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7 Things to Look for On a Bill of Lading with La Habra Movers

la-habra-moving-companyWhen you’re hiring La Habra movers for your next home or business move, almost nothing is more important to the process than the contract – or bill of lading. This piece of paperwork is what will lay out the specifics of your move, so that you and the moving company are all on the same page.

Most of the time, if you’re working with a reputable moving company, you won’t need to call on the contract. They’ll just stick to it. But in worst case scenarios if a lawsuit were to happen, you’d definitely want a contract in place.

Plus, even in best case scenarios, a bill of lading helps you lay out all the details of your move, so that nothing is missed. It’s easy to forget about small details when you’re just talking through the details of your move. But when you’re actually seeing it all in writing, you’ll remember everything that you need to get done during the move.

So before you sign a bill of lading with your La Habra moving company, here are seven things to look for on it:

1. Identification

Of course, the moving contract ought to have information about you – your name, phone number, and addresses. Be sure that the contract includes both your current address that you’re moving from and your future address that you’re moving to. Small typos here can cause big confusion on moving day!

Also, be sure that the contract includes a name and physical address for the La Habra moving company you’re going to use. Scam moving companies are likely to have no physical address at all – or one that leads to an empty lot. So if you get a fishy feeling about a company, you can always ask for their address and drive by to verify it.

2. Timing details

Just as you want to ensure that your addresses are correct to avoid any moving-day confusion, you’ll also want to be sure that the dates and times of the move are correct. You don’t want the packers showing up two days early, or, worse, the movers showing up a day late! Check and double check that these details are correct.

3. A List of Services

Every contract for moving should include a list of the services being provided. You should have a good look at this list to ensure that you’re getting all the services you want – but not paying for any that you don’t want. If you’re doing a complicated move where the movers are packing some things but not others, be doubly sure that the details are correct.

4. Rates

For the most part, moving companies price off of a list of rates. The rates may be by weight or by mile, depending on the company. Packing rates could be per box or per room, again, depending on the company. Look over the rate sheet to be sure you understand how everything is priced before you sign your La Habra moving company.

5. Pricing

The pricing section of a bill of lading shows how the rates are actually applied to your move. Sometimes, you might get discounts here. For instance, if you’re signing up for a total full-service move, the company might cut you a deal on the packing, giving you one room free. This should be included in the contract’s pricing section.

The pricing section is essential because it’ll tell you exactly how much you’re paying for a moving company’s services. It’ll also tell you whether or not the prices are guaranteed. Some moving companies will guarantee the contract price. Others will guarantee with a contingency of 10%. So you could pay up to 10% over the contract price, but no more than that. Either of these arrangements can work. What you don’t want is a non-guaranteed price that could change at any time.

6. Other Considerations

Often, the bill of lading will include a section for other considerations. For instance, it might lay out some expectations of what you’re supposed to have done before moving day. Or this section might show areas where you may need to pay a bit extra – like if you have three flights of stairs in your new home.

7. Liability

Finally, any contract with a La Habra moving company should show who has liability – both for the workers and for your stuff. Be sure you’re protected from liability while the workers are on your property. And double check who is liable for any breakage or loss of your household goods during the packing, moving, and unpacking process.