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Moving Terminology

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Moving comes with its own host of terms, terminology, and language related to the transport of items.  Although your moving coordinator will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your agreement and what you can expect from moving day, this list provides a quick and easy way to stay on top the moving process and all its various lingo.

Moving Contract Terminology

Of all the moving language you’ll encounter, the contract terms tend to be the most complex. Before you sign any paperwork, you should know the following.

Binding Estimate: This estimate provides a firm quote for services. If you make no changes to contract or service (and all weights have been appraised accurately), your costs will be no lower and no higher than the figure provided here.

Non-Binding Estimate: This estimate is subject to changes, usually due to the weight of your items on the day of the move.

Not-to-Exceed Estimate: This estimate provides a maximum amount you can expect to pay. If your items weigh less than anticipated, you could end up paying a smaller amount.

Order for Service: This contract notifies the movers that they have a right to perform services in the estimate. Once signed, the wheels are set in motion, so make sure you’re happy with the estimate and company before you put this order through.

Change Order: Sometimes, things change in the process of packing and getting ready. This written agreement covers the costs of additional services you request that weren’t included in the estimate.

Bill of Lading: This official contract contains the terms and conditions of your move, as well as information related to your specific situation. It should include delivery dates, the valuation coverage you selected, and pricing and payment terms.

Inventory Sheet: This is the master list of all items being moved (it also covers the condition of each item, and is filled out during the initial moving stages).

Customer Check-Off Sheet: This sheet is provided for you to check off every item and its condition as it comes off the truck.

Valuation Protection: This refers to the level of insurance or protection for your belongings you receive from your moving company. It sets the available compensation and repairs your mover will provide in the event of damaged or lost items.

Appliance Service: This charge covers the preparation for shipment of appliances (including washing machines, dryers, etc.).

Expedited Service: When you need to move things along quickly, this agreement arranges to ship items by a set date in exchange for a higher fee.

Additional & Accessorial Charges: These charges are incurred in addition to the transport of your items (packing, labor, appliance service, etc.).

Moving and Mover Terms

As the movers head in and get to work, you’ll be less concerned about the contract and more concerned about the actual process. Here are a few words and terms you should know before that happens.

Carrier: Most professional movers who provide the actual transportation of your household goods are known as carriers.

Move Coordinator/Relocation Specialist: Your move coordinator is your point of contact throughout your relocation. He or she is who you’ll turn to for questions, support, and information.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT): If you need some time as you move from one home to another, you may need to opt for temporary storage that keeps your belongings safe for up to 90 days at a time.

Van Operator: This individual will be the one responsible for loading, unloading, and transport.

  Source: NAVL

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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 Wash Windows:   

Be sure to pick a cloudy day to wash windows. If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll have streaks.
 For a window-washing solution, Smallin combines 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (which is a specific type of ammonia), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 1 gallon of water. 

Sliding Door Tracks: 

Sliding glass door tracks probably aren’t the first spots you’d think to clean, but you’ll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. Smallin suggests scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.

Overlooked Surfaces:  

You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls  a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Deep Clean Carpets: 

To maintain a new carpet’s warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months. Otherwise, you can do it yourself  by renting a deep cleaner or buying a professional-style model designed for home use.   Grab a partner and move your sofa and chairs, roll up area rugs, then vacuum the floors. Move your kitchen appliances away from the wall as much as you can. In some cases you can pull them out enough that a vacuum hose will reach.  
Restore smooth leather with an upholstery cleaner and conditioner. Use a suede brush to perk up nubuck leather. For wood furniture, make your own all-natural cleaner and polish:  Mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup  of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle; shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.

Refresh Window Treatments:

Window Treatments – Curtains and draperies aren’t typically dirty enough to launder. Instead, go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet.

Dust Light Fixtures:
Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. For ceiling fans, skip the ladder and use an extendable duster.  To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar.  Caution:  Be sure bulbs are cool to the touch and your hands are dry.

 Get Organized:   
— Pick up and eliminate clutter in each room before you start cleaning. — Equip yourself with a few designated containers when you are picking up in each room: a box for garage sale items, another for items to donate, and a garbage bag for items to toss. — Put away the things you are keeping in their rightful places and rooms.

TIP DONATE CLOTHES:  If you haven’t worn it in a year it’s time to get rid of it!

Safety Inspection:

— Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. — Perform all required safety checks. — If you don’t own a fire extinguisher, purchase one. Learn how to use it, and keep it in the kitchen.

  Power Wash: 

Having your home’s exterior and windows power-washed won’t just make your home look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mold and mildew that feed on grime. If you’re not comfortable deciding whether your home’s exterior can handle the force that pressure-washing nozzles exert, hire a professional to do the work.

  Gutter Maintenance:

When you consider that your roof’s drainage system diverts thousands of gallons of water a year from your house’s exterior and foundation walls,  you can see why it merits a semiannual inspection. Clean and repair gutters and downspouts every spring before heavy rains begin and late in autumn after leaves have fallen.

  Outdoor Furniture:  

Clean and repair furniture for your deck, porch, or patio. Use outdoor spray enamel to touch up chips on painted outdoor furniture.

  Freshen Bedrooms: 

— Rotate and flip mattresses. — Wash blankets and comforters, or take them to be cleaned. — Wash mattress pads and bed skirts. — Have pillows professionally cleaned, hang them outside in the fresh air, or freshen them with the air (no heat) cycle of your clothes dryer. — Wash or dry-clean rugs.

Clean Your Bathrooms: 
— You may scrub your bathroom every week, but now it’s time to battle clutter and refresh old products. — Go through your medicine cabinets and safely discard any outdated products. — Replace worn bath mats, shower curtains, and liners, or wash and dry shower curtains and liners.

Clear Your Kitchen:
— Take time to clear out your pantry, kitchen cabinets, and drawers. — Wipe them out and install fresh shelf paper. — Store or donate equipment you don’t use, such as small appliances or cookware. — Discard stale spices or dated items such as baking powder. — Clean the refrigerator and freezer. — Vacuum the cooling coils under or behind your refrigerator.

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