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Movers Bill of Lading

On the moving day, it is important to fill the mover’s bill of lading. However, it is important to note that over the past few years, more and more issues are cropping up on mover’s bill of ladings that have been written by rogue moving companies performing. The mover’s bill of lading is very important and it is actually a legally binding contract between you and the moving company. The mover’s bill of lading usually comes into play in interstate moving only, but some movers have it even for relocation within the state. It is law in many states in the United States that the movers prepare a mover’s bill of lading for every shipment and that the truck driver transporting the shipment be given a copy of this mover’s bill of lading before doing the actual loading.

When writing up the mover’s bill of lading, it is important to keep some things in mind. The most important thing is that the mover’s bill of lading should have information that is identical to the one on the order for service. If the person moving to the new home disagrees with something on the mover’s bill of lading, he/she should not sign because signing is an admission that everything is okay. The mover should provide all the services indicated in the mover’s bill of lading and failure to do this is tantamount to breaking a contract. The person moving to the new home has an obligation of paying all the charges indicated in the mover’s bill of lading.

You should always keep the mover’s bill of lading nearby so that it does not get lost. If you lose it, it means the moving company can disagree with what was in the bill and you would have no way of rebuffing this in court or elsewhere. It is advisable that you do not keep the bill of lading in the moving boxes. Just as important as this bill of lading is the original written estimate from the moving company. In case there is need for an insurance claim after the move, this should be filed before 15 days from the moving day are over and you should produce the mover’s bill of lading.

The mover’s bill of lading varies from one moving company to the next. However, there are some common features that all bills of lading have. All bills should have the moving company’s name and physical address and the name and physical address of any other party that will be involved in moving your things. The bill should contain the name, physical address, and other contacts of the office of the person carrying your stuff that you can call incase of any situation. The bill should contain the form of payment that both parties have agreed on – this must correspond to what is on the estimate and order for service. The mover’s bill of lading should contain your personal details, contact information, and the agreed pick-up date for the move to the new home. Other important details are the identification number(s) of the vehicle(s), evidence of the insurance coverage and some attachments such as the estimates, the order of service and the inventory.

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