Beware of These Top 3 Junk Removal Scams.
Junk removal can be a tedious and time-consuming task, and so, not everyone likes to get involved in such. Most owners prefer to hire a professional junk removal service to get the job done, but how reliable are these so-called professionals?
It is no news that various junk companies have scammed so many people; hence, it has become necessary for anyone requiring such services to take precautions before hiring any junk removal company.
Properly equipping yourself with the right information is the best way to avoid getting scammed. With various junk removal services being advertised online, it is best that before you get involved with any of these companies, ensure to perform thorough research on them and be sure they are who and what they say they are. With that being said, here are the top 3 junk removal scams you need to beware of.
Scam number 1
Beware of thieves posing as junk haulers just to get access to your home. Although this type of scam is rare, you can never be too careful.
These guys may take some valuables from your home without your knowledge, all in the name of removing your junk. Some of them may go as far as running away with the junk they were supposed to haul.
Others may even haul your junk like they said they would, but then, they’ve surveyed your house during the process of removing the junk and may end up coming back to rob your home. If you notice any suspicious movements or behavior from these guys, don’t hesitate to call for help.
Scam number 2
Several junk haulers have lied about where they dump off the junk they haul. Although this is not uncommon, you must beware of such companies. These people dispose of the junk on the side of the road or other bizarre places just because they are trying to dodge paying a fee to dump or recycle it properly.
Surveillance cameras have caught junk removing companies picking up waste and dumping it in abandoned neighborhood lots, rural areas and behind empty manufacturing factories.
It is very important that you ask what happens to your debris and where is your junk dumped at? In some states you are just as responsible as the company you hired, so be careful. One company stated that the Owners of sanitation had hired them to dump on an abandoned lot and the Owners were fined over $10,000.00.
You must check for reviews and find out from other people before you decide to pick a company to help remove and haul your junk.
Scam number 3
Beware of those companies that misrepresent themselves. What this means is that these so-called companies are usually not what they say they are.
It could be giving you an estimate then changing the price while the work is getting done, only to put you in a bad position of having to pay the increased fee or having your junk dropped onto the street then you doing the stressful labor of putting it back onto your property.
There has been many examples of bad companies out there so we want you to be aware of the simple scams that junk removal companies do.
For example, when you hire and pay for the services of professional junk removal contractors that are insured and possess the right equipment, but you end up with some guy with a truck that is probably uninsured.
The guy may likely haul your junk away, but then, what happens when he damages your property or even injures himself now and he’s uninsured? You could be liable for his medical treatment, claims like these have happened. In essence, what we are trying to say is that working with such a person or company that claims to be insured when they are not, can put you in a compromising situation. You should avoid that.