Tips for dealing with bad movers

Moving is a stressful time. That is exactly why it is important that you have a good moving company on your side. If they conduct the move well your stress will be reduced after the whole deal is finished. However, if you hire a bad moving company, you will only have additional stress to deal with after the move is done. At this point, you might be wondering what are the ways of dealing with bad movers? Well, there are a few, some preventive and others reactive, to deal with a bad moving company. In this article, we aim to show you these very steps.

Preventive ways of dealing with bad movers

The best outcome of this situation is avoiding dealing with bad movers altogether. How does one go about doing that? Well, you can spot bad movers before your move and decide to avoid them altogether. A less optimal but still doable solution would be to ditch your bad mover during the opening phases of the move and just hire a different moving company or conduct the move yourself. Here is how:

Spotting bad movers

The most optimal way of dealing with bad movers is obviously spotting them before you even start your move. That way you can avoid dealing with them and any additional moving stress that may result from that. The best way to go about this would be to do some research. Look up reviews online and see what are other people’s experiences with that moving company. Also, ask around with your friends if they have heard of or used any good movers lately. Here are some telltale signs you might be dealing with bad movers:

  • The moving company doesn’t have a website and they don’t have a professional contact number, but operate on a personal phone.
  • The mover company demands a large deposit beforehand or cash-only payment.
  • The moving company hands you incomplete or blank documents to sign. You should never sign these as they can later add legally binding points that may be very damaging to you.
  • The mover is avoiding to calculate moving costs or tries to give you an estimate over the phone
A man on his phone in front of a laptop
Better than dealing with bad movers is spotting them beforehand.

As we mentioned, if you feel like something is off or unprofessional with your movers, avoid hiring them. It is much easier to spot bad movers and change them for good ones before the move has started.

Taking preventive action

Another thing you can do to avoid any problems you might face with the move is taking certain preventive action. Even if you are not sure at first glance if your movers are good or bad, these will help you prepare for the worst. Here are some steps to take:

  • Get moving estimates from several moving sources so you are sure the pricing of your move is right. This will help you avoid being overcharged. Also if a moving company is offering a price that may seem far too low, there is something wrong there too.
  • Make sure your movers have all the necessary licenses, especially from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and that they are properly insured.
  • Make sure you understand each document you’re signing and ask for clarification for every piece of it you do not understand. As mentioned before never sing incomplete or blank documents.
  • Take photos of your belongings before the move and have all the boxes with fragile items labeled properly. Also, check all your belongings while the movers are unloading them. If you see any damages to the packaging or the items themselves, take it up with your movers immediately.
  • Any movable valuables you have like jewelry, personal documents etc. should be kept on your person during the move.

Moving yourself

if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have a choice but to hire a moving company that seems bad, or if your movers are rude or seem shady before the move, don’t despair. One of the ways of dealing with bad movers is simply ditching them and conducting the move yourself. Although this might seem complicated, there are many ways to go about it. It will take up a lot of your time, true. On the other hand, it will save you a lot of money, especially if you find cheap moving boxes and other moving material. You could even find it for free!

Reactive ways of dealing with bad movers

With all the precautions taken, you might still discover that you have hired movers that aren’t good in the middle of the move. While it may be too late to deal with them on the spot there are still ways of dealing with bad movers after the move. Here are some of them:

Bad word of mouth

If your movers were rude, unprofessional or late, but they haven’t caused too much damage in the move you can deal with them through bad word of mouth. Dealing with bad movers by leaving a bad review online and telling your friends about it may not seem so efficient. However, remember that researching word of mouth was the same thing you did before hiring those same movers. By leaving a negative review you will definitely deal some damage to the moving company. After all, like all other companies, they rely on a good reputation.

A person rating something one star.
Leaving a negative review is more impactful than you would think.

Legal action

If your belongings were damaged in the move, the final way of dealing with bad movers is taking legal action. If taking them to court may seem too expensive and time-consuming there are still ways to deal with them. You can file a complaint with the American Moving and Storage Association or the Better Business Bureau. You could also write a complaint to your local chamber of commerce. If you’ve taken the pictures of your items beforehand attach these as evidence.

Lady Justice on a desk. Legal action is the strongest way of dealing with bad movers.
Legal action might be your last resort, but it is the most powerful too.

Dealing with bad movers like a pro

After reading this article you should be equipped to avoid bad movers altogether. Even if it comes to dealing with bad movers, you should have enough info here to prevent large scale damage to your belongings and make sure they don’t affect other people’s moves. All that remains now is that you do your research and stay vigilant!

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