SPRINGFIELD – Summer is a hot time for moving, but it’s also a time when scammers prey on people who are relocating.
Here are some things you should look out for when you’re moving:
- Watch for signs of a “fly-by-night” company, such as no listed address.
- Be cautious if phone calls are answered with something generic, rather than a company name. If the company doesn’t make an on-site inspection but does estimates over the phone.
- Also, be wary of unusual requests, like a large down payment or full payment in advance.
“The worst thing you can do is hire someone, they’ve given you a verbal estimate, estimate, just an estimate, they come, they move your stuff, they put it in storage until your new place is ready,” Janet Robb, BBB Arkansas CEO & President said. “You’re ready for your furniture and they’re going to provide you with a bill threes times what you thought it was going to be originally.”
If a company does hold your furniture hostage, call the police or the Better Business Bureau for help.
Also, it’s important to keep an inventory of your property. You can verify all companies on the BBB’s website.