Moving Mumbo Jumbo made easy: Moving Terms Part 1

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I hear moving terms it all just sounds like a bunch of moving mumbo jumbo! What’s so important about them? You’d be surprised! Moving terms are an important part of choosing the right moving company. Really listen when a moving associate explains how much your move will cost and what exactly you’re being charged. A smart mover is an informed mover! If you still don’t understand, no worries, because that’s where I come in! I’ve got the basic moving terms that every smart mover should know and understand!

So let’s get started with our first moving terms! So what type of move are you making? What’s the difference?

There are five basic types of moves.

  • Local: A local move is basically a move within your city or within a 100-mile radius and in the same state of origin. A lot of factors go into the cost of a local move, but you can control most of these factors! Like  how much packing, unpacking, and furniture placement would you like the movers to do for you?
  • Long Distance: A long distance move is a move that goes out of state or  is greater than 100-miles from the origin. The cost of a long distance move is mostly determined by the distance you’re moving and the weight of your shipment.
  • International: Just like how it sounds, international means moving across countries. International moving’s cost is determined by the volume of your shipment which is measured by either cubic feet or weight depending on the final destination of your international move.
  • Intrastate: Intrastate moves are within a state, and do not cross another state’s border, but a long distance fee will be added, because the travel time is a far distance. Ask your movers if this is the case.
  • Interstate: A interstate move is a move from one state to another usually with a long distance charge added to the cost of the move. Again, be sure to ask your moving company.

Making an informed decision about moving really makes a difference. Now that you’re moving terms savvy about what kind of move you’re going to be doing, it’s time to start looking for moving companies! What kind of moving company is for you?

Full-Service Moving: A full service moving company provides packing and shipping. A good example of a full service moving company would be NorthStar Moving® who can pack, transport, and unpack for you.

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Self Service Moving (Photo by: akeg)

Self-Service Moving: Self service moving companies provide the transportation but do not provide services for packing, loading, or in some cases even driving of the truck. A self service moving company provides you with a truck, but generally you provide most of the other services yourself.

Just the moving terms is not enough for you? Want to know more about what type of moving company is perfect for you? Check out this great moving tip!

What other moving terms should I know? You’ve probably heard the word “estimate” offered to you. What does this moving terms mean for you?

An estimate is an approximate calculation of the size, value, cost and weight of a shipment, or the cost of transportation and services. This basically means, it’s the quote of what your move will approximately cost depending on the size and distance of your move among other things. There are two types of these with a very big difference, and it’s super important you know which of these moving terms you’re getting.

  • Non-binding Estimate: This type of estimate is the initial quote based on the company’s past experience. It is usually quoted without an in home estimate.
  • Binding Estimate: This type of estimate is the flat rate. It is the price you will pay calculated according to the weight of your belongings, the amount of your belongings, and the distance of the move depending on the move itself. Usually a binding estimate will be done by an in-home estimator who comes to your home and explain moving terms, costs, and pretty much everything very thoroughly.

Lastly, an important moving term to know is knowing the official group that can insure that you’ve got the best movers! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admission (FMCSA) is a regulatory agency that provides guidance for a variety of business, including moving companies. It monitors drivers, vehicles, and the companies to insure that you’re getting a quality company.

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Okay, I know my moving terms. I’m packed and ready to go, right? (Photo by: Katie Tegtmeyer)

Knowing moving terms is definitely half the battle when it comes to moving. Being informed can help weed out the competition and help you find the perfect moving pro for you! These are only just a couple of moving terms. Before heading out to pick your moving company, check out for part 2 to learn more about moving terms such as  liability, insurance, and extra charges. Happy moving out there, everyone!