Do removal companies take deposits?

Ray Vel
Last Updated:
July 2, 2022

If you've hired a team of removals to relocate you and are now wondering if they accept a pre-deposit, the answer is: possibly. Although you'll need to talk to your team about it, there will almost certainly be some form of advance payment or deposit handled before the actual transfer.

In any case, when choosing a moving company, you should anticipate paying a deposit. Most businesses use advance payment as a standard procedure to keep you on track and avoid scams: which are common in these types of businesses. Scams involving both movers and clients occur frequently, believe it or not.

It is for this reason that most businesses began to accept deposits and advance payments in the first place. Every removal business, on the other hand, will follow its own set of guidelines. As a result, it's critical that you check in with them.

Learn more: How to choose a professional moving company?

What if your moving company demands payment in full upfront?

We never ask our clients to pay in full upfront. Companies who do this, we believe, should be avoided. It just appears to be a little shady. Complete payment in advance is far riskier than a deposit or no fee at all. After all, you should pay the full price after your work is completed.

If you're concerned about your removal company's request for full payment before the job is completed, at the very least research their business. We recommend looking for reliable reviews, word of mouth, or anything else that indicates they've been in business for a while.

As a result, the client will feel more at ease about getting professional work done. Otherwise, whole payments in advance do not appear to be the best option.

Other things to keep an eye out for

There are a few things you can take to ensure you're not dealing with shady businesses or con artists:

One of the ways to find reviews is by word of mouth. - If you want to be extra cautious, speak with the moving crew yourself. Discussing every detail of the relocation should give you a fair picture of their professionalism.

For example, if their responses appear hazy and do not fit the type of job you were expecting, that is your first red flag. A good moving company will have the knowledge and experience necessary to relocate you out smoothly. They will inform you of every detail and what you must accomplish on your end.

How much should you put down?

The answer to this question can vary depending on the size of your home, the number of items you'll be moving, and the additional services you'll be paying for (if any). If you want to know how much something will cost ahead of time, an on-site survey will allow your team to figure it out for you.

It aids clients in budgeting and reduces any potential for misunderstanding.

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