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Understanding Your Moving Quote: Terms To Look Out For

By Two Twigs Moving

Moving quotes can sometimes be filled with jargon and terms that may be confusing to the average person. It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of the terms in your moving quote to ensure transparency and avoid surprises on moving day. In this guide, we’ll break down some common terms to look out for when reviewing your moving quote:

1. Binding Estimate:

A binding estimate is a fixed or guaranteed price for your move. It means that the final cost will not exceed the estimated amount, provided there are no changes in the scope of the move.

2. Non-Binding Estimate:

Unlike a binding estimate, a non-binding estimate is not a guaranteed price. The final cost may vary based on factors like the actual weight of your belongings, additional services, or unforeseen circumstances.

3. Accessorial Charges:

These are additional services not included in the basic moving package. Examples include packing, unpacking, appliance servicing, or special handling of delicate items. Make sure to clarify which accessorial services are included in your quote.

4. Bill of Lading:

The bill of lading is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions of the moving contract. It includes details such as the agreed-upon services, pickup and delivery dates, and the final cost of the move.

5. Inventory List:

The inventory list is a detailed record of all items being moved. It typically includes a description of each item, its condition, and the quantity. Review this carefully to ensure accuracy.

6. Tariff:

A tariff is a list of a moving company’s rates, charges, and service terms. Understanding the tariff helps you grasp the basis for the costs outlined in your moving quote.

7. Valuation:

Valuation refers to the level of liability the moving company assumes for your belongings. It’s not insurance but a protection plan. Be clear on the valuation coverage offered and consider purchasing additional insurance if needed.

8. Fuel Surcharge:

Some moving companies include a fuel surcharge to compensate for fluctuating fuel prices. Make sure to inquire about this fee and how it’s calculated.

9. Peak Season Rates:

If your move falls during a peak moving season, you might encounter higher rates. It’s essential to be aware of any seasonal adjustments that could impact your moving costs.

10. Cubic Feet vs. Weight Charges:

Moving companies may charge based on the volume (cubic feet) or weight of your belongings. Understand which method is used and how it affects the overall cost.

11. Storage Fees:

If your items need to be stored temporarily, inquire about storage fees. Understand the duration for which storage is included and any additional costs for extended storage.

12. Delivery Window:

The delivery window is the timeframe within which your belongings are expected to be delivered. Clarify the specific dates and any penalties or discounts associated with delivery delays.

Navigating a moving quote can be complex, but understanding these terms will empower you to make informed decisions. Don’t hesitate to ask your moving company for clarification on any terms you find unclear, ensuring a smooth and transparent moving process.

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