Continuing on from my previous post…
Here’s why you the cost of your move could be DOUBLED if you choose to allow the moving company to “finish up” packing your belongings on moving day : not only will you pay for the labor involved in packing the boxes, you’ll also pay for the boxes that they use to pack the rest of your stuff in.
In addition, they may not fill those boxes all the way to the top with your stuff, instead they may do a partial fill and then use packing paper to take up the rest of the space. They could even use expensive boxes (dish packs) for items that could have been packed in less expensive boxes. And lastly, the whole packing tape scam… I’m all about reinforcing a box and I LOVE tape (just ask my mom how many rolls I went through as a kid!), but there is such a thing as too much. Sometimes, moving companies will repeatedly tape a box when it’s absolutely unnecessary. Instead of caving in and letting the moving company finish up, call on some friends to help you out! You’ll save a ton of money…. Guaranteed!
Here’s something that most people are confused about when moving: how movers calculate your move. Instead of using actual weight, some moving companies use ‘cubic feet’ to compute your move. I don’t know about you, but I can barely tell you what 12 inches looks like- what on EARTH is a cubic foot? Why not just use WEIGHT?
Here’s why: if a moving company guarantees the price of your move by a certain weight, they have to go to a certified moving station in order to see how much your stuff weighs and, unlike bathroom scales at home, those scales DON’T LIE!
If a moving company uses ‘cubic feet’ as a way to charge you for your move, they may “accidentally” take up unnecessary room by not loading your stuff properly. And, this presents a couple of problems:
A. You get charged more.
B. If your stuff isn’t loaded properly, it increases the likelihood of damage to your stuff.
How to avoid this? Go with a moving company that uses WEIGHT to determine the cost of your move. And, even ask to go with them when it’s weighed. They can’t bar you from accompanying them to the weighing station- it’s your right. After all, it’s your stuff!
While these things really are nothing new, I hope I’ve shed a bit more light on the details of some of these “hidden” moving scams. And I call them hidden, because the premises of a couple actually seem very legitimate… a helping hand in your time of need. But, what you don’t need is that hand to help themselves right into your pocketbook!
Be aware… and MOVE ON!