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Moving Checklist

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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Print the checklist in a convenient format that includes space for your notes.


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.

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 or missing before you sign any documents.
Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015