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Custom Packing: How Does It Work?

Posted on Tue, Feb 18, 2014


Not all your treasures fit handily inside a standard box but you can't leave them behind. If you've got an odd-shaped item like an heirloom coat rack, a large piece of glass or a one-of-a-kind surfboard, you'll have to custom pack those items. You don't have to move items without the confidence that you are doing it correctly. Have confidence by using the right techniques and tips for moving your items.

You really can pack anything!
•    For certain items we suggest inserting one inch sheets of Styrofoam on the inside of the box to cushion the box.  We also suggest using bubble wrap around your items before you insert it into a custom made box.  Depending on the item, you may also want to use foam peanuts to cradle the item in the box.
•    You can order a custom made crate or pallet. This is especially necessary if your piece is heavy or has an unusual shape.  Wood crates can be custom built to fit your specific piece. Standard pallets are forty inches by forty eight inches, but you can have a custom built pallet or platform built to fit your specific needs.
•    Invest in double-walled, boxes if your piece is too heavy for a single wall box, but does not need a full wood crate. 
•    Have plenty of foam peanuts, bubble wrap and packing tape on hand for custom packing. However, never tape directly to your furniture or item. Tape can leave a gummy residue behind.
•    If you prefer, you could let the pros custom pack your items for you.


No more worries about transporting that craftsman chair or those important golf clubs. You can truly pack just about everything! Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for your packing or moving, Contact us for more tips and help with your move. We offer a variety of options for custom packing and specialty moving. Our experienced team would love to answer your questions.

Tags: Packing Houston, Crate Houston

Custom Crating and Pallets

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2012

 There are ways to save money when you are moving glass top tables, furniture, artwork and other valuable possessions. Preventing damage and breakage during transit is one of the best ways to save money during transport of goods.

 In order to move a glass top table, a custom built crate is highly recommended. You can line the crate with one inch of Styrofoam on each side. That would be top, bottom and all four sides. By placing the glass on top of the Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the glass, you have insulated the glass from shock. We suggest that you use a custom built crate when you are moving or shipping the glass. Let your mover of store where you have purchased the table top give you the exact dimension for the piece of glass.  This will help attain a secure fit inside of your custom built crate.

 The movers will be able to uncrate the glass for you, and place the glass on top of your table. They can then take the wood from the crate and recycle the crate or the wood.

 While placing the glass between two pieces of cardboard looks easy and is inexpensive, it does not prevent the glass from breaking during transit.

 When freighting furniture, we recommend building a wood skeleton around the furniture.  Our website www.pack-n-send.com hosts a pallet building video.

 You can see from the video that the bottom of the pallet is lined with Styrofoam. This helps protect the furniture and goods that are placed on the pallet.  Once the frame is built, the entire pallet is wrapped in cardboard on all sides. This protects the entire shipment from scrapes, just in case one pallet is placed to closely to another pallet inside the freight truck.

 Then, the pallet is wrapped in black security stretch wrap.  This prevents anyone from looking inside the pallet to see what is being shipped.  We have found this to be a good idea. If individuals do not know the contents of a pallet, there is less chance of a theft occurring during transit.

 The wood skeleton protects the shipment from shifting around during transit.

 There are a few ideas to save money and prevent damage during freight shipping and moving. For more suggestions, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Crate Houston, packing houston texas

Shipping Art and Artwork-Advice from a Houston Shipping Co.

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

 I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.

 Her answer was “Just about everything.”   This blog is for my customer. 

When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items.  If the company is experienced at  shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork. 

If it is a picture with glass, do they use tape to protect the glass? If it is a sculpture, can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture? If it a valuable oil painting, can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?

We have a few basic questions to ask the company that you would like to use to ship your art work. 

My mother\'s close friend passed away a few years ago; she was an Ecuadorian, and my mother took a lot of the art from her apartment. This is a brightly-colored little plaque illustrating people in a village.

We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special  knowledge about shipping, custom box making and custom crate making. 

Ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they ship for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector? 

Ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries and art dealers.

Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options. This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.

For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork. 

For any other customers who have questions about artwork packing and shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Artwork Shipping Houston, Crate Houston, Artwork Packing

Houston Shipping-Ship for Father’s Day

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2012

 

It is now time to ship from Houston and all over the world for Father's Day.

While companies can ship small items via common carrier, why not surprise your dad with a gift delivered via LTL delivered right to his front curb.

A chandelier made from Antlers is a unique idea. What about a handmade table for your dad’s poker game?  For children wanting to surprise dad with a roomful of furniture, you can purchase the furniture in one and do a small move and have the furniture delivered where ever dad may now be living.

Socks are always nice, but we have compiled at list of common and not so common gifts for Fathers Day.

Back Pack

Bottle Opener

Tent

Picture Frames

Gardening tools

Custom m & m's

Cell Phone

Camera

Can Opener

Front Porch Swing

Appliances

Personalize Magazine cover prints

Digital Photo Frame

Engraved Photo Frame

Movies

Music

GPSSystem

iPod Touch

MP3 Player

Bathrobe

Personalized Cookie Jar

Chocolate

Personalized T Shirts

Magazine Subscription

Outdoor Furniture

Comforter

Monogrammed Towel

MonogrammedBathRobe

Wallet

Outdoor Grill

Home made cards

While pack n send may not have listed every Fathers Day gift that can be shipped, made or given, we have tried to help out the  "Gee I cannot think of a gift." customer.

If you need further ideas or need to ship something, build a crate in Houston, or need assistance with Houston crating, please give us a call. And Happy Fathers Day from pack n send. 713 266 1450

 

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Tags: Shipping Houston, Crate Houston, Houston Crating

Crating vs. Boxing-Advice from Houston Shipping Company

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

Crating vs. Boxing-Advice from Houston Shipping Company

Do you ever wonder what you need to crate for shipping, and what you can box when shipping or moving? There are actually no easy answers.

Some of the decision criteria are as follows:

  1. Size of the item you are shipping or moving.
  2. Value of the item that you are shipping or moving.
  3. Delicate Nature of the item you are shipping or moving.

Marble and animals heads that have taxidermy for preservation usually need to be crated. Chandeliers should be crated when being shipped by freight. If a mover is moving the chandelier, then hanging a chandelier in a box with padding inside the box may work well.  It will depend on the value of the chandelier and how delicate the chandelier is.

Lamps, paintings and sculptures may or may not require a full wood crate. Some sculptures may go on a pallet, protected by wood and cardboard, or some may need a full wood crate.

 High value artwork that you are sending via common carrier or via freight should usually be crated. Large artwork that is valuable should be crated. 

Custom crating is a good way to have a wood box made that will exactly fit the item that you are shipping. When asking for a price for a crate based on the size of an item, remember to add for the Styrofoam that will be added inside the crate to protect your item.  There may also be inches added for the bubble that will be wrapped around your item for protection.

 If you have questions about custom crating or boxing, feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.

fragile shipping crate

Tags: Crate Houston, Houston Crating, Houston Crater

Houston Freight and Shipping Company Lists Worldwide Destinations

Posted on Fri, Mar 09, 2012

 

inside planetarium [rome]Pack n send receives many phone calls about our international shipping services. We are providing the list of countries that we ship to so that our customers have a handy guide to look at.  We offer air, ground, cubic meter, freight  and container shipping options. Once you call us and let you know what you would like to ship, we can help you by providing  you with the most cost effective option for you shipping needs.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Baruba
Belarus
Belize
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia|
Bonaire
Botswana
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Brittish Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Congo Republic of
Cook island
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curaco
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DPR of Korea Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia |
Faeroe Islands
Falkland Islands
Faroc Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guinana
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Germany
Georgia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Ginvea-Bissau
Ginvea-Exquatorial
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea Republic
Guyana

Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran-Islamic Republic of Tersey
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korpa
Kosovo
Kosrae Island
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Libyan Arab Jamahiriy
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Nive
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
|Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papa New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Phillipines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar

Republic of Nevis
Reunion
Romania
Rota
Russia
Rwanda
Saba
Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Somaliand
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthelemy
St. Croix
St. Eustatius
St. John
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Thomas
St. Vincent
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tadjikistan
Tahiti
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tinian
Tonga
Tongo
Tortola
Trinidad and Tobago
Truk
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands(Brittish)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Gorda
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe 

For more information about international shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Freight Houston, Crate Houston, Container Shipping Houston

Time to Build A Custom Crate? 30 Yr Old Houston Co. Offers Advice

Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2011

 

As the economy improves, more businesses are purchasing art work and sculptures to decorate homes and offices.

 In Houston, we have noticed purchases that  are being shipped to both the east and west coast and worldwide.  The prices in the Houston market are competitive, and some times are less than east coast prices.

 With the cost savings in the purchase price, purchasers are inquiring about the best shipping method.

 Depending on the composition and price of the artwork, custom crating is often recommended.

 When looking for a custom crater, you need to look for experienced artwork shippers.  Can the company pick up your purchase and take it to their warehouse to measure and weigh the art work?

 Is the custom crate built on site, or farmed out to another company?  Has the company you chosen discussed the details of the packing with you?  Has the company you chosen discussed bracing the art work with in the crate?

 If the piece of artwork needs to go overseas, has the company you chosen discussed using the proper heat treated wood needed for international shipping?

 Just because a company is capable of building crates, does not mean that they have experience with high value art work and sculptures.

 Make sure your art work is valued for loss or damage during the shipping process.

 For more information about artwork shipping, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Crate Houston, Crate Building Houston, Custom Crating

What is best time to Crate? Asks a freight, crater/ mover in Houston.

Posted on Mon, Nov 07, 2011

  Custom crates should be made for high value, delicate items.  A custom crate should be built to ensure an exact fit.  Proper padding is needed to further protect valuable items. Crating charges should include calculations of both size and weight of the item being crated. Certain items will need to be braced for shipping within the crate.  Runners will be needed for crates that need to be shipped upright. 

A wooden box for the kids room

Reusable crates are recommended when the crate will be shipped more than one time.  There are different types of wood that need to be used for domestic or international shipping. 

When shipping a crate, the recipients address should be written directly on the wood to prevent any paperwork from falling off the crate, and thus, the crate being misdirected. A phone number for the recipient is also recommended on the outside of the crate.

 Look for  a shipper who can decide if a crate is actually needed, since the weight of a crate can add to the shipping price. Lamps, paintings and sculptures may not need to  be crated.  Sometimes just bubble wrap, peanuts Styrofoam and double boxing will suffice.

 High value artwork, chandeliers and high value antiques are common items that will usually require crating.

 For more information about custom crating and custom packing, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

 

Tags: Artwork Shipping Houston, Crate Houston

Pet Shipping Tips: From Houston Freight / Moving Company

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2011

1. You will need to give your shipping company the following information:  City, country and closest airport.

2. You will need to give your shipping company the following information: City, country and closest airport.

3. Date of Travel: Does your pet have a set or flexible travel date?

4. Do you have an approved airplane crate?

5. Does your pet need transportation service to and from the airport? Does your pet need overnight boarding?

6 Some airlines allow you to take small animals inside the cabin. Some only allow your pet to be shipped as cargo.

7. Remember, your pet will need customs clearance if traveling outside the United States.

8. Make sure that shot records are up to date, both in the United States and for the country your pet is traveling to.

For more information on pet shipping please contact pack-n-send at 713 266 1450.

We had a rare rain the other day in So. Cal. Yoshi and I were walking through the park and he went into this puddle. I snapped the pic quickly.

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Tags: Houston Mover, Freight Houston, Crate Houston

Crate Building Advice from a Houston Freight Company

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2011

When looking for a custom built crate, you will need to ask many questions.

First, ask if they can supply the wood for both domestic and international shipping.

Can they build reusable crates?

Do they have experience with both large and small items.

Have they crated delicate or valuable items in the past? Be sure and ask for examples of these items.

Do they know the proper amount of padding to add inside the crate for different types of items. High value painting with glass require different preparation and padding from artistic statutes.

How do they bind the crate? Do they nail it or use screws to close the crate? Do they secure the crate with metal banding?

Is a full wood crate really what you need for the shipment?  If the item is something like an engine, you can probably strap it to a pallet and not incur the cost of a full wood crate.

Make sure that the crater has many options available so that  you can analyze your choices and pick the best one for your shipment.

For an experienced  crate builder and   freight shipper with  over 25 years experience, contact pack n send at 713 266 1450 for your next freight or shipping job.

Tags: Freight Houston, Crate Houston