Don’t fall victim to moving scams in Australia
January 27, 2014

Moving house is a stressful (and expensive) enough process without falling victim to one of the many moving scams. Unfortunately though, that doesn’t stop the unscrupulous removalists out there who a ready to quote you a very attractive price and then hold your belonging hostage until you cough up extra.

When it comes to using a removalist, you need to keep your wits about you and select your company very carefully. In terms of pricing, check against other removalists, and if the price sounds too good to be true, then it usually always is. We explain some other red flags to watch out for which can indicate a renegade removalist in this post.


A low rate and quick timeframe is used to lure in customers who believe they’ve found a bargain. This quote is almost always given over the phone or email without gaining information or seeing what they will actually be moving. The removalists will then show up, load your belongings and then say it will take longer than they predicted to move because you had a lot of things, and you’ll need to pay a lot extra for the work. This is one of the most common, however not the only moving scam. Some removalists will not pay for damages, some charge by the hour and then deliberately take their time to complete the work. There are, however some ways to indicate if the moving company you are considering are actually a team of cowboy removalists.

Red flags to indicate a dodgy removalist

– They demand cash only payment before the move or a large deposit. Most reputable removalists will only collect payment upon completion of the job.

– No evidence of a contract that you can sign which indicates pricing structures and what your move includes.

– They don’t have their own branded trucks but instead use rental trucks. The condition of the truck can also be a good indication of how the care they will take with your belongings.

– Does the removalist company have a website? If not it can be a warning that they are a fly by night operator who will quickly disappear. It’s also important to check that there is a business address on the website instead of a P.O box. If there are no licensing or insurance information on their site it can be another red flag.

 (Note: One red flag does not necessarily mean it’s a dodgy removalist however it means you should assess other factors and use your good judgement before using the company.)

Finally it’s important to get a copy of the signed contract or other details which spells out the claims process and what’s included in the move. Do your research into companies online including reading reviews and ask real estate companies and those in the storage facilities industry like the team at All Size Sheds for their recommended list of reputable movers. We can provide advice of moving companies we can vouch for here on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads.  Call us today (07) 5534 7181

Other articles

How to pack & store video games – easy step-by-step guide

Whether you’re a regular gamer or hard-core collector, it’s important to know how to pack and store video games. Proper video game storage is essential for keeping your games in good working condition, which helps to prolong their lifespan and maintain their value. To...

read more

How to store leather jackets properly [step by step guide]

Leather jackets are a fashionable yet expensive wardrobe investment, so you want them to last! When the weather warms up, it might be tempting to follow the process you normally do when storing your winter clothes. However, leather jackets require particular care to...

read more

What is mobile self-storage? Benefits, sizes & costs

Whether you are relocating to another home or down-sizing your office space, there is no doubt that self-storage has many benefits, including being convenient, practical and secure. But there is an alternative to stationery self-storage units — mobile self-storage....

read more

What does self storage cost? What you can expect to pay

Whether you are considering self-storage for personal or business use, it has a range of fantastic benefits. It is convenient, practical, secure, flexible, can reduce clutter, and in terms of self-storage for business, can enhance office space to allow for expansion....

read more

How does self storage work? The essentials explained [guide]

Thinking of hiring a self storage unit? Here’s a breakdown of how they work, and what you’ll need to do to hire one. How does self storage work? Hiring a self storage unit Self storage facilities want to make it easy for you, so they generally chat to you about three...

read more

Why self storage? | 8 reasons why self storage is useful

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can build up as we accumulate more belongings over the years. And eventually, it can cause a mess, increase your stress levels, and stop you from finding what you need when you need it. Using a storage facility has a range of benefits,...

read more

Decluttering before and after | Amazing transformations

Decluttering has shown to make you happier, less stressed, and more productive. We’ve written about the awesome benefits of decluttering before, and in this article, we wanted to show some impressive examples of how decluttering can transform a room. Clutter doesn’t...

read more

How to store necklaces without tangling them | 4 easy ways

From stylish accessories and tokens of love to family heirlooms passed down through generations, precious jewellery needs to be treated with care. This is especially the case with necklaces that have a tendency to get tangled, with the muddled mess taking a long time...

read more

Decluttering tips for hoarders | Expert guide

We’re all guilty of having an untidy home at one point or another, but when your possessions start to control your behaviour, there’s deeper issues at play. If you feel that each item you own has sentimental value, or may come in handy later, then you can quickly find...

read more