Moving in and of itself is arduous enough. The last thing anyone needs to worry about is a misunderstanding along the way that further complicates the process. The language has changed over the years and taking a quick look at today’s terminology can help keep those who face a move better informed.
Not that you need to keep a thick glossary on hand at all times, but a quick glance will help avoid miscommunication between yourself and a local moving company. Certain words might hold different meanings for homeowners, moving professionals, property managers, realtors, and more. We cover a few of the sometimes confusing or misunderstood terms below.
Understanding Charges Early Wards Off Future Frustration
When itemizing expenses that often accompany a move, one term to understand is accessorial charges. Many moving companies charge a single flat rate, but it is important to understand what is included in that flat rate. For example, packing or reconnecting appliances may be considered accessorial charges on top of the quoted rate.
Another key concept to understand is the difference between a binding estimate and a non-binding estimate. An estimate that is binding is an agreement guaranteeing the total cost, whereas a non-binding estimate is an approximation of costs. One is not better than the other, it is simply important to understand which you are dealing with when it comes to your move.
Homeowners are sometimes confused when they see the gross weight in an estimate or invoice. “No way my stuff weighs that much!” often comes to mind when first seeing this number. It is important to understand that this weight includes your belongings and the moving truck itself. The net weight is the shipment itself without the addition of the truck.
One Letter Can Make a Big Difference
Another area of confusion for some is the difference between interstate and intrastate. Just like with the internet vs intranet, one is a connected network between systems versus a single system within its own boundary. Therefore, an interstate move is one that crosses the border from one state to another. An intrastate move, however, is from one town to another in the same state.
These terms and others can sometimes make for miscommunication between all parties involved. One way to avoid potential confusion is to hire an experienced professional moving company like All Points Moving & Storage. Call All Points Moving & Storage at 866-421-9490 or use our online contact form to request information on better understanding the language of moving.