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Moving a single piece of Furniture

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

 

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There are options when you are moving a single piece of furniture from one city to another city. You can use a traditional blanket wrap mover. As an alternative, you can freight one piece of furniture.

Using a Moving Company to Move Furniture

So what is the difference?  With a traditions mover , the moving company that you choose will come into your home, and load the furniture into the moving truck. The furniture will be blanket wrapped and protected during the move.  There will be many other clients single pieces or small amounts  of furniture also travelling on them moving truck. The mover will call a day in advance of the deliver y to set up a delivery for the next day.  The mover  will take the furniture into your home or business.

Shipping  Furniture via Freight

When you move your furniture via freight, you have a few options. You can deliver your furniture to the freight shipping and receiving warehouse, or you can have the mover pick up your furniture.

 The furniture will then be wrapped and loaded on a pallet. The pallet will be lifted by a fork lift and place on the freight truck. The freight truck will make multiple stops loading other customers freight on the truck.

The pallet will be delivered to a freight receiving warehouse. The person receiving the furniture will be called in order to set up a delivery date and time that is convenient for the receiver of the furniture.

 There are two options for the delivery. Either the pallet containing the furniture can be delivered to the business or residence while it is still on the pallet. This is called a curbside or loading dock delivery. It will then be up to the receiver to take the furniture off of the pallet and take it inside. The other alternative is to have the pallet containing the furniture unloaded at the freight receiving ware house and loaded onto a traditional moving truck. The movers will then take the furniture inside of the house or business.

Contact us to Determine Which Option Suits Your Needs

 Pack n send has been in business since 1981. Let us help you determine the best way to ship your furniture.

Tags: Relocating an Office, Moving a Small Amount of Furniture

Packing, Shipping and Moving a Deer Head with Antlers

Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2019

 

 

So how do you pack a deer head for shipping?  

 shipping a deer head The answer depends on how you want to ship the deer head.

If you are looking at having a custom built crate made to ship the deer head, be sure to take accurate measurements.  The width of the deer antlers will figure into the dimensions of the crate. The deer head will need to be both blocked  and braced within the custom built crate. The bracing will be done with one by fours so that the deer head will not move while it is being shipped.  The inside of the crate should be lined with one inch Styrofoam to protect t the deer head during shipping.

Since chandeliers are also made of deer antlers, we recommend building a custom built crate for the deer antler chandelier. In this case, the chandelier will be hung inside of a custom crate. The crate should have one inch of Styrofoam on each side.  The antlers can be sunk into packing peanuts in order to prevent movement during shipping.

Another option f or shipping a deer head is to have a small load mover move the deer head and deliver it inside of a home or business. Usually the deer head will be placed inside of box while it is on the moving truck.

Facts about deer antlers.

Deer such as whitetail deer and mule deer will shed their antlers each year. It takes a few weeks for the antlers to fall off, but the antlers  usually re grow during the summer. During springtime, you can go out and collect antlers that the deer have already shed. If you mark these areas, you will be able to mark your spot where you will see the deer congregate during the  next fall and winter.

For help with packing and shipping deer antlers and deer heads, feel free to contact pack n send in Houston, TX.  In business since 1981.

 

Tags: Shipping a deer head, Shipping Antlers

Plan Ahead to Make Your Trade Show Exhibit Successful

Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2019

One key to having a successful trade show? Planning ahead to ensure that no costly mistakes during the shipping process impact your exhibit. Here are some considerations you should take into account as you pack and ship your materials while you preparing for your trade show: 

trade show booth shippingLabel Everything

Label all booths, boxes, pallets, and crates to help you stay organized as you unpack. Labeling will help prevent a mix-up of your merchandise and equipment with the merchandise and equipment of other vendors. 

Create a Checklist 

Before you ship your packages, create a master list of everything you are sending and everything you need to bring. Be sure to include any audio or visual equipment that is part of your exhibit as well. 

Take Out Coverage for Your Materials

Get coverage for the value of your booths, merchandise, and equipment that you are shipping. This will offset any financial issues if your materials are damaged during the shipping process. 

Contact the Venue

Check in with the event staff well in advance, asking the following questions about the venue: 

  • Ask if there is a resource available outlining specific exhibitor guidelines. As a reference point, consult the George R. Brown Convention Center exhibitor guidelines online to get an idea of what to expect. 
  • Ask if the venue has specific receiving dates, hours, or receiving docks intended specifically for exhibit shipments.
  • Find out ahead of time if there are specific hours to have packed trade show booths picked up following the event. 
  • Will you have internet connectivity on the event floor? Are electrical outlets available or do you need to bring a power cord? 
  • Does the venue require you to use a preferred designated freight company? 
  • Get the contact information for the event or venue staff who are coordinating shipments. 

Ask the Shipping Company to Use Reusable Crates

Using reusable crates will help you cut down on shipping costs in the future, as you can use them for future trade shows. 

Ensure You Have the Appropriate Documentation

Before you leave for the event, make sure you have all registration documents needed to register for the trade show.

Pack n Send, Inc. has all the packing and shipping solutions your company needs. For a free quote, contact us today! 

Tags: shipping merchandise, Packing and Shipping Services, Freight and Shipping

Shipping Cargo and Packages to England

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2019

shipping to the United Kingdom

Whether you are relocating for business or shipping gifts to relatives, shipping to England is easy. All you need to do is look at the list of restricted or prohibited items before you do your packing.

  • If you are travelling from countries that are inside of the European union, you can bring in fruit, vegetables or meat.
  • If you are travelling from a country that is not included in the European union, you will need to follow different rules. Once the UK exits the European Union, the rules are sure to change.
  • Right now both pornography and bags of ice are banned from being shipped into England as are Christmas crackers (holiday popper).
  • While plants and parts of plants are not prohibited from being shipped into the United Kingdom, they may require the appropriate Agricultural Department in the United Kingdom to issue an appropriate import document.

So long as you follow the importing rules, your shipment should go smoothly.

Now, here are some fun facts, about London, just in case you decide to visit there: 1.There are over three hundred languages spoken in London. London is a culturally diverse city that has more than eight million residents.

2.It is legal to die in the House of Parliament, and if you die there, you will be eligible to have a State Funeral. A suit of armor is not permitted to be worn in the House of Parliament.

3.The streets in London are extremely  narrow. During the plague in the 15th century, London suffered a high death rate due to the lack of sanitary practices during this time period.

4.Due to superstitions. The Tower of London houses six ravens that have at least one wing clipped. The original ravens were placed there by Charles II as a way to protect the tower.  Just in case one raven takes flight and does not come back, there is a spare raven ready to take its place.

While these facts are fun to look at, be sure to look at shipping restrictions and prohibitions when shipping to the United  Kingdom.

For packing and shipping assistance, be sure to contact pack n send in Houston. In business since 1981.

 

 

Tags: relocation, moving overseas, shipping internationally

Getting Ready to Ship Packages to Viet Nam

Posted on Sun, Jan 13, 2019

 

shipping to Viet Nam

Shipping a package internationally, or shipping cargo internationally is easy when you follow a few simple suggestions.

Since the shipping charges are based on dimensions, weight, value and ultimate destination, you will need to have all of these on hand when you  request a shipping quote.

If you decide that you are relocating internationally, you need to look at booking a shipment either by the cubic meter, or plan to use a 20 foot or a 40 foot shipping container.

If you are shipping to Viet Nam, be sure to go over the list of items that are either prohibited or restricted from shipping into Viet Nam

Based on the USPS website, there are limited quantities of the following items that can be shipped into Viet Nam.

 

Commodity

Quantity Limit

Coffee

Tea

Paddy

Rice

Beans (all kinds)

Dried Manioc

Dried sweet potatoes

Groundnuts

Cooked fat

Dried meat

Salted meat

Dried fish

Dried cuttlefish

200 g

500 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

1000 g

 

Viet Nam is a diverse beautiful country to travel to. It hosts fifty four different ethnic groups,with Kinh people making up  eighty seven per cent of the population.

When visiting, be sure to check out the street food.  Check out the pho. It is a soup with rice noodles and often contains meat. Spices are added to make it extra tasty.

The cultural diversity of Viet Nam shows up when looking at the north vs. the south. The norther part of Vier Nam has the cultural influence from China, while the south show the influences of both Laos and Cambodia.

For information about shipping goods to Viet Nam, please feel free to contact us. We will pack and ship your goods to Viet Nam. Pack n send has been in business in Houston since 1981.

 

 

 

 

Do you need a bigger house? Planning a household move.

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

moving a living room for staging a living room If you are in a one bedroom apartment and your newborn is in the crib next to your bed, it may be time to consider moving to a new home. You may need a new home so that you can have a home office, or as your children grow up,  their bedrooms may need to be larger.

It can be a two bedroom apartment, or even a new home that you plan to move into.  Once you have made the decision to move, you need to take certain steps to make sure that the move goes smoothly.

Step one after you find your new residence, is to hire your movers. Since  a large percentage of people move at the end of the month, you are going to need to make sure that your movers have your anticipated moving day free on their calendar so that they can move you.

Next, decide what items you are going to move. It would be a good idea to clean out your closets and cupboards before you move. That way you are not paying movers to move items that you will be getting rid of. You should check out expiration dates on  the food in your pantry and inside of your refrigerator.

Look through your bookshelves. Do you have any library books that you need to return before you move?

Make sure to give notice to your current landlord. Most companies now require a sixty day written notice in order to a new location. Email should be all right, but check on the specifics that are in your current lease.

Accumulate moving boxes. While used grocery store boxes are good for some of the items that you are going to pack, we do not recommend using them for  clothing. The stains from the fruits and vegetables can transfer to the clothes that you are packing.

These are just a few of the planning steps that you need to take when you are moving your home. For more information about a household move, please feel free to contact us. pack n send has been in business since 1981.

 

 

 

 

Tags: relocation, Moving Company Houston, moving overseas

Getting  Ready to Move Overseas

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2019

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If you are relocating to a new country, there are few rules that you need to follow.

Do not pack anything that is considered hazardous or flammable.

Get a list from the country that you are moving to of the banned or prohibited items.  Items such as playing cards, religious items, clocks, compact discs, cameras, coffee, cosmetics and airline tickets  are banned by different countries. Since every country has its own specific list of prohibited items, you need to acquire a complete list of the prohibited items  before you start to pack.  Some countries require import licenses for medication before medicines are allowed to be imported.

Make a complete list of every item inside of each box.  Number the boxes and attach the packing list to  the outside of each box.  Keep the list in a computer file, so that the list can be downloaded and copied onto the Commercial Invoice and the packing list.

Assign a value to each and every item that you pack. The Commercial  Invoice requires that a total value is assigned to the shipment.

If the shipment is valued at greater than $2500, additional customs paperwork will need to be paid for and processed.

Have the address and phone  number and individuals name on the paperwork.

Plan ahead of time.  Since ships do not sail daily, the shipment will need to be delivered to the port right ahead of the sail date. You do not want to accumulate storage charges at the port. Check to see how long it will take for the ship to arrive at the port. You will need to have a customs clearing agent arranged ahead of time.  We recommend giving both your phone number and email address to the customs clearing agent.

For  more information about preparing for an international move, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston. In business since  1981.

 

Tags: moving overseas, relocation

Plan to relocate to another city when you already own a home.

Posted on Sat, Jan 05, 2019

 

 state to state moving

Whether you are moving for a job or to be closer to family, there are a lot of logistics involved in planning for the move.

First and foremost , you need to decide what to do with your  current living arrangements. Are you considering this a temporary move? If this is the case, you may want to lease out your current house for a year or so.

That  way, you have income coming in, and possibly a place to return to if you do not like the new city that you are living in.

You can plan to either purchase a new home in the new locality or simple  lease a home there until you have made a decision about your final living arrangements.

The timing of moving your furniture may depend on when you lease your current residence. You can either book a traditional move, or you can have your furniture freighted to the new location.  Sending furniture via freight may mean that you do not have to wait for a moving truck or a small load move truck to pick up and deliver your belongings.

If your new residence has less space, you might want to consider either selling or donating some of the furniture that you will not need.  You can even lease out a climate controlled storage unit if you decide to keep everything.

If you move everything out of the house and want to sell it, you can use a house staging expert. The company will have your house look lived in while you are enjoying your furniture in a new city.

 These are just a few ideas  to help your move to another city proceed smoothly. For more information about a household move, please feel free to contact us. Pack n send has been in business since 1981.

Tags: moving from state to state,, moving to another state, relocation

Preparing for an Office Move. Office Relocation Tips

Posted on Wed, Jan 02, 2019

 

 

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  • Start planning about six months- twelve months ahead of time. Besides the physical moving of office equipment that you are planning, vendors and customers that you do business with will need to be notified about your move ahead of time.   
  • A commercial realtor will need to be chosen to help you lease or purchase the correct location for your business. Leases will need to be reviewed and signed.
  • Stationery, business cards and envelopes will need to be reprinted to show your new address. The new address will need to be posted on the internet.
  • Promotional products that have your current address will need to be reordered.
  • Movers will need to be interviewed. Freight elevators will need to be reserved.  Certificates of Insurance will need to be printed and given to both your new building and your old building so that your movers can enter each building.
  • A move co-coordinator will need to be appointed in your firm.
  • You will need to set up your internet provider and have the water bill transferred to your business. You will need to research electric rates at various electric company.
  • If you need a company to pick up trash, you will need to sign up for a waste disposal company.
  • Keep your employees informed with details about the move and the move date. Employees may want to change their living locations if they can move closer to the new office. Let employees know what will be requested of them during the move. Will they pack their own belongings, or will the moving company handle the packing and unpacking. Will any late or weekend hours be required by employees during the move?

These are just a few of the things that will need to be addressed when you are moving your office to a new location. For help with your office move, please feel free to contact us

Pack n send is a Houston based company in business since 1981. We can help with both your local and long distance business move.

 

Tags: relocation, Moving Company Houston, small home office move

Shipping Wedding Gifts

Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2018

shipping wedding gifts

Once you are engaged, there will be lots of wedding showers and  of course your wedding. This means lots of gifts!

With families living in different cities and different states, this often means multiple wedding showers and a wedding that is not necessarily taking place in the city that you live in.  So what do you do with all of the gifts that you receive?  Send them to your new home of course!

Shipping wedding presents and shower presents is easy if you plan ahead.  The gifts will come inside of their original box. While this box worked when the purchaser picked it up from the store shelf, the original box will not survive being placed on a conveyor belt and put on a freight truck.

Here are some shipping tips. Take all of your gifts  to a professional packing store. They will be able to determine which gifts need to be re boxed, which gifts can be combined in boxes with other gifts to save you shipping dollars, and which gifts can be put on a large pallet and shipped as freight. Freight shipping can cost less than shipping each individual package.

For brides and grooms with family members who have gifted them with furniture, a small loading moving company that can move both the furniture and the wedding gifts at the same time may be the least expensive option to get both the wedding gifts and the new furniture to you  with the least expensive cost.

 Another recommendation is  we have is to look at your relatives homes in other cities. If you mother-n-law plans to give you her family china after the wedding, why not ship it to your new home at the same time as your wedding presents. Shipping items together at the same time will help save you on shipping dollars.

For more suggestions on saving on shipping wedding and shower presents, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston. In business since 1981.

Tags: shipping wedding gifts, shipping wedding presents