Key Terminology to Know When Hiring Local Movers

This video provides an overview of common moving terminology and documents that individuals may encounter when working with local movers. It aims to help you understand the various terms and concepts to make informed decisions and communicate effectively with the moving company. The first term discussed is the estimate.

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After a survey of the items to be moved, the movers provide a written estimate of the cost of the move. The video explains that there are different types of estimates, including binding, non-binding, and not-to-exceed estimates. It advises viewers to understand the differences between these estimates and choose the one that suits their needs best. The next term is the order for service, which serves as a contract between the customer and the moving company. It authorizes the moving company to perform the services outlined in the estimate. The video emphasizes the importance of carefully reading and understanding the order for service before signing, as it is a commitment to move with the chosen company. Once the order for service is signed and returned to the moving company, the local movers will come to your home during the agreed-upon period and begin packing if you request this service. The video mentions that the moving company will prepare an inventory of items before loading them onto the moving van. It also advises viewers to get any additional services not included in the estimate in writing by signing a change order to avoid unexpected costs. Before leaving your residence, you should receive a copy of all documents related to your move, including your order for service, bill of lading, and inventory list. By understanding these documents and terms associated with moving, you can communicate effectively with your moving company.