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Moving Terminology: Words To Know

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Whether you’re a first time mover or a seasoned moving veteran, there is always room to learn and new terms to get acquainted with. Below is a list of commonly used moving jargon and a quick synopsis of what each one means:

Bill of lading

The receipt for your entire move – it includes the contract for all of your goods and their transportation. The Bill of Lading requires a thorough read and understanding before you sign, and if there is anything you do not agree with, be sure to have it changed until you are 100% satisfied, so you can confidently sign.

Binding/non-binding estimate

A binding estimate is a firm and final agreement made in advance with the mover that guarantees the cost of the move based off of the quantity of your item and the moving estimates. A non-binding estimate is simply an estimate based on the rough measurement of the weight of your items and the accessibility of the shipment. The carrier will be able to change the final charges based on the actual weight and services performed.

Change Order

A form used to make modifications from the original estimate due to adding or subtracting items to be shipped, as per request by the customer.

Flight charge

Also known as a “Stair Carry” is a fee for carrying items up and down stairs.

High Value Inventory Form

A form used to keep track of how many high value items the mover is going to be responsible for. High Value Items are articles that are valued at more than $100 per pound. Some examples of high value articles are antiques, crystal, precious stones or gems, art collections, expensive technology, software, furs and imports.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT)

SIT is what is used when temporary storage of your equipment is required, pending further transportation. This type of situation would arise if you are moving into a home that isn’t ready yet.  SIT services must be requested in advance, and may not exceed a total of 90 days of moving storage.


Valuation is the varying degree of how much your shipment is worth. The “Valuation Charge” compensates the mover for the amount of liability they have assumed which exceeds the base transportation charges (often known as Maximum Protection)

There is far more terminology you should be well acquainted with that exceeds these seven words, but this is a good start for a short list! Be sure to keep checking our blog/articles for more information before you jump into the world of moving.

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