Moving from one home to another involves endless cleaning, packing, organizing, and other tasks that can be mentally and physically taxing. To make the transition easier on everyone in the family, seeking out professional Ventura long distance movers to help out with relocation can save you plenty of time, money, and stress.

Unfortunately, finding the right moving company to help isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Some California movers are unqualified and unprofessional, while others are downright deceptive and out to take people for their money and belongings. When choosing movers to help with your relocation project, it’s important to understand what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim, and how to find a moving company that you can trust. At Hilford Moving & Storage, we’ve been helping our customers make smooth and successful moves to new homes across the country and around the world. If you’re planning to relocate and want to know how to find great movers that you can trust, take a look at some of our top tips on recognizing and avoiding moving scams, and how to find a reputable team that will assist you with a well-planned and efficient move.

Watch Out for Online Advertisements!

Although there are a lot of reputable companies that advertise online, many fraudulent companies or inexperienced movers will advertise their services as well. It’s easy to find the reputable companies in your area, as these will have had their own established websites and a solid online presence. Look for reviews on third-party websites like Yelp and Angie’s List and industry affiliations with worldwide van lines. 

In contrast, illicit or simply unprofessional companies will often have incomplete websites, a simple Facebook page, and a lack of any reviews on third-party sites. If you do see an ad for a moving company, you can perform a simple Google search for the company name and see what comes up. 

Ask Friends, Neighbors, and Co-Workers for Referrals

The easiest way to get to reliable Ventura long distance movers is by obtaining referrals from your neighbors, friends, family, co-workers, or a trusted local real estate agent. Try to get some written estimates through free consultations in your home, and then narrow down your choices by learning more about the companies online or in an interview.

If you do receive recommendations from people you know, it’s always a good idea to check the business’ status with respected associations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the local Chamber of Commerce in your areaCompanies that are affiliated with organizations like these are known for providing superior service in the community and have proven track records for excellence in the moving industry.

Be Skeptical of Over the Phone or Online Estimates and Booking

Some fraudulent companies will try to scam you by locking you in with an impossibly low rate over the phone or online. Once the final bill arrives, however, the actual price is often much higher than the quote you received, for a number of factors included in the fine print (or through a verbal contract)Just to be on the safe side, make sure that the Ventura moving company you choose provides free, in-home inspections and a formal written estimateAlso be sure to read the contract before you sign, and look for any fees or extra charges that might be hidden in the fine print.

Be Wary of Super Low Price Quotes

If you think that a particular company’s estimate is too good to be true, then it probably is. Scammers typically attract their victims by advertising a very low rate for flat fee moving services. Once you’ve scheduled time and left a down payment, these companies can raise the price once your belongings are already loaded onto their trucks—so that you have no choice but to pay the high fees to get them back.

Be Careful With Upfront Payments

Credible moving companies will only require you to make a payment once your belongings have already been delivered to your new home. You have to be even more careful if the company asks for a huge down payment or deposit. 

While some credible companies do ask for a down payment, make sure to pay with a credit card and not with cash. Paying with credit will give you some leverage should you have problems with the company down the line, so make sure to save all of your records, and get everything in writing to make sure you’re getting an honest deal.

Get a Written Contract and an Inventory Document

As we mentioned before, it’s important to have a written contract that clearly states what you’re paying for and why. This contract is very important, so make sure to read through the details to understand everything that the moving company includes in their services, and how it will be paid.

If there are details missing in the moving contract, like the pickup dates and delivery information on moving day, make sure to let the company know you will need those added to the contract or written in a separate document as well. You’ll also need a written list of all of the items that they will be moving, and all of these copies should be signed and dated by both parties.

Finding Trustworthy California Movers

Finding the right Ventura moving and storage company that has your best interest at heart is easy if you know what to look for. As long as you do your research and make sure the company you’re hiring is an established local business, you can be sure that your belongings will be moved safely, efficiently, and smoothly. 

At Hilford Moving & Storage, we’ve been a trusted local moving company for decades. If you’re planning a move and are looking for exceptional relocation services, we can help. 

To learn more about our California movers and moving services atHilford Moving & Storage, give us a call to speak to one of our friendly representatives about your relocation needs. You can also fill out an online form if you’d like to get started now by scheduling a free, in-home, no-obligation pricing estimate for your move.

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