Moving contract – the ultimate breakdown of terms

Moving terminology is unknown for those who are moving for the first time or not working in the moving industry. One of the things you must understand is a moving contract before signing anything. Learn it quick and easy.

Terms on a moving contract

To understand every word on documents and to organize a moving with a professional Arlington moving company, learn some of the most important terms. If you have a hard time learning it, ask someone who knows, to help you read it and to explain it. But, it is not necessary because you can find a dictionary.

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Terms related to finances.

  • 110% rule – a moving company can charge 110% of a non-binding estimate
  • Additional charges – costs for extra services, such as packing, unpacking, loading, etc.
  • Assessing costs – include all the moving costs, additional costs, advanced and line haul charges, etc.
  • Bill of lading – a moving contract between you and a moving company
  • Binding and non-binding – a binding estimate is an accurate moving estimate, while non-binding gives you the approximate coss that can be changed
  • Moving quotes – estimated price for your relocation calculated according to size and weight of your items
  • Linehaul charges – charges based on the distance between old and new home


Terms related to moving services.

  • Commercial moving – a business or office relocation
  • Door-to-door – a moving company will transport your items directly from your old home to a new one
  • Full-service – a mover will take care of packing, transporting, unpacking
  • Packing services – your mover will pack your boxes instead of you
  • Storage services – some moving companies offer a storage unit where you can put all your household items
  • Shuttle services – when your home is not easily accessible, a mover will use a smaller moving van instead of a large moving truck, to transport your items to a bigger vehicle


Terms related to insurance during the relocation.

  • Basic moving insurance – required insurance when moving which covers your loss with 60 cents per pound
  • Cargo claim – a list of items that got damaged during the relocation process
  • Claim – Appeal against the moving company if you noticed some irregularities
  • Full-value protection – insurance that will pay or replace all the items that got damaged during the relocation process
  • Third-party insurance – an option to insure your items with an insurance company, not with a moving company
  • Valuation – a limit on what a mover is responsible for damages while moving
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Moving terms related to packing.

  • Essential box – a box that will be near you during the relocation and a box that you will open first after moving
  • Packing supplies – supplies for packing such as moving boxes, air bubble foil or other wrapping materials, tape, packing peanuts, scissors, etc.
  • Inventory (inventory sheets) – A list of all the items you are transporting, it should be part of a moving contract too