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As you know and probably feel any move is a stressful thing. Besides running errands changing billing and mailing address you may need to look for another school for your kids, look for a new gym and a new favorite coffee shop in a new neighborhood. Of course you need to find a moving company you can trust to move your valuable goods to a new place… to move them safely! Thinking and overthinking about this matter adds extra stress to people.
Here are at Got2Move we believe that relieving you from such stress starts with our commitment to provide you as much accurate information about moving insurance and coverage options as possible; so, you could decide which moving company to hire and which option to choose to cover possible losses during the move.
Myth #1. “My items are already 100% covered if I hired a ‘fully insured and licensed‘ moving company.” This is simply not true. In reality, licensed moving companies in California as well as in the majority of other US states must provide the valuation coverage of $0.60 per pound per article at no extra charge for every move. This minimum coverage for lost or damaged items is based on 60 cents times the weight of the article. For example, if a 100-pound item (even if it is worth $2,000) gets lost or damages during a move, a moving company must pay $0.60 x 100 = $60. So, even though you are goods are covered during a move (if you hire licensed movers), the value is not covered up to 100%. Got2Move helps you to replace most people’s wrong perception with our expertise and knowledge. Please invest some time now in reading this article to save more time in the future.
Fact #1. Moving companies can’t sell moving insurance polices anywhere in the US. Instead, they may provide different valuation coverage options. Intrastate moving companies in California must provide a Basic ($0.60 per pound per article) Coverage at no additional charge. Also the companies may provide either an Actual Cash Value or Full Value Protection coverage options at their own discretion. Any company in the US performing interstate moves must provide their clients an option for Full Value Protection coverage; however, companies moving goods within California don’t have to do so. Unlike most California movers, Got2Move offers Full Value Protection coverage for its clients.
Myth #2. There are good movers out there who never damage anything. Accidents happen even to the most careful moving companies. In the same way that people get health insurance coverage to safeguard their personal health, this is where a third-party insurance or Full Value Protection coverage can help them to feel calmly until their goods are safely delivered. We would lie to you if were to say that Got2Move employees have never damaged anything. It simply impossible to do thousands of moves for more than a decade and have no damages at all. What differs us from other movers is that 1) we honestly explain people the details how moving insurance and valuation coverage work 2) we offer Full Value Protection in-house 3) we take extra steps to improve our flaws if we are at fault. Tip: when choosing a moving company ask them directly how they handle any damages and if they provide Full Value Protection.
Fact #2. Neither a moving company nor a third-party insurance company is responsible for the damaged goods if they were packed by an owner and no outside physical damages were indicated and documented upon delivery. Unless a damaged box packed by an owner shows significant damage, you are not likely to be covered for damage to anything inside the box. Read our self-packing tips here to reduce the risks of damages to your boxes.
Fact #3. It is possible to get your things covered up 100% of the value. Read further, please.
Moving Insurance and Valuation Coverage Options
Got2Move categorizes your options as follows.
1. Commonly Referred By Movers Specialized in Moving Insurance Companies: Baker and Movinginsurance.com (Got2Move DOES NOT Recommend These Options.)
As stated before many moving companies do not offer Full Value Protection valuation coverage option. As a rule such companies would advertise themselves as ‘fully licensed and insured’ claiming that ‘your goods are all covered.’ Well, yes, they are covered… $0.60 per pound.
The difference between us and those moving companies is that here at Got2Move we explain you what that ‘all covered’ means. Eventually, if you decide that you might need an extra coverage thus ask that companies directly about other options most likely you will be referred to one of the 3 companies:
2. Renters and Homeowners Insurance. Third-Party Moving Insurance Options.
Start by calling your current home insurance provider if you have one. Some renters and homeowners include coverage for moves; in some cases you will be able to add on moving coverage to your existing policy. If your current provider doesn’t offer insurance for your relocation, several reputable national companies should be able to help you. You may want to call ‘your’ insurance company – the one you may have your vehicle covered with.
Got2Move strongly recommends exploring this option. However, please, be very careful reading terms of agreements.If the shipper chooses a third party to get an insurance coverage for his/her goods, it is the shipper’s responsibility to follow the instructions and terms of agreement provided by the chosen insurance company. In a case if the insurance company may require the company to handle any items in a specific way, the shipper must contact the company prior to the moving date to check if such requests may be accommodated or not.
3. Basic Coverage.
This option is required to be offered for each move in California by law. It offers only minimal protection at no additional cost. Claims for losses or damages are based on the item’s weight multiplied by $0.60 per pound. In a case of a 200-pound gets damaged or lost, the company will pay 200 lbs x $0.60 per lb = $120.
4. Full Value Protection (FVP.)
With this valuation option, if any article is lost, destroyed or damaged while in the hands of the Got2Move employees, the company at its own discretion, offers to do one of the following for each item:
Under this option, the company is permitted to limit its liability for loss or damage to articles of extraordinary value unless the shipper specifically lists these articles on the shipping documents. An article of extraordinary value is any item whose value exceeds $100 per pound (such as jewelry, silverware, china, furs, antiques).
Declared value has to be realistic and supported by the inventory list and other documentation (original invoice, receipt or current price value for the damaged item.) For example, if the whole shipment is worth $40,000 but the shipper declares only $20,000 the company’s insurance company may not fully satisfy a claim.
The FVP price options (as of March 2018) are:
Minimum declared value has to be $10,000.
Maximum declared value is $50,000 per each truckload.
Packing has to be done by the company’s employees and company materials, in order to get coverage.
If the shipper needs storage-in-transit service (SIT) up to 90 days, then FVP will be calculated twice for two different moves (the first one from the pickup location to the company’s storage; the second time for the move from the company’s storage to the delivery location); in addition, FVP for the goods being in the company’s storage will be applied at the rate of $0.25 per each $100 of the declared value with no deductible; $0.10 per each $100 of the declared value with $250 deductible; and $0.05 per each $100 of the declared value with $500 deductible. FVP can’t be obtained for the goods stored in the company’s storage for more than 90 days.
The company may deny providing FVP for some items. A few instances of such cases are
Be on the lookout for shady moving insurance companies that are happy to sell you a moving coverage but will not process your claim. Take your time to read the terms of agreement and search online for reviews for each specific insurance company you consider to work with.
Be careful and cautious choosing a moving company as well:
I called around and researched for movers that would move our son from San Francisco back home to Los Angeles. Following the swarm of those that did not call back, and when they did, their quotes were overwhelmingly expensive with side fees etc., we fortunately found Got2Move. Not only were they courteous, responsive and professional, they were very reasonable. This job was not a big one; this job was to move a studio apartment but they accepted the job anyway. Our son moved back home and left this move to Got2Move; they did a fantastic job with no issues. When they came to deliver the items, the guys that delivered were great. We cannot say anything negative; it is so great to experience this fantastic of customer service. I highly recommend these guys! Big or small, they will not disappoint you. I have experienced a lot of vendors that are below standard and should not be in business so when I encounter a service like this, I absolutely take the opportunity to share my praise. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
We were very impressed with the service we received. As promised, they came on time and were extremely professional. The three men who helped us move 7 miles away got to work immediately and never stopped moving. While it took.longer than we originally thought, we were totally impressed by their work ethic and attention to all the details. They know what they are doing. We were very pleased with them and would highly recommend them.
Yes, it is. Got2Move is a licensed and insured professional California moving company. Our license ID is MTR 191707.
You can verify it at cpuc.ca.gov/tmis
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Only hiring Got2Move you will get:
All-inclusive hourly rate for your local move
Flat rate for your long-distance move
Clear pricing policy with no hidden charges
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