So you have found the perfect chandelier. Whether it is made out of crystal, wrought iron, wood or ceramic or antler horns, there will be a safe way to ship your chandelier.
You know it will look great hanging over the dining room table. The only problem is you are on vacation in a completely different part of the country than where you live. You need to ship your chandelier home, and you want to make sure it gets there safely. There are three things you will want to consider when it comes to chandelier shipping.
Look for a company that has experience shipping chandeliers. We have listed below a few questions that you should ask.
For shipping, specialized crates must be for each chandelier. The crates need to be lined with Styrofoam and then most chandeliers should be hung for shipping. Chandeliers needs to be braced or the space filled with peanuts for safe travel.
For crystal and glass chandeliers pieces will need to be cushioned separately with soft Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Each and every chandelier will need to be looked at separately to determine the safest way to pack it for safe shipping. Designers and private individuals ship chandeliers as well as individuals purchasing chandeliers for overseas shipping.
Office buildings throughout the country are hanging chandeliers in their atriums.
When looking for someone to crate your chandelier look for a company that has expertise in shipping high value and delicate items. Make sure that your chandelier is fully valued for both loss and damage.
If you are shipping your chandelier internationally, make sure that you have requested wood that can be used to ship outside of the United States. If your chandelier is valued for more than $2500, be ready to pay to have international documentation prepared in addition to the commercial invoice.
Here are some other helpful questions you should ask about the company that you are looking at using when you are considering shipping a chandelier.
1. You should ask how they are going to pack your chandelier. Do they take it apart to ship it? If they do take it apart, are all the parts ships in the same container, or will you be getting several boxes or crates? What sort of materials do they pack it in, and how do you know that will properly protect your chandelier? Do not be afraid to ask these questions. It is important to know your chandelier is properly packaged to ensure safe delivery.
2. Know their reputation for shipping chandeliers. If the company has never shipped a chandelier before, you might want to reconsider using them. You should get a feel for the company’s reputation concerning shipping chandeliers. If possible, talk to someone else who has used them for the same service or for a similar shipping need. Previous customers can give you a good feel for what to expect.
3. You should know how long it will take to ship it, and if you are shipping across state or country lines or to another country, make sure you know if there are any added costs for the service. It is also important to make sure the company can ship your chandelier to its ultimate destination. If you are going to be traveling for a while, and you do not want your chandelier to beat you home, it would be a good idea to know how soon you should have the company send your chandelier. Some companies also build specific crates for your chandelier’s trip. It is a good idea to know if that service is going to require extra time and if you will need to let the company know in advance you need a container for your product.