Moving nightmares don’t just happen to people relocating across the country.
Local moves are especially vulnerable to internet moving scams.
Here’s what happened to our President’s friend’s daughter and her husband. We only heard about after the fact and wish they’d called me before their move.
The young couple and their 2 toddlers were moving from their 4th-floor apartment to their first house, and they didn’t have a lot of money to spend.
They found what they thought was a great deal on Craigslist. She met the guy booking the move at the apartment and carefully read his contract. She changed a few things that sounded fishy, then signed it and paid him a deposit.
On moving day, 2 guys showed up with a truck. The couple paid them half of the balance of the moving fee, and the men loaded the truck.
The “fun” started when the movers arrived at the house:
- There was an extra charge for mileage
- There was a per-step fee for each item carried to the second floor
- They were charged $25 per item for anything weighing more than 100 pounds.
An argument ensued The police were called. The 2 guys quickly unloaded the truck onto the front lawn and left.
Then it started to rain.
It’s true, the internet mover charged less than we would have, but the price they paid was much greater. If they’d hired us, the couple wouldn’t have been left with backaches, a soaked couch and a police incident at their new home. (They were actually lucky. The truck could have driven off with their property.)
Whether or not you hire Studdard to be your mover, ask us for a free moving consultation to help you understand the good, the bad, and the ugly about making a household move. And then click here to download our free Home Moving Checklist. Then, armed with the facts, go get a true apples-to-apples competitive bid.
It’s YOUR move.
P.S. By the way, the police told the couple they get these calls all the time and there’s little or no recourse because it is a civil matter, not a criminal one. The mover just changes his website address and/or repaints his truck.