Checking your inventory after a long-distance move

Checking your inventory after a long-distance move is important. Given the fact that moving is a chaotic experience. There are a lot of moving cogs and parts that are taking place at the same time.  That’s why it’s so easy to get lost in all that disarray and confusion. Sometimes you forget something, and sometimes things get lost. That’s why it’s so crucial that you learn the importance of checking your inventory. Especially, after a long-distance move. Having an index of all the items that you’ve packed and relocated, as well as proof of that is key to having a stress-free move. Today, one of the best Florida movers is going to show you how not just to create an inventory list to help you keep track of your belongings, but also how to make sure that nothing is missing once you’ve relocated. Sounds good?

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Research suggests that relocation is one of the most stressful events a person can experience.

Checking your inventory after a long-distance move

So, why is having an inventory of all the items that you are going to relocate so important? Well, that’s an excellent question. When you decide to relocate, one of the first things you need to scratch off your moving checklist is to create an inventory of all the items you are going to relocate. A moving inventory offers you a birds-eye view of all your belongings that you are going to relocate.

What is the point of having an inventory in the first place?

A moving inventory serves a lot of different purposes. First, it serves as a way of tracking everything that you are relocating. This can be helpful if you need to know if you are unsure what exactly did you pack. Secondly, it’s a good way to prove to your long distance movers Florida(or yourself) that the item that got lost in the move, actually did get packed. And lastly, it’s also a great way for you to organize your move. As it shows you exactly in which moving box is the belonging located. These are just some of the purposes of such an inventory. However, by no means is this an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other reasons that you should use an inventory (ie. in case of emergencies – fires, burglaries, etc.)

How to create an inventory?

There are a lot of different methods by which you can create an inventory. There are tons of different guides online, templates to look at, etc. However, let’s get this out of the way as soon as possible. You should use the template, or creating a template that you are most comfortable with.

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There are a lot of different templates out there for your inventory list. However, pick the one that speaks to you.

Don’t just go for the most popular option, as you might not find any success with those. We recommend that you mix and match until you find what you are actually happy with. That way you can enjoy your packing and inventorying a bit more than you would usually.

Before you get the chance to approach checking your inventory, we recommend that you create copies of all your important documents

During your relocation, your personal documents will also get scribbled in the moving inventory. Unfortunately, you also have to plan for the worst. That means that you should plan that during your relocation, all your important documents can go missing or get lost in transport. That’s why it’s so crucial, and we can’t stress this enough – to actually create copies of all your important documents. That means ID’s, passports, medical documents, etc. At least if the originals get lost, you will have copies until you get new ones made. Which is always better than not having any documents at all.

Take pictures of your belongings as proof.

While on this topic we also recommend that you take pictures of all your belongings. Or at the very least, the belongings that matter the most to you. So, why do this? Well, this is a great way to prove to your movers or the company that’s handling your relocation that the state prior to the move of your belongings was not at all in any shape or form, damaged. It helps in your case to prove to your company that you are doing business with, that they are in fact the ones responsible for the damage occurring. Which is always helpful for filing any moving insurance claims.

Checking your inventory 101

Hopefully, if you’ve created an inventory list, and made copies of your personal documents, photographed all your important belongings, you should be actually good to go. However, there is an important thing we would like to underline, and that is learning how to check your inventory. If in any case you’ve moved by freight truck, and didn’t use a moving company that we recommend that you act fast. Make sure everything is in order before signing the waving bill. However, if you’ve hired moving companies from New York to Florida you don’t need to act fast, at all. Why is that, we hear you ask? Well because of…

… The bill of lading

Before the move begins, you always sign the bill of lading. That is a contract, which is legally binding by the way, that stipulates all the rights and obligations you have to the moving company, and they to you.

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Always read the fine print before signing the bill of lading. This is an important legal document that contains all the important information about your move. So, you definitely don’t want to just skim through.

If your belongings get damaged during relocation, all you need to do is give them a call. In most cases, all of the disputes are settled this way. They will amend the operations if possible or offer to cover you in another way. However, if you are not satisfied with their compensation you can always fail a claim with an appropriate court.