Shipping furniture from one place to another will always be a logistical challenge. Luckily, it’s nothing the average person can’t handle, especially considering the various approaches available to ship furniture. Every special situation and price range can be met with the right combination of methods; but which are the right ones to choose?
The FreightorGator opinion is that shipping furniture smartly boils down to a step-by-step process. The right moves will reveal themselves by sticking to the following guidelines:
#1: Weigh Your Options
The choices for furniture shipping come down to two general options at the start: freight or white glove moving service. When shipping furniture, begin the process by deciding which of these two is the right option.
- White glove moving services are going to be more expensive because of the increased labor and the use of a dedicated truck.
- LTL freight, on the other hand, is an appealing option for those moving furniture that may be on a tighter budget. There are details to know about shipping furniture by freight, however, which are worth bearing in mind before going forward with LTL.
#2: Freight is not for the feeble
Carriers are not going to pick up or drop off furniture inside a building. Therefore, you the shipper, are expected to package your freight, as well as transport it in-and-out of the ship to/from locations. If you have the capability to do so, then the cost savings may very well outweigh a little sweat and labor.
Fragile furniture in large quantities is generally best served to be shipped via white glove moving services. It’s not that delicate pieces can’t be shipped by freight, but that each piece must be properly packaged, which takes time and effort.
Similarly, no-nonsense timetables and deadlines are going to meet added difficulty when opting for freight. “It’ll get there when it gets there” is a far-gone cliché among many carrier services.
Fortunately, FreightorGator knows which ones move faster than others and can assist fast-paced freight shipping demands. In the end, however, dedicated truck delivery will always be faster; you get what you pay for.
#3: Shop Around
Once you’ve decided on whether to choose freight shipping or a white glove moving service, it’s time to start reviewing all available options. Making contact with multiple carriers is important for a number of reasons:
- Different companies have varying rules regarding prep work on the part of the customer. Procedures, options, and limitations vary from carrier to carrier, mover to mover.
- Shop rates. Especially when it comes to freight, competition is still, and freight carriers are willing to go the extra mile to get the most out of each truck. Comparing prices requires getting a quote from each carrier.
- Different ratings and reviews highlight the pros and cons of each carrier. Look online for what others have to say about the companies you’ve contacted.
If you are looking at shipping furniture by freight, FreightorGator can help you to streamline this process significantly. The best rates are available to you, free of charge, and you avoid the typical markups that are tacked on by carrier services with FreightorGator’ flat booking fee.
#4: Prepare Accordingly
After choosing your freight carrier, you’ll be given a list of things to do before they show up. White glove moving services naturally have less for the customer to do, but they still ask for certain accommodations to be made prior to arrival.
When moving furniture by freight, it’s common for carriers to require the pieces (or pieces) be placed inside a crate. It’s recommended that customers break-down pieces as much as possible, although the older or more intricate the furniture the less likely disassembly is an option. The crate containing the piece or pieces of furniture is then placed onto a pallet.
A Pro Tip for furniture shippers: it’s critical to ensure that the final packaged/palletized shipment can fit through the front door before you begin assembling the crate-and-pallet apparatus. This is where prior estimates on dimensions are important – luckily, carriers will require these dimensions be pre-determined when booking your shipment. If the freight is theoretically not going to fit through the door, then assembly outside will be required.
Furniture shipping is made easy with numerous options to choose from. However, this abundance of choices can seem a little intimidating to first-timers. FreightorGator knows the deal, and how to help their customers choose wisely. Whether by freight or something a little more hands-on, furniture shipping comes down to taking each decision one step at a time. Ultimately, you’ll reach your destination.