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Feb 04, 16:11
Question by bgreenwell (Bob)


Common to pay for half of the moving cost up front?

The movers I have hired to move furniture from NY to OR are requiring that I pay for half of the cost of the move when they pick up the furniture and the other half when they deliver it. This is in addition to a $200 deposit. Information at this site indicates that deposits are not uncommon, but what about having to pay half up front?

Feb 04, 16:15
Answer by tjohnson (Tim J.)

Jeanne,

It's not uncommon for moving companies to ask for this.

Where you have to be cautious is when you get asked for substantial moving deposits when booking the move. This usually happens when you're dealing with a moving broker, who is someone that connects you to moving companies. You don't want to deal with moving brokers.

These moving brokers often request a substantial amount of money at booking to ensure they get paid by you rather than by the moving company. A reputable moving company won't ask for a big deposit at booking.                                                                                                        

So the $200 deposit they asked of you at booking is reasonable, as is the request to pay up to half the cost of the move at pickup, and half of the cost at delivery. If you're comfortable with your moving company, you should be comfortable with the request.




Good luck with your move,

Tim J. @ MovingAnswers.org


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