How to Spot the Red Flags and Avoid Rogue Movers


As a Houston moving company that’s been around for over 30 years, we’ve heard lots of horror stories about moving scams.

In fact, some of our customers came to us after realizing that another moving company scammed them, overcharged them, or just didn’t honor their contract.

After listening to these horror stories, we decided enough was enough.

So, we made a short video showing you exactly how to check whether a moving company is operating legally.

We also created a list of red flags to look for before hiring movers in Houston.

Here are some of the signs to look out for if you want to avoid moving scams.

 

 

The Price Is Amazingly Low

If you’re looking for Houston movers and see an ad offering cheap prices–like 30 or 40 percent less than all the rest–you’re probably going to do a double take and consider calling them. Hey, who doesn’t want to save money? And that’s exactly what some dishonest moving companies count on!

They expect their low prices to get people in the door, at which point they’ll nickel and dime you until you pay more than you should. And if they don’t increase the price, they’ll likely offer subpar services, which is all they can afford to give since they don’t pay for insurance, aren’t licensed with the DMV or use cheap, low-quality labor.

Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

There’s a Lack of Identifying Information

A good Houston moving company is proud to tell you the business’s name because the movers have spent years building their reputations. A company with tons of complaints, however, is going to be wary of giving you their name… which is why one of the moving red flags is when you call the company and they don’t say their name.

Similarly, if you hire a Houston moving company and the truck doesn’t have a logo or DMV number on it, that’s a bad sign because movers are required to have both.

They Have a Bare-Bones Website

Before you hire a Houston moving company, check its website.

First, look for its street address.

If there’s only a PO Box or no address at all, run!

You should be able to put the address into Google Maps and see a building so you know it’s a legitimate company.

Also, if the website has stock photos or pictures of paid actors, these are moving red flags.

A legitimate moving company will have real photos of their movers and equipment. After all, you absolutely deserve to know who will be showing up at your home on moving day!

The DMV Says They’re Not Active

Another item you should see on any moving website is the company’s DMV number.

If you don’t see it, don’t hire those Houston movers. Even if you do see a DMV number, check to ensure the company is active by plugging in the number at the Texas DMV Truck Stop site.

The video above shows you how to search for a company in the database.

For moving companies, maintaining a proper state license is quite easy.

So, if the site says the company is no longer active, it’s a HUGE red flag.

Avoid hiring those movers no matter what!

There’s No Contract

A legitimate moving company should present you with a contract to sign before your move.

This allows you to formally agree on the price, schedule, and how to proceed if your Houston movers break or lose your belongings.

It also contains important policies and *should* be followed up by a Rights & Responsibilities pamphlet, as is required by law.

So, if a so-called ‘moving company’ doesn’t offer this, they’re simply not legal.

If there’s no contract to sign, you’re not as protected as you should be and it’s best to cancel the move.

While you should do the research well before moving day, don’t be afraid to cancel at the last minute if you’re feeling uncomfortable with the Houston movers you hired. Moving day is hard enough without feeling pressured into keeping movers around who you don’t trust.

You can always contact the Texas DMV or even 3 Men Movers if you’re not sure if a Houston moving company is playing by the rules. We want to ensure you’re safe and happy with your move, so contact us any time at our Houston office!


What If Everything Doesn’t Fit in One Moving Truck?


We’ve helped with a lot of moves throughout Texas, and we always look forward to the feeling of accomplishment we get from packing a truck to perfection! But what happens when your belongings won’t fit into one moving truck?

If you’re worried about this occasional occurrence, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, because we’re fully prepared to deal with it without ruining your moving day. Not only that, but we also know how to prevent it. Here’s what you need to know before you get concerned about whether everything you own will fit in one truckload.

Know Our Backup Plan

We don’t want you to lose sleep over the possibility of not fitting everything in the moving truck. When you hire 3 Men Movers for the big day, you always have options. Rest assured you won’t have to start tossing your most prized possessions in the trash just because they won’t fit on the truck. Instead, our movers will just make a second trip!

After all, we only have two numbers to keep in mind when figuring out how much the move will cost: our hourly rate and the Transparent Travel Fee. This is the fee you pay for 3 Men Movers to get from our facility to your home and back again. So don’t worry. If we have to make a second trip, we won’t charge you two Transparent Travel Fees. So all you have to add to your total is our hourly rate, as your move will simply take longer if we need to make a second trip.

How to Avoid the Need for a Second Trip

Though it’s not the end of the world if you need a second trip to move all your belongings, it’s more efficient to avoid it whenever possible. You don’t want your move to unexpectedly drag on all week, right? That takes time away from important tasks, like picking out d├ęcor for your new home. Luckily, keeping your move short and sweet is as easy as considering three factors.

Square Footage

First, get a moving truck that’s the right size. We keep it simple by offering two moving truck sizes. Basically, if your home is 2,000 square feet or larger, you get a Super Size truck that’s large enough to fit everything, as it’s a 48-foot 18-wheeler. Think that’s a bit overboard for your move? Well, it might be, if your home is less than 2,000 square feet in size. That’s why we also have a regular 24-foot moving truck to handle a small to medium amount of belongings.

Large Items

Another way to ensure a smooth move is to let us know about the big items in your home. If you have sectional couches, king-sized beds, executive desks, or any other large items, telling us about them ahead of time will be a big help. We might decide to bring you a Super Size truck to ensure we can fit everything — saving you money and time on your move by avoiding a second trip!

Distance

If you’re moving around the corner or even staying in the same city at all, making a second trip really isn’t that big of a deal.

But, when you’re moving to a different state, it’s a bit more of an inconvenience.

Unless you’re one of those rare people who love moving, you’re probably not going to be thrilled with stretching out the moving process by a few days, and that’s what a second trip could do on a long-distance move.

In fact, you may even need to ship your car if you’re moving a substantial distance away.

So it’s particularly important for us to work together to ensure you get the moving truck you need!

Now that we’ve got you thinking about how to plan your move, we might as well get you on the schedule! Just contact 3 Men Movers with the moving date you have in mind, and we’ll let you know how to proceed so you have a smooth, efficient move in Texas.