Moving Service Valuation Options

Moving Services Valuation Options

Miami Furniture Assembly VALUATION OPTIONS

How does Miami Furniture Assembly protect items?

 The following information is provided to help you understand the available valuation options. Liability Based on Declaration of Value The liability of household good carriers operating in local or interstate commerce is based upon the customers (shipper) declaration of value made at the time of the shipment is offered for transportation. You may either limit our liability or declare the shipment at its full value. Such election becomes a written agreement between the shipper and the carrier stating the limit of liability you want to assume. If you do not select either valuation option, your shipment will be released with the minimum liability of 60 cents per pound. 

Two Types of Valuation Coverage These options are set forth in Miami Furniture Assembly Tariff and are NOT insurance. All household goods carriers are required to assume some level of liability for your shipment while in their care. 

Option 1: Full Replacement Value Protection. The option covers repairs, replacement or full replacement with deprecation, minus the $100 deductible. The mover will pay for the full cost of the repair if damage occurs while in our care and custody, up to the dollar amount of valuation selected. If the item cannot be repaired, we will replace it exactly or with a like item if the exact item is no longer available. If the item cannot be repaired or replaced, we will pay you cashed based on the current replacement cost pending proof of value, and after application of the deductible. 

Option 2: Limited Liability. This is the minimum coverage required by the government and is provided free of charge. If your goods are damaged or lost, the mover’s maximum liability is 60 cents per pound per article. If your goods are damaged or lost, you will be entitled to recover the depreciated value of the item damaged or lost, or 60 cents multiplied by the weight of the damaged or lost article. (Whichever is less) 


Our valuation options are not insurance and are not governed by state insurance laws. Instead, they are authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (Released Rates Orders of Surface Transportation Board).

What's The Best Coverage For You?

Ask your local Miami Furniture Assembly Agent about valuation and the best coverage option for your shipment.


There’s nothing quite like seeing all your worldly possessions stuffed into a truck and you waving goodbye as it pulls onto the road headed to your new home. Naturally, a small part of you wonders if you’ll ever see your “life” again and, if so, what shape it’ll be in.

In the same way that you get health insurance coverage to safeguard your personal health, this is where moving insurance can help you sleep at night until everything is safely delivered and in its proper place. Accidents happen even to the most careful of people or moving companies.

Following is a primer on protecting your belongings during a move.

Basic coverage

All moving companies are required by federal regulations to offer two types of coverage to consumers on out-of-state moves.

The first coverage is called “released value protection” and is set at 60 cents per pound. This means that you will be reimbursed for everything from your paperclips to family heirlooms at 60 cents per pound. This coverage is included in the quote given by the moving company. Of course, you may ask yourself, “If my things are only worth 60 cents a pound why am I paying someone a lot more to move them?”

All of your material belongings are certainly worth more than 60 cents a pound. For that reason, local & long-distance movers also offer what’s called “full-value protection” The coverage is based on your valuation of the contents being transported. The cost is based on about 1 percent of the valuation, so if you decide all of your belongings being shipped are worth $50,000, you would pay about $500 for full-value protection.

Full-value protection allows the moving company two options if any articles are lost, destroyed or damaged during the move. This is also called “full replacement value.” The moving company, not the consumer, decides how amends will be made for the property.

The moving company can either have the item repaired so it is in the same condition as it was before being damaged or they can replace the item with another of like-kind. Basically, if your two-year-old washing machine is smashed, the moving company will not replace it with a new one. You will likely be given the fair-market value of a two-year-old washing machine.

Another caveat – movers are not required to reimburse you for any item that is valued at more than $100 per pound unless it is specifically listed on the shipping documents. This is set by the Surface Transportation Board, the federal organization that oversees moving companies. For example, a bracelet that weighs four ounces and worth more than $25 ($100 per pound) must be listed on the shipping documents or it will not be covered if it is lost, damaged or destroyed during the move.

If you opt for this coverage, you will have to inventory your belongings and list everything that is valued at more than $100 per pound and make sure it is listed on the shipping documents so that you are covered. This can be an overwhelming task once you start looking through your belongings.

Expanded mover coverage

Depending on your risk tolerance, you may decide to upgrade your coverage. There are several options available to consumers. You can ask the moving companies from which you are getting bids if they offer other valuation options. If your moving company is covering your belongings, it is not insurance. Moving companies are not allowed to sell insurance. Instead, you are paying for stated liability, in other words, you are setting the limits for your moving company’s liability if your belongings are damaged, lost or destroyed.

Some moving companies offer expanded valuations. Declared value allows you to set a per-pound amount for your belongings. For example, if you decide your belongings are worth $6 per pound and your total shipment is 10,000 pounds, you are placing a valuation of $60,000 on the total shipment. That would be the maximum you would receive if the entire shipment was destroyed or lost. Individual items would be replaced with like-kind, a two-year-old washing machine for a two-year-old washing machine. This is important to consider because items such as used clothing have little actual cash value.

You can also ask if the moving company offers lump sum value, also called assessed value. The coverage is basically the same except the consumer sets the amount by value instead of weight. This is better if you have a lot of small, high-value items that don’t weigh much.

What’s not covered

As important as what is covered, is what is not covered.

With valuation coverage, movers are not responsible for items in boxes they did not pack. Unless the box shows significant damage, you are not likely to be covered for damage to anything inside the box. You are also not covered for “natural disasters,” such as fire, hurricane, tornado, windstorm, hail, etc. Also, if items are damaged while in storage that is not controlled by the moving company, you are not covered.

Other options

You more than likely have some insurance coverage through your homeowner’s policy. The extent of that coverage, however, is not likely to be worth much. Most homeowner policies cover your belongings when they are in the house, not on the road in a semi truck.

Check with your insurance agent or company. Typically, policies cover only 10 percent of the belongings that are temporarily not at your home. You can also ask if the company offers specific moving insurance as well as what your current policy actually covers.

There are also insurance companies that offer what’s called “relocation insurance.” These policies are similar to lump sum and declared value coverage that the moving company may offer. Some people prefer to have the belongings insured by a third party or the moving company they are using does not offer this type of valuation coverage.

You can also get total loss coverage, which will replace all of your belongings in case of a catastrophe, such as fire, theft, truck accident, etc. Individual items are not covered and this coverage is only in case of the total loss of your belongings.

Valuation Contract

Please Download Your Copy of the Valuation Brochure. Inside the you will find the Customer's Declaration of Value.

Valuation-Brochure (pdf)