10 Moving Terms You Should Know
Like all industries, the moving business comes complete with its own very specific set of jargon — terms that your movers might throw around casually — while you have no idea what they’re talking about. Understand exactly what you’re getting from your movers by familiarizing yourself with these 10 common moving terms.
Moving services that go above and beyond the basic transportation of household items traditionally included in a moving estimate, and will typically incur an additional fee. Examples include packing boxes, carrying large items up and down stairs, or transporting high value or fragile goods.
The American Moving and Storage Association, a professional, third-party trade association that provides industry-wide standards and recommendations for moving professionals. As a consumer, hiring companies registered with the AMSA, like Orange Movers, can ensure a high-quality, satisfactory experience.
Bill of Lading
A receipt that must be provided and signed when a shipment arrives at its final destination. The bill of lading (or BOL) outlines exactly what was shipped, when it arrived, and the charges incurred.
A final, contracted estimate provided by a mover that specifies what the cost of a move will be, and the services provided in exchange.
Declared Value Protection
Ancillary insurance coverage that allows a homeowner to set a per-pound value for their belongings. For example, if a consumer insured their shipment at a declared value of $10 per pound, and the shipment was 1,000 lbs, the maximum insurance coverage for the shipment would be $10,000.
In long-distance moves, this is the company responsible for unloading the contents of a truck when it arrives at its final destination.
DOT License Number
An initial quote provided by a moving service that gives a general overview of the anticipated costs of a move. Unlike a binding estimate, a non-binding estimate is still subject to change and is not considered a contract.
This is the company charged with packing and moving belongings out of a home, loading them onto the truck, and managing transportation logistics of the items to their final destination.
Released Value Protection
The basic level of insurance coverage that all moving companies are required to provide on shipments. Released value protection provides insurance coverage at a set rate of 60 cents per pound of the shipment.