Your Driver will prepare a detailed Inventory & Condition Report of the items you are moving. In addition to tagging every individual carton or piece of furniture with numbered and color-coded labels, the professional movers will record each item and a description of any existing damage on the inventory form. You should accompany the driver as he or she prepares the inventory, pointing out any special concerns or handling considerations along the way.
You'll be asked to sign the inventory as your acknowledgment that the pieces indicated were loaded and as verification of their condition prior to moving. Then, the driver will sign the form as well and present you with a copy. Keep this inventory with you for use at your new home.
The driver will also ask you to sign a bill of lading. This is the contract by which you authorize the van line to transport your possessions and agree to pay for those moving services. The Bill of Lading serves to confirm the moving services performed, pickup and delivery schedules, and the valuation and protection plan that you've selected.