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Hiring professional movers can be stressful and daunting at the same time. But if you know what you’re up against, you have no reason to fear. Knowledge always conquers fear of the unknown. So when it comes to moving, what you need to set your eyes on is the moving contract.
So what is a moving contract?
A moving contract is also often called the bill of lading. It is the contract between you and your moving company. Basically, it’s a document that contains the details of your move including the schedule, price, and coverage of the company’s services. It’s important not just to skim over the contract but actually study it point per point. Take your time while analyzing it because it’s important to know every single detail before you put your signature on it.
What’s included in the moving contract?
As mentioned earlier, it contains the details about your move and the specifics of your arrangement. The contract includes:
- The time and place of the pick-up
- Address and the estimated date and time of delivery
- Number of boxes and pieces in the shipment
- The total weight of the shipment
- Total cost of the service and breakdown of charges
- An inventory list attachment which identifies each item to be moved
- The fine print which details what you and the moving company should do if anything goes wrong
Before you sign the contract…
It’s important to remember that the moving contract can work both ways. You can use it to your advantage should things go wrong, but it can also be used against you if you sign it without any thought.
Therefore, before signing the moving contract you should check all of the details carefully and ensure that every bit of information is correct. Double check the pickup and delivery address as well as the dates. Make sure that your contact information are correct and that every single digit is in order.
Check the charges carefully. If you made a down payment last week, make sure that it’s indicated in the contract. Every time you see the words “fees” and “charges” slow down your pace and read it CARE-FUL-LY.
If you have special arrangements or instructions regarding certain items such as paintings, sculptures or antique furniture, make sure that the arrangements are listed in the contract. Verbal deals will not do you any good should anything happen to these items. The court will always favour the signed document.
Never assume anything. While most moving companies offer full-service packages (from packing to unpacking), never assume if it’s not indicated in the contract.
Also, before your sign the moving contract, make sure that you’ve already settled everything with your insurance company. Ask them if your move will be covered by your policy. This will give you peace of mind as your move approaches.