Archive for March, 2020

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Customer Appreciation

Our customers are so cool!!! We moved them into their new home and they made this sign for us to say thank you.

COVID-19 Policy and Procedures

We understand and share the concerns you have about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This message is to inform you that House to Home Moving Inc. classifies as an “essential service” and our company is still open and providing moving services.

The health and safety of our customers and employees are our number one priority. We have put the proper procedures in place to comply with government directives.

All employees are following strict guidelines for proper infection control precautions. Such as wearing masks and gloves while working, washing hands as frequent as possible, wearing shoe covers (booties) before entering customer’s homes, and keeping physical contact to a minimum.

All employees are also screened daily to ensure they have not been infected. The screening process includes monitoring employee temperatures, asking how they feel, and monitoring any coughing or sneezing. If any employee has any signs of illness they are sent home immediately and not to return to work, until they have been cleared to return by a healthcare provider.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding House to Home Moving’s COVID-19 policy and procedures you can contact our main office at 916-484-1144.

Moving Services are “Essential”

If a State officer or regulator (“official”), at any time, orders that you stop the moving service, you shall agree to do so immediately, and also to comply with any other directive provided by the official.  Officials are working to keep us safe and preserve the health of California citizens.

House to Home Moving Inc. qualifies as an “essential service” based on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 (March 19, 2020), and Health Officer Orders from individual Counties. Applies to moving transportation and install services related to (1) used household goods, (2) office and industrial, and (3) new furniture, fixtures, and electronics, as the case may be.  For authority, respectfully provide the following examples:

  • Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 adopted what the federal government has identified as “16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems . . . are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health or safety or any combination thereof.” Important here is that one of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors is the Transportation Sector that includes “Highway and Motor Carrier” operations involving trucks and commercial vehicles.


  • The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer (March 19, 2020), provides that “Essential Businesses” that may continue to operate include:
  • “. . . Moving services . . . who provide services to maintain . . . the essential operation to properties and other Essential Businesses.” (See paragraph 13(h)).
  • “Businesses that ship, truck, provide logistical support or deliver . . . goods or services directly to residences” (See paragraph 13(o)).
  • “. . . private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living and other purposes expressly authorized by this Order.” (See paragraph 13(p)).


  • City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer (March 16, 2020), provides that “Essential Business” means:
  • “Businesses providing mailing and shipping services . . .” (See paragraph f.x.).
  • “Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences.” (See paragraph f.xvi.).
  • “Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes authorized in this Order.” (See paragraph f.xvii.).

For household movers no one can “shelter in place” without a residence to do so.  Remember, your objective is to be safe, keep working as permitted, and respect State Orders and State officials enforcing them.

Coronavirus Safety

Coronavirus Safety

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That’s why the Red Cross is highlighting some everyday steps that people in the U.S. can take now. In addition, stay informed about what’s happening in your local community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.


The Red Cross recommends the following steps to help prevent the spread of germs during this situation:

  • Stay home if you can and avoid gatherings of more than ten people.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them – use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Full information on how to disinfect found here.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and a cough. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.


According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious medical condition, it is extra important for you to take actions to avoid getting sick.

Stay home as much as you can and avoid crowds as much as possible. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.

  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Stock up on supplies.
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
    • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using a mail-order option.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Full information for those at a higher risk is available here.


You can find more information on COVID-19 safety here. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at

9 Tips to Avoid Illegal Scam Movers

These were written by The California Moving & Storage Association is a nonprofit trade association representing licensed and insured movers operating in California. The CMSA also includes associate member companies. Established in 1918, the CMSA is comprised of 12 chapters strategically located throughout California. Now on with the tips.

1. Don’t book your move online or over the phone without verifying that the mover has a location in your area. Drive by the location. Go in and meet the company’s personnel. Use your instincts to discern if the company’s personnel appear to be professional and trustworthy. Let your common sense guide you … but don’t stop there!

2. Verify the company’s license. All movers are required by law to demonstrate their legitimacy on all their documentation.

3. Verify the license number with the CMSA or the Bureau of Household Goods & Services (BHGS). The CMSA staff or the association’s website ( also provides profile information on licensed movers.

4. Obtain written estimates for moves of three or more rooms. Legitimate movers are price competitive. Make sure the estimates are based on the same factors (i.e. move and pack; move only, etc.). If a company provides an unusually low bid … beware! The company could be illegal or they may have made an error while estimating your move. If the latter is the case, the price will likely escalate on moving day.

5. Illegal movers may charge by the cubic foot. Legal movers charge by the hour (local moves) and by weight/mileage (distance moves).
6. Scam movers “rip off” innocent consumers by charging exorbitant fees for extensive and unnecessary packing on items that should be pad wrapped. Furnishings should be wrapped with shrink wrap or protected with special moving blankets.

7. Scam movers intimidate consumers to tip the crew. Tipping is not customary, but it is accepted when the customer has received exceptional service.

8. If you suspect that the mover you have hired is a scam mover, take a photograph of the van and the personnel, if possible. Call the police. Scam movers intimidate innocent victims and take possession of their personal possessions while attempting to extort more money. Once they pull away from the curb with your possessions, you are liable.

9. If you are an elderly person or a single woman, do not be alone on moving day. Scam movers bully and intimidate their customers into paying unfair prices.

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