Moving is a busy and stressful time for many people. There can be many variables in both your move and the moving services available. Companies can have very different policies on payment. This can create confusion over when it is usually expected to pay your movers. Sometimes, untrustworthy companies can take advantage of this confusion in order to cheat their customers. if you are planning a move, it pays to do your research beforehand. Here, we tell you when you should pay your movers, and let you know how to prevent getting scammed.
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When Do I Pay My Movers?
Moving can often be a long and tiring process with many stages. You have to pack your stuff and load it up. Then, you have to drive it to wherever your new home is. Then, you need to unload it and unpack it. It’s exhausting. Or, you can pay a company like UniMovers to do at least some of these exhausting steps for you. This can make your move a lot easier. However, with so many steps involved in the moving process, you might be wondering when you pay your movers. Do you pay at the start, in the end, or in between?
The short answer to this question is that you almost always pay your movers after the move. This means after they complete the entire move. This is the rule among all trustworthy companies. A good and honest moving company will ask for payment upon completion of the move. Though they may ask for a deposit, they will not demand lots of money upfront.
Scammers, or rogue movers, will sometimes demand pay before completing your move. Reputable movers typically won’t ask this from you but may ask for a deposit to confirm your date. This is especially common in the summer. Paying upon completion of the move gives consumers agency over their belongings. If a moving company is not paid until after the move, they have incentives to move your belongings quickly and carefully, especially if they are expecting you to tip. Reputable and trustworthy moving companies understand this. These movers will almost always ask for their pay to be received upon completion of the move.
Exception: Moving Deposits
It is true that very large deposits and full payments upfront are signs of a scam. But, it is not uncommon for moving companies to ask for a deposit of some kind. Even established, reputable, and honest companies will sometimes ask for deposits up front. This is because when you hire a moving company, you reserve a date, and they are setting aside their workers and their time to help you out. If you cancel your company last minute, they could lose out on working with another customer. Asking for a deposit makes this cancellation less likely to occur. It also gives the movers confidence that they will still receive some pay in the event of a cancellation.
Peak moving season is usually when movers ask for deposits. The peak moving season is in the summer, between the months between May and August. This is because moving companies are in high demand, and don’t want to miss out on any jobs. Trustworthy companies will often refund your deposit, provided you make the cancellation with plenty of time before the actual move. This is so the movers can fill the empty slot and not lose out on pay. Deposits can and are a normal part of the moving process, and some companies, like moving help, ask for you to put a card down, but won’t charge you until the move is completed.
It is always smart to do some research into the reputability of your moving company. Especially if they ask you for a deposit. Making sure your movers are reputable prevents you from getting scammed. Trustworthy deposits are usually based on a percentage of the total cost, and they can vary. They can depend on how much stuff you are moving, or how far you are moving in a long-distance move. But, as a general rule of thumb, anything between $100 and $500 is typical. A small deposit is not a red flag. It is just a way for movers to ensure they don’t lose pay. Click here to read more about moving deposits.
It is always wise to pay your moving deposit with a credit card rather than using cash or a debit card. When you use a credit card on a deposit, you will have an easier time fighting any fraudulent charges. Demanding payment upfront is not the only common moving scam. One thing fraudulent full-service moving companies have been known to do is deliberately underestimate the cost of the move before actually doing it. Then, they hold your belongings hostage until you give them much more money. If you use a labor-only moving company and rent the truck yourself, you do not need to worry about this because you’re always in control of their belongings. A good way to prevent scams is to always read the reviews when choosing a moving company. Good, trustworthy moving companies will generally have their own website, or on their Google business profile (Look up movers near me to find a list of moving companies and their reviews). For a list of common moving scams, check out this link.
I always recommend you pay your movers at the end of your move. People who demand payment upfront or very large deposits could be trying to take advantage of you in a stressful situation. Buyers should beware and steer clear of companies that try to fool you with this strategy. However, you should also know that small deposits are very common. Don’t be alarmed if your moving company asks for a deposit, provided that it seems like a reasonable amount. Finally, remember to use a credit card if you are asked for a deposit. This will prevent you from getting scammed.
At UniMovers, we like to keep our clients in control over their belongings so you rent the truck, and we provide the labor. We do not charge a deposit, and our customers pay after services are delivered. To look at how much UniMovers usually charges, check out our rates!