Three Essential Inspections on Moving Day

Finally done packing? Here's what you should look for in a moving company. Plus, tips for preparing for the first night in your new house.

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By: Kara Wahlgren

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Make sure you pay special attention to these items.

The Bill of Lading

Moving companies are required to show you this contract before they start loading your stuff on the truck. Even though you're anxious to get going, take a few minutes to read it thoroughly. Make sure it matches the terms on your original service order and address any concerns before you sign it. Hang onto your copy until you've unpacked the boxes because you'll need it on hand if anything gets damaged.

The Contents of Your Boxes

Make a note on your contract about concealed damage -- you may not realize your favorite cookie jar was cracked until you've started unpacking your kitchenware. Try not to let boxes remain unopened for too long; the sooner you empty them, the sooner you can settle any necessary claims.

The Utilities in Your New Home

Take a few minutes and check the outlets, light switches, appliances, faucets, and toilets in your new home. If anything's broken, you'll have a chance to address it before you settle in for the night.

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