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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.

There are several options for insuring your goods. All household goods shipments move under limited liability. However, you may purchase additional liability coverage from your mover.

Your mover may ask you to select several consecutive days during which your goods can be loaded and a second series of dates during which your goods can be delivered to your new home. A spread of days gives you and your mover the flexibility needed to keep your move on schedule. Remember that summer months are the busiest, and some movers offer lower prices between the months of October and April.

MOVING DAY
For the day you move, be proactive and helpful to facilitate the moving process. Consider the following guidelines to make the process as stress-free as possible
  • Be on-hand when the movers arrive.
  • Discuss the delivery arrangements fully with your mover.
  • Have beds stripped and ready to be packed.
  • Save your energy—let the moving crew disassemble goods.
  • Read the Bill of Lading before you sign it.
  • Tell your mover how to reach you at your destination.
  • Keep in contact with the mover’s agent at your destination while you are in transit.

TRAVELING WITH PETS
Travel carriers are useful when your pet is traveling by car; they are mandatory when your pet is traveling by air. The following are things to consider when moving with your furry friends.
  • Your pet’s carrier should be durable and smooth-edged with opaque sides, a grille door and several ventilation holes on each side. Choose a carrier with a secure door and door latch. If you are traveling by air, your carrier should have food and water dishes. Pet carriers may be purchased from pet-supply stores or bought directly from domestic airlines.
  • Select a carrier that has enough room to permit your animal to sit and lie down but is not large enough to allow your pet to be tossed around during travel. You can make the carrier more comfortable by lining the interior with shredded newspaper or a towel.
  • It’s wise to acclimate your pet to the carrier in the months or weeks preceding your trip. Permit your pet to explore the carrier. Place your pet’s food dish inside the carrier and confine him or her to the carrier for brief periods.
  • To introduce your pet to car travel in the carrier, confine him or her in the carrier and take short drives around the neighborhood. If properly introduced to car travel, most dogs and cats will quickly adjust to and even enjoy car trips.

Careful Preparation Is Key
When packing, don’t forget your pet’s food, water dishes, bedding, litter and box, leash, collar, tags, grooming supplies, a first-aid kit and any necessary medications. Always have a container of drinking water with you. Your pet should wear a sturdy collar with ID tags throughout the trip. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you or a contact can be reached during your travels.

Traveling can be upsetting to your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water. You should keep feeding to a minimum during travel. (Provide a light meal for your pet two to three hours before you leave, if you are traveling by car, or four to six hours before departure if traveling by air.) Allow small amounts of water periodically in the hours before the trip. Carry a current photograph of your pet with you. If your pet is lost during a trip, a photograph will make it easier for others (e.g., airline employees, the police and shelter workers) to help you find your pet.

DELIVERY
Generally, your belongings will be transported in a van along with those of other families in the same general direction. This helps to keep your costs down. Delivery is made on any of the several consecutive days agreed upon before the move began. Make sure the mover knows how to contact you to schedule actual delivery. If you cannot be reached at the destination, the mover may place your shipment in storage to avoid delaying other shipments. This can mean additional charges for storage and handling.

AN UNPACKING PLAN
You’ve made the move to your new location, and now it’s time to unpack. All your boxes were identified and placed in corresponding rooms. So, all you have to do is start unpacking, right? Wrong. Here are some constructive ways from moving experts to approach this chore and achieve the best results. Just keep in mind, unpacking takes a lot of time.
  1. Start with boxes containing essential items, such as clothes, products and papers you’ll need for your first two weeks. This can include items such as dish soap, sponges, a jar of peanut butter, medication for family and pets, instant coffee, pet food, a radio, a knife, extra light bulbs, pair of scissors, garbage can and a small emergency kit.
  2. Next, you’ll want to unpack your kitchen items. By doing this, it will make you feel in control of one major aspect of daily living—eating. Even if you don’t have time to unpack all the boxes, go for the pots and pans, coffee machine, toaster and utensils you’ll need for cooking.
  3. Prepare the bedrooms for a good first night’s sleep. Set up each of the beds and unpack the sheets for each bedroom. Try to make each of the bedrooms as cozy as possible.
  4. Unpacking boxes for the bathroom is the next logical step. Here, it’s important to unpack and locate cosmetics, toiletries, Kleenex, toilet paper and small appliances you rely on such as an electric toothbrush or a lighted mirror.
  5. After the rooms above have been addressed, then you can rearrange furniture already placed by the movers in the bedrooms, living room and dining room. If you need to assemble large pieces of furniture, do it only when you know where furniture will be placed. One good tip is to organize your closets before you unpack other boxes. This way, you can hang up your clothes and sort your shoes.
  6. The last place in the home to consider unpacking is the garage. While items in the garage can be bulky and heavy, like lawn mowers, power tools and gardening equipment, they aren’t essential. It’s best to have garage shelving available so you can store boxes until they can be unpacked along with other nonessential items.

CLAIMS
Best practices from AMSA suggest that if any of your household goods are damaged or lost, report the facts promptly and in detail on the van driver’s copy (original) of the inventory sheet before you sign it. If you notice damage after unpacking, a claim must be filed within nine months after delivery. However, it is to your advantage to report damage as soon as possible. The mover must acknowledge receipt of your claim within 30 days and must deny or make an offer within 120 days of receipt of your claim.

   
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