Your Bill of Lading


With moving to a new home, among other things, paperwork seems to pile up. One document that you will come across is called the Bill of Lading. Your bill of lading is extremely important so be careful not to lose it.

What is the Bill of Lading?

Investopedia defines it as “A legal document between the shipper of a particular good and the carrier detailing the type, quantity and destination of the good being carried. The bill of lading also serves as a receipt of shipment when the good is delivered to the predetermined destination. This document must accompany the shipped goods, no matter the form of transportation, and must be signed by an authorized representative from the carrier, shipper and receiver. ”

What makes this document so incredibly important is that it lets you know if all of your possessions made it to your new residence. It acts as a huge receipt for all of your possessions the movers took with them on their truck.

Here is what you should see in your bill of lading:

  1. A list of inventory on the truck.
  2. The full name and address of your mover. If any other companies are participating in your move, you should see their contact information as well. It should also list vehicle ID numbers for any of the trucks that are moving your stuff.
  3. The time and date of pickup and delivery.
  4. The method of payment expected upon delivery. Use a credit card or check to pay for your move.
  5. The final price of your move. Any additional services required should be included in the total.
  6. The address of the place you are moving to. Double check the address to make sure there’s no confusion.

Most importantly

Do not sign the bill of lading without reading it. Is is your responsibility to understand your paperwork. If you are struggling with understanding the document ask your movers!

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Todd Moeller

Seven Gables Real Estate

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