Avoiding Scams: Tips for Finding Reliable Kamloops Movers
Posted on April 22, 2016
Obtaining estimates from multiple Kamloops movers is a good way to avoid being overcharged for services.
Entrusting Kamloops movers to pack and transport your worldly possessions to a new home is an important decision. The wrong choice could have costly consequences. And unfortunately, there are a number of outfits out there that use unscrupulous practices to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners.
So how do you avoid this from happening to you? It’s actually quite easy to separate the good guys from the bad. To find reliable Kamloops moving companies, all it takes is a little time and some minor detective work.
If you have friends who have moved recently, ask them which Kamloops moving companies they considered before making a decision. Why did they choose the one they did? Which companies did they dislike?
Reputable movers should also be able to supply genuine references who can vouch for their level of service.
Get Multiple Estimates (in Writing)
Don’t just settle for the first estimate you receive to move your goods. By seeking multiple estimates from three or four Kamloops movers, you’ll get a sense for what the average cost should be.
If the estimate appears to high, you might not be getting good value for your dollar. If it’s noticeably lower than the others, it’s probably too good to be true (i.e. a scam).
When seeking estimates, make sure the estimator includes:
- Estimator’s name (for accountability)
- Delivery date
- Number of boxes to be moved
- Size and value of items
- Cost method (per hour or flat rate)
- Terms of payment
One way to determine the credibility of Kamloops moving companies is to see who they’re affiliated with. Organizations like the Canadian Association of Movers have searchable directories for:
- Local moving companies
- Long-distance moving companies
- Van lines
- International movers
You can also access the Better Business Bureau to obtain a reliability report before making a decision.
Visit the Physical Location
It’s like they say: ‘Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.’ A Google search for Kamloops movers will inevitably turn up a list of results. Before you commit to using one, visit the address listed on their website to verify that they’re legitimate. If you show up to a vacant lot, you might want to move on.
If they have an operation, talk to the manager to find out more about them:
- How many staff do they employ?
- What kind of moving equipment do they use?
- Do they conduct themselves in a professional manner?
- How long have they been in business?
- Do they carry adequate insurance?
In addition to choosing a moving company, you’re bound to have other questions about the process. Check out this post for a handy reference: Kelowna Movers Answer Most Commonly Asked Questions.
Are you looking for reliable Kamloops movers that will make moving day go smoothly? Call Bekins Moving and Storage. Whether you’re moving locally or long distance, we have the staff, experience and equipment to do it right.