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Moving Terminology

While preparing yourself for relocation there are a few thing you need to know about packing, how to find the right move, and also to get familiar with movers terminology so you can be comfortable reading moving forms and know what they mean.


Beginning with Estimate for Moving Services, Bill of Lading, Inventory forms, Order for Service, Storage/Warehouse Contract and more. All movers use the same terminology on their interstate and intrastate moves.

We have listed most common terminology in alphabetical oreder.

  • Accessorial (Additional) Services - These are services Packing, Unpacking, Appliance servicing (connecting/reconnecting), etc.
  • Advanced Charges - These are services performed by someone other than the mover. (Craftsman for wooden crates), other professional. Mover pays for these services and adds fees in your contract.
  • Bill of Lading - the contract for transportation and receipt for your goods.
  • Carrier - Mover transporting your goods
  • Cash on Delivery (COD) - This means payment is required at the time of delivery, at home or warehouse.
  • Expedited Service - This is an arrangement made with mover (long distance) by a set date in exchange for charges based on higher minimum weight.
  • Flight Charge - A charge for carrying items up and/or down stairs (long distance only).
    • Guaranteed Pick up and Delivery Service - Guaranteed dates of pick up and delivery (long distance moves), mover will provide reimbursement for delays. This premium service has higher tariff or higher minimum wight requirements.
    • High value article (Article of extraordinary value) - Items valued at more than $100 per pound, or $220 per kg.
    • Household Goods - in connection with moving means personal property used, or to be used, in a dwelling. You must request these items to be transported and pay mover for the transportation charges.
    • Inventory - a detailed descriptive list of customer's household goods showing the number and the condition of the item.
    • Long Carry - A charge for carrying article excessive distance between the truck and the residence. (Long distance moves only).
    • Mover - A motor carrier engaged in the transportation of household goods.
    • Order for Service - A document authorizing your mover to transport your goods.
    • Pick up and delivery charges - Separate transportation charges applicable for transporting your shipment between short term storage and your residence.
    • Reasonable Dispatch - The performance of transportation and delivery on the dates agreed upon by you and your mover and shown on your contract "order for service".
    • Shuttle Service - A use of smaller truck to provide service to residence not accessible by mover's regular truck.
    • Storage In Transit (SIT) - A temporary storage of your shipment, pending further transportation, with or with out notification to customer. If customer can not accept shipment on the agreed date, mover can place goods into warehouse (with out notification). In this case customer is responsible for SIT charges, as well as warehouse handling, and final delivery charges.
    • Tariff - An issuance containing rates, rules, regulations, classifications or other provisions. California issued a Max 4 tariff for moves with in the state (contains of maximum rate, which movers can not exceed). Federal Department of Transportation, for moves across state lines, requires movers to post tariff. The tariff must contain 3 (three) specific items. First, description of services offered to public. Second, the specific applicable rates, (or basis for calculating rates), and service terms for services offered to public. Third, has to be arranged to that customer can determine the rates for services applicable to their shipment.
    • Valuation - the degree of worth of the shipment. The valuation charge compensates a mover for assuming a greater degree of liability than is provided in base transportation charges.
    • Warehouse handling - A charge may be applicable every time SIT service is



Our Testimonials

By James P Malibu CA


Easily the best movers out there. I have used this company two times and both times I was extremely impressed. They are very organized, honest, efficient, and have some of the best customer service I've seen from any business. Brian and his team did an excellent job. I will be using Los Angeles Movers for my next move.

By Susan D.


The gentlemen that helped move our home were very friendly, polite and careful with our treasures. I highly recommend them.

By Robert J. Hollywood, CA.


The guys were awesome! Everything was done as promissed. Francisco and his team were the best. I will use them again.

By Michael D. Calabasas, CA.


This was a very difficult relocation. We were moving from Denver to Los Angeles area. Even though, my company reimbursed me for this move I had to deal with many different variables. Sold old house, transfer furniture and other household goods to California, place it in short term storage, then find a new place and finally move into a new house. Los Angeles Movers were there with me from the very beginning. They have done an accurate inventory of items. Provided me with a Binding estimate. Helped me pack and then loaded the trailer. Stored shipment in their warehouse until the time I found a new place. Through out the whole time I was able to stay in touch with the office staff and the delivery was made with out any problems. The company charged me only for what was estimated. Incredible amount of work performed by different crews. They all were pleasure to work with.

By Greorgia G San Diego, CA


We moved from Los Angeles to San Diego. There were certain guidelines we had to deal with. Our LA residence had to be vacated by 3pm, and San Diego location had to be unloaded before 9pm. The movers worked very hard to make sure the delivery was made in time. Not only the movers got it done by 9pm, but also they were careful and completed this move with out any damages. Great job!

By Stanley W. Valencia, CA.


The guys were polite and professional. They worked in 100 degree heat. I kept them hydrated and well fed. I asked them to take breaks, as it seemed that they were robots. Brian and his helpers protected my valuables, and moved very fast. I am happy with the quality of their work and time it took to complete the move. Best movers ever.

By Marcy J. La Canada, CA.


We have used this company a few years ago to help us relocate our business offices. They were great then and we decided to hire them again for our residential move. They did not disappoint. From start to finish office staff and the crew were professional. Pleasure to deal with. Will hire again and will refer to my family and friends.

By Karina D. Dana Point, CA.


I hired Los Angeles Movers because they were highly recommended by my friends. I am glad I did. Everything I expected they delivered. They were less expansive than the company I used last time even though I had gotten more stuff over the years. The company as advertised. Courteous and efficient.

By Margo West Los Angeles, CA


This was my first full service move. I heard horror stories about moving companies, read up ripoff report... But I couldn't do it by myself. So I did a lot of research. This company was highly recommended and I gave them a shot. This was a very pleasant experience. I will recommend them to anyone that needs a full service mover.

By Kyle D. Glendale, CA


I had to move out on a short term notice. Didn't have time to look for a company. They were the first company I called. Hired them on the spot. Sherry who took my order reassured me that I was making a good choice. The movers, Francisco and his team came early, got to work and were extremely effective. God bless.