Glossary of Moving Terms and Move Types
Terminology used in the Moving Industry
Additional Moving Services
Services such as packing, appliance servicing, unpacking,
or stair carries that are needed due to either your request
or building regulations may result in additional charges.
Charges for services performed by a third party at your
request. The charges for these services are paid for by the
mover and added to the charges on your Bill of Lading.
A local moving company authorized to act on behalf of a
larger, national company.
Bill of Lading
This is the contract between the mover and the customer.
It also acts as a receipt. It is important to understand everything
on the bill of lading before you sign it.
Binding: The mover quotes a flat price based upon a given
inventory. No matter how long the job takes, the flat price
is always paid. It is given only when an onsite estimate is
Non-Binding: These estimates are based upon the movers'
previous experience of jobs similar to yours. As the name
suggests, these estimates are subject to change.
Hourly Rates: Customers are charged by the hour per man,
This is the mover that you are working with.
C.O.D. - Cash on delivery
This is when payment is required at the time of delivery.
This is an agreement to transport goods by a set date in
exchange for a higher rate.
Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Service
A premium service whereby dates of service are guaranteed,
with the mover providing reimbursement for delays. This type
of service is often subject to minimum weight requirements.
High Value Article
These are items in a shipment that are valued at more than
$100 per pound.
The detailed descriptive list of your household goods showing
the quantity and condition of each item.
Basic method of billing for long distance service. Linehaul
charges are calculated by mileage and the weight of your shipment.
Linehaul charges may not include fees for charges such as
the ones noted above in 'additional charges'.
Local moving usually refers to moves of less than 100 miles
within the same state. This type of move is based on hourly
rates and is regulated by the states DOT (Deptartment of Transportation)
or other regulatory body.
Intra State: This is a move of more than 100 miles within
the same state.
Inter State: This is a move from one state to another and
is billed by weight and distance. This type of move is regulated
by the United States Department of Transportation.
Long Carry Charge
An additional charge incurred when articles must be carried
an excessive distance to the movers truck.
Order for Service
The authorizing document allowing movers to move your goods.
Order Number Also known as the Bill of Lading.
It's the number used to identify and track your shipment.
Peak Season Rates
A premium rate that is charged at certain times of the year.
This rate is generally applied in the summer months.
Pickup and Delivery Charges
This is an additional charge that is applied when you have
to transport your shipment between the Storage in Transit
warehouse and your residence.
Occurs when a smaller vehicle is used to haul goods to a
location that is not accessible to large moving trailers.
An extra charge for carrying items up or down flights of
Temporary warehousing of your goods pending further transportation
or transportation to your new home if it isn't ready for occupancy.
You may not exceed a total of 180 days of storage, and you
are responsible for the added SIT charges as well as the warehouse
handling and final delivery charges.
The amount your goods are worth. The valuation charge compensates
the mover for assuming a greater degree of liability than
that provided for in the base transportation charges.
An additional charge applicable each time SIT service is
provided. This charge compensates the mover for the physical
placement and removal of items within the warehouse.
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