At Golden North Van Lines, we empathize with the challenges that come with the moving process and acknowledge the significance of familiarizing yourself with the terminology used in the industry. Whether you’re embarking on a local or interstate move, being well-informed empowers you to make informed and assured choices.
Let’s delve into the comprehensive glossary that will serve as your guide throughout your moving journey.
Additional (Accessorial) Services
When planning a move, you might come across the term “Additional Services” or “Accessorial Services.” These refer
to extra services that go beyond the standard transportation of your belongings. Additional services can include packing
and unpacking, furniture disassembly and reassembly, appliance servicing, shuttle services, and more. These services
cater to specific needs and can be requested to ensure a smoother moving process tailored to your requirements.
Advanced charges refer to the expenses incurred by the moving company on your behalf during the move. These costs are beyond the standard transportation charges and may include fees for third-party services like packing materials, parking permits, or special equipment rentals. It’s essential to have transparency about advanced charges and inquire about any potential additional costs before finalizing your moving contract.
Bill of Lading
The Bill of Lading is a crucial document issued by the moving company, acknowledging receipt of your belongings and confirming the contract between you and the carrier. It serves as a receipt of your goods, an inventory list, and a contract for transportation. Before signing the Bill of Lading, carefully review it and ensure that all the listed items are correct, and any damage to your belongings is noted.
During the moving process, you will receive an estimate from the moving company, which can either be binding or non-binding. A binding estimate means that the final moving cost will not exceed the agreed-upon amount, even if the actual weight or services required are more than anticipated. On the other hand, a non-binding estimate is subject to change based on the actual services provided. Golden North Van Lines offers transparent and detailed estimates to assist you in making an informed decision.
In the moving industry, a carrier is the company responsible for transporting your goods from one location to another. The carrier can be the actual moving company or a subcontractor hired by the moving company to handle specific legs of your move. Rest assured that at Golden North Van Lines, we work with reliable carriers who prioritize the safe and timely delivery of your belongings.
A flight charge, also known as an elevator charge or stair carry charge, applies when the movers must carry your belongings up or down flights of stairs, as elevators might not be available or suitable for use. This charge compensates for the additional effort and time required to move items in such situations.
A full-service mover, such as Golden North Van Lines, takes care of every aspect of your move. From packing your belongings and loading them onto the truck to transportation, unloading, and even unpacking, a full-service mover ensures a stress-free moving experience, allowing you to focus on settling into your new home.
High-value articles refer to items of extraordinary worth that may require special handling, packaging, or insurance coverage during the move. These items can include valuable artwork, antiques, jewelry, or electronic equipment. At Golden North Van Lines, we prioritize the utmost care and attention when handling high-value articles to ensure their safe delivery.
The inventory is a detailed list of all the items being moved. It serves as a record of your belongings, their condition, and their quantity. During the moving process, the movers will create an inventory, and you should carefully review and agree to it to avoid disputes later on.
An interstate move is a move that involves crossing state lines, and it is subject to federal regulations and guidelines. When planning an interstate move, it’s essential to work with a licensed and experienced moving company like Golden North Van Lines, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements for a smooth and trouble-free move.
An intrastate move refers to a relocation that occurs entirely within the borders of a single state. Unlike interstate moves that involve crossing state lines, intrastate moves remain confined within the same state’s boundaries. Despite not crossing state lines, selecting a reputable moving company like Golden North Van Lines remains important. A reputable mover with experience in handling intrastate moves understands the unique local regulations and requirements, ensuring a smooth and well-coordinated moving process within the state.
Sometimes, during a move, you may need temporary storage for your belongings. Storage-In-Transit (SIT) offers short-term storage solutions while your goods are in transition to their final destination. At Golden North Van Lines, we provide secure storage options to accommodate your needs.
Valuation is the level of liability a moving company assumes for your belongings during the move. It is not insurance but rather an agreement that determines the amount the moving company will reimburse you in case of loss or damage. Golden North Van Lines offers various valuation options, and we recommend understanding and selecting the one that aligns with your needs.
Why Choose Golden North Van Lines?
At Golden North Van Lines, we take pride in our commitment to providing a seamless and stress-free moving experience. With years of experience in the moving industry, our team of professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and ensuring the safe and timely transport of your belongings. As a full-service moving company, we offer a wide range of services, including packing, transportation, and unpacking, tailored to suit your specific requirements.
Our customer-centric approach, attention to detail, and use of advanced moving techniques set us apart from the rest. We understand the value of your belongings and treat them as if they were our own, ensuring that they arrive at your new destination in the same condition they left. With Golden North Van Lines, you can trust that your move is in capable hands.
To learn more about our services, contact us at 1(800) 478-4685 today.