A Guide To Hiring Your First Moving Company: Understanding The Lingo


You're moving home for the summer and decided to hire a moving company. It helps to limit the stress, but there are terms that will be thrown your way. You'll need to understand them to know which company to choose and what will be expected of you. Here's the main moving company lingo you'll need to understand.

Additional/Accessorial Services

These terms are interchangeable and mean any extras you need apart from moving. They will include things like packing, storing, and disassembling, for example. Most quotes you will get will only include the moving of boxes and already disassembled furniture.

If you get a "full-service" move, this will usually include all the packing of boxes and disassembling of furniture. This will also include the unpacking and removal of boxes at the other end.

Bill of Lading

This is the contract for the move and the receipt you'll receive for your goods. Like any contract, you'll need to understand this and sign it. If there's something you don't understand or agree with, talk to the moving company before signing. Have a copy of your bill at all times during the move.

High Value Articles

Any item that is valued at $100 per pound or more will be a high value article. Some of these may need extra insurance, depending on the total value and type of item. These items won't just be your TVs, computers, and furniture. Think about sentimental, expensive jewelry and some of your one-of-a-kinds books.

Local and Long Distance Moves

You may think you're moving locally, but the moving companies will set their own mileages. This will be detailed on their websites in most cases. If you go further than the "local move" distance, you'll be quoted for a "long distance move," as long as you're in the same state.

When moving between states, you'll need to look at the interstate move moving companies. Those moving between countries will need to look at "international move" rates.

Do-It-Yourself Trucks

You don't always need to hire movers. If you want to do it all yourself, you can hire trucks and opt for a "do-it-yourself" move. You will need to take care of everything, but you also have more freedom and it can work out cheaper. All you'll need to pay for is the truck rental and gas that you use.

Know your terms and you'll find a moving company that suits your needs. These are the most common terms you'll need to understand with any type of move, local or international.


3 August 2016

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