Law Offices of Michael Garcia
Transportation law  •  Tariff Publishing  •  Regulatory Compliance  •  Consumer Protection
Consumer Protection Information:
How to get an accurate estimate:

Accuracy of estimates are based in large part upon the accuracy of the information the consumer provides the estimator.  Whether an estimate is given after an in-home visual inspection of the property or over the phone based upon a consumer's list of items to be moved - the accuracy depends on the information provided.

To help get an accurate estimate consumers need to fully inform the company of all items that will be moved and the specific services needed.  You should always get three written estimates to compare and check a mover's license and references.  If you are going to use a professional moving company always make certain to hire a company that is properly licensed and insured. Consider the following list of tips to help ensure the accuracy of an estimate:

o Inform the estimator of all items being moved. Don't forget to list the items stored in an attic, storage unit, or garage.

o Describe in detail the physical location of the pick-up and delivery locations and inform the estimator if there will be stairs, excessively long walkways, or roadways inaccessible by a tractor trailer truck.

o Inform the estimator if you have any unusually large or bulky items being transported such as oversized pool tables, backyard playground sets, and/or large gym equipment.

o Let the estimator know if you need any special packing or wooden crating services of special items such as an antique vase or other large fragile items.

o Between the time you receive your initial estimate and the day of the move keep in contact with the estimator and provide updates if you decide to move additional items, change the services ordered, or need the movers to pack your property.  Informing the estimator of changes or updates to your move before the day of the pick-up will the let you see an updated estimate so you can avoid surprise price increases.  

o Let the estimator know if you need to order expedited or guaranteed delivery service or if you want the less expensive standard non-guaranteed ground transport service.

Moving is a difficult, unpleasant, and expensive process. Consumers can save money and help reduce stress by selecting the right type of service for their move and having realistic expectations of what is and is not included in the price of the moving service. Make certain to carefully review the details of the moving estimate and contract.

Transportation law  •  Tariff Publishing  •  Regulatory Compliance  •  Consumer Protection
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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.
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Law Offices of Michael Garcia
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