Avoid Moving Scams

How to Avoid the 7 Most Common Moving Scams

Rachel Hartman

More than 36 million Americans moved in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many of those moves ended well, others became a nightmare.

More than 9,300 complaints against movers were filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in 2012. Complaints included hefty price increases over original estimates, missing items, and goods held hostage until additional payment was made.

Whether you’re shifting items to a new home, apartment, or self-storage unit, the key to avoiding a relocating disaster begins before moving day. “You can enhance your chances of a good experience by doing your homework,” said Steven Weisman, a professor at Bentley University and founder of Scamicide.com, which offers information on scams.

Here are seven moving scams to watch for-and avoid.
Delivery men carrying cardboard box — Moving & Storage in Overland, MO

1. Low Estimate, Inflated Price

2. Lost Items

3. Extra Charges

4. Over-the-Phone Estimates

5. Eyebrow-Raising Hourly Estimates

6. No Brick and Mortar

7. Large Deposit