U. Santini Moving and Storage COVID-19 Statement
Dear valued clients,
The moving industry is categorized as an essential industry business, therefore we inform you that U. Santini Moving and Storage is open for business during our regular hours. We continue to operate using all safety precautions concerning the COVID-19 situation. Our moving professionals are adapting the operations in order to meet your moving-related needs while practicing CDC and WHO recommendations. We provide our movers with hand sanitizers and gloves and practice social distancing to protect both our clients and crew members. During this state of an emergency, our number one priorities are the health and safety of employees and customers. We make sure to: • Practice all State/Federal/CDC and World Health Organization guidelines in order to prevent contagion in our community.
• Keep the distance of 6 feet from clients due to social distancing recommendations.
• Use hand sanitizers and regularly wash hands whenever the running water is available.
• Disinfect often-touched surfaces frequently (break room areas, restroom surfaces, countertops, door handles).
• Continuously ventilate the spaces we work in.
• Sanitize moving trucks after the job is completed.
• Provide masks (if they are available) and gloves for our employees to handle clients' possessions.
• Guarantee transparent communication with our employees - they will self-quarantine if even the slightest indications of flu-like symptoms appear.
In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we make sure to adhere to the guidelines set forth by authorities and health officials. During this coronavirus crisis, our clients will be informed of any possible changes in our work by the members of U. Santini Moving and Storage. Hopefully, this unfortunate situation will soon be over, but in the meantime, you are welcome to contact our moving experts for consultations and all additional information. Thank you, U. Santini Moving and Storage

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How to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers

The night is dark and full of terrors, and so are the streets of Brooklyn. And the journey to hire a good and reliable relocation professional in Kings County is quite demanding and perilous. There are tasks that demand ones attention – finding the companies, researching them with the utmost focus, interviewing them and finally making the call to hire one of them. And among all this, one skill will come in handy – being knowledgeable on how to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers.

Obtaining the knowledge needed to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers

Avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers by learning how to identify them.
Know your enemy before attempting to defeat him.

If you were living in a small town, avoiding moving scams would be easy. There wouldn’t be any because everyone knows everyone. However, this is not the case here. Given the size of Brooklyn alone (not to mention NYC), the number of professional moving companies is much higher. And as such, it can be more challenging to not step into a scam-mover. Fortunately, there are signs to help raise alert, help you identify and avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers. After all, it’s much easier to avoid something if you know what it is you are trying to avoid.

Companies offering much lower estimates than the competition

It’s good to have competitive prices, depending on the size of the market being covered, but there’s a limit to that. If twenty companies in Brooklyn are offering same or similar prices and then one offers half the price, something is off. This is one of the most basic tricks that deceitful movers use to attract customers. Of course, the other side of the coin is that the relocation company might be young and needs to attract customers. But if you see an offer standing out from the rest, thread carefully.

Movers unwilling to make house calls before providing an estimate.

Always get to know people you are planning on doing business with.
Avoid moving representatives unwilling to meet with you before the actual move day.

When you are looking to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn moving companies, you always have to be on the lookout. How can you trust someone who will give you an estimate over the phone without even stopping by to confirm what they are moving? It’s simple – you can’t. True, if the move is residential and smaller, there might not be a need for  a house call. But it is still a signature mark of a professional Brooklyn moving company to offer or check such things. So this would be another way to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers – ask for an on-site estimate. If they refuse, you should consider their services carefully.

Mystery is fun but not something you want in a professional relocation company

Hiring a Brooklyn mover means handing over your personal and valued belongings to someone you do not know. And this means that you need to put a face and information on that someone. If you come across a Brooklyn mover without the following, fraud is in the air:

  • An official website – true, not all companies might have websites, but we live in a modern age where it’s as simple as having a phone.
  • Contact information or specific address – how can you trust a company which has no address or the most basic information about them (About Us section).
  • Reviews/comments from previous customers – with or without technology, reviews play a big role – they always have. You would rather go with a more expensive company if a friend recommended them than a cheaper untested one.

These are all basic details that a company should have. Otherwise, you are looking at foggy movers, which we aim to avoid here.

Making a first round scan and selection of Brooklyn professional movers

Now that you know what to pay attention to, time to go out and find yourself a bunch of movers. When you gather a list of potential professional Brooklyn relocation companies, time to do some selection. Since we are talking about NYC, the list will be quite large. So the first thing you should do is apply the previously mentioned red flags to your list of movers. Once you do, you should be left with significantly less companies to deal with. This in turn will raise your chances to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers

Reaching out to the top ten Brooklyn relocation companies on your list

Choice narrowed, but you should still have several companies to choose from. No worries, now comes the advanced filtering part. Now, this is one of the crucial steps, so your focus needs to be high. The manner in which the conversation with the rep goes can help you identify potential frauds. To start off, fraudulent moving companies  won’t bother to optimize their website with additional tools such as a cost calculator. Next thing – even though Brooklyn residents are specific in their own way, professionalism and soft-skills are important, as they build customer confidence. So do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you have in regards to the services being offered. This is a sure way to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers as not all of them will be willing or able to answer all questions you might have.

Fraudulent movers don't offer binding contracts, so make sure to ask for one.
Always make sure to have everything you negotiated in writing.

Next marker to pay attention to is if the company is asking for payment to be made in advance. This always poses a risk, since the mover can turn out to be a no-show or even worse – they pack everything up and you never see any of your stuff again. So go as far as paying a partial advance, and keep the rest until the job is done. And of course, make sure that everything is documented and a contract signed as backup.

Making a face-to-face meeting with the Brooklyn moving company

Legitimate moving companies will always want to make a house-call to get an estimate of the work and moving costs. So have the top movers from your list stop by to have a look-around and gather the total tally. This offers a chance for you to get a feel for who you’re dealing with, as well as go further into the moving details. Be sure to ask about any additional costs and terms and to once again verify the information gathered about the company.

Most scam-companies will be looking to conduct their business over the phone and will look to avoid stopping by. Also, in case their offer is flat out one price, without any negotiations or additional terms, be on the lookout.

Having a backup plan is always recommended

At the end of the day, you need to understand that you always have options. The market being as large as it is, there are countless companies all over Brooklyn, and you should never feel dependent on any single one. So our advice would be to have a primary and secondary backup choice for your moving company. Consider everything we mentioned previously, go through it once again for both choices and you should be just fine. The most important goal here should be to avoid fraudulent Brooklyn movers. And as a result, you will have secured your peace of mind for your relocation to Kings County.

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