Avoid unexpected hidden charges from a long distance moving company by understanding the secrets of how movers calculate their prices.
Long distance interstate moving is stressful and unpleasant even under the best of circumstances. Moving is an expensive undertaking and generally you will receive the level of service you pay for. If you hire a nationally known company you will pay top dollar but will typically receive top of the line service. On the other hand if you have friends who are willing to work for free, are capable and not afraid of exhausting work, then you could rent a truck, pack your own property, have help with the loading and driving, and save thousands of dollars.
For people who do not want to spend top dollar on a nationally known moving company and can't or don't want to do a self-move there are good alternatives. To save money and avoid the hard work consumers can hire a smaller independent moving company, use a broker service, or hire a "you load - they drive" container service. These options are great alternatives to expensive top of the line movers or complete do it yourself move. However, consumers using these cost saving services need to have realistic expectations of what is and is not included in the price.
Between the stress of packing, planning, and dealing with the challenges of being uprooted, the last thing consumers need are unexpected hidden charges increasing the cost of the move. To help avoid unexpected charges, a consumer should first understand the types of moving company options available and the cost associated for each.
Generally, there are four categories of long distance moving options. Each category has pros and cons, includes different services, and ranges widely in costs. To help manage the final cost of the move a consumer must understand what is included in the service they are purchasing and how charges are calculated.
The Law Offices of Michael Garcia specializes in interstate and intrastate transportation law and the representation of household goods moving companies and consumers in actions against moving companies. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and training, tariff and contract requirements, and consumer protection laws. Mr. Garcia's practice has a strong emphasis on training in order to avoid litigation and regulatory actions by educating moving companies to operate in compliance with the law and to protect consumers.
Moving Company Laws Regulatory Compliance:
Moving company representation: Mr. Garcia's regulatory compliance practice includes training, drafting of shipping documents (bill of lading, order for service, binding estimate, non-binding estimate, etc.). Mr. Garcia's firm publishes custom interstate moving company tariffs in compliance with FMCSA and STB regulations. Mr. Garcia's firm also represents moving companies in regulatory actions and civil lawsuits against moving companies.
Lawsuit Against Moving Company:
Consumer representation: Mr. Garcia's represents consumers in lawsuits against moving companies and in arbitration. Lawsuits against moving companies may include damages to property, breach of contract, tariff or regulatory violations, and hostage loads.
Mr. Garcia is admitted to practice before all state courts in California; and the United States District Court Northern District of California. He frequently represents motor carriers in administrative actions before the United States DOT FMCSA Eastern, Southern, Midwestern, and Western Service Centers.
The information contained on this website is designed for informational purposes only. Nothing on this website is designed or intended to constitute legal advice. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the moving industry change frequently and may be interpreted differently by different people. If you need specific legal advice you should consult Mr. Garcia directly or a representative from the US DOT.