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Do’s and Dont’s of Moving

Information provided by promover.org

 

Proper packing by a trained packer using specially-designed cartons and materials is crucial to a good move. Schedule packing with the mover a day or two before the moving van is loaded. If you are packing yourself, it is never too soon to start. While packing yourself can save money, movers will not usually accept liability for any damage to items packed by owners.Be present when your goods are packed. An inventory of your goods will be made and it is important to resolve any disagreements prior to signing the inventory. Make sure all copies are legible and all items are numbered. Have valuable items listed separately. Some appliances may require servicing prior to the move. Your mover can schedule these services for you.

Items that Should not be Shipped

When you are planning your move, some common household items should not be included in your shipment (as a general rule, if the item is flammable, combustible or explosive it should not be included):

  • House paints
  • Open containers of liquid
  • Propane tanks or cans
  • Gas or oils
  • Butane
  • Ammunition
  • Open alcohol containers
  • Open non-sealed food containers
  • Aerosols
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Welding gas
  • Antifreeze
  • Disinfectant cleaners (especially those that contain bleach or ammonia)
  • Perishable foods (unless the move meets strict guidelines – please check with your carrier about these to see if your move meets the guidelines)
  • Plants

Moving Day

  • Be on hand when the movers arrive
  • Discuss the delivery arrangements fully with your driver
  • Have beds stripped and ready to be packed
  • Save your energy — let the moving crew disassemble items like pool tables or swing sets
  • Tell your driver how to reach you at your destination and en route
  • Keep in contact with the mover’s agent at your destination while you are in transit

Documents

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.

These are both important documents, so don’t lose or misplace your copies.

 

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