Double Drive Time, explained…

“What in the heck is Double Drive Time?”

Thank you, first of all, for asking! Double Drive Time can sound like a very daunting and scary phrase to hear when talking about billable costs — but it doesn’t have to be! Let me give you a little background on the matter first.

In California, all moving companies (big or small,) are required to hold a permit with the state of California called a Household Goods Mover Permit. California Household Goods Movers are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. This is the same governmental branch that regulates a number of industries. In order to obtain said permit, companies must provide multiple sources of documentation that confirm financial and legal responsibility. Additionally, companies must pass a rigorous test administered by the Commission. This test requires that companies display a higher-than average knowledge of industry rate caps in and consumer law.

One such law is Double Drive Time. Not only are all companies supposed to charge this fee, but moving companies are actually REQUIRED to charge this fee for all hourly moves. In fact, if the Commission finds that a moving company is not charging this fee, companies can be fined…or worse!

what is double drive time

“...the time used shall be the total of loading, unloading and double the driving time from point of origin to point of destination.” -CPUC

 In Layman’s Terms, say it takes us 15 minutes to drive from your current address in Silverlake, California to your new home in Glendale, California. Therefore, in this case, your Double Drive Time will be 30 minutes. This is to account for the time it would take for your movers to drive back to your point of origin.  It protects you as a Consumer as this cost should be figured in your moving “Not to exceed” price that you sign off on on your contract before your move. Ultimately, this provides fair compensation for the your moving company and for total transparency between your moving company and yourself, which is always key in any relationship.

– Cheap Movers Customer Care Team

(213) 262-9440

How much do I tip my movers?

“How much do I tip my movers?”

In our culture, there is a certain stigma about talking in depth about money matters and announcing one’s personal income. Nobody wants to be labelled “cheap” or “broke” but nobody wants to grossly overpay for something either. However service industries can be a tricky place to navigate, especially as tips are quietly expected.

Contrary to popular urban myth, the word “tips” does not mean “Tips Insure Prompt Service” or anything of the like for that matter. (Which totally makes sense,  for how could you insure prompt service unless you pay tips ahead of time?) Although it has many connotations, both as a verb and as a noun, the use of the term as it applies to monetary rewards to servants and dates back to the 1700’s in Europe. It first appeared in this context as a verb (“Then I, Sir, tips me the Verger with half a Crown” from the 1706 George Farquhar play The Beaux Stratagem) and was first recorded as a noun in 1755. Today, we tend to follow suit with this long-standing habit of monetarily rewarding those who provide a service.

A common question we are asked, day in and day out, is: “How much do I tip my movers?” Generally, at restaurants, a good waiter or waitress can be appropriately rewarded for a 5-star job with at least a 20% tip. However, moving is a bit more expensive than just your Grand Slam at Denny’s…and we realize this. According to Lauri Ward at Redecorate.com, “I prefer a flat fee over a percentage when tipping movers,” she begins. “As a minimum, the crew usually gets $20-$30 per mover. For more complex moves, tip $40 per mover. The foreman usually receives $50 for less complicated moves and $75-$100 for bigger jobs.”

While everyone’s budget does vary greatly, especially in the Los Angeles Metro Area, even just a few dollars tipped to help your movers buy a meal-on-the-go is greatly appreciated.

-Cheap Movers Los Angeles Customer Care Team

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