Moving Paperwork

Hiring a moving company will require a magnifying glass to read all the fine print. That fine print will read something like this: The party of the first part agrees to be moved without obvious recourse by the party of the second part.

Should the party of the first part complain in any way when asked to sign and pay, the party of the second part has full legal right to hold all belongings owned by the party of the first part until said party pays through the nose or other orifice.

If the party of the first part can actually read and understand this paragraph, written by the party of the second part’s attorney, said attorney is not doing his/her/its job.

The moving process involves a bunch of laws and documents. These include estimates, bills of lading, orders of service, and other contracts. How can you get through this maze of paperwork without losing both your household goods and your mind?

Actually, most of the papers you sign make sense. And most are pretty fair documents. You won’t have to run to your attorney’s office with every scrap of paper the mover hands you for signature. But you should know what each one is and what you’re getting yourself into. The function of this section is to help you understand the legal side of moving and all the paperwork it requires.

  1. Bill of Lading
  2. Shipment Weights
  3. Shipment Dates
  4. Signing Paperwork
  5. Paying the Moving Bill