In the middle of all the moving stress no one wants to have to deal with the paperwork that comes along with it. Some of the documents that you would receive can be a challenge to read and interpret and the legal jargon contained in them can really throw you for a loop.
Thing is without these documents you could be in for some trouble should something happen to your items in transit. To avoid surprises on the moving documents, it would be useful if you are familiar with them beforehand.
The Moving Paperwork:
Order for Service:
The order of service document is form that gives you consent for the moving company to relocate your household items to the new place. You would get a copy of this document to sign. Even if you have to postpone your moving date and plan to use the same moving companies, they would issue a written change document which is usually tagged on to the order for service.
Bill of Lading:
The Bill of Lading is what you would usually get after your items have been loaded on the mover’s vehicle. The moving company would give you this document which authorizes them to move your goods. This document would have information as it pertains to where you are going to move, prices and the dates that your items should be delivered.
This is one of the more important documents as you would be signing over your household items for moving. With that in mind you should check your document at least three times before you sign it. If something isn’t clear to you on the document, ask questions as you go along. This is not a document that you would want to pack away with your other household possessions but rather one that you keep on hand
Even before you sign the bill of lading, you must first sign off on the inventory list. This inventory document contains the mover’s description of the original condition of your items. If you think that the mover’s description isn’t accurate you should let them know even before you sign the document.
By the time you get to the new location you have to check off each items as they are unloaded from the truck. It’s only after every item has been checked out that you should sign the inventory sheet.
Finally if you are moving items such as antiques and paintings that may be of high value then you would have to complete a high-value inventory document which you would sign when loading and unloading your items.
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