Moving Glossary

Whether you are moving your residence or business locally, long-distance, or internationally, the moving professionals at Graebel Van Lines® want to make sure that you are aware of all industry-related terms.   Knowing the very foundations for your move can help you tackle it head-on, with no surprises, and allow you to have complete open communication and cooperation with your Graebel Van Lines® moving crew.

Intrastate move – An intrastate move is more commonly known as local moving. Keep in mind that intrastate moves can still be determined long-distance if you are moving across the state.

Interstate move – Interstate moves require the moving company to travel across state lines.

Linehaul Charges – The charge for long distance moves is calculated by mileage and weight of the moving truck with all of your belongings inside. A short haul move may not be charged by weight, but will still be charged a price per mile to cover the cost of fuel (see fuel charge).

Fuel Charge – The cost of fuel should already be calculated into your estimate and not be an additional charge; it should come in the form of price per mile.

Flight Charge – In the event that the movers have to travel up flights of stairs during the moving process.

Elevator Carry Charge – When movers have to use a service elevator to move you in or out.

Extra stops charges – In the event that you are moving your home and have a storage unit that needs to be emptied (or any other pit stop during the moving process) you will be charged an extra stop charge; these charges can run you roughly $75 per stop.

Full-Service Moving – A full-service moving company is one that will handle your move from start to finish. They will disassemble, wrap, pack, load, transport, unpack, and reassemble all of your furniture and belongings.

Binding – Binding estimates are not as typical as non-binding, as they give an estimate for service that cannot be altered.

Non-binding estimates – Estimates that may be altered due to unforeseen obstacles and items along the way, such as an elevator charge or flight charge that the movers were unaware of.

Bill of Lading / Moving Tariff – A moving tariff is the document that outlines the price per pound of your shipment, the legal implications such as company policy, fine print of the bill of lading, and service order. Your bill of lading is basically your receipt.

USDOT Number – Companies like Graebel Van Lines®, which operate commercial vehicles that either transport passengers or cargo across state lines, must be registered with the FMCSA and have a USDOT Number.

FMCSA – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is where you can find information on the moving process and Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.

Peak season – Peak season for movers occurs during the summer months of June, July, and August, which typically means higher moving costs than off season.

Moving broker – An online reference or directory that gives out moving quotes that are not from the actual moving company themselves. Moving brokers cannot ensure a safe or efficient move. If you are looking to hire Graebel Van Lines® for your luxury residential move or commercial move, please contact us directly at 877-488-3575.