Moving Checklist



Task Notes
Planning—Before You Move
  Obtain the brochure Ready to Move? and the booklet Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move (available here) 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.Moving Supplies Find Moving Supplies here.  
  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.  
  Source:U.S. Department of Transportation -Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Glossary of Terms

The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.
Order for Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
Inventory List
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods' condition


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