Hiring Unlicensed Movers: Why You Shouldn’t Do It

If you’re looking for help with your upcoming move, you might have been shopping around for the most affordable moving services. During your search, you might have thought about hiring unlicensed movers. This can be tempting because it can often be a lot cheaper; plus, you might be thinking that you can help someone out who really needs the business and the money. However, it’s pretty much never a good idea to hire movers who aren’t licensed. These are a few reasons why. [Read more…]

Top 20 Moving Companies: Are They Legit?

While researching for a presentation, I looked up the Top 20 Moving Companies listed on Yelp. I started checking out their websites and whether they were licensed or not. What I discovered may surprise some of you. Out of the top 20 moving companies listed on Yelp, 45% are unlicensed and two are Brokers.

Unfortunately, too many consumers think that if a moving company is listed on Yelp the company is legitimate and licensed, however, this is not the case even with the top 20 moving companies. Yelp does not check to make sure any company is is licensed, operating legally, is insured, or other industry related requirements.

I didn’t go through and check other industries on Yelp but if this is the case with the top 20 moving companies,  I’m confident you will find the same issue if you search for general contractors, plumbers, and other service industries. This is scary because so many people rely on Yelp to make buying decisions.

Yelp and other online review sites are good to check and can be an excellent resource, but you should not rely solely on that when making a decision. As a consumer, you should check out other sources to make sure the top 20 moving companies you are choosing from are licensed and insured. In this case, checking out the top 20 moving companies operating in California, listed on Yelp, is pretty easy.  Follow the steps below and it could save you a lot of heartache and cash.

Start by going to the Public Utilities Commission website. Next, click on “List of Companies” and from there click on “Moving Company (MTR).” Enter the name of the company. If more than one is found you will have to figure out which one is the one you are looking for, usually based on address. Check to see if their permit is active and if their insurance is valid. It is important to keep in mind that there are different companies with the same name within California.You are able to narrow your search to counties.

A broker is a middleman between the person who is moving and the moving company. Brokers are not actual movers and don’t own trucks or equipment. They are essentially salespeople selling the move to any company willing to pay them. This is NOT who you want to book your move through. Doing this means you will have no control over who the company is that shows up at your home. You won’t even know whether they are licensed and insured. This is a potential recipe for disaster. You really want to hire a brick and mortar business.

Whatever you do, always remember “you get what you pay for.” So do not choose a from the top 20 moving companies simply based on price. In the end, what you thought was a bargain may turn out to be more expensive than you ever imaged.  

Established in 1991 by Kim Tucker, All Reasons Moving & Storage offers both Office and Residential (Home & Apartment) moving storage services. Recognized as a leader in the moving & storage industry, we are proud to belong to the exclusive club of California businesses owned and operated by women. Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Green Moving & Hauling Away Your Junk

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Professional Moving Companies are likely on the top of your mind when considering moving your home, or into a new apartment. But something you may not know is that those same Professional Moving Companies can haul things away for you? If you have old furniture, electronic waste, remodeling debris, and even yard waste that you need to dispose of, you might not automatically think of hiring a professional moving company for these kinds of jobs. Also called “green moving,” All Reasons Moving does this, too!

All Reasons Moving has been an environmentally conscious moving company way before it was popular, and really does move things for all reasons. Having been in the moving business for over 20 years, we have also cultivated many connections in the disposal industry, because disposing of items in an environmentally conscious way makes sense to us, and to our customers. We have associations with charities, recycling, green waste and eWaste collection sites. Let our green movers take usable furniture away to charities, or recycle items that have seen their useful life to an environmentally friendly disposal facility.

There is no reason to move something you really don’t need or want to your new home.  All Reasons can move the furniture and items you do want to your new home and dispose of what you don’t want all on the same day. Clean up and de-clutter with a clear conscience by using our “Green Moving” services for your disposal needs.

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