I can’t believe the number of people that come to my website because they were asking about Hire a helper website scams. Inevitably they are confused as to what Hireahelper.com is and isn’t. And what they are really looking for is information on moving companies using moving brokerages. Lets actually see if we can sort this out so that the confusion is eradicated.
Hire-a-helper is an actual company that has listings of people that will do various jobs around the house for you. One of those services is moving. But they also list Lawn help, Cleaning and Day labor services as well.
How Hire A Helper Works
How hire a helper works is simple. Someone like myself is a mover (or any of the above service providers). We sign up with Hire-a-helper for free. Hire A Helper will then advertise the services mentioned above on the internet and other places. You find the company. Then you go through the listings noting the individuals that provide those services.
You chose which provider you are going to use. You do this by looking at the customer reviews that each provider has on them with the hire-a-helper service. You can also see how much each of the providers will charge for those services. All the service providers charge a different amount so you can pick the best one based cost and customer reviews.
Some Companies not Licensed or Insured
Some of these providers may be actual companies and many have proper licensing and insurance, others do not. You are free to do your own research and pick the right one for you. Then you pay Hire-a-helper using a credit card. Hire-a-helper will then give you a coded number which you will give to the provider when he has done the contracted job satisfactorily. If the provider is bad you can withhold the payment code and the provider will not then get paid.
Based I what I just described to you above, you cannot be scammed using Hire-a-helper.
Moving Brokers v Hire A Helper
Now moving brokerage companies are a whole other matter. What this is a website. A website like 123Moving.com. You enter in your information about your move. You will then get a call from the brokerage and they will sell you a bill of goods (no pun intended) and making all sorts of promises. However, they are NOT the moving company and sometimes the moving companies that brokerages hire are not all that ethical or reliable. Or the brokerages make promises that the moving companies cannot keep.
Needless to say you then have a bad moving experience which you will then chalk up to being scammed. Honestly, the moving brokerages have a horrible reputation, and should NEVER be used. You should either use Hire-a-Helper or call a moving company up directly and do your research on them yourself.
So I hope that this little article has helped you understand the hire a helper scam a bit more. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this article and let me know what else I can write about to more inform you about moving.