Terminology Tuesday!

Depending on the move, the specifics and details can get confusing. That’s why we created Terminology Tuesdays where each week we will go over five moving terms that will help you have a better understanding of your moving process. Be sure to check out our archives, we’ll be doing this each week. Enjoy!

Binding and Non-Binding Estimate – a binding estimate is an agreement made in advance between the customer and the mover that guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantities and services shown on the estimate. A non-binding estimate is the carrier’s approx. of the cost based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. A non-binding estimate is not binding on the carrier and the final charges will be based on the actual weight and tariff provisions in effect on the day of the load. 

Bulky Article – to ensure safe transportation, some articles included in a shipment like big screen TVs, motorcycles, hot tubs, etc., require extra handling and/or blocking. Our tariff provides a schedule of extra charges for such articles.

IRR Surcharge aka Insurance-Related General Increase  –  the carrier’s tariff provides for a percentage adjustment to the transportation charge (and SIT Pickup and Delivery) to aid in the recovery of the increased cost of carrier’s and van operator’s liability insurance expenses. 

Non-Allowables/Prohibited Items – the Carrier will not accept shipment property that will contaminate or damage (i.e., bug infestations, chemicals, propane tanks, etc.) the carrier’s property or the property of other customers, nor will it remove items that would damage the article or the premises like furniture that will not fit through doorways. Further, the carrier will not accept liability for items of a perishable nature like food, wine collections, plants, etc.

Weight Additive – some articles included in a shipment like camper shells, boats, canoes, boat trailers, etc., are comparatively light and occupy space in the van that is not commensurate with their weight. For instance, one might load 4,000 pounds of furniture and cartons in the space taken by a 1,500-pound boat. To compensate for this inequity, our tariff provides a schedule of additional weights for such articles.