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Moving jargons can definitely throw you for the loop especially when everything that your mover says starts sounding like another language. For those of you who may be too embarrassed to ask that the definitions be clarified, here are a few terms that movers use when negotiating with customers. It truly pays to familiarize yourself with these terms so that you would have a better understanding about what the movers are saying to you.

As you solicit your prospective movers’ services, you would hear them talk a lot about Bill of Lading. Basically Bill of Lading is is a type of contract that you would have with your movers. It provides evidence that you have given the mover your household items for shipping.

In addition you may also hear about Accessorial Charges. Accessorial charges identifies the money that you would pay for every additional service that you add to your estimate for your move. These additional services may include packing, or unpacking etc.

If you have huge items in your home that needs moving such as a piano, hot tub or even a grandfather clock, then this would be considered as Bulky Article, which is a charge that you would incur because the items have taken up a lot of space on the moving vehicle. The charge would be set once the items are listed in the tariff.

No one wants to entertain the idea of having their household items damaged or lost during the move but unfortunately these are the risks that we take. If this were to happen, the customer can always make a Claim and file for compensation of their household items.

Extra labor is when the customer requests the movers to take on an extra job outside the service that they provide them on moving day. Extra moving labor usually involves disassembling of items and the movers are paid per hour for the job.

When moving you may be asked if you want a Full Value Protection. What this means is that the moving carrier would take responsibility for your household items should they get loss, stolen or damaged.

Long Carry is the term that they would use to speak of your household items which are carried from your home to the moving vehicle which may be parked a good distance away due to your house or apartment restrictions. You could incur charges should the distance be more than 75 feet. You can also pick up a Long Carry charge if the movers have to ascend several stairs to get to your door.

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Written by Margarita Hakobyan
Margarita Hakobyan is CEO and Founder of Moverscorp.com.