Answered by Nicole La CapriaSeptember 25, 2013
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A bill of lading is a legal document that ensures a shipment of goods will be picked up, transported, and received at its destination according to the terms illustrated in the contract. The bill of lading is issued to you by your moving company and includes all of the important details of your move.
The bill of lading is a binding contract which verifies that your belongings are transported legally. It is also the receipt that proves your shipment has arrived in its entirety and without damage.
Signing the Bill of Lading
Before signing the bill of lading, make sure you understand all of the tricky terms, fine print and legal jargon.
You should also:
- Make sure the terms illustrated in the bill of lading are identical to the order of service, which you should have received before the move. If there are any indiscrepancies, inquire about them before signing.
- Make sure that the name, address, and phone number of your moving company appear on the bill.
- Make sure the method of payment listed is what you and your mover discussed and agreed upon beforehand.
- Verify that your bill of lading includes proof that you have obtained insurance for your move to ensure that you are covered for any damage.
- Check the inventory and the stated condition of each item before the move. If anything was damaged during the move, you must mention it to your movers before signing the bill of lading, or you will have a difficult time filing the claim later.
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