Bill of Lading:
It is the document of contract between you and the mover which works as a receipt for your good too. Going through this document is one of your most important tasks. You are not supposed to sign this document without reading and understanding what has been written in it.
It comprises of all the information about mover's liability for your goods, scheduled pickup/delivery time and the estimates. If any of the points does not satisfy you, do ask questions to them and sign the document only when you completely agree with it. Keep it safe with you until you reach your destination and pay the bill. This will be the document to be compared with the "Original Condition Report" for losses and damages of goods.
Binding/Non Binding Estimates:--
A binding estimate is a document of agreement made in advance with the mover on the estimate of cost for moving your goods which is based on the quantities and services written in it. This estimate mentions all the services and the total cost. People prefer binding estimates as it gives no stress of settling the cost later at the time of delivery.
A non binding estimate does not have the agreed total cost. Instead It has the approximated value of the cost which is finally settled at the time of delivery. This cost is based on an estimated weight of goods and services you have requested for. Final charge settlement is based on the actual weight and the currently effective rate. Typically the actual charge is far more than the approximated value.
Storage in Transit:--
It is a temporary warehouse where your goods are kept until you reach you are available at the destination to receive them. Every reputed international mover has a storage warehouse in almost all major cities. The need of storage warehouse arises in some adverse situations. For instance, if the house you have to move in is not quite furnished. You need to to make a request to the mover for availing this service and it will incur extra charges. However, the period of storage in transit can not exceed 90 days.
The national moving companies are also known as van lines. They are in the business of transporting articles across the cities states and countries through their various agents affiliated and authorized by them for rendering this service. The van lines are involved in right from dispatching, routing and paperwork to settlement of claims.
C.O.D. (Cash/Collection On Delivery)
The payment for shipment due to be done at the time of delivery is known C.O.D. Due payment can be paid through cask or certified check at the destination or warehouse-in some cases.
An agent who owns the van assigned by the van line for shipping your precious goods.
High Value Article:--
Articles which are valued at more than $100/pound. These items are given highest degree of protection and ace once their value is revealed to the movers.
The driver of the carrier vehicle is also known as Van Foreman. He is responsible for the overall processing of loading, transporting and unloading of customer's possessions.
A sales agent of the moving companies who has the responsibility to convince the customer and provide him with the estimation of cost of his move. He is liable to answering all the questions raised by the customers.