If you have never made a household inventory and packing list in preparation for a move, you might find that it is really one of the most helpful things you can do. Such a list can help ensure that nothing goes missing – or that you at least notice it right away. Remember, you don’t want to sign off on the moving waybill if you aren’t 100% sure that all your stuff has arrived!
Before you actually move, it is important that you know exactly what is going to be moving with you. That’s what a packing list is. As long as you know what is supposed to arrive at the new home with you, it will definitely help if you ever need to file a moving insurance claim for loss or damage.
Here’s what you should do:
- Make copies of important legal documents like marriage certificates, birth certificates and wills, and keep them separate from the originals. The copies can go with the rest of your stuff if you keep the originals with you.
- Make a record of all of your belongings. You can do this with a digital still camera or a video camera. Notes that identify everything should accompany these images.
- Make an inventory list describing what you own. Include clothing, kitchen items, garage tools, and so forth.
- Don’t forget to make copies of your documentation.
Your household moving inventory and packing list can be used to help get a more accurate estimate for your shipment. Keep the list handy in case of emergencies, such as natural disasters or fire.