What Paperwork Do I Have to Fill Out When Hiring a Mover?

When it’s time to hire a mover, you want to know what you can expect from the process, including the paperwork you will need to fill out. While every moving company is different, there are a few standard pieces of paperwork and documentation you can expect from nearly all movers. Keep reading to get the details to help you prepare for what’s next.

Moving Paperwork: Get Your Signature Hand Ready

Most of the paperwork you fill out will only require you to read the information and sign on the dotted line. You usually won't need a lot of additional information. Here are the three pieces of paperwork you can expect:

  • Moving Service Order

After you have selected the moving company you want to hire for the job and agree to the moving estimate, they will provide you with an official “Order of Service.” This document is a release form that explains the agreement between you and the company. Your signature gives the company’s employees permission to handle your items as the document describes. It also includes information such as the moving date, moving vehicle type, cancellation policies, total price, and any other items you have negotiated.

  • Inventory Lists

While the moving company will not require you to fill out an inventory list, it’s a good idea to do it on your own. The company will create their own list as they load boxes onto their truck. You can use your list to cross-check their list. The more descriptive information you can include about your belongings, the better.

  • Bill of Lading

Once the moving company has loaded your belongings onto the truck, they will present you with a Bill of Lading. This is the final contract from the company that includes all the details of the move, including payment and insurance information, delivery date and location, a valuation addendum, and a list of all services. You must sign the Bill of Lading before the moving truck can pull away from your property with your belongings.

Get a Smooth, Hassle-Free Moving Experience with Nilson Van & Storage

From the moving estimate and paperwork to the safe delivery of your items, the professional team at Nilson Van & Storage is here to make your move successful. Contact us online now to get an estimate for your upcoming move.

Whether your move is big or small, our skilled movers are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you.