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Understand These 7 Moving Terms to Avoid Getting Scammed

August 18, 2021 by CRS Corporate Relocation SystemsCorporate Moving

Moving your company can be challenging, and you might be unfamiliar with terms that hold significant meaning and are often misunderstood. Some moving companies will purposefully use this to their advantage, and you may end up paying more than you should. When you’re responsible for the well-being of your company, learning these terms will help you make the best decision and know what you and your organization are paying.

With many options to choose from, determining the best one may pose difficult if you’re unaware of some main phrases and words. Stay in tune with these, and you’ll be ready for an effortless move-in with a company that you can rely on.

Learn These 7 Moving Terms to Avoid Getting Scammed

When you’re in the market to move your company, you may notice some unfamiliar words or phrases. To feel more comfortable and prepared for relocating your office, there are a few key phrases you should learn. See the following list for essential words and phrases that can keep you from being scammed:

Accessorial (Additional Service)

Added to the transportation fee, accessorial charges are services like packing, unpacking, and shuttle travel. If you’re unsure if an action is an additional service, ask the moving company if it’s an accessory and will be placed on top of the transportation fee.

Advanced Charges

If you made a request that required a 3rd party mover, you might see a charge on your bill. This is an advanced charge and was a service not provided by the moving company.

Bill of Lading

This is a contract for transporting your items to your destination and is like a receipt. Make sure you read over this contract carefully so you’re charged correctly and you understand the difference between what you’re responsible for versus the movers.

Binding and Non-Binding Estimate

While a binding estimate will make sure the cost of your move is based on the quantities and services included in the estimate, a non-binding estimate is where the movers will provide a quote for how much will be charged when everything is moved. Pay close attention to “low ball” non-binding estimates. These can show lower prices before the move, but the prices will be very high on the day you’re charged.

High-Value Articles

If you have an item valued at more than $100 per pound, they’re referred to as “high-value articles.” You should note these with the movers and consider getting extra protection or insurance.

Storage-in-Transit (SIT)

Sometimes when you move, you might need temporary storage. If you require a place to keep your stuff for a short period of time, storage-in-transit is something that may be offered.


A valuation charge is how much “value” is placed on your shipment. Depending on how much liability you place on the mover, the charge may fluctuate. The average valuation is usually included in your total moving costs, but you may consider purchasing more valuations for a higher compensation rate if you have higher valued items.

Moving may seem complicated, but by working with a reliable, professional moving company that answers all your questions and has strong communication, you and your business will have nothing to worry about.

Seek Reliable NYC Professional Moving Assistance from CRS Moving & Storage

Our team of skilled and passionate movers at CRS Moving & Storage work hard to provide reliable and trustworthy service. We understand relocating a company takes time and can be stressful. We work hard to offer our helping hand so you’re able to focus on running your organization the best way possible.

To learn more about how we’re able to assist your company move, call (718) 424-6000 or fill out our online contact form.

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