Moving Companies West Side LA
If you live in Los Angeles, you know that there is not just one LA; there are 10. There’s Downtown LA, which is a real place now, and doesn’t roll up the sidewalks at 5:00 pm, but has a thriving arts culture and good food options, not to mention high-priced lofts and apartments. There’s the Valley, which is almost as big as some eastern states, where you can still buy ranch-style houses with an acre of land, and there are the beach cities, that have the beaches. But the Westside is what people from other places think of when they hear Los Angeles—it’s adjacent to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. It contains Pacific Palisades and Cheviot Hills and the beauty of Topanga and Mulholland. Of course, there is a price to be paid for living on the Westside. Sometimes it’s a lack of convenience, and usually, it’s a higher cost. If you are moving to, from, or within the Westside, you need a mover that knows the area.
How do I find a moving company for the Westside of Los Angeles?
In any region, you can find a good moving company by doing some research. If you are looking for a local moving company to help you move from one LA apartment to another, get several quotes to find an affordable option. In California, the moving company will provide you with a copy of a publication titled Important Information for Persons Moving Household Goods (within California). The Bureau of Household Goods and Services, which regulates moving companies, requires this service, and the document has a lot of great information about how movers work and what your rights are as a consumer. The BHGS also requires that movers give you a written estimate after completing a visual inspection of the goods you want them to move. For moves inside California, the quote must be in the form of a written, “not-to-exceed” price. That means even if they have underestimated the amount of work involved, the mover can’t charge more than what you have agreed to. The company can only charge a higher price if you sign a change order.
Why can’t I tell them on the phone about my move?
Some moving companies will suggest that they can do an excellent job of estimating the work by getting a verbal or online description of your shipment. Experts disagree and warn that it’s unwise to engage movers who don’t want to comply with this requirement. If you plan a small move of just a few pieces of furniture and limited boxes, a verbal description might be adequate, but in most cases, it is not. A mover should look at the size, condition, and style of the furnishings to determine how many people will be required and assess what preparations are needed. It is not worth it to get a cheap price if you get a poor vendor. You can find an affordable mover that will do an excellent job with your move.
What if I am moving out of California from the Westside?
If you plan a cross country move from Los Angeles, then the movers are governed by interstate commerce and regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. State to state movers are also required to conduct a visual survey of the shipment. Like intrastate moving companies, long distance movers must have a license, in this case, with the DOT. You can check the FMCSA database to ensure that they do, and you can also check their safety record and consumer complaint history.
How do I choose between moving companies?
The best approach to choosing is to get several estimates. This process will give you a chance to interact with the movers and decide if they seem like the right vendor for you. Then, you can compare estimates. Remember, if the move is local, the written estimates will contain a firm price. If you are moving long-distance, you may have a binding estimate or a nonbinding estimate. A binding estimate doesn’t increase or decrease, even if the mover misjudged the weight, so it is a firm bid. But a nonbinding quote is not a guaranteed price. If you have estimates from several movers and one forecasts the weight much lower than the others, that could be suspicious. If the offer from that vendor is a nonbinding estimate, the move could end up costing a lot more than a binding estimate with a higher initial price from someone else.
In addition to the rates, consider asking the company you are going to hire for references. While the mover may have testimonials on its website, you can rely more on comments that you obtain from actual customers. Before you decide to engage a mover, ask them to provide you with contact information for several recent customers. Call the customers and find out about their experiences with the moving company. Then, check with the Better Business Bureau to identify any negative or positive reviews they have received.
How much will a move in the Westside cost?
How much a move costs depends on several factors. Local moves may be as low as $500 for limited service, but a significant, full-service move will be several thousand dollars. The average interstate move is around $4,300. Movers and packers offer many ancillary (additional) services that they charge extra for, adding to the cost of a basic move. When you meet with the movers to obtain your estimates, ask about the price of packing, crating, bulky items, heavy items, and services like crating if you may need them. Some consumers prefer to handle the packing on their own because it is such an excellent opportunity to declutter and reduce what you have collected. Others would rather have the movers handle everything, to save stress, and focus their time on other things.
Some added costs are outside your control. If you have obstacles to loading or unloading, like an elevator that you can’t reserve, or multiple flights of stairs, you will incur an additional charge. The mover may add another fee for parking restrictions that don’t allow the truck to park near the entry. The mover will give you a list of these costs, and they will let you know which ones apply at both the origin and the destination.
If I have a good mover, why do I need insurance?
Accidents happen, and even the best moving professional may drop something or slip and fall. The movers can’t control everything that happens, and you must understand the liability limits if you choose to decline the optional coverage for your household goods. Every shipment comes with basic protection included at no additional charge. Still, that basic coverage is minimal and isn’t likely to allow you to repair or replace anything important to you. For example, for either a move inside California or interstate, the included coverage limit will reimburse the consumer at a rate of $0.60 per pound for something lost or broken. That is per item, so the most you can collect for the loss of a five-pound thing is $3.00, which isn’t going to go far. Carefully consider paying the additional fee for the full value coverage of your possessions. If they are worth moving, they are worth protecting.