Different types of moving paperwork

Relocating is a complex task. When moving across the country there will be many tasks to do. From planning and packing to hiring moving companies’ services, there are too many chances to make a mistake. According to some studies, many people are not careful when it comes to moving paperwork. Otherwise, others are concerned about so many types of moving paperwork they are facing for the first time.

What you need is to educate yourself about different moving paperwork and know what you can expect.  Even if you are moving just two blocks away, you may need the help of professional movers. It means that you will have to understand and sign an agreement with your local movers about the services they will perform. When it comes to an agreement with cross country moving companies you also need to understand the different types of moving documents before signing them.

Types of moving paperwork, contracts and documents

For example, local moving paperwork will include inventory documentation, packing materials form, bill of lading, hourly based charges, protection plan documentation, full-value protection, waiver of full value protection, rights, and responsibilities moving documentation. On the other hand, when it comes to long-distance moving paperwork, it can include more documents. For instance, here is an example of additional moving paperwork you can expect:

  • Post Contract Service Order Form
    • Long Carry
    • Shuttle Service
    • Elevator
    • Re-delivery
    • Waiting time
    • Storage Service
    • Stair carry

As you can see, there are so many different forms of moving paperwork. Let’s learn something more about essential moving documentation.

Moving paperwork
Don’t sign anything before you find out the consequences.

Moving estimate is part of the moving paperwork

The first important document you should receive is a copy of your moving estimate. For instance, if you tend to hire our Orlando long distance movers you will ask them for an in-home estimate for the most accurate pricing. Usually, after the company comes to your home for the estimate, they will provide a written quote on how much the move should cost. This is the moving estimate and should include:

  • Transportation costs
  • Labor
  • Packing services
  • Storage charges moving paperwork
  • Insurance costs
  • Other additional charges which you would discuss and agree upon with the moving company.
Take time and study moving paperwork before making an agreement.

Opt for the one that best suits you

Before agreeing to an estimate though, be sure to check the specific type of moving estimate your mover has sent you. There are three types: binding estimate, non-binding estimate, and binding not-to-exceed estimate. The last one that we mentioned is the most customer-friendly estimate. Additionally, make sure you understand different types of moving estimates before using anything.

Once you have chosen a company, you will sign the bill of lading

The bill of lading is a detailed list of everything you are shipping. Besides, it is in the form of a receipt. There is no move without a bill of lading. This is one of the main documents that you should keep with you or in a safe spot at all times. Make sure to avoid losing it during the move.

The bill of lading contains the following:

  • The moving rate you agreed on
  • Payment method
  • Origin and destination of the move
  • Moving the company’s license and insurance information you should check on FMCSA
  • Insurance information moving paperwork.
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