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Sending heavy goods is not as simple as popping into the post office to send a letter. But arranging a large item courier can be a simple process when you know what you need to move and are able to plan ahead.

Depending on what you need to move you may need to make special preparations for transportation.

Something like fridge freezer transportation requires that you empty, drain and clean it as well as disconnecting it from the electrics and even emptying it of gas; whereas a large piece of furniture like a sofa might require minimal preparation but will need multiple people to move and install.

Before hiring a large item delivery service there are a few things to consider:

Packing: If you’re moving something fragile, make sure that you adequately protect it from external shocks, bubble wrap and boxes are all widely available (and you can sometimes get them for free from local supermarkets, which are only going to recycle old packaging).

You can also improvise packing materials from old newspapers or towels, but bear in mind that if you are using old papers that the ink could potentially stain the item.

Timeframe: Having an idea when you want your item picked up and delivered will help greatly in getting quotes from transport companies. The more complex your delivery, the nature of the item and the distance will all play a factor in the amount of time it will take to get quotes and complete the delivery.

Condition: Documenting the condition of the appliance/item prior to having it delivered can help you notice if received damage in transit when it arrives. If you’re buying an item on eBay ask the seller to do this (taking photos is a good idea too).

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Oce (canon) cs4040 a0 40" large format scanner - scan large sheets/... Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8JR Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3DS 240
Electrolux w455h washing machine & t4130 dryer Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7DF Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 159
Reclaimed oak panelling Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 5BW York, North Yorkshire, YO30 6LE 158
Two holdalls/bags Hounslow, Greater London, TW3 Killarney, Kerry, Ireland 554
Atco royale b24 professional cylinder mower Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2PT Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PA 268
Musical instrument Johnstone, Renfrewshire, PA10 2EE Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0DP 350
Small metal trestles table legs London, Greater London, SW16 5JA London, Greater London, E5 0RP 13
Box of cloth London, Greater London, WC2H 0BJ London, Greater London, E1 5EH 4
Small marble vintage retro coffee table Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2PP London, Greater London, E5 0RP 35
Hammer strength style plate loaded jammer machine Orpington, Kent, BR5 3QX Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9AR 205