The following checklist is a handy tool to help you prepare for your move, and understand what you will need to know and do during each phase of your moving process.
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Planning: Before You Move
|Obtain 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 U.S. DOT 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.
|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.
|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 or missing before you sign any documents.