Thursday, April 9, 2015

Planning for Your Move

Moving Checklist

Task Notes
Planning—Before You Move
Obtain the brochure Ready to Move? and the booklet Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move from the mover.
Ask for recommendations from neighbors, friends, and relatives regarding the mover.
Check with the Better Business Bureau regarding the mover.
Find out what the mover's responsibilities are for damages that may occur to your belongings.
Ask if the mover has a dispute settlement program.
Obtain estimates from at least three movers, and compare cost and all other services to be provided by the mover.  
Check to determine whether the interstate mover is registered with FMCSA, and has a USDOT number.
Find out how and when pickup and delivery of your household goods will occur.
Ask the mover how they can be contacted before the move, during the move, and after the move.
Adequately insure your belongings.
Moving Day
Be present to answer questions and give directions to the movers. Stay until they finish.
Accompany the movers as they inventory your household goods, and resolve any questions regarding the condition of materials being moved.
Carefully read the information on the estimate, order for service, bill of lading, inventory, and all other completed documents before you sign them.
Keep the bill of lading until your goods are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
Before the moving van leaves, take one final look throughout the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
Give the driver directions to your new house.
Inform the driver and the moving company of where you can be reached during the move.
Delivery Day
Be present to answer any questions and give directions.
Pay the driver, according to the terms of your agreement, before your goods are unloaded.
Supervise unloading and unpacking of your goods.
Note on the inventory list all boxes or other items that are damaged before you sign any documents.

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