Moving dolly, LD, corrugated, internal move … hearing the moving terms used to describe your office or home move may give you panicked flashbacks of high school second language classes.
Professional moving can be a very technical business. Our industry uses specific moving terms to describe the moving process and products. If you’re like most people, you have never heard these moving terms before. No need to worry. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is here to help.
Consider this moving definition list your Intro Moving Language course.
Before you know it, you’ll be saying pass the stretch-wrap!
- Appliance dolly: A special dolly with straps to help load and unload large items like appliances and oversized furniture.
- Bill of lading: A contract between the mover and the customer that also acts as a receipt. Make sure you understand everything on the bill before you sign it.
- Binding estimate: A flat price based upon a given inventory meaning no matter how long the job takes, the flat price is always paid. This is typically restricted to situations when an on-site estimate is performed.
- Corrugated: Describes a type of cardboard used to make boxes for moving and storage. Corrugated boxes have multiple layers of cardboard called “fluting” that give strength and durability to the box’s structure.
- Dish cells: Cardboard inserts that provide individual cubicles for your dishware within a cardboard box. Dish cells give extra support to breakable dishes and prevent the box from caving or allowing direct contact between pieces.
- Fuel Surcharge: When gasoline prices are in a period of flux, some movers will charge the customer an added fee in addition to the cost of the move to compensate for the higher cost of fuel. When getting a quote be sure to ask your mover, “Will this be the final cost, or are there additional fees?”
- Internal move: A move in which the items stay in the same building. Internal moves are useful for preparing your home or office for painting, carpet cleaning, furniture rearrangement and holiday decorating.
- Larger Screen TV dolly: A special hard cased enclosed box with wheels that can safely accommodate any large screen Television to allow it to be moved safely. If you have a large screen TV be sure your mover has this specialized equipment to make sure it does not get damaged during your move.
- LD: Short for Long Distance move. Many provinces regulate the moving industry based on the distance the items are moving within the province. Although the move is still considered intraprovince, different rates may apply if the move is considered “Long Distance.”
- Local move: A move in which all stages of moving take place near the moving company’s origin.
- Non-binding estimate: When an in-home estimate cannot be conducted, the customers give a description of items to be moved. The mover then gives the customer his best guess of what the move will cost based on his previous experience with similar jobs. These estimates are typically requested by the customer last minute, agreed to over the phone and are subject to change.
- Shrink-wrap: A thicker plastic which requires heat to adhere to furniture. Typical items do not require packaging this thick for moving.
- Stretch-wrap: A thin plastic packing and moving material used to secure moving blankets covering your items during the moving process. Stretch-wrap is used to protect your furniture from precipitation, sweat and tearing.
Like learning any new language, it’s important to ask questions. If there is a moving term you do not understand, ask the representative from your moving company to clarify. Confusion between some moving terms can not only be frustrating, it can be costly. So make sure you fully understand any agreement or contract before you sign it. Professional movers should never make you feel intimidated and always be more than happy to explain things.
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