Moving companies have developed their own language over the years. This language is confusing to many consumers who want to hire a mover. You get a bunch of documents from the mover when you get an estimate and even more at the time of the move. What do all those odd terms mean when it comes to your move?
Knowing common moving terms can make this transaction easier to understand.
Agent – The moving company acting as a booking, origin, destination and/or hauling agent.
Accessorial (Additional) Services – These are any charges besides the move itself. It includes packing, unpacking, appliance service, or extra stops.
Bill of Lading – This is the client’s receipt for the move. You get this before the mover pulls away from the curb at the loading site.
Binding/Non-Binding Estimate – A binding estimate is an agreement on the cost of the move based on certain factors like amount of furniture and amount of boxes. A mover can give a non-binding estimate, but that amount can change based on the actual weight and quantity of the move.
C.O.D. – This refers to payment due on delivery. It means you have to make payment when the movers arrive at the destination.
Carrier – This refers to the movers doing the physical move.
Change Order – If a mover and customer are already under contract, a change order is the document used to amend this agreement based on additions or deletions from the original contract.
Expedited Service – This agreement says the mover will get to a destination faster than normal for a higher fee.
Inventory – This is the detailed description of the goods places on the moving van.
Long Carry – This charge happens when there is a long distance between the truck and the residence.
Order for Service – This form is your approval that the movers can move your goods.
Peak Season Rates – Summer time is the time when most people move. This rate applies during those months.
Storage in Transit – If you need temporary storage for your goods before delivery to the final destination, this charge covers that.
Third Party Charges – If the mover brings in a specialist to handle some aspect of the move, this term covers that charge.
Valuation – This is the evaluated worth of the items going on the moving van.
When looking at moving companies West Palm Beach residents need this information. Knowing these terms will give you the knowledge you need to read moving estimates and contracts with no problems.