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Pasco company one of three companies penalized for lack of permits

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OLYMPIA, WA – This week, state regulators took action against three residential moving companies that have been operating without permits in Washington.

An administrative law judge at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission ordered the three moving companies to stop providing residential moving services until they obtain the required permit.

Pasco-based Northwest Moving & Delivery, owned by Ruben Escalera, received a $5,000 penalty, of which $4,500 was suspended on the condition that the company does not operate without a permit.

Kirkland-based 2 Buff Guys Moving and Dump, owned by Victor Dumitrascu, received a $5,000 penalty, of which $4,500 was suspended on the condition that the company does not operate without a permit.

Brier-based Lifters Moving, owned by Dustin Wick, was held in default for failing to appear at the hearing and assessed a $5,000 penalty.

The commission urges consumers to use caution before hiring a mover. Prior to moving, consumers should:

  • Call the commission at 1-888-333-WUTC (9882) to verify the mover’s permit status and complaint history;
  • Compare costs by getting at least two written estimates;
  • Check online reviews and complaints about the mover;
  • Know the mover’s full name, address, and phone number; and
  • Get a written, signed inventory list from the company of all belongings being transported.

The UTC is the state’s watchdog agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state. Movers must charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.  

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