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We at Aviv Moving & Storage want you to understand the terms of the Moving Industry and use them as a guide to help make your move as easy as possible.  For this we have created the term Moving Dictionary.

Local Move:   A local move is a move within the same state.  Local Moves are priced out usually by an hourly rate.


Long Distance Moves:  A long distance move is a move from one state to another.  Long distance moves are determined by volume and are priced by the cubic feet or by weight.


Travel Time:  Occurs mostly in local moves and often times in long distance moves.  It is priced from the time the truck leaves the moving companies location to the pick-up address and back from the delivery destination.


Intrastate Moves: see local move


Interstate Moves: see long distance move


Long Carry:  Long Carry means the distance of the moving truck to the customer’s house/apt.  The first 75 feet is free.  If it exceeds, then there will be a fee for each additional 75 feet.


Excessive Carry:  See Long Carry


Shuttle: This occurs when a moving truck cannot access the customer’s street.  In this situation a rental of a smaller truck will be needed.  The customer will be charged for the rental truck and for the additional time taken to unload and reload the shuttle truck.


Walk-Up Charges:  Some companies charge per floor and others charge per step.  Our company will only charge the customer, if the movers have to walk up above the second floor with no elevator.


Fuel Charges:  We offer competitive pricing and some of the lowest fuel charges in the industry.


Toll Charges:  Customers are being charged for all toll roads.  Our company does not charge for tolls.


Mileage:  Mileage is often priced $0.05-$0.25 per mile.  Our company does not charge for mileage.


Extra CF Charges:  This is priced by the space your shipment takes up on the truck.  This is usually priced by taking measurements of the shipment on the truck or by an inventory list.


Weight Charges:  This is a charge by the actual weight of the shipment.  This means the moving company should weigh the truck with a full tank of gas before they load the job and reweigh the truck with a full tank of gas after they load the shipment.


Basic Liability Insurance:  Moving companies have to supply a minimum insurance policy. For example, in the state of Massachusetts the insurance policy is covered $0.60 per pound.


Full Coverage Insurance:  There are moving companies who allow you to evaluate your shipment and will charge to insure it.  There is also a third party insurance company as well that can insure your shipment. 


Note:  Many times your home insurance will cover your moving cost as well!


Parking Tickets:  It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure a parking spot for the moving truck.  If the moving company is bonded with the city, you can get a letter from them and get a parking permit for the moving truck to avoid paying the ticket.


Hoisting:  At times furniture will not be able to fit in the elevator or stairwell in this case it will need to be hoisted from the window or porch.  If possible the moving company will use ropes and straps and if not possible a crane will be needed.


Pianos or Heavy Items:  Some Moving companies will charge extra for this.


Packing Supplies:  Any material that will be used during the move which the moving company provides will be extra. For example: (packing tape, packing paper, boxes, shrink wrap…etc)


Packing Labor/ Service:  This charge appears usually in long distance moves.  The customer will be charged if the moving company has to pack any boxes at the pick-up destination. The price varies by the box.