Moving to a new home is a time-consuming and stressful process. There’s always the worry that your furniture and things will be harmed, so begin preserving them as soon as you begin packing.

“How do you proceed if your belongings are destroyed after being carried by a moving company?”

We’ve put up this guide to assist you in answering that question.

Follow these five simple steps to keep on the same page with your moving crew and have a clear plan of action in case something goes wrong.

Self Inspection

A final self-inspection of your property and assets before the trucks leave your new home, similar to the pre-moving walkthrough, can save you a lot of worry in the long run. The sooner you realize if your moving crew has caused any form of damage, the better. It’s best to have an instant conversation with your team lead to notify them of the harm before they go off-site. Most organizations will request that you submit your claim within a certain amount of time after the job is completed. 

Reread the Bill of Lading 

It covers the terms of your contract, including details on the type of liability you and your mover agreed to. At a charge of up to 60 cents per pound, all enterprises are required to ensure their goods. Naturally, this means that your iPod is covered for…60 cents. You’ll be more likely to get your item fixed or paid if you purchased additional coverage. If the liability of your moving company does not protect you, you may need to file a claim through your homeowner’s or renter’s policy.

Address any obvious damages

Before you sign off, double-check every item on the inventory sheet; if you sign off without checking everything, you’ll have a hard time going back if your bobblehead doll collection goes missing. Before the movers leave, notify them of any damaged or missing objects and make a notation on the inventory sheet or Bill of Lading. If they offer you a quick settlement, kindly decline. It’s possible that you’ll underestimate the costs.

Remember your rights

Except as specified on the shipping documentation, do not sign any receipt that does not state that you are signing for your shipment in apparently good condition.” If you’ve included a clause in your contract about hidden damages, that last paragraph will protect you. Even if you have a valid claim, you are still responsible for paying for the transfer on time.

File a claim

The moving company is required to accept claims within nine months of the date of service; nevertheless, the sooner you contact them, the better. Send them a certified letter describing the damage and ask for a claim form. Keep a duplicate of your inventory list on hand, as well as any images or videos that can help you prove your case. Within 30 days, the mover should notice your claim and either deny or settle it within six months. You may choose to submit a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or even take your case to small claims court if they refuse to compensate you for your loss.

You want everything to go smoothly throughout your relocation. Documenting your belongings both before and after your transfer is the best approach to achieve this. This way, if your furniture, electronics, or kitchenware are damaged by movers, you’ll have the proof you need to remedy their mistakes.