Dear valued clients,
Our business is continuing to operate as we navigate the current COVID-19 situation, and we are adapting our operations by practicing social distancing, and reiterating the practices of good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, providing hand sanitizer and gloves for the moving crews. We are also offering virtual onsites for current/ future clients during the current situation. We will do our best to keep our current clientele informed of any changes to current/ future moves.

As our client, your safety and health is our #1 priority during this state of emergency. Please consider the following guidelines to prepare for your move with us:

⚠ADVICE FOR CLIENTS REGARDING SETTING UP CONDITIONS FOR A MOVE: • Upon our arrival, please have your residence/ office/ items as ready as possible (cleaned/ sanitized and ventilated in advance) for the removal of your items. • It is recommended that you/ your representatives will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance from our crew. Our crew members will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance or more at the time of service. • You will assure continuous ventilation of the spaces we work in at all times. • Please provide dedicated bathroom(s), equipped with soap and paper towels for our crew members.

⚠LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES OF MOVING COMPANIES AND THEIR RIGHT TO CANCEL WORK (NATIONAL LOCAL MOVES): The Government has stated it is or will be implementing (as yet) measures to combat the spread of the virus. Such measures in place might impact our ability to provide services to you (including but not limited for us having to suspend or cancel in full the services) or the virus otherwise affects our ability to fulfill your relocation. This may place us in a position where we will not be able to accept any ability for any losses that may arise and we limit our liability accordingly. We are keeping the matter under careful review and will ensure that all customers are advised of any developments that may affect fulfillment of contracted services.

As our team at Homegrown Moving Company has been following updates, we are choosing to work with & adhere to the guidelines set forth by health officials and authorities. We want to do our part in mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-19 to the businesses and communities we serve, and we are implementing the following strategies to do so:

We have discussed with our team members what to do in the scenario that anyone is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. We have an understanding among ourselves to be transparent if somebody's not feeling good or may have been exposed. We understand the need to self quarantine for the proper amount of time, if this occurs, to avoid any further spread. In turn, we ask the same from our customers. In the event that you are feeling sick or may have been exposed, we are happy to make arrangements for another move date.

Use of examination gloves: Our teams will wear examination gloves while servicing moves as an additional hygiene measure and self protection. Gloves will be discarded after each move.

Due to the high demand of masks, we are unable to provide them at the moment, but if you would like masks to be provided for your move, please provide them and we can use them.

Our team will also have hand sanitizer, and we ask that they are allowed to use a sink or water source to wash their hands when available. Social distancing: Upon arrival to our customers' homes or offices, team members will follow the protocol of social distancing, allowing 6' between team members and you, our customer. We have always valued the professionalism and respect that accompany an introductory handshake, however during the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that our customers understand for safety purposes that we will refrain from shaking hands or making physical contact.

Proper ventilation: In move settings when available, we request that our customers open outside doors and/or windows to increase air circulation. All of the above will be effective immediately and remain in place until April 20th, until we can reassess the situation and make further announcements. We strive to continue to practice CDC/ Federal / State/ WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for health and safety to prevent contagion in our community.

Thank you, Homegrown Moving

How to recognize fake online moving reviews

Everyone knows that the experiences of previous clients are important factors in making a decision for your future moving company. It is only natural. Moving companies have to deal with quite complicated if quite a regular, process of relocation. No matter if it is a local move or an international one. A small crew or a big logistical undertaking. Moving is difficult and the only way to make sure that people that will be handling it are professionals with experience is to read them, well, experiences of their previous customers. But, what if what we are reading are not actually experiences at all. What if they are phony. What if they are fake online moving reviews.

Well, in that faces, you better know how to detect them, right? Therefore, we present to you this guide on how to fake online moving reviews.

Why are reviews so important

But before we move on, we have to consider the origin of this phenomenon. The question that has to be asked is, why? Why are reviews even important enough in the first place to be falsified? Well, there are few characteristics of online reviews that certainly make them quite a target for fraudulent activities.

  • They confirm the experience. The main point of a review is that heir number will indicate the rough experience of the moving company you are entrusting your business too. If a particularly bad company has two years of experience but only three, not so good reviews, it is likely to post fake online moving reviews in order to make it seem that their business is experienced and growing.
  • Reviews describe the service. Furthermore, genuine reviews describe the service that is provided. Smarter tricksters will make sure that their service will be described as the most perfect one imaginable.
  • They are easily checkable. Reviews are simply quite accessible, therefore making them something almost any future customer (bad companies want to take advantage of) will be on such platforms as Google, Facebook or Yelp.

Because of all this, fake online moving reviews can make a huge impact for a dishonest, unprofessional company that intends to either heavily mislead or, even worse, scam their customers.  It is for this reason that one has to make sure that it can detect fake online moving reviews with accuracy, avoiding this kind of absolutely irreparable behavior.

Fake online moving reviews – step by step

So, we got to this. Let’s say you are searching for your local movers CO… what do you do? How do you make sure that the review you are reading is genuine past customers of this particular moving company, rather than someone posing as such?

Fake online moving reviews - step by step
How to recognize the real reviews?

Well, there are multiple ways to find out if someone is posting an actual review. Now, this is not a 100% tool. Sophisticated fake online moving reviews might, in rare cases, exhibit none of the listed characteristics, while at the same time some real yet too simple reviews might do… However, it is a good way to distinguish and quickly rule out the most obvious of fake online moving reviews.

Just… perfect – too perfect

If, for example, a long distance moving companies CO did a good job, you will see a positive review. Nothing strange there. But, if the job was described in the way that makes it seem that a moving company did this incredible work in a rather unbelievable way, that should set off alarm bells.

For example, a five-star review that explains how movers got on time, were professional and courteous, kept the customer informed and delivered and unpacked the items without any damage, is a pretty believable review. However, if the review describes how movers were just marvelously, how they stayed longer to take care of the customer’s dog while also helping install the plasma tv for the neighbors while also doing the laundry… yea, someone is overselling.

Or awful, as in too awful

Look, sometimes, the customers is not happy. That is fine. That is to be expected. Not every mover is a good one, and not every move goes without a hitch. However, sometimes, the description behind that one-star review just doesn’t seem to match what could really go wrong in a relocation.

Or awful, as in too awful
A vague one-star review?

If the crew of an otherwise well-respected company is slandered by describing them as exceptionally rude. If the company is said to be liars and cheaters and scammers while there are dozens or hundreds of normal 4-5 star reviews, then something is fishy. See if the company responded. If yes, it could get you privy to the truth.

To vague

What if the packing services CO got a single star but no description in the sea of otherwise positive reviews? Or what if the opposite has occurred, having a positive review without any detail. Don’t be tricked. The description matters. Yes, it might be the case of a lazy, yet very real, reviewer. However, you cannot prove it. And until proven otherwise, the simplest solution is the one you should hold to be true: it is on of fake online moving reviews.

Or way to into detail

But what of the other way around? What if small movers CO are described in big detail, but also unnecessary detail. Too much stuff written in is just trying to make you think it has substance. Beware of such fake online moving reviews.

Plain weird

Finally, what about reviews that just look – off. You can’t really pinpoint what. Maybe a weird expression or English that is not quite right.

Plain weird
Too robotic?

Maybe it has uncharacteristic spelling mistakes. It could be the case of paid or a bot fake online moving reviews. These are proof of a scam company!

In essence

In essence, so successfully locate fake online moving reviews all you need is little time and experience with actual online moving reviews. Use these steps we presented as a general rule book. However, as you develop the feeling for it, you will no doubt be doing that without consciously thinking about it. In other words, you will be detecting fake online moving reviews with ease.

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