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Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 3)

This is the third article in our series on how to avoid long distance moving scams. As we’ve stated in our earlier articles part one and part two, the advice we’re giving is based on real scenarios of people who have endured problems with shady business practices in the moving industry. Moving in Canada should be safe, and predictable. But multiple news reports are showing that is often not the case. Even if you don’t move with a long establish company like Ferguson Moving and Storage, you should at least be aware of what’s out there and what to look for in a reputable, honest moving company such as Ferguson Moving and Storage. Below we’ll continue mentioning what to look out for when hiring a long distance moving company. Don’t use a long distance moving company that outsources it services The other thing to watch out for is what the president of the Canadian Association of Movers says in this CBC article: moving companies that outsource their services. In the story linked to above, the family whose belongings were in storage couldn’t get their boxes because one of the companies involved in the long distance move claimed they had not been paid! This is really an issue between two companies and should not be offloaded to a customer. However, as a consumer, you should never be working with a moving company that does not hire and train their own staff, with full insurance, injury coverage and compensation. The person you talk to on the phone, or the person who does your moving quote, should be connected to the actual...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 2)

This article is a follow up to part 1 of how to “Avoid these long distance moving scams real Canadians have endured.”   In our first article, we explained that moving scams – even if they are based on legal-sounding contracts with legitimate moving companies – are all too common in the long–distance moving industry. As this CBC Marketplace video explains, by interviewing a professional mover, starting a moving company is too easy nowadays. All you need is a friendly representative at the other end of the phone line, and a nice website. Heck, some Canadian movers don’t even own warehouses, addresses or their own trucks: all of that can be outsourced, or lied about. Some want the moving industry regulated. But so far, that is limited. We have written about how to pick an ethical moving company in Canada before. In this series, we wanted to explain how to avoid the long distance moving problems that you don’t expect, or that are harder to spot. For example, a nice person comes to your home to give you a quote. Or a friend recommends a moving company. How do you predict moving company scams in situations like this? There are tell-tale signs, and it helps to know what they are. We covered some of them in our previous article on this topic. Below we continue to cover more. Ask about fees in detail before you sign a moving contract, or don’t let the movers load your belongings in their truck In this story on the CBC website, a mother was told her moving costs would be 4 times what...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 1)

Long Distance Moving Scams in Canada & How to Avoid Bad Movers Recently (January 2017), the CBC reported a story of a long distance moving company that wouldn’t deliver a family’s belongings until they paid double the amount they originally thought it would be. Digging into the issue, you’ll find that stories like this abound in Canada. We found many similar stories on the CBC website. We, like other ethical moving companies in Vancouver and Canada, believe that this should stop. Some cross-country moving company owners are calling for more regulation of the industry by government. Until then, we will do our best to help educate the public on long distance moving scams to avoid. These are not hypothetical: these have happened to real Canadians using real, so-called ‘legitimate’ long distance movers in Canada. By ‘legitimate’ we don’t mean ethical: we mean they had a pretty website, sometimes had really nice staff do the in-home estimates, and had branded trucks with logos and everything. It’s not always obvious to spot the shady businesses in the moving industry. We will say for sure, before we start, that there are always two sides to every story. Long distance moving companies in the articles we’ll mention below do try to make their defenses and claims. And we don’t know all the information to say whether or not one side is being dishonest with their story. However, the point of this article series is not to determine who wins the argument: it is to help future long distance movers avoid these problems in the first place. And they are avoidable, if you take...

Advice from a cross-country Canadian moving company on Quebec moving day

Advice from a cross–country Canadian moving company on business promotion during Quebec’s moving day If you haven’t heard, thousands of Quebecois residents had to move on July 1, while the rest of the country was celebrating Canada Day. As a cross–country Canadian moving company, we couldn’t help but notice, and get excited, about the efforts of 3M to help people out on a mass-moving day like that in Quebec. Here are a couple links to read more about the story: http://globalnews.ca/news/2798947/moving–day-eh-thousands-of-quebecers-pack-up/ http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/about-200000-people-moved-in-quebec-today While we applaud 3M for their efforts to pay-it-forward for Quebec movers, we thought it would also be valuable to give some tips to other companies who want to do some promotional work on moving days. If you are outside Quebec, keep in mind that in other provinces, people will most likely move at the beginning and end of months, so you can apply these principles to your own location too. Keep safety in mind: don’t try to help Canadian movers if you’re not trained to do so You will notice in the articles linked to above, when 3M jumped in to help Canadian movers, it wasn’t by heavy lifting (that we know of). It was more on the side of offering refreshments, and being a friendly face on that day. Moving can be dangerous business: not just for humans, but also for the artifacts being moved. The last thing you want as a company is to have an employee injured on the job, or injuring others while moving. And also, you don’t want your company ruining people’s furniture or houses while moving. Our advice is to keep...

Surrey movers exploring Langley housing options: what we found

So, the Vancouver Giants are moving to Langley, did you hear? If even sports teams are doing it, it kinda makes you wonder if YOU should move to Langley, right? Well, as Surrey movers, we thought we’d scope out some info on that topic, since, after all, our job is to help people move to Langley, and other places alike. But our job always works best when our moving company customers have a place to move into first! So let’s look at a few factors surrounding Langley housing options. What does it cost to move to Langley? Housing prices in Langley The price of a house in Langley may not be THAT much different than in other Vancouver suburbs. But, one big factor to consider is that PRICE does not always assume VALUE. You could be getting more ‘house for your buck’ (or ‘land for your buck’!) when you move to Langley. And, as Surrey movers who move more than just houses, we can tell you that price also depends on what you’re looking for. Is it land that you can farm or build on? Is it a small condo? A $30K mobile home? A brand new build? A giant house in a nice rural area? An ice rink for a sports team to play in? Using a property search website, you can find an array of housing and property prices, depending on your budget and what you’re looking for: http://www.rew.ca/properties/areas/langley-bc But to give you a ballpark idea, using what’s called a “benchmark price,” a detached home in Langley was averaging $747,900 not too long ago (from time of...