Our moving glossary gives your move greater definition.

Moving jargon? Take the confusion out of industry terms and terminology with this convenient, easy-to-access moving glossary from Molloy Bros./Mayflower.

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Bill of lading

This is your receipt for goods and contract for transportation. When you sign this, you’re acknowledging that the household goods can be loaded on the van and released to the carrier.


Binding/nonbinding estimate

A binding estimate is an agreement between the customer and the mover that guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantity of items and services shown on the estimate. A nonbinding estimate does not come with such a guarantee; it is the carrier’s approximation of the cost based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. In this case, the final charges are based on the actual weight and tariff provisions in effect on the day of the load.


Booking agent

The agent that accepts the order for the customer’s move and registers it with the van line. The booking agent may or may not be the origin or destination agent.


Bulky article

Some articles – such as a big screen TVs, motorcycles, hot tubs – require extra handling to ensure their safe shipment. Mayflower’s tariff provides a schedule of extra charges for such articles.