If you ordered packing, a team of
specially-trained packers will be sent to your home either on the
morning of your scheduled loading day or the day before, depending
on how much packing needs to be done.
Next up among the professionals assigned
to service your shipment is the Escort, as we in the moving industry
call him key person, since his role in your move encompasses so much
more than just escorting. He, of course, is in charge of the
physical moving process. He's responsible for loading your goods at
origin, transporting the van, and delivering your belongings--safe
and sound--into your new home. Generally, he'll be assisted in the
loading and unloading processes by other workers.
Before loading begins, the supervisor
will take special precautions to protect your home, as well as its
contents. This may include laying down "floor runners" to protect
carpets and flooring in entryways, hallways, and other high-traffic
areas, as well as padding banisters and doorways to avoid marring
walls and woodwork.
If you cannot be present at the time of
loading, you'll need to arrange for a responsible person to act as
your agent in signing both the bill of lading and the inventory
Most furniture is wrapped with specially
constructed cloth pads or "blankets" to protect it from scratches,
dents, dirt, etc. Even items such as gardening tools are padded to
prevent them from scratching or soiling other items in the shipment.
Tightly loaded tiers--with heavy articles loaded on the bottom--will
be constructed inside the van to avoid jarring or shifting while on
The vans themselves, in addition to being
quite spacious, are specially designed and equipped to accommodate
the safe transportation of household goods. Specifically, trailer
walls and doors are lined with logistical tracks, enabling shipments
to be secured further with heavy nylon straps.
After everything has been loaded in the
van, it's a good idea for you and the van foreman to take one last
walk through your house to make sure that nothing has been