24 Hour Moving Companies In LA
People say New York is the city that never sleeps, but in Los Angeles, we get things done at all hours. If you want something to happen overnight, you can find someone to do it. Finding a 24-hour mover is no more difficult than finding an all-night pharmacy. Whether you need to move in the middle of the night, or just move right away, you can find the right moving company for the project.
How do I find a 24-hour mover in Los Angeles?
Moving companies come in many sizes, but typically they are small businesses. Whether the mover is an independent business, an agent for a national van line, or a franchisee, most have fewer than ten employees and work hard to offer various services to their customers. Being available as much as possible is one of those services. Round-the-clock service makes sense for a world where nothing closes. Los Angeles movers may also offer full-service moves, white-glove service, and small moves for those looking for more affordable options. Some companies specialize in local projects, while others prefer the long-distance, interstate market. If you engage a company that is affiliated with a national chain, it will have access to a warehouse for storage when needed.
Choosing a mover isn’t just about finding one that can offer service when you need it. It is more important to find a good company that will provide you with honest assistance when you need it. Most moving companies are reputable and reliable, but some shady operators are out there, and you want to stay away from them.
How do I spot a fly-by-night moving company?
Here are some red flags to watch out for when considering moving companies:
- On-site inspection. If the mover doesn’t want to do the required visual survey of your household goods, this is a sign that the company might not be honest. The survey is the best way for the company to determine how much the shipment will weigh, so skipping it usually results in an inaccurate quote.
- Low-ball estimate. If the estimate seems too good to be true, it probably is. The mover may be planning to hijack your shipment and disappear or demand a much higher payment in exchange for delivery.
- Cash deposit. Usually, the consumer pays for moving services when the shipment is delivered, and most legitimate moving companies accept credit cards. If a company requests cash only, or a large deposit, be wary.
- Blank documents. If a moving vendor asks you to sign a blank estimate or inventory and tells you they will finish filling it in later, don’t do it. They can put anything they want above your signature, and you have legally agreed to it. If the contract has blanks, strike through them before you sign.
- The mover is not registered with FMCSA or BHGS. Movers are regulated either by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (if they perform cross country moves) or the California Bureau of Household Goods and Services if they operate just within the State. They will have a license number from whichever entity they are governed by and should offer it to you when asked. You can check the status of a mover by going to the website.
- Company office. If the moving company doesn’t have a local office, it might be a front for a boiler-room operation setting up a scam. Similarly, a P.O. Box or residential address instead of an office is suspicious. If you call the office number, and instead of someone answering with the name of the company, they use a generic greeting like “movers” or “moving company,” they may be unscrupulous.
All of these are signs that something isn’t right, and you should move on to another potential vendor.
How much will it cost for a 24-hour mover in Los Angeles?
The cost of a move depends on many factors. The two most significant elements are the size of the shipment and the distance. You will pay for a local move (usually defined as a job under 50 miles) by the time it will take to complete the work. The movers will come to your house or apartment, examine what you want to move, and provide you with a price. If you have a lot of heavy furniture and other things, it will cost more than if you’re a minimalist with smaller, lighter belongings. The regulations in California require that the quote take the form of a “not-to-exceed” amount. If the mover is charging more due to the time of day or the immediate nature of the service, they will indicate the premium in the price offered. If you have a small move, you may have to meet a minimum charge.
If your move is from Los Angeles to another state, it falls under the jurisdiction of FMCSA instead, and the mover can give you either a binding or a nonbinding quote. A binding quote is like a not-to-exceed price, but a nonbinding quote can go higher if the weight forecast is not accurate. Long-distance move rates are typically based on the shipment’s weight and the distance to be traveled. The average interstate household goods move in the U.S. (about 7500 pounds shipped 1250 miles) cost $4300 in 2019.
Some things that can increase the cost of a local or long-distance move are extra services like packing. If you want the movers to pack your possessions, they will charge at an hourly rate for that. Moving isn’t cheap, but you can make it more affordable if you do the packing. You can use clothing and linens as packing material for dishes, instead of buying bubble wrap and packing paper. Packing is also an excellent opportunity to organize and declutter. If you discard, donate, or give away things you no longer need, you can reduce your shipment size and lower the cost that way.
If your sudden move means sending your household goods into storage, prepare for the cost of that service. Temporary storage is generally available from the movers and packers directly or through their affiliated relationships, so ask about any discounts. The length of storage you have planned will influence the cost and the type that is your best choice, but it’s not always possible to know in advance what you are going to need. Remember that if you send your goods to storage, you will be paying for labor again to load them back into a truck when you are ready for delivery.
Do I need insurance for this move?
Moving insurance is correctly referred to as valuation or liability coverage, and consumer advocates and experts usually recommend that you pay for the higher level that your mover offers, not just take the rudimentary coverage at no charge. The reason is that the basic protection is strictly limited. It’s hard to think of anything that you can successfully repair or replace for 60 cents per pound unless it is a used paperback or a coffee cup. If you have belongings that you care enough to move, they are doubtless valued at more than 60 cents a pound. If anything is lost or broken, you will be left without recourse unless you obtain the higher level of coverage that the mover can offer you for a fee. There are two choices in California’s intrastate moves, and for interstate shipments, there is one higher-level choice. As with other types of insurance, hopefully, you won’t need it, but when you do need it, you are happy you have it.