State agency reminds people to check out movers

October 4, 2011

By Staff

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission reminds people planning in-state moves to check up on movers beforehand.

Many moving companies falsely advertise as “licensed and insured” — but only in-state moving companies permitted by the commission, a watchdog agency, can make legal moves. Customers hiring illegal companies typically have little or no recourse if movers damage, lose or steal belongings.

Before a customer packs a box, he or she should call the commission and confirm the company’s permit is valid. The caller can also find out about any consumer complaints filed against the company.

The commission offers information and tips for a safe move at www.utc.wa.gov/movingtips.

The commission conducts regular investigations to ensure in-state moving companies secure the proper permits and insurance, and meet state consumer and safety laws. Numerous state laws and rules protect consumers of in-state moving companies.

The commission conducts regular safety inspections on equipment and trucks used by permitted companies. State laws also require companies to conduct background checks and drug testing of potential employees.

The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.

 

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