Checklist For Your Interstate Move
Do plenty of research and read reviews before you select a mover. Make sure you work with a registered company that has been around for many years. Don’t hesitate to pay more to hire a company known for its high quality customer service. You can find out whether or not a mover is registered by checking the
official website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Read the Your Rights and Responsibility When You Move booklet given to you by your mover. Registered movers are required to give this booklet to clients. The booklet explains your rights in case your items are lost or damaged and explains why your mover will ask you to sign some documents.Ask a detailed estimate from your mover. The estimate should include a detailed list of all the services provided by the mover along with pricing. The mover needs to sign the estimate and detail everything in writing. You should never rely on an oral agreement on what you will pay your mover.
Your mover should provide you with an order of service that lists the services they will be performing for you along with the dates. Your mover should also give you a copy of the bill of lading. This document is a contract between you and your mover and also includes a receipt for your belongings.
You will also need to establish an inventory of your belongings. Your inventory should include the value of all the items you are trusting your mover with.Your mover will assess the condition of each item before it is transported. Ask the mover for a copy of their inventory and check it carefully to make sure the description of your belongings is accurate.
It is best to supervise the packing and loading of your belongings. You will be able to check that the mover performs all the services you agreed to. Share your cell phone number with your mover so they can reach you during the move if they need to. Let your mover know when you will be present in your new home to supervise the delivery of your belongings.
Pay the mover once they arrive at your new home. You should then keep an eye on the unloading process and show movers where you want your belongings. Keep all the documents relevant to the move and go over the inventory again to make sure all your belongings were delivered in their original condition. Your
mover will ask you to sign a document that states you received your belongings in their original condition. Do not sign the document if you have any complaints.
Moving interstate can be stressful but this checklist will help you organize your move. Take the time to look for a reliable mover who is properly registered to avoid problems.