a copy of this revised estimate.
Check out this video from the FMCSA for more information on avoiding scammers.

And remember, when you’re ready to move, check out Nelson Markesbery Moving –as professional movers, you can trust we have your best interests in mind.
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