Moving Checklist

The Moving Checklist: Working With Professional Movers is for those who are planning to use a professional mover. It provides helpful information for planning a move and dealing with a mover at all stages (from getting a bid to having your belongings delivered to how and when to pay the mover.) It also helps you understand your rights and how to settle disputes with the mover.
Source: U.S, Department of Transportation

Moving Checklist: Working With A Professional Mover

Task

Notes

Planning—Before You Move

 

Obtain the brochure Ready to Move? and the booklet Your Rights & Responsibilities When You Move.

 

 

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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