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Shipping Computers? Crating companies in Houston offer advice.

Posted on Mon, Mar 27, 2017

computer packing-1.jpgWhen a business plans to move their computers, they need to find a company to pick up, pack and ship their computers. They also need to use a company that can value the computers during transit. Sometimes, the shipment may be as small as shipping one single computer. Business that are transferring employees, or consolidating offices often need to ship multiple computers.

While shipping inside a box may work for one computer , you will need to look at alternatives for shipping multiple computers. Packing the computers and loading them onto a pallet is a great idea for domestically shipped computers. Shipping computers internationally may require a custom built crate. When you are moving one computer domestically, you might want to have it picked  up as late in the day as possible, allowing for the packing company to pack it and ship it the same day. You can request overnight, early a.m. shipping, so that the computer can arrive early the next day at its destination. That way, you can set up the computer as soon as you arrive in the office, and be ready to proceed with regular business as soon as possible.

For multiple computers being shipped to an international destination, a custom built crate can be the best way to ship the computers. Make sure to inquire about the use of heat treated wood so that the crates can ship internationally.

When asking for a shipping price, be sure to include any keyboards, monitors, mouse or copiers that you are sending along with the computer.  The shipping charges will depend on the dimensions, weight and value of the boxes that you are shipping. They are also dependent on the zip code that you are shipping to.  For international shipments, you will need to provide the same information, but also a current phone number for the recipient.

For information about packing  and shipping in Houston, TX, feel free to contact pack n send. We can pack and ship your computer for you and your company.  Packing companies in Houston and crating companies in Houston can always offer advice.

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Out of town family member passes away-Packing, Shipping and Moving

Posted on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

estate_moving.jpgYou will need to start to decide what you want to move to your home, or to the homes of family members. If your family is disbursed throughout the United States, there are a few  decisions that  you will need to make.

  1. What furniture and possessions do you want to keep? Mark the furniture and any other items that you would like to keep for yourself. Contact a small load moving company to set up the pickup and delivery of your furniture.  Usually, a blanket wrap move truck will be able to help you out. If you are stressed for time, then consider having the furniture and belongings moved on a freight truck. There are solutions for every dilemma.   You can even send lots of boxes on pallets in order to save on shipping costs.

Once you have decided on the items that you would like to keep, you can proceed to step two. The question here, is what to I do with the rest of the estate?

  1. Do you want to donate furniture or belongings? There may be church groups that can use the clothing. They may be able to take unopened food .  Look for furniture banks, or resettlement organizations that can help.  The resettlement organizations may be able to move the furniture directly from the residence into a  new families home. Let them know if you have dishes, pots, pans and towels to donate.  Of course, there will be a few things that you can throw away.  A nice legacy is knowing that the things that you are not using are going to a needy family or organization. Women's shelters will often accept used bras for their residents. Many of these women have left their  homes with only the clothes on their backs.
  2. You have now had all of the items picked up and either shipped or donated. You can clean the apartment or home on your own, or you can hire a company to come in and clean for you.  The shipping company that you used should be able to make recommendations for a reliable cleaning company. They should also be able to give you the names of a few local realtors.

 

While you are dealing with the death of a loved one, rely on local companies to help you with your moving, shipping and selling needs. 

For more information about moving furniture after the death of a loved one, please feel free to contact us. 713 266 1450  We handle both pack and ship moving, as well as international shipments.

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Shipping Artwork? Have it Properly Packaged

Posted on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

So you want to a pack a painting and ship it somewhere?  Get a box, add a little newsprint, ship it and hope it gets there safely? Shipping artwork requires packing expertise.


   Wrong. Look at your other options. How about packing it correctly and making sure that it arrives at its destination undamaged.

When you are packing a high value piece of artwork, we recommend using a professional packing company. Depending on the value of the painting, they may recommend a custom built box. For high value artwork, they should give you the option of having a custom built crate made.  Even if it is a large painting that does not carry a high value, it may ship better in a crate.

 So how do you locate a  professional packing or a professional crating company. Call local art dealers. Call a custom framer. Ask a friend for a recommendation. Call local shipping companies and ask them for their recommendations. Ask how long the  company has been in business. Ask if they have experience packing and shipping art work. No, two pieces of artwork during the last six months does not qualify as experience.

Can the company show you examples of pieces of artwork that they have crated? Do they have pictures of crates or boxes that they have built for other customers?

Do they let you know about protecting the painting with one inch of Styrofoam inside of the crate or inside of the box?  Do they offer both curbside and inside delivery for your painting. Have they mentioned to you that the painting will need to be signed for at the receiving end. 

If you have multiple paintings, have the offered to crate them inside or one crate?  Have they offered a blanket wrap move price for the paintings.

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For smaller or less valuable paintings, you can have a custom built box made.  The box is usually delivered to your front door.

There are  even options for your small, less valuable paintings. You can ask to have a custom box built that will specifically fit your painting. You can ask for the painting to be dropped off at a delivery address, or you can ask for the painting to be signed for by the recipient.

All of the above are basic questions that will need to be answered before you locate the right company to pack and send your artwork.

 In Houston, feel free to contact pack n send to answer your questions. A privately owned company in business since 1981.

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Shipping Marble - Building a Custom Crate

Posted on Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Do you want to ship a single piece of marble, or a piece of furniture that has marble on it?

shipping marble.jpgHere are a few packing suggestions. For a single piece of marble, find a company that can build a custom crate. A custom crater will line the crate with  at least one inch of Styrofoam on each side. They may use up three inches of Styrofoam on the bottom of the crate, and up to two inches on the sides and top. A lot of this depends on the thickness  and the value of the marble. 

For a piece of furniture that has marble on it, you will need to make sure that the crater knows how to remove the marble from the furniture. The crating of the marble will then follow the same rules as if it was a single piece of marble.

Make sure that the crate is closed properly and reinforced with metal banding that is applied securely around the crate. So whether you are packing an estate in Houston, are looking for a Houston furniture shipper, or trying to find international shippers, you can follow the same steps when  looking for a custom crater.

When moving marble within same city, look for a mover that can build the custom moving crate for you. They will need the exact dimensions.  Length times width times height. You do not want the movers to arrive with the wrong size crate. We recommend measuring the marble two times to make sure that you give the mover the correct dimensions. They will add space for the Styrofoam lining that they add inside the crate to protect your marble.

When you are looking for custom crate builders in Houston TX, or throughout the United States, be sure to ask questions about crate building experience.

For more information about building a custom crate to ship marble a are looking for a crate builder, feel free to contact pack n send in Houston.  We are one of the premier packing companies Houston, and have offered packing service in Houston since 1981.

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Time to rodeo! Buy Souvenirs?Need packing companies in Houston?

Posted on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

 

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It is that time of year again.  The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from March 7- March 26  2017. Some of the most popular events  are: bull riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping, and more.  

Even if traditional rodeo sports aren't for you, there is plenty to do.  There is a new Ferris Wheel at the carnival this year and  lots of food, including fried food on a stick. On a hot day, try the frozen lemonade. Turkey legs are always a favorite, with the outdoor tents having lots of tasty treats.

There is plenty of shopping. You can purchase items that are small in size, like jewelry, t shirts, belts and cowboy hats all the way up to larger pieces of furniture.

For those of you purchasing larger items, please feel free to contact us. We can ship the saddles, furniture that you just have to have. We can ship it either domestically or internationally for you.

We can even pick up from local hotels. So those of you who have purchased too many t shirts to fit inside your suitcase, we can pack and ship your precious purchases.

So, if you are looking for packing companies in Houston, please call us at 713 266 1450.  Pack n send is ready to help you out with all of your rodeo shipping needs.

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Tips for Planning a Summer Move- Pack and Ship Moving Service

Posted on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

 

Spring moving season is beginning. Homeowners are listing their  homes, and families are planning ahead for their move. Whether you are moving to purchase a larger home, or move to a new school district, it is time to plan you move. You may be packing an estate of a deceased relative to move with you when you relocate.

Whether you are planning a move within the city, a cross country move. or an international move, now is the time to look at your moving options. Here are a few moving tips that will serve all types of household moves.

  • Start to plan your local move six weeks ahead of time.
  • Start to plan you cross country move nine to twelve weeks ahead of time.
  • Start to plan you international move two months ahead of time. 

Start to sort out the items that you want to move. Consider donating belongings that you have not used during the past year. Do this ahead of time so that you do not move things that you are not using.

Make a list of the items that you will need the first few days after your move. Medicine, sheets, towels, toiletries and changes of clothing should be on the top of your list.

 When you contact your movers, remember to let them know about items in an attic, basement or storage unit that you will need moved. This will be a good time to go through your storage unit to see if you want to move items that you do not plan to move in the future. You may need to move something in a custom crate.

Obtain a floor plan of your new residence. Make sure that everything that you are moving will fit inside your new residence.

Measure some of the items that you plan to move before you purchase your moving boxes.

As a Houston packing company and mover, pack n send can assist you with                   shipping furniture across country, provide international shipping company assistance, or give you a quote for your local Houston move. A pack and ship moving company that offers alternative ways to make your household move run smoothly.

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Out of Town Wedding. Use a Shipping Company to Pack and Send the Gifts

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

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As families are planning destination weddings and local weddings with out of town guests, shipping the last minutes gifts can often cause headaches for the bride and groom.

Pack n send in Houston recommends lining up a shipping company in advance. The boxes that your china, glassware and blender are boxed in were most likely shipped to the store via freight. These boxes will not hold up when  shipping via a common carrier.


When you want to pack and send wedding gifts, consider shipping the shower gifts at the same time.

The delicate and fragile wedding gifts will need to be professionally packed so that they can be sent on to the couples new residence.

Look for a company that can ship a few gifts or many gifts. If the newly wedded couple is moving out of town, you may want to have a freight or moving company move all their gifts along with furniture from mom and dad's home. If you do this all at the same time, you can save on both moving and shipping costs.

Make sure to value everything for full value. The moving or shipping company should be able to do this for you. If you have just a few small boxes, it may be less expensive to send it to a business address.

As a result of more than 35 years of experience, pack n send can answer any of your wedding gift shipping questions.

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Estate Moving & Estate Furniture Shipping

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2017

After a love one passes away, there is usually furniture and household goods to take out of the home or apartment. Instead of donating the furniture and mementos, why not ship them to relatives and friends throughout the United States. Estate moving of small items and estate furniture shipping require that specific questions are asked of the packing, moving and shipping company.

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You can deliver something as small as a piece of silverware up to a car.  You can have artwork packed in boxes for shipping or shipped inside a custom built crate.

Check with the shipping company that you use that they can move  small boxes, or even place furniture on a pallet for shipping. See if they can ship a single piece of furniture overseas or anywhere in the United States.

The company that you choose should be able to pick up, pack and deliver to multiple locations. A small package to Oregon, and household furniture to Maine should be able to be handled by the same company.

Make sure that the company can supply shipping and packing boxes. They should offer to either pack for you, or offer guidance so that you can pack on your own if you would like to do that.

They should ask you for the value of the estate items that you are shipping. You want to be covered in case of loss or damage during the shipping process.

When looking for a company to pack and send or pack and ship for you, try to locate a one stop shop, so that you have less work to do at a stressful time in your life.

For more information about moving an estate feel free to contact pack n send in Houston. In business since 1981.

 

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International Shipping Companies Alternatives

Posted on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

 

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When you are looking at international shipping companies, there a myriad of considerations.

Has the company shipped internationally before?

Do they offer both container shipping, air shipping and cubic meter shipping?

Come prepared with a list and the value of the items that you are shipping. That way the freight preparation company can look at the least expensive way to send your items. Time may be of a factor so air shipping may the best shipping alternative.  If time is not of the essence, ocean shipping may be the way to  pack and send your items. International shipping is easy when you use a shipping company that has experience.

Once you have prepared your list, and have located the packing and shipping services, you need to make sure that the country you are shipping to will accept the item or items that you are sending. There are specific lists for each country of items that are not allowed into their country. Both USPS and DHL websites contain lists of the prohibited items for each country.

Look for a company that will price each of your shipments individually.  The best shipping method for your first shipment may change when you transport other items the second or third time that you are shipping internationally. Sometimes you can ship in a custom built crate. Other times, shipping on a pallet is recommended.  A 20 foot container may work for your first shipment. Maybe a 40 foot container or a 40 foot high cube is needed for your next two shipments.

When you are researching for an international moving companies feel free to contact  pack n send in Houston.  We have been in business since 1981 and are here to answer your international moving questions.

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Houston moving company helps you find the right local mover

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

 

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When you plan a household move,  you need to plan ahead of time. Finding the right moving company should be on the top of your list.

Here are a few of the questions that that a moving company should ask you.

 

Do you plan to pack your boxes yourself?

Do you need help packing some of your boxes?

Do  you have the proper  packing materials to pack boxes on your own?

Will you need stand up wardrobe boxes for your hanging clothes?

Do you want the mover to move all of your items, or will you move some of the items on your own?

Do you have an attic, garage or storage unit that will also be moved?

Have you signed a lease on your new home or apartment?

Do you plan to forward your mail to your new address.

While these are some very basic questions,  Houston moving companies try to help their customers have well planned out moves.

For Houston houston packing, moving, unpacking and estate packing and estate shipping  in Houston feel free to contact pack n send, a Houston moving company.

 
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