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5 Important Moving Terms to Understand When Hiring Movers
Planning a move often involves a flurry of activity, some of which can be confusing. Here are five critical moving terms you should know as you prepare to work with your residential mover.
1. Bill of Lading
The Bill of Lading is essentially the contract between mover and customer. Always read it carefully and ask the mover if you have any questions. This document is probably the most important term to understand because it:
- Establishes terms and conditions of the move
- Provides as a customer receipt for goods
- Serves as a contract for transportation
Once signed, the customer acknowledges they permit their household items to be loaded on the truck, releasing them to the carrier.
2. Virtual Survey
A virtual survey is an online tool that is steadily becoming popular. Instead of setting up an appointment with a moving agent to physically come to the home to provide an estimate, everything can be done online through video chat—even from a smartphone or tablet.
Many customers prefer this option because they can complete the entire quote process remotely, so scheduling a move can now be done easier and faster than ever.
3. Binding Estimate
A binding estimate is drawn up before the move that itemizes the total cost of the relocation. This type of estimate guarantees the quote provided is the final quote, regardless of how long the job takes to complete.
4. Non-Binding Estimate
Unlike a binding estimate, a non-binding estimate isn’t a guaranteed rate. However, it gives the customer a generalized idea of how much their move will cost. The mover provides a quote based on the estimated weight of the items to be transported and any additional services the customer may have requested. The final price is determined by the actual weight of the freight and other circumstances occurring on moving day.
5. Full-Service Move
Aside from transporting items from one location to another, most moving companies offer additional services. A typical service people contract for is full-service packing and unpacking. In a full-service move, the mover handles:
- Packing up items to be moved
- Loading and unloading the moving truck
- Unpacking goods upon arrival
It’s a good idea to ask the moving company what their full-service move entails. Many movers perform the above services, providing the packing materials and removing them at the end of the move, all-inclusive of the cost. However, some movers may not include packaging material services, so always double-check if purchasing a full-service move.
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