Planning your move, start early, using Burris Moving will help take the stress out of moving, avoid surprises.

Relocation process can take up to 120 days. You need to plan and organize your move. Remember that summers are the busiest times, so contact us early if your move is in the summer.


Remember to include them in plans, have them pack a special box of “their” items. Talk about their “concerns” about the move. Small children may be better with friends or family the day the house is packed, to make it easier, plan a fun day try to make the move an adventure.


Animals cannot be moved on the truck. Make sure on the day of the move they are safe and secure where they will not be in the way of movers. If your pets are not traveling with you make arrangements for their transportation early as they will need records and up to date tags and immunizations.


Plants should not be moved. Many states quarantine plants. If you must move plants we recommend you take them personally.

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Make yourself available the entire day on moving day.

We will assist you if you need help in unhooking washers, dryer & ice maker (with the understanding this is not our area of expertise).

Accompany the driver during the inventory process to see that you agree with the notations made by the driver as to the present condition of your furniture.

Items of extraordinary value that you are declaring such as antique works of art, etc., should be noted separately on the inventory along with their value.

Plan to leave utilities on until the day following the loading of your household goods. Having a phone working is invaluable.

Make a walk through the house, garage, cellar, backyard, and storage room or building with the driver for overlooked items. Check drawers, cabinets, closets and behind doors in all rooms for articles that may have been overlooked during the packing or loading process.

On the day of loading, make sure the driver and our office know how to reach you en-route and at the destination.

All boxes packed by you must be sealed by tape.

If you have any questions regarding the loading, please call our office.

If we fail to meet your expectations in any way, please call our office, we truly want this to be a pleasant experience.

valuation options

Your Burris Bekins representative will also help to define a transit protection option that works best for you. You can choose standard coverage ($0.60 per pound @ no cost), or choose the security provided in our “For All It’s Worth” transit protection. With this option, your goods will be covered for repair, replacement or reimbursement against loss or damage for up to 100% of their current retail value, without depreciation and with maximum reimbursement up to the shipment value you declare. Having proper transit coverage will provide you with additional assurances that your family is protected.

Protecting your Possessions

Basic Liability Protection is free of charge to you and provides for the replacement or repair of an item at $.60 per pound per article and depreciation applies.
An example, you have a sofa weighing 150 lbs. which costs $800. If it is damaged during the move, you’d receive $90 if you select basic liability coverage and up to $800 if you had “For All It’s Worth” full value replacement coverage.
Please be aware that Burris Bekins transit protection excludes inherent vice, climatic conditions and cartons that are packed by owner or a third party.

Inherent Vice/Mechanical Condition Unknown – This means that the carrier is not responsible for any damages which are inherent to the item being shipped. The mechanical condition of appliances or electronics cannot be established prior to a move, therefore unless there is exterior damage noted about the items or cartons, it is assumed that it is in working condition.

Climatic Condition – Any damages which are the direct result of change in temperature or humidity are beyond the carrier’s control.

Cartons that are “Packed by Owner” (PBO) Unless the carton is damaged, Burris Bekins is not liable for any items that have been packed by someone other than Bekins. If the carton shows visible damage, it should be noted on the inventory and the carton(s) and damaged items must be retained for our inspection.

High Value Coverage:

Burris Bekins has developed special procedures for preparing and shipping items of high value. Items of high value are considered to have a value in excess of $100 per pound. Items typically considered to be of “high value” include items such as jewelry, furs, antiques, crystal, silverware, gems, precious metals, art and coin collections, oriental rugs, tapestries and collectibles.

If you decide to include high value items in your shipment, you must notify your Bekins representative before packing day or moving day, as you will need to complete and sign a “High Value Inventory” form. This form is needed to list your high value items so that you are assured that your articles are not limited to minimum liability. The High Value Inventory form will list signatures, serial numbers and manufacturer’s marks. You may also want to photograph or videotape the high value items being shipped. You will be required to sign this document as well.

When you pack your own goods, do not seal any cartons which contain high value items since the driver loading your shipment must be able to verify that the items listed on the High Value Inventory form are contained in the carton. On moving day, the driver will seal the carton and assign an inventory number in your presence.

This process was designed to fully protect your special items. Be aware that the valuation coverage option you select will determine the method used in any claims settlement. Before any settlement, you will be required to furnish verification of ownership and proof of value.

Helpful Moving Links

Complimentary “First Day Service” option on shipments of 3,500 lbs. or more, if the cartons were packed by Bekins. Service includes unpacking at moving family’s request of one (1) dishpack, all mattress cartons and up to four (4) additional cartons.