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Terms Commonly Used in Moving Estimates

Good planning will help reduce the stress of your move. Choosing a mover wisely, knowing your rights and understanding moving terminology can save you time and money.

TERMS COMMONLY USED IN MOVING ESTIMATES:

Extra Labor and Waiting Time: Charges for extra workers you request on the job, such as "maid" service, accessing attics/crawl spaces, holding the truck because you are not ready for delivery, etc.

Fuel Surcharge: Percentage adjustment to compensate mover for higher fuel costs.

Overtime Loading and Unloading: For work on weekends, holidays and between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.

Packing and Unpacking: These charges are based on the shipment's weight and include containers the mover provides, with the exception of specially constructed crates for fragile items. With full-service packing, the mover packs most or all of your shipment. With custom packing, the mover packs only what you designate. Most full-value-replacement insurance does not cover what you pack yourself.

Pickup or Delivery Stop-off: For delivery or pickup at more than one place.

Storage-in-Transit Service (SIT): Storing a shipment at the mover's storage facility while waiting for further transportation and/or delivery. Charges apply if you request it, but not if the wait is for the mover's convenience.

SIT Pickup and Delivery Service: Charges for transportation between SIT facility and residence.

Tariff: The mover's list of rules, regulations and rates for transportation charges and any additional moving services (packing, storage, unpacking, etc.). The mover must publish these and furnish them for inspection upon request.

Third-Party Services: These are for charges the mover incurs but is not liable for, such as local sales tax, recycling fees, bridge and ferry fees, agricultural quarantine inspections and services you request, such as those of a craftsman.

Valuation: Worth of shipment. Liability protection is offered automatically at no additional charge, and provides minimal coverage of 60 cents per pound per article. Full (replacement) value protection, for which an additional charge applies, is the most comprehensive and applies automatically unless waived. It replaces, repairs or makes cash settlement for items damaged, lost or destroyed.

Weight Additive Charge: For irregularly shaped items such as a boat or trailer.

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