Portland, OR asked in Contracts for Utah

Q: I moved from Utah to Oregon. Had a moving company pack my Uhaul. They didn’t meet outlines of contract & damaged my thin

The contract stated they would bring pads, dolly, etc. they didn’t. Nor did they tell me so I could at least get a dolly from Uhaul. It slowed the packing of the truck one Alt since I lived on the third floor of an apartment and they had to carry boxes down one at a time. Then in packing the truck they did things that lacked common sense like packing a table face down on the truck floor and the surface got damaged hy the riviera and now needs to be resurfaced, or packing a mirror high up on the van, tied down with a piece of rope hanging vertically with nothing under to support it so it fell and broke. Also being the pack took longer than quoted and that they packed my overnight bag deep in the truck which I asked them nor to I also lost an additional $300 for incidentals like hotel and incidentals like clothing and hygiene products. Cost for move $600z wondering if worth going for in small claims.

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Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Small claims court is definitely designed for issues like this. Like Solomon in the Bible, they have a tendency to "split the baby", so if you wonder what your outcome may be, add up your damages and costs that can be proven with good evidence, and then cut the total owed to you in half. You will also pay about $100 or so to file the case. If the remaining amount is worth the effort to you, then go for it. Keep in mind that you are unlikely to ever win more than the amount you paid to the movers to do the work.

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