Moving Guides & Resources
Moving can be one of the more stressful times without the proper prepartation. We’re here to help alieveiate some of those stresses and give you all the tips and guides possible to help make your move as seamless as possible!
There are many guides and resources available to help make the moving process much more simpler for the average customer.
Items That Will Not Move
Not everything in the home is allowed to go on the moving truck. Items that are flammable and can stain the load are on top of the list.
Whether you are moving across the country or just to the other side of town, you will want to ensure your pets have a comfortable move to your new home.
Moving Long Distance
Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life, especially if the move in question is going to take you across long distances. Here is a guide to assist you in the process.
Moving With Children
Moving can be a real stress but if you’re moving with a child, then your move will automatically become even more stressful and complicated as your worries about the well-being of your angels will skyrocket.
Being prepared and organized for your upcoming move is one of the most important parts of the move itself. Be sure to go through this checklist to make sure you are on ready!
1 Month Before Moving
If movers do the packing, arrange for it to be done one to two days before loading
If packing yourself, begin packing into containers and boxes
If neccessary, arrange temporary storage for your goods
Arrange repair work on your new home as well as send furnitiure, drapes, and carpets for repair or cleaning.
2 Weeks Before Moving
Organize car license, registration and insurance records
Obtain, fill out and mail change-address cards
Make special arrangements for transporting pets and plants
Take care of bills, stocks, and bank accounts
The bill of lading you will receive on loading day is the receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. It is your responsibility to read the bill of lading and understand it before you sign it. If you do not agree with something, do not sign it until you are satisfied that it is correct. You will also receive an inventory of your items.
Be on hand when the movers arrive
Make sure fraglie items are made aware to the crew.
Have beds stripped and ready to be packed
Save your energy – let the moving crew disassemble items like pool tables and swing sets
Tell your driver how to reach you at your destination an en route
Keep in contact with the mover’s agent at your destination while you are in transit
How it Works
Get an Estimate
Call and request a quote over the phone or via email. If your move is too much to describe accurately through the phone or email, set up a free, in person walk through with one of our Professional Leads!
Plan Your Move
Take the time to make sure everything is accurate when it comes to addresses, start time, and other special requests. Plan ahead and expect some hiccups along the way.
Schedule Your Move
When the time has come to secure a spot in our schedule give us a call or send us an email and one of representatives will be happy to assist you!
When should I call a moving company?
The earlier, the better. Although the truck assignment may not be done more than a few days in advance, it is good to let your moving company know two-to-four weeks in advance. The more lead time you can give, the more likely your preffered times and details will make it on the schedule.
What Information and Paperwork is the Mover Required to Provide?
- A copy of their U.S. DOT and State DOT publication of authority
- Proof of insurance, commercial, general liability and cargo
- A copy o the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill
- A copy of the complete Bill of Lading once the move is complete
What is a Bill of Lading?
The bill of lading is the CONTRACT between you and the mover. The mover is required by law to prepare a bill of lading for every shipment it transports. The information on the bill of lading is required to be the same information shown on the order for service. The driver who loads your shipment must give you a copy of the bill of lading BEFORE loading your household goods. You must also sign the bill of lading. It is your responsibility to read the bill of lading BEFORE you sign it. If you do not agree with something, do not sign it until you are satisfied that it shows the service you want. The bill of lading requires the mover to provide the service you have requested, and you must pay the mover the charges for the service. The bill of lading is an important document so be careful not to lose or misplace your copy. Have it available until your shipment is delivered, all charges are paid and all claims, if any, are settled.
If there is loss or damage to my items, how much time do I have to file a claim?
Although a claim should be filed as soon as possible, you have nine months from the date of delivery to file a claim. This means the claim should be in the mover’s possession by nine months from the date of delivery, not postmarked by midnight on the last day of the nine months’ deadline. You do not have to wait for a claim form if the mover has not sent one to you. If you wait to file beyond the nine months’ time period, the claim is considered untimely by the courts.
If I do my own packing, is the mover still responsible if something is lost or broken?
Yes. The mover usually has a tariff provision that allows it to repack carton(s) if they feel they have been improperly packed, or if the carton(s) will cause harm to the rest of the shipment(s). The mover is also liable for any loss or damage caused during transit unless the sole cause for the loss or damage was due to any of these common law defenses:
- An act of God.
- An act or omission of the shipper
- An act of the public enemy
- An act of the public authority
- Inherent vice
Improper packing falls under “an act or omission of the shipper”. Since the sole cause for the damage must be the act of the shipper, any contributory damage by the mover would void the common law defense, and the mover would be responsible.
How Do I Select a Moving Company?
Ask friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members if they have any recommendations. Then investigate each of the companies. There are many ways to check out a moving company. The BBB web site will tell you if the company has had any consumer complaints filed against them. There are also many review sites such as Yelp than can help with your decision.
BUT just because you found a company on Yelp does not mean they are licensed and insured. You need to take the extra time to check their license with the ODOT.
Do NOT use a broker over the Internet. Always work directly with the moving company and make sure they are a legitimate business with a physical address.
Use Useful Websites:
We want to make sure that you are always in the know for your move to make sure the process is as smooth and as peaceful as possible. Here are a couple of trusted sources for more information about moving, packing, and protecting your items during a relocation.
How to (Correctly) Pack Everything When Moving to a New Home:
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