Moving Dictionary

  • view faq  Bill of Lading:

    The receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. It is your responsibility to understand the bill of lading before you sign it. If you do not agree with something on the bill of lading, do not sign it until you are satisfied that it is correct. The bill of lading is an important document. Don't lose or misplace your copy.

  • view faq  Appliance Service:

    Preparation of major electrical appliances to make them safe for shipment.

  • view faq  Binding/Non-Binding Estimate:

    A binding estimate is an agreement with the mover made in advance of the move. It guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantities and services shown on the estimate. A non-binding estimate is the carrier's approximation of the cost based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. A non-binding estimate is not binding on the carrier and the final charges will be based on the actual weight and tariff provisions in effect.

  • view faq  Carrier:

    The mover providing transportation of your household goods.

  • view faq  Chowder:

    This is referring to the loose items that are not easily stack able, larger kids toys, tricycles, and rolled up water hoses are just a few examples.

  • view faq  C.O.D.:

    Stands for cash on delivery. Transportation for a private shipper may require C.O.D. at the time of delivery at the destination residence (or warehouse).

  • view faq  Crew Leader:

    This is the individual who is in charge of loading the truck, the paperwork, and is the overseer of the guys who are on the crew. This is the man whom you should ask any questions if any come up during your move.

  • view faq  Expedited Service:

    An agreement with the mover to perform transportation by a set date in exchange for charges based on a higher minimum weight or designated price.

  • view faq  Flight Charge:

    An extra charge for carrying items up or down flights of stairs. We at Mountain Movers do not charge for this

  • view faq  Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Service:

    An additional level of service whereby dates of service are guaranteed, with the mover providing reimbursement for delays. This premium service is often subject to minimum weight requirements.

  • view faq  High and Tight:

    This is referring to when a truck is loaded from head to toe and back to front.

  • view faq  High Value Article:

    Items included in a shipment that are valued at more than $100 per pound. These items should be disclosed to the mover to ensure they are protected accordingly.

  • view faq  Inventory:

    The detailed descriptive list of your household goods showing the number and condition of each item.

  • view faq  Line Haul Charges:

    Charges for the vehicle transportation portion of your move. These charges apply in addition to the additional service charges.

  • view faq  Long Carry:

    An added charge for carrying articles excessive distances between the mover's vehicle and your residence.

  • view faq  Order for Service:

    The document authorizing the mover to transport your household goods.

  • view faq  Order (Bill of Lading) Number:

    The number used to identify and track your shipment.

  • view faq  Peak Season Rates:

    Higher line haul charges that are applicable during the summer months.

  • view faq  Pickup and Delivery Charges:

    Separate transportation charges applicable for transporting your shipment between the SIT warehouse and your residence.

  • view faq  Shuttle Service:

    Use of a smaller vehicle to provide service to residences that are not accessible to the mover's normal line haul equipment.

  • view faq  Storage-in-Transit (SIT):

    Temporary warehouse storage of your shipment pending further transportation. For example, if your new home isn't quite ready to occupy you might use SIT. You must specifically request SIT service, which may not exceed a total of 180 days of storage, and you will be responsible for the added charges for SIT service, as well as the warehouse handling and final delivery charges.

  • view faq  Top load:

    This is referring to items of  your household that need to be loaded on the top part of the tiers within the moving truck

  • view faq  Travel Fee/Destination Fee:

    This is what most companies charge for the time it takes to show up to the origin of pick-up and then the time it takes to get back to the lot  or warehouse after the job is done

  • view faq  Valuation:

    The degree of "worth" of the shipment. The valuation charge compensates the mover for assuming a greater degree of liability than that provided for in the base transportation charges.

  • view faq  Warehouse Handling:

    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.