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Moving Scams | Local Move New York Chautauqua County
What is a local move?
A local move is a move that takes you within a 100-mile radius and stays within the same state. Few factors determine the cost of a local move. A local move may take a couple of hours or a couple of days, based on the size and the services requested.
Packing Service Inc. can perform and complete a customer's move within a requested time frame. PSI is also fully aware of the many different factors involved whether moving locally or internationally. The most important decisions involved in the moving process is to first select a moving date, a closing date, lease expiration, work schedules and restrictions of building managements. Packing Service Inc. will not only answer and guide our customers through this strenuous process, but also gives the best pricing, advice, information and warn you of other companies in this industry known to perform moving fraud, to ensure our customers they receive the best possible service in the industry. Packing Service Inc. pays great attention to our customer's needs and timing to fulfill all such requirements.
How does a local mover charge?
If you are moving locally, most relocation moving companies charge per hour depending on how many movers and trucks are involved. This is very popular way other movers scam customers, because the movers will work slower to stretch the time out, so there are no guarantees on what the final cost will be. These movers scam by taking as much time as want, and will shamelessly charge you for that stolen time.
Packing Service Inc. charges a flat fee guaranteed rate for moving based on the size of your job. In most cases, our company will come out to your location and give you a guaranteed price so you know how much it will cost before the actual moving day arrives.
How moving scams apply on a local move?
Some movers scam clients by charging extra money for travel time. Either to and from the office, the movers can work slow and use unnecessary packing supplies that the movers will only tell you about when your items are locked and in the truck, another notorious type of moving fraud. You can get an estimate over the phone or on the internet from most companies, but it will be "low-balled" as to how many hours it will take the movers to complete your job, but again, the movers scam the client by working slow.
How can I avoid the moving company scam?
Write down the names of the companies you are thinking of using and find out more about the history of the company by going to www.movingscam.com or www.bbb.org
Get an in home estimate before your moving date with a flat price for your move including all fees and expenses (don't hire a company to perform your move that charge an hourly rate) and of course ask a lot of questions! If the mover or company looks or suspicious or acts unprofessional, keep looking as these types of companies commit usually commit moving fraud. PSI is the ONLY PACKING COMPANY that provides information about moving company scam, moving fraud and ways to avoid a moving scam from happening to you.
What are the best ways to move and avoid the moving company scam?
Let our packing company do the packing and loading services (and unloading services if needed) and get charged by a flat fee, this way you will know how much it will cost from the beginning with no extra charges and no surprises, we will need from you to get a rental truck or a Pods container and we will do the rest. Movers scam by keeping their customer in the dark about the fees. We, however, tell our customers (upfront) what the fees will be.
What you should do if you must use a moving company?
The best way to move will be with a large company such as: Mayflower, Allied, North American. They are very professional and know what they are doing, but just because they have been in business for a long time, but are a lot more expensive than a smaller company. If you do hire a company like this, always ask for a flat fee guaranteed estimate before and after the job, like Packing Service Inc. Our advice to avoid the moving scams is to not use a small unknown company; these companies can close their business at any time then re-open another company under a new name. A lot of companies do that. This is an easy way for them to hide their bad reputation. These moving company scams are all too common, so be sure to protect yourself.
What are the differences between shipping companies, moving companies and PSI?
Most moving companies charge $30.00-$40.00 per box, our company charges $7.00-$18.00 per box (in Florida), we don't charge for time at all. Please don't forget that our prices are more competitive than any shipping relocation or moving services company. We also have the best packing employees in the business. We demand that our employees have worked for a minimum of one year for a moving company, or they cannot work for our company. Most moving companies hire people with no experience in packing, loading services or moving items without damaging them. If they charge by the hour, they will waste your time and money because they want to make as much money as they can from your time. This is moving fraud: it's not designed to help you, but to drain your wallet.
Will I have to pay for anything besides labor costs for my move with a moving services company?
Yes, you may have to pay for required packing supplies and for special care required to pack delicate or over sized items such as televisions or pianos. Make sure to discuss these fees with your moving company before your move.
Do I have to pay for the time it takes for the trucks to arrive at my house from the company's office and back again?
All moving company's charge for what is called travel time from and to the office. PSI doesn't charge for travel time as it is part of your flat price. We don't charge by the hour, unlike most of the other moving companies in the industry.
Are PSI's movers experienced workers?
Our employees are experts in packing services, loading / unloading trucks, international containers and pods containers. They are seasoned professionals with the best knowledge in the business of how items should be loaded and stacked. Our employees must work for a few different moving companies for at least one year before we hire them. Most moving and packing companies hire people with no experience in packing services or moving items without damaging them.
How far in advance do I need to reserve my move?
We recommend you reserve your moving date ASAP! You should note that movers are very busy from the 23rd to the 6th of every month.
OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION
Can I ride with the movers on my moving day?
No, moving companies do not allow passengers to accompany them in the moving truck for liability and insurance reasons.
Does a moving company need to be licensed?
All moving companies are required to be "registered" and have operating permits for the province, State or County they operate in. You should check these references with your local agencies. If the “company” you hire isn't registered, that's a good indicator of a scam.
When do I need to pay for my moving services?
Moving companies will charge you a deposit and the rest of the money at time before unloading, We only charge you at the end of your move and when all items are off the truck, in some cases in jobs all over the U.S. we sometimes taking a deposit from the flat rate quote you will get from us.
What is a booking agent?
A booking agent is the person you choose as your mover or the member of a van line that will manage all dates and services for your move. PSI does not have or use any booking agents, as a professional packing company we do our own jobs.
What is full packing?
A full packing is when the movers pack everything for you. Make sure to keep any legal papers, medicines and valuables with you during the move, let our company do the packing services which will take us only few hours to finish everything.
How can I ensure that special items will be treated with extra-special care?
You can move some of the items that have high sentimental or monetary value yourself. If you prefer to let your movers complete this task, make sure you clearly indicate which items you would like them to take special care with during the move.
Am I expected to tip the guys?
Yes and no, our employees will not ask for a tip like most other moving companies but it is customary to tip id the job is well done.
Do I have to empty all of my filing cabinets?
Metal filing cabinets with 2-drawers can be left full, but you should empty the top 2 drawers of a 4-drawer cabinet. You should also completely empty all lateral file cabinets and all drawers of a wood cabinet.
Will my movers clean my home once my move is complete?
Most professional movers will clean up any mess they have made during the actual move. However, they don't perform general house cleaning so you must hire a professional cleaning service or perform this task yourself.
The manner in which a moving company scams its customers can be ruthless. The pricing that seemed to be innocent can turn out to be ugly, and the service that was promised to be efficient can be sloppy. Do your homework; investigate any company you're interested in. Don't fall prey to the moving company scams.
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