Avoiding Removal Company Scammers

Ensuring you Birmingham or Sutton Coldfield house removal or office relocation goes smoothly

How To Avoid Removal Company Scams And Fraud

Whilst all industries attempt to lessen the number of “cowboy” operators within their ranks, it is inevitable there will always be a small number of highly unscrupulous companies hell bent on scamming or defrauding you out of your hard earned money.

The removals industry has its own rules and regulations designed to minimize the impact of these rogue removals companies on customers and it is safe to say the vast majority of removal companies are honest and trustworthy companies with well trained staff and systems designed to ensure their home or office removals or relocation service goes smoothly and according to plan, on budget and on time.

To help customers clearly see who the genuine removals companies are, many companies belong to a professional removals trade organization or association.

Company paperwork and quotations

All paperwork on professional looking header paper and business card?
Check for contact details and verify where possible
Always get a quotation based on a home removal company visit/survey
Get a written quotation itemizing all elements of removal service you require
Eliminate the possibility of any additional unexpected charges
Is the company VAT number on all paperwork?
Was a particular quote very cheap?

Reviews / personal recommendations

Read removal company reviews , do they appear genuine?
Ask for personal recommendations and contact them

Website / Contact details/ Company literature

Check for landline telephone numbers
Does the website just have a mobile and no address?
Can you visit the company address?

Trading and company history

How long has the Removal company been in business?
Does the Removal Company use subcontractors?
If a limited company – Check companies house information
What insurance cover does the removal company offer?

Membership of trade associations

British Association of Removers (BAR) or National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS)
Is the removal company a member of a removal industry professional body, BAR or NGRS?
Visit BAR or NGRS website to check membership

Once you have decided on a particular removals company

Never pay for your full removal costs upfront or in cash. Consider using a credit card as this can afford you more protection should anything go wrong and a removals company not accepting a credit card payments may be an indicator of their trading record

Don’t mark boxes with descriptions of valuables, ideally transport any really valuable items yourself and number or colour code packing boxes so only you know the contents

During the removals process, make it obvious you are keep an eye on them with occasional walk throughs, or help out where you can, so you are always around

Contact Bells of Erdington for your House or office removal Sutton Coldfield Birmingham

For more information on our professional, reliable and competitively priced house removal or office relocation covering the Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield areas, give Kenny Bell a call on 0121 350 9229 or 07903 501979, alternatively email Bells of Erdington using kenny@bellsoferdington.co.uk  and we will get back to you shortly.