Tips for Moving Day
By TopMovingCompanies.com Staff
It’s here: your moving day! After all the preparation you put into locating movers, organizing your belongings and packing, it’s time to experience one more challenge—the move itself. Follow our tips to make your moving day as smooth and stress-free as possible.
- “Work” with the movers. Be on hand when the movers arrive. If you are not able to be present while the movers are there designate someone that your trust, who will be authorized to take your place. Let the movers know to whom you have given the authority. Be sure that your chosen representative knows exactly what to do and which valuation liability program and amount you have selected. This person may be asked to sign documents obligating you to charges.
- Exchange phone numbers where you can be reached and how you can directly reach the movers while shipment is in transit. Leave your cell phone connected throughout moving day.
- Review all paperwork and details when the operator arrives. Accompany the driver as he or she inspects each piece of furniture with tags of identifying number. These numbers along with a detailed description of your goods at the time of loading will appear on the inventory.
- Stay home until the last item is packed. Make a final inspection before the van operator leaves. It is your responsibility to see all of your goods are loaded.
- The driver will contact you or the destination agent at least 24 hours prior to expected arrival time. This allows enough time to locate you and begin preparation for unloading. It is your responsibility to contact the destination agent if you cannot be reached.
- In your new apartment, make sure you know the layout of your new place so you can tell the movers where to unload your furniture and appliances. Make yourself available for the movers for any questions or instructions.
- When the move is completed, you will have to sign an inventory sheet, acknowledging the receipt of all items listed. Document any loss or damage on the inventory sheet and report this to the movers at destination, immediately. Make sure you have your reference number when calling the moving company for questions or concerns. You will be asked to sign the bill of lading and pack/unpack certificate.
- Pay the movers. In general, payment is accepted as cash, traveler’s checks, money order, cashier’s check or a credit card. Personal checks are unusually not accepted. Unless other arrangements were made in advance you are expected to pay upon delivery.
- Relax for awhile and start unpacking.