Services such as packing, appliance servicing,
unpacking, or stair carries that are needed due to either your
request or building regulations may result in additional charges.
Charges for services performed by a third party at
your request. The charges for these services are paid for by the
mover and added to the charges on your Bill of Lading.
A local moving company authorized to act on behalf of a
larger, national company.
The cost of a complete
disconnect of an appliance at the originating residence and a
reconnect of the appliance at the new residence. Covered appliances
include washers, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Certain
movers charge a surcharge for this service while others simply
charge the amount of time the actual service takes. If a particular
mover does not perform this service or contracts with a third party,
the field is marked "NA".
|Appliance Dolly -|
Supplied by self-service
movers to help you load and unload large items like appliances and
|Assessed Value Coverage -|
how much money per $1,000 of assessed value you will need to pay to
cover your household items to their fully assessed value. Purchasing
this protection requires that a cash value be assigned to the items
you will be moving. If a deductible is applied, that value is stated
next to the cost-per-$1,000 figure. For example, 7.50/100 means that
the consumer must pay $7.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to cover
the load against loss, and the first $100 of damage is not covered.
Some valuation policies are calculated on a sliding scale, where the
price per $1,000 of coverage will vary depending upon the total
amount of coverage. In such cases, carriers are requested to quote
valuation prices based on $25,000 of coverage. Please note that most
valuation policies require that the entire load be covered, not just
specific items. Ask your carrier for terms.
of Lading -|
This is the contract between the mover and the
customer. It also acts as a receipt. It is important to understand
everything on the bill of lading before you sign it.
- Binding: The mover quotes a flat price based upon a given
inventory. No matter how long the job takes, the flat price is
always paid. It is given only when an onsite estimate is
- Non-Binding: These estimates are based upon the movers'
previous experience of jobs similar to yours. As the name
suggests, these estimates are subject to change.
- Hourly Rates: Customers are charged by the hour per man, per
This is the mover with whom you're working.
- Cash on delivery -|
This is when payment is required at the
time of delivery. Make sure to ask if your payment should be in
cash, credit or check.
Any additional information
about a listed company.
|Cost of Move -|
This addresses how much
the specific move will cost, not including the various extra charges
and insurance. All cost estimates are calculated based on
information obtained from the listed moving companies during a
signup interview. Although every effort is made to gather the most
accurate information, customers should be aware of the fact that
many factors affect the cost of a move. Make sure to ask about all
of the movers involved costs, including things like flights of
stairs, distance between your residence and the moving van (some
charge extra if your belongings are a significant distance from the
Value Coverage -|
See Assessed Value Coverage.
Many self-service movers will
place commercial goods behind your household possessions on the
trailer. A divider is installed between these separate shipments to
keep them secure.
|Divider Installation -|
This specifies how
much extra it will cost a consumer to have a divider (see
This is an agreement to transport goods by a set
date in exchange for a higher rate.
|Flight of Stairs -|
This tells you the
additional cost, if any, of a flight of stairs either at the point
of origin or the destination. Please note that a third-floor walkup
counts as two flights since you are starting on the first floor.
Serviceable elevators (an elevator large enough to transport the
household goods) eliminate the need to pay this fee.
A low-cost alternative
to a full-service move, freight-service movers will move all of your
household goods from your old address to your new address but will
deliver the items only to the doorstep of your new home. Your items
must all be boxed in advance, and your individual pieces of
furniture will not be wrapped in blankets, as distinguished from
full-service movers. See also Self-Service Mover and Full-Service
|Full Replacement Value Coverage
This specifies how much money per $1,000 of value, you will
need to pay to protect your household items for their full
replacement value. Full replacement value is the amount of money it
will cost to purchase a new replacement for a damaged item,
regardless of how old the damaged item was. If a deductible is
applied, that value is stated next to the cost-per-$1,000 figure.
For example, 7.50/100 means that the consumer must pay $7.50 per
$1,000 of declared replacement value to cover the load against loss,
and the first $100 of damage is not covered.
Some valuation policies are calculated on a sliding scale, where
the price per $1,000 of coverage will vary depending upon the total
amount of coverage. In such cases, carriers were requested to quote
valuation prices based on $25,000 of coverage.
Please note that most valuation policies require that the entire
load be covered, not just specific items. Ask your carrier for
|Full Service Mover -|
The most common form of
moving company, the full service mover, will move all of your
household goods from your old address to your new address. The items
are picked up from every room in your old home and delivered to the
appropriate rooms in your new home. Individual pieces of furniture
are wrapped in blankets to protect them during shipment. Full
service movers will also provide, at additional cost, full packing
and unpacking services as well as appliance service (see
definition). See also Self-Service Mover and Full-Service Mover.
Pickup and Delivery Service -|
A premium service whereby dates
of service are guaranteed, with the mover providing reimbursement
for delays. This type of service is often subject to minimum weight
Value Article -|
These are items in a shipment that are valued
at more than $100 per pound.
The detailed descriptive list of your household goods
showing the quantity and condition of each item.
|Interstate Move -|
Any move that
crosses a state boundary, regardless of the number of miles.
Distinguished from a Local Move and Intrastate Move.
|Intrastate Move -|
Any move which does
not cross a state boundary, typically over 40 miles. Distinguished
from Local Move and Interstate Move.
Movers are required by law to
obtain certifications necessary to transport household goods within
state boundaries (i.e. local/intrastate) or across state lines (i.e.
interstate). The license numbers shown are used to identify the
status of the mover's operating authority and insurance coverage.
Individual states may require additional license information based
on the type of move performed.
For a complete list of license
information, please refer to the mover's Profile/Estimate page.
Basic method of billing for long distance service.
Linehaul charges are calculated by mileage and the weight of your
shipment. Linehaul charges may not include fees for charges such as
the ones noted in Additional charges.
|Loading Ramp -|
Provided by self-service
movers to help you load your household goods onto the trailer.
|Local Move -|
A move within a state,
typically 40 miles or less. Distinguished from an Intrastate Move
and an Interstate Move.
Carry Charge -|
An additional charge incurred when articles
must be carried an excessive distance to the movers truck.
Local moving usually refers to moves of less than
100 miles within the same state. This type of move is based on
hourly rates and is regulated by the states DOT (Department of
Transportation) or other regulatory body.
|Moving Company -|
A Moving Company is the
business offering your move program and that is in charge of
transporting your belongings.
for Service -|
The authorizing document allowing movers to
move your goods.
Number Also known as the Bill of Lading. -|
It's the number
used to identify and track your shipment.
This tells you how much the
specific move will cost, not including the various extra charges and
insurance. All cost estimates are calculated based on information
obtained from the listed moving companies during a signup interview.
Although every effort is made to gather the most accurate
information, customers should be aware of the fact that many factors
affect the cost of a move.
|Packing Service -|
movers provide customers the option of having all of their
possessions packed before the move and later unpacked at the
Season Rates -|
A premium rate that is charged at certain
times of the year. This rate is generally applied in the summer
Usually the phone number for the
sales department of each listed mover.
This specifies the additional cost
to move a single 42-inch piano as part of the total household. This
is not the cost to move the piano if that is the only item being
and Delivery Charges -|
This is an additional charge that is
applied when you have to transport your shipment between the Storage
in Transit warehouse and your residence.
Rights and Responsibilities When You Move -|
prepared by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to inform
consumers of their rights and responsibilities as a shipper of
|Self-Service Mover -|
Companies in this
category will provide a trailer for you at your old home. You load
the trailer yourself and the company returns to move the trailer to
your new destination. You then unload the trailer yourself and call
the mover to remove the empty trailer. This type of move is becoming
increasingly popular with consumers because it saves money in two
ways. First, you do not pay for any of the loading/unloading labor.
Second, the self-service mover will often load commercial goods on
the trailer behind your household goods, to help defer the cost of
the total shipment. See also Full-Service Mover and Freight-Service.
|Services Provided - (used with Auto
Auto shippers are able to transport a variety of
vehicles. The following service types are used to demonstrate
services offered by each auto shipper:
- Auto Shipping:
The moving company primarily transports automobiles.
Motorcycle Shipping: The moving company primarily transports
motorcycles or vehicles of similar size.
- International Auto
Shipping: The moving company offers overseas auto shipping
- International Motorcycle Shipping: The moving
company offers overseas motorcycle shipping services.
Occurs when a smaller vehicle is used to haul goods
to a location that is not accessible to large moving trailers.
An extra charge for carrying items up or down
flights of stairs.
|Standard Coverage -|
Movers, by law, are
required to provide a minimum amount of free coverage. This number,
typically 60 cents, refers to the amount of money you will receive
per pound of damaged goods. This coverage is a bare minimum and
should not be relied upon to cover you for any significant damage.
For example, if you have a priceless vase which weighs two pounds,
you would only be entitled to $1.20 of compensation if the vase is
damaged in transit.
Temporary warehousing of your goods pending further
transportation or transportation to your new home if it isn't ready
for occupancy. You may not exceed a total of 180 days of storage,
and you are responsible for the added SIT charges as well as the
warehouse handling and final delivery charges.
|Transport Type: (used with Self-Service
Moving companies may transport your household goods
using a variety of transport methods. Each transport type possess
- Truck: The moving company will deliver
a unibody truck to your home. The truck will remain at your
residence until you have completed loading it and request pick-up
from the moving company.
- Trailer: The moving company
will deliver just the trailer section of the truck to your home. The
trailer will remain at your residence until you have completed
loading it and request pick-up from the moving company.
Truck & Trailer: The moving company will deliver an entire
truck (both cab and trailer) to your home. The truck and trailer
will remain at your residence until you have completed loading it
and request pick-up from the moving company.
Container: The moving company will deliver large storage
containers or units to your home. The storage containers will remain
at your residence until you have completed loading them and request
pick-up from the moving company.
Valuation is not insurance.
Valuation offered by your moving company is a tariff level of
carrier liability based on the weight of your goods. Valuation
covers your property by assessing value in three different ways
explained above (Assessed Value Coverage, Full Replacement Value
Coverage & Standard Coverage). In a nutshell, Valuation is an
amount that reflects "what your goods are worth."
Valuation only covers your goods for damage or loss if you can
prove negligence on the part of the carrier. IT DOES NOT cover any
loss or damage due to Acts of God, (high winds, earthquakes,
tornadoes, hurricanes) riots, strikes, civil commotion, etc. and all
claims are settled by employees of the carrier that damaged your
goods. The valuation charge compensates the mover for assuming a
greater degree of liability than that provided for in the base
An additional charge applicable each time SIT
service is provided. This charge compensates the mover for the
physical placement and removal of items within the warehouse.