The short answer is that you should at least expect to pay a deposit, which is normally paid 5 to 7 days before the move. When it comes to paying in full, you should always be wary of a moving company that requires full payment in advance. There is no definitive rule about when you should pay your moving company and it varies from company to company. However, most moving companies will request full payment at least one week before the move.
This is the standard procedure for businesses accredited by the Bar Association; however, this fee is covered by an advance payment guarantee (APG) in case your moving company stops operating before the day of the move. When you move home, it's common practice to pay the moving company in advance. While all BAR members are financially vetted, they understand the concern customers may feel when paying for their move in advance. Therefore, as part of the membership criteria, all BAR members offer their customers the safety net of an early payment guarantee system.
Some moving companies may request a deposit when making the initial reservation. This is to guarantee your spot. Generally, the remaining amount will be paid at least one week before the day of the move. This will depend on the move and on individual needs and requirements.
If you move overseas, the deposit paid will be much higher than if you moved to the UK. Moving companies tend to accept customer deposits when times are much busier. There's no need to suspect if your moving company asks you for a deposit, it's a totally normal practice and as long as you've done your homework in the company, nothing will happen to you. That depends on your moving company.
Most will request full payment before the move, usually at least one week before the day of the move. This is standard practice for all members of the British Association of Moving Companies (BAR). The short answer is NO, moving companies are NOT paid before the move. However, you may still have to pay a deposit if the moving company requests it, and you can choose to tip hired workers if you're happy with their work.
Yes, you'll have to pay most moving companies in advance. This is to prevent customers who have benefited from the moving service from showing up and paying late or not paying.