“How can I be sure that my movers are licensed and insured?”
You’ve finally secured your move-in date for your soon-to-be new home and now all that’s left is…moving! It is at this high-stress time, that you are likely looking for professional help to help make this process faster and less-stressful. So you begin seeking out professional movers and you quickly realize, not all moving companies are created alike. Some specialty companies can run quite expensive while others seem to be much cheaper. So you do a little more research and search Yelp! and find horror stories about customers having their personal items broken by movers. Often times these customers are voicing frustration about being unfairly compensated, (or completely written ignored,) due to uninsured movers. Suddenly, a highly-stressful event became unnecessarily, devastatingly-stressful.
We’re here to tell you: it doesn’t have to be this way!
California Law states the following:
“All movers offering or performing California intrastate transportation are required to have an active CPUC permit, and public liability and cargo insurance on file with the Commission. The majority of the Unit’s efforts involve the detection and abatement of movers advertising and operating without CPUC permits. These movers, known as “bandits,” expose the public to significant harm, and have a tremendous, unfair economic advantage over their lawful competitors.”
Yes, you’ve read that right — if you hire an unlicensed moving company you are entirely vulnerable to becoming a victim of an elaborate scheme that can, quite literally, bankrupt you and damage the general reputation of law abiding moving companies. Every licensed moving company with the California Public Utilities Commission must provide proof on file with the Commission of: Cargo Insurance (to protect your items in-transit,), Worker’s Compensation Insurance, General Liability Insurance, and Auto Insurance for their fleet. The Commission regularly checks this information on file to make sure policies are maintained at the prescribed coverages.
This means that most moving companies working without a permit, or with a revoked permit, often carry no insurance coverage or, at best, partial coverage. That means, if something(s) is/are broken, good luck finding these people later! Furthermore, anytime you hire and unlicensed mover/service provider, under the law, you are contracting with them for labor. Therefore, YOU are responsible if your unlicensed and uninsured mover(s) become hurt, injured, or worse while on the clock working for you!
For more information, read more about a recent California Case about such a situation HERE from our friends at Brewer Law Firm.
The California Public Utilities Commission states the following question, “How can I check if my movers are licensed?”:
“Before you hire any mover, get its “Cal T-number,” (the CPUC permit number) which is required to be included in all advertising by movers. If you don’t find this number, ask the mover for it. Then go to www.cpuc.ca.gov/tmis to verify that the permit is valid and active.
Consumers with complaints about movers should contact the Consumer Intake Unit of the Consumer Services Division at (800) FON 4 PUC.”
At Cheap Movers Los Angeles, we take pride in providing licensed, trustworthy, and high ethical standards to our valued customers. We are a licensed and insured company and we background check each and every employee. Our ultimate goal is to get you home, stress-free, and turn moving into a dynamic and positive experience for each and every customer. Please feel free to call (213-262-9440) or CLICK 24/7 for a real, local, Relocation Coordinator to assist you in setting up your next move!
-Cheap Movers Customer Care Team-