Moving Day: Expectations


Now everything is set. You have your items packed, every box was properly marked, and you have prepared your new home. You have planned for this, but now what? Big things are yet to come before this day end. It is best that you have physically and mentally prepared for this big day. Moving day can be very tiring. It involves lots of physical work and may demand your entire attention. But don’t be too overwhelmed by this great day. You need to keep your head on the tasks. Below are the things you need to expect on this day.

Your long distance moving company should have made their confirmation a day before or early on the day of the move if their personnel are showing up. If you haven’t made your call days before the move it is best that you make the verification yourself. Don’t waste your time waiting for their call. Every minute counts. Call them and confirm with them if their coming. If something came up and they cannot move your items, it’s time that you go for plan B.

If the mover finally showed up, the first thing you’ll receive from them is the inventory sheet. Never let the movers to load your items without filling up this form first. Make sure that the items listed in this piece of paper are the faithful representation of your items. If you noticed any discrepancies, don’t hesitate to call the attention of the person in-charge and dispute it. After the corrections have made, make sure that you double check it before conforming to it. Only then they can load your items on the truck. Make sure to make your own inventory sheet.

Make sure that your items are loaded safely on the truck. Professional movers have moving mats to wrap delicate appliances and other items. They should strap large items and boxes to avoid shifting that may cause damage to your belongings. Likewise, they must load the truck in an orderly and organize manner filling it from floor to ceiling.

Bill of Lading:
After the moving company has loaded everything on the truck, the person in-charge will hand you the bill of lading. This set of papers contain the terms and condition of the company, including the estimate and the date of delivery. Make sure that you have read and understood everything before you accept and this document. Never let the mover leave without giving you this document. If you have agreed and happy on the conditions and terms written in the bill of lading, then it’s time they transport your belongings.

Signing of Documents:
The movers will now ask you to sign the bill of lading and the inventory sheet after all your belongings have been unloaded. Make sure that you have double checked everything in the moving inventory sheet with your own inventory and the items actually delivered. Don’t sign the inventory sheet if you discovered a missing or damaged item, it should be indicated in the inventory sheet for you to claim for damages. But just in case later, while unpacking you find out your TV was broken during the move, you can always file a claim for damages within certain period of time.