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Finding Shipping Companies and Single Piece Furniture Shippers in Houston

Posted on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Finding Shipping Companies and Single Piece Furniture Shippers in Houston

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People use shipping companies for a variety of purposes. A good shipping company can do it all. Single piece furniture shippers can send a bed off to a college student from their parent's home a few states away. Other shipping companies can move your entire home overseas if needed. They also ship for individuals as well as businesses. If you are needing to get something from here to there and aren't sure where to begin, this blog lists some of the services shipping companies provide.

Moving a Single Piece of Furniture: 

When you're moving a single piece of furniture, movers and shippers will load the piece of furniture up in a truck and get it to where it needs to go. If the piece of furniture is going overseas, it will can be palletized and sent via air or sea.

Distributing an Estate:

When a loved one dies, a shipping company can help distribute family heirlooms, possessions, and furniture to other family members throughout the country. This article from caring.com shares some important ideas on splitting an estate between siblings that you may find helpful.

Bringing Inventory Right to Your Business: 

If you run a business, you will have the option to discuss with the shipping company if you will need to come to a shipping center to pick up your inventory or if they will do curbside delivery. Inventory can also be sent to a receiving warehouse un-palletized and then shipped to you directly.

Shipping Large Amounts of Freight:

Whether you are shipping your entire household or all the furniture of a business, it is best to get all the furniture into one shipment if possible. The furniture can be palletized and then transported, or else placed on a moving truck and driven to its destination.


At Pack n Send in Houston, we can help you with all of these shipping needs and more. Contact us today for more information!

 

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Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

Posted on Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Freight Your Furniture or Move Your Furniture?

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When it comes to packing, shipping, moving, and freighting furniture, it can be confusing to know which methods are going to be the most cost effective and which ones are even appropriate. In this blog post we hope to answer some of your questions about freight shipping and moving furniture so you can figure out what steps to take next.

How can I send just one piece of furniture?

A good shipping company is happy to help you move even just one piece of furniture. Whether that means moving a desk in a truck from one office to another across town or freighting that desk across the ocean to a buyer overseas, a shipping company can do either one. It's important to make sure the company doesn't have any weight minimums before you begin. 

How do I choose between air shipping and freight shipping?

The costs vary between these two methods based on the speed you need and the size of your shipment. When freighting by sea, the charge is based on the size in cubic meters of your furniture. Ocean transportation generally costs less and can hold more, but also takes longer. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a sea shipment from China to the U.S. takes anywhere from two to four weeks. Air shipping is based on the weight and the size of the shipment, and is usually more expensive but much quicker.

What if I'm not able to unload the shipment myself?

Talk with your shipping company and most will give you the option to choose between unloading the shipment yourself with curbside delivery or inside delivery.

What if I'm in Houston and am moving a long distance?

If you need help with long distance moving in Houston, a packing and shipping company can move your items in a truck if you are moving within the continent. If you are moving overseas, you can have your belongings shipped overseas via air or sea as we mentioned earlier. For tips on moving to another country, check out this post from The Spruce.


We know this might not answer all of your questions about freight shipping and furniture shipping, but hopefully it will give you some idea of where to start. At Pack n Send we can help you with any packing, moving, and freight shipping needs you have, so please feel free to contact us!

 

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3 Things to Do When Shipping Furniture by Freight

Posted on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

3 Things to Do When Shipping Furniture by Freight

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Nothing is more heartbreaking than receiving a package and finding out that the contents have been damaged or broken, especially when shipping furniture by freight. Here are three things you can do before and after shipping furniture by freight to ensure that your experience is positive.

1) Get a quote

The first step when shipping furniture by freight is to get a quote from a reputable company. Before calling you will need to know specifics such as what you're shipping, its size and weight, and where you're shipping to and from. If this seems confusing, most shipping companies will have a free "Request a Quote" page on their website which will help ensure they have all the information needed to ship your piece of furniture.

2) Pack your item securely

When shipping furniture by freight, ensuring that your item has been properly packaged can be the difference between having a beautiful, intact piece of furniture at the end of the shipping process or one that has been scratched or broken. Make sure that you protect the corners of your furniture with cardboard. One inch thick styrofoam is placed on top of your item and cardboard is also placed underneath as well as on the top to provide additional support and protection. Upholstered furniture should especially be completely covered and padded to protect from ripping or staining the fabric.

3) Check your package thoroughly before signing

When receiving freight-shipped items, the most important thing to do is check your packages for any damage before signing to accept it. The shipping company tries to ensure safe travel for your items, but sometimes in transit things shift and furniture becomes damaged or broken. When you sign for a shipment you are agreeing that you have inspected the shipment and there was no damage when you received your furniture. If you don't check your item before signing, then you are held liable for the damage, even if it occurred before or during shipping!

If you discover an issue during your inspection, the proper protocol is to write in large letters on the receiving paperwork the type and extent of the damage. Then make a copy of this paperwork before you hand the paper back to the driver. This proves that the damage occurred before you received the item and you will either be reimbursed for the damage or receive a replacement!

Shipping Furniture? Contact Pack n Send Today!

By doing these 3 things you can be certain that you will have a positive experience when shipping furniture by freight. Another great step you can take is to use Pack n Send as your shipping company - we're experts in the Houston Shipping Industry, and we guarantee you'll be pleased with the services we provide. Contact us today to learn more!

 

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Furniture Shipping for Individuals, Designers & Decorators

Posted on Mon, Jul 07, 2014

Are you looking into furniture shipping options?

A designer or decorator  may be looking to ship individual furniture items. Someone settling an estate may want to move furniture to a few different locations so a variety of loved ones can each have a memory to cherish. When people are moving an entire house it is easy to determine the shipping process but what about when just one or a couple items need to be relocated? Here are some things to consider when you are looking to move small amounts of furniture.


Packing


The first question that should be addressed is how the items will be handled. Are all items crated or can cost savings occur with blanket wrapping instead? Is palletizing an option? If it is blanket wrapped it can be sent with movers whereas palletized pieces can ship with freight companies. Will small items be moved via UPS, FedEx, or DHL?
Also inquire if the furniture items will be completely protected during packing. Are fragile items packed accordingly so they are safe and secure?


Minimum Shipping Load


Is there a minimum shipping load? If you are looking to only ship a small amount of furniture or just one item you will want to find a company that doesn't have a minimum requirement. If you are shipping to multiple locations it is important that a minimum for each destination isn't required. Find a company that is willing to handle a single piece of furniture or an entire truckload.


Destination


It is possible that a small amount of furniture will need to be moved overseas. Look for a company that has experience handling overseas moves. Each country has different rules and regulations so it is important that the movers be familiar with the destination country. In addition there will likely be paperwork for an overseas move and a knowledgeable company will know how to process it.


Receiving
How is the furniture received? When shipping via freight, ideally the furniture will be received into a warehouse and inspected prior to delivery to the final recipient. This will verify the furniture is in the anticipated condition.


At Pack n Send we treat each and every order individually to ensure the safest and most cost effective method is implemented. We routinely ship small amounts of furniture for customers and have no minimum requirement. We are familiar with overseas shipping to numerous countries. Contact us to learn more and obtain a furniture shipping quote.

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