As with just about any other field, the moving industry has its own common tongue. Movers use this collection of terms like shorthand, and it helps with discussing everything from moving costs to the equipment used during the moves. As a consumer, it's important to understand this language to ensure you are an active partner in your moving experience.
Here are just a few of the most common terms you should commit to memory:
"Bulky items like large TVs require extra handling, which carries certain fees."
Bulky article: This refers to larger items that require special handling, usually recreational vehicles, large decorative art and bigger electronic devices. With the added handling usually comes fees or extra tax.
Claim: If any of your belongings are damaged during the move, you'd file a claim for the losses. This can also apply if your items are in the custody of the carrier or any outside agents they might work with.
Diversion: In some cases, your home's shipment may have to change destination while already on the road. That can happen for several reasons, including emergencies. When a diversion occurs, there are usually transportation fees attached.
Estimate: There are generally two kinds of estimates. The written binding estimate guarantees the final cost of your entire move. Meanwhile, a non-binding estimate is based on the weight of the final shipment, plus extra charges that accrue during the process.
Linehaul charges: This refers to what you have to pay for the transportation of your shipment. However, there can be other charges added on, including the use of elevators, the need for storage and other accessorial services. There is also the long-carry charge, which covers mostly excessive distances.
Non-allowable items: Depending on the moving company, there are certain belongings they will never move. That list usually includes propane or chemical tanks, large-scale furniture that's too cumbersome and anything that has been infested by bugs.
Peak season: With most moving services, you can be charged if you hire the service during the peak months. This period can vary, but generally the busiest season for movers nationwide is between May and September.
Tare weight: Before your shipment is weighed, movers have to figure out the size of things like the packing material, loading equipment and actual truck. That way, they'll have a better idea of your shipment's weight and you won't accrue additional charges.
Having a moving service that knows and uses these terms is important, as it shows their dedication to professionalism. But you should also hire a service who knows the value of hard work and commitment. Those have been the two pillars of Atlas Van Lines for nearly 70 years.