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Shifting Home? Here's How to NOT get cheated by Packers and Movers Companies

Are you planning to shift your home and ready to hire a Packers and Movers company who could help you in getting your goods packed and transported? Did you get a chance to review profile and credentials of the Movers and packers that you are about to hire? Is your mover and packers service provider really reliable and trustworthy?

Please, I am not trying to shock you by asking these terrible questions but trust me; there has been so many cases of different types of scams in packing and moving industry off late. Obviously the reported number of cases many not be significant, but cases of mild to serious nature has been reported by various users on various complain boards and platforms.

There are so many genuine and professionally placed packers and movers companies and there is no reason to doubt their credentials, but at the same time there is mediocre relocation service providers in the market and you should better stay away from them.

So how do you plan to identify such mover and packers and ensure that the one you are about to hire is truly reliable and trustworthy?

It's a complicated process and does not require to be investigated by a private undercover agent, but you can verify and ensure that the movers and packers which you are planning to engage with is really worth hiring by doing some quick checks. Let me tell you a few basic facts that you should check before finalizing a movers and packers. Shall we start? Let's go.

Verify fiew Basic Information

One of the biggest mistakes that you could make while looking at the profiles and credentials of a packers and movers service providers is to ignore their basic information. There are a few things that we just assume will be okay like name, address and contact number etc, but that's not a good practice. If anything goes wrong, you have to go and meet them in their office and then you may suddenly recognize that there is no company in that name. So find out following information and verify that it's correct.

These are some of the most basic documents that a service provider could show you. Most of the packers and movers have these documents if they are the genuine professionals and want to run their business.

The problem is there are some mediocre small movers and packers companies who will write on their website that they are ISO certified, but that does not mean they are actually ISO certified, they simply write this for the sake of writing.

Secondly, packers and movers industry is still not very organized in India. At least more than 20-30% of the service providers are coming into business with just a letter heads and visiting cards. They may not even have their own office. Most of the time, consumers don't visit their offices physically and they take advantage of this.

So, how do you think you can get rid of such movers and packers companies?

It's simple and you can do it in following ways.

Verify Physical Locations

Once you have all crucial contact information and registration information, the next obvious step is to make calls to on their landline numbers and ensure they belong to the same company. Next, meet them in their office and see if they are really what they are claiming to be. If they say they are Pvt. limited or LLP then just check on the website of MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and ensure that they are really a Pvt company or an LLP. If they are a normal Partnership or proprietorship firm, then ensure their tare license is up to date and renewed.

Check for their online reputation

Today we are living in a world where every bit of information is shared across various channels and social websites. Just look around and see if there has been any complains and if so, how they handled that situation. There are various website and platforms where you can find complains and reviews of these companies if they are in business since some time.

Over to you

No matter what you do, but never trust a movers and packers company unless you do some basic background check. Paying a few hundreds more and spending some time in doing these basic checks are just perfect because it's much better than regretting later.

If you have shifted or relocated your home recently and you would like to share your ideas of how to not get cheated by Packers and Movers in India then feel free to share your views and ideas by commenting below.

You may also like to read:5 Things you should know about Domestic Shifting of Household Goods

Posted by: Deep on 28th August, 2013

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