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Moving is serious business especially for those who do it for a living. That’s why as good clients, we should always keep our end of the deal and pay the movers accordingly. For first-time movers however, you may have some questions regarding the details of paying the movers.
In this article, we’ll try to clear your doubts about how to pay movers.
What is the preferred mode of payment?
Just like every other business out there, moving companies will prefer cash. However, you should be cautious if cash is the only mode of payment they offer. Professional companies should also offer money orders, certified checks and most major credit cards.
What is the safest mode of payment?
Credit cards are the safest way to go. First is because scammers rarely (almost never) offer this as a payment option. Second, should they chard your card and not show up, you can easily dispute this with your credit card company. More often than not, your credit card company will back you on the allegations. You are offered a safety net thanks to the third party involvement.
What is COD?
COD stands for Cash on Delivery or Collection on Delivery. This means that you must pay the total charges once the movers deliver your things to your new address. If you fail to pay them in time, they can refuse to hand over your goods and put them in temporary storage (which will incur you additional charges).
What are moving deposits for?
Some moving companies require initial deposits to ensure and save a date for your move. But it’s important to note that professional movers rarely ask for down payment, and that in the instance that they do, it should only be a small amount. If a company asks for a suspiciously large cash down payment, you should be wary because it’s one of the first signs of a scam.
What is a reasonable deposit amount?
Amounts that are between $100 and $500 are considered reasonable. Higher than that should be cause for alarm.
What is a binding estimate?
A binding estimate means that the price quoted in the initial estimate is the amount that you’ll have to pay, whether if the actual shipment is heavier or lighter than the original estimated weight. The binding estimate should accurately describe the shipment and services of the company before you sign the printed document. Ask a copy for it before the move.