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Planning a Successful Move

What you should know before to make your Move an easy one!

We asked Delaware Moving and Storage what type of planning makes a successful move. Their response was that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to make sure anyone planning a residential move have the information needed to plan a successful move.

"You need to Protect Your Memories. Your Money. Your Move." from moving fraud.

The best defense against moving fraud is to be informed and aware of your options when choosing a reputable moving company. While most household moves go smoothly, there are dishonest or "rogue" movers you should be aware of. For more information on interstate moves, visit the FMCSA Web site at:

Before hiring a mover, make sure you know your rights and responsibilities! Learn to spot the red flags of moving fraud and make your next move a success by downloading a free Moving Fraud Prevention Guide. Interstate movers must comply with federal rules and regulations, which include registering with FMCSA. Search for registered movers and view their complaint histories before selecting a mover.

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Before Selecting a Mover.

Before moving your household goods, movers are required to give you this brochure and a booklet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. they provide basic information that will help you understand the documents that a mover will ask you to sign. The booklet also explains your rights if your household goods are lost or damaged. Copies of this brochure and booklet can be downloaded from the website, which has additional helpful consumer information.

Use Only Registered Movers.

Make sure the mover you select has been assigned a USDOT number, is registered with FMCSA to engage in interstate transportation of household goods, and has the proper level of insurance. You can determine if a mover is registered with FMCSA by accessing, or calling FMCSA at (202) 366-9805 for licensing and (202) 385-2423 for insurance.

Read and Understand All Information Provided by the Mover

The mover should provide you with the following basic documents as part of your move:

  • Estimates: The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for service the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover. Do not accept oral estimates.

If your move is Long Distance you should also receive

  • An Estimate/Order for Service this is a list of all the services that movers will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered.
  • Bill of Lading: The Bill of Lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
  • Inventory List: The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods' condition.

Delaware Moving and Storage offers discounts on State to State moves, call 302-322-0311. For more information on interstate moves, visit the FMCSA website. Are you considering moving to Delaware? We can help you find your next home, just ask.