Understanding Moving Company Terminology

If you are a professional working in the moving industry, it is always important to understand the various moving terminologies. Also, when you work as a realtor, you’ll be responsible for helping your clients in the moving process, making it imperative to have all the moving terminologies at the back of your hand.

When handling your clients as a realtor and mover, these basic moving terminologies from Arrow Moving can help you a lot. Here are the basic moving terminologies you should know as a professional in real estate:

Accessories Charges 

This is the additional cost of moving a company’s accessories such as crating, unpacking, and disconnection of appliances. These charges are normally included in the net or baseline moving cost.


An agent is a moving company a van line represents. The van line and the agent collaborate to deliver the best moving services to their clients.

Cash on Delivery ( C.O.D)

This is when a client agrees to pay for the moving services once the delivery arrives at the final destination.

Cube sheet

This is a list of all household items and the amount of space they can occupy in a track. The measurements are usually in cubic feet.

Delivery window 

Delivery window is the expected time or period for which a moving company should deliver the shipment. In most cases, the delivery window depends on the distance of the move.

Bill of lading 

This is a contract between a customer and the moving company. It can also act as a receipt for proof of services rendered. Always go through the bill of lading when you hire a mover before signing it.

Cost of Move 

The cost of a move is the preliminary or estimate of how much the move will cost the customer. In most cases, the cost of the move does not include insurance and other extra charges.


An inventory is a detailed list of all household goods showing their conditions and quality. It is important to prepare your inventory list when you hire a mover to ensure all your items are intact when delivered to your doorstep.

Local moving 

Local moving is any move that happens 100 miles within the same state. In most cases, this type of moving is charged per hour, but rates may be subject to industry regulations.

Shuttle service

Shuttle service happens when a small vehicle is used to move client household goods where larger trailers cannot access.

Stair-Carry Charge 

This is the extra amount charged for moving household goods up or down extra stairs or flights.

Standard Coverage 

This is the amount of money the moving company is expected to compensate you for every pound of damaged goods delivered to your premises. All movers are required by law to specify their standard coverage.

Mobile Container 

The moving company delivers large storage containers to your home or units that remain at your premises until you complete offloading.

Truck and Trailer                                                 

The moving company will deliver the entire truck to your doorstep. The truck remains at your home until you finish loading, then call for pick-up from the moving company.

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