Moving Glossary

Welcome to our moving glossary which will help you comprehend difficult moving terms
No Moving resource would be complete without a comprehensive glossary of terms. We’ve compiled a list of terms and their definitions to better help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of moving.
Introduction:

Moving is one of the important decisions that we have to face in our life for at least once. There are many things which must know before we start a move. The success of the move depends upon your decision on certain important things. If the decisions are made in a right manner then your move will only give you profit. So before doing a move you must consult others who have already done a successful move.

Accessional Charges:
Accessional service charges are the charges for sorting, packing, elevator carrying and unpacking. These processes are the basic requirements done before the move is started and after the move is completed. These charges are added to the transportation charges and the services are provided according to the landlord’s request.

Additional Transport Charges:
Additional transport charges are the charges which are charged for carrying services in areas where labor charges are much higher than national average.

Advance Charges:
Advance charges are the charges which are paid by the customer in advance to the moving company for getting some tips from moving experts working in the company. This includes if an agent is involved for a packing a particularly some part of your things.

Agent:
A local agent is a person who looks after the business transaction with the moving company if you’re not having any direct contact with the moving company. Some companies even send their agents to take care of some of transactions.

Shuttle Services:
The shuttle service is used only if there are some physical strains for the customer i.e. like narrow road or damaged roads. In this case the customer has to pay extra charge for this shuttle service because the cost declared to you before would only come in normal services.

Booking Agent:
There some booking agent who book the space with the mover for the move. They register your move for van line. They may even act as your destination agent.

Bill of Landing:
The bills which you sign must be kept safely since they are the only evidences of your move.

Hauling Agent:
The hauling agent is the agent who handles the matter related to the trucks.

Destination Agent:
The destination agent’s job is to make sure that your items are delivered to you safely.

Appliances Services:
The appliances like refrigerators, Air conditioners, driers and washers must be moved very safely. Some company provides extra hauling service but sufficient amount of service charge is also collected.

Accessed Value Coverage:
There is concept of accessed value coverage in which the moving items are valued in such a way that you need to pay some service charge for highly valued items.

Lading Bill:
Lading bill is considered as the agreement between the customer and the moving company. So before signing a document you should thoroughly check it so that you don’t feel for it at last.

Estimation:
There are two types of Estimations. The binding estimation is nothing but the flat rate estimation given on the first look. Non-binding estimation is done on movers past experience and the changes are done after the move is complete.

Hourly Rates:
Some company even give you the option of hourly rent basis for trucks and the services.

Carrier:
The mover who is to see your transportation fully is known as the carrier.

Claim:
If there is any loss or damage caused during transportation then the mover can claim it from the moving company by submitting the claim form. More information on damages can be found here: Solving Disputes with your mover.

Moving Cost:
The moving cost includes the additional service charges and the important requirements like insurance etc.

C.O.D:
Consider for an international move, the movement is done by shipping. The main disadvantage of shipping is that you have to pay them by cash and the cash must be paid at the moment of taking your goods outside the ship. But they assure you with perfect security for your goods. Even insurance is possible in shipping.

Consignee:
Consignee is person to whom the shipment must be delivered.

Consignor:
Consignor is the customer from whom the shipment is got.

Carrier Packed:
There are some goods where the shipper won’t pay for any loss or damage if the loss is due to packing mistake. These goods are called as cartons or carrier packed.

CWT:
CWT is the type of payment usually got by the shippers. It stands for rate per 100 pounds.

Speed Up Services:
Speed Up services are provided by some of the companies in which the customer has to pay some excess payment for easier and quick transportation. These types of services are costly and can be done only for immediate purposes.

Deadhead:
The customer even has to pay the mover for miles traveled without goods. This rule is a tough one but it is always followed by all the moving companies.

Declared Valuation:
The shipper used to give the valuation after loading all the goods. This is must be compulsorily got from the shipper so that you can claim if there are any damage or loss due to imperfect moving.

Estimate:
The perfect estimation is the estimation which is calculated based on the binding or non binding cost, availability of the space, accessional services and the freight weight provided by the mover.

Flight Charges:
Flight charges are the charges which are charged on the customers for internal moving purposes like moving inside the apartment stairs and moving down the stairs.

Flight of Stairs:
These charges can be minimized if we use an elevator carrier. This will in turn reduce the additional carrier labor charge. There is another service known as the expenditure service in which if the delivery is not done at correct time then only standard charges will only be given to the moving company. The moving in the stairs is charged in excessive rate by many moving companies according to the movement area available in the staircase areas.

Freight Services:
Freight service includes the movement of good to the destination area. If the loading has to been done from various points then the mover charges according to time spent in the secondary stops.

Full Replacement Value Coverage:
Most of the moving companies provide full moving value protection. This helps you in getting all the claims from the mover if there are any losses or damaged during the move. This damage is paid accordingly to the valuation agreement signed by you after the goods have been shipped. The mover has to fully pay for the losses and damages caused by them according to the agreement. The evaluation must be done in cost per 1000$ so that the customer get maximum benefit. But most movers follow cost per 25000$.

Full Service Mover:
There are many full servicing mover whose does all jobs like packing, carrying to the trucks under all circumstances, moving to final destination and then unpacking in a very safe manner. These services include the appliances moving also.

Pick Up and Delivery Service:
The delivery must be done in correct time or else the moving company has to pay the compensation for the delays. The compensation is nothing but the customer needs to pay only the minimum weight charge only to the moving company.

Valuable Articles:
The customer must disclose all the important valuable articles to the user before moving so that the packing of these articles are done with much more care. But if not disclosed and the goods get damaged then the moving company is allowed to pay minimum compensation.

Inventory:
Inventory is nothing but a catalogue form of agreement in which the mover mentions all type goods that are loaded into the trucks before the move. This agreement must be signed only after thorough checking. This agreement will help you in the claim if any good get damaged or lost.
Line Haul Charges:
Line haul charges are the charges which are charged for long moving process based on the weight, freight and mileage of the moving vehicle.

Long Carry Charges:
Long carry charge is charged when the goods are to be moved more than 75 feet from destination point from the vehicle.

Long Haul Charges:
Long haul charges are made for the moves which are more 450 miles.

Long Distance Charges:
Long distance charges are charged in two ways. There are interstate and intrastate charges. Intra state moving are said to be long distance move if the move in more than 100 miles inside the state. If the move has to be done from state to state then it is called interstate long move.

Low Ball:
Low ball moving services are done by moving companies which doesn’t have many orders. The only thing we must see from this company is that whether they provide quality moving or not.

Loading Ramp:
Many moving company provides loading ramp for moving heavily weighted things in to the moving vehicle.

Moving company:
The moving company selection will be the main constituting factor since the entire move depends upon them. The planning, implementation and managing the resources are the important things that a moving company must do.

Service Order:
Service order is the authentication given to the mover for carrying the move. They must have all the approvals of moving goods from one state to other state.

Peak Season Rates:
Peak season rates are charged only by the moving company which is looking to gain the maximum profit in a calculated time where numbers of moves are very high. These must not be paid without any immediate need.

Pick Up and Delivery Charges:
Pick up and Delivery charges are the charges charged for moving from storing place to the origin.

Phone contacts:
It is a must that you must have all important contact numbers of the moving person so that you get a security in your mindset.

Moving a Piano:
Moving a piano is very costly because it can even occupy a maximum space in the moving vehicle.

Price:
The cost of the moving excluding the payment made for insurance and additional service charges are collectively known as price. Flight of stairs, Pick up and Delivery, long distance moving and special services provided as per customer’s request will definitely affect the quoted price value.

Packing Service:
Packing is one of the important factor that we look during the process of moving. Packing is one of the tough processes in moving. The Full service provider will completely do the process of packing from origin and unpacking it in the destination place.

Shipper:
Shipper is none other than the customer whose goods are to be transported from one place to another.

Storage in Transit:
The goods are temporarily stored in some place if the newly moving place is not ready. The customer has to be paying an extra amount as per the place allocated for storing the items temporarily. The payments are calculated in hours.

Self Service Mover:
The job of the self service mover is to only move the goods from origin to the destination. The processes like flight of stairs, packing and unpacking are done by the customers by some other means.

Standard Coverage:
The customer is provided by the mover with free coverage which done for damaged goods. The payment is paid as per the standards which are already assigned to all moving companies. E.g. 60 cents will be paid per pound. This coverage is a minimum coverage and the customer cannot accept it for higher damages.

Transport Type:
The moving vehicles are changed based on the profit for the customer. This type of service is only provided by Self-Service Movers.

Truck:
The moving vehicle i.e. the truck is provided by the moving company for loading the items which are to be moved from the old place to the destination place.

Trailer:
Trailer is needed for loading goods. It is provided by the moving company.

Tariff:
This is the agreement kind of record which intimates the user about the various rates which are to be paid in this moving process.

Valuation:
The shipper provides this to the customer before moving. This valuation is done with the goods that are loaded in the container. This valuation should be kept safely by the customer so that if any damage or losses occur due irresponsible moving then the claim can be done easily.

Mobile container:
This is the container in which all the goods which are to be moved are loaded. Moving containers are provided by the moving company.

Warehouse handling:
These are the charges which are applied in Storage-in-Transit. These charges are considered to be the compensation for the moving company.

To find out Frequently asked Moving question please read our: Moving F.A.Q page.

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