Moving contract terms explained

So, you’ve decided to hire professional movers to help you relocate? You’ve made a good move. Hiring professionals is probably the best thing to do in this sort of situation. You can, of course, go totally DIY, but there’s a good chance you’ll lose some nerves and get a couple of grey ones along the way. Not to mention you’re still not gonna get away without spending some serious cash. In the article below we’ll explain to you some key elements and terms of the moving contract, just so some of them don’t surprise you the day you need to sign the paper. Here we go: basic moving contract terms explained in less than 500 words.

Description of Services

This term is quite possibly the first thing you’ll notice once the paper arrives in your hands. It’s typically the first section of the moving contract. It contains every service the company will provide as well as the initial and final destinations of the move. Make sure everything you’ve agreed on is included.

Two guys shaking hands after agreeing on some moving contract terms .
Make sure everything you’ve agreed on finds its way in the Description of Services section of the contract.

Scope of Services

Next we the Scope of Services. Think of this one as a sort of a timeline or a schedule of events taking place during the service. For example, loading/unloading of the truck, inventorying, and so on. There might be some additional info such as the disclaimer saying the client must have everything packed before the movers arrive.


Probably the most lovable item on the list. Now, let’s get serious. This section includes how are you going to pay for the service, when you’re obliged to pay for it and what happens if for some reason you avoid paying for it. Needless to say: pay close attention to this part of the contract because once you sign it you’ll be legally bound to it.


It’s just a short section saying that that the contract is valid until completion of the services contained inside it. Nevertheless, read it thoroughly.


This one’s a standard in most contracts. You might’ve seen it before. It just says that the provider of the service is obliged not to give or share any information on the client to a third party as long as the contract is valid.

Two people signing a contract.
Read the contract thoroughly, even the parts you find pretty boring.

Some other terms

Here’s a quick list of some other terms you may see on the contract:

  • Valuation – an estimated value of the belongings you are moving. If anything bad happens to them – the moving company is responsible to pay for them.
  • Inventory – a detailed list of the items you’re moving and the shape they’re in before the move.
  • Line haul changes – the distance the moving company will carry your stuff and the weight of the entire cargo.
  • Carrier – the mover responsible for the transportation of your goods.

That’s about it. These were the most common terms you’ll find in a moving contract.