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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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Solid pine draws Stonehouse, GL10 Greater London, WC2H 9DN 111
Jaguar XJ40 Plymouth, PL1 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 10,754
Computer equipment and furniture Greater London, E16 1LX Ballymoney, BT53 6HF 524
Ford Mondeo Warwickshire, CV21 3BG Shropshire, TF9 2RU 74
Window cleaning wfp portable trolley kit Basingstoke, RG22 Poole, BH12 57
Victorian, dark mahogany low boy, dressing table desk Hertfordshire, WD25 9AR London, Greater London, W12 7JY 19
Renault Kangoo van Doncaster, DN4 9AD Birmingham, B5 4BU 93
Neff t29s96n1 6 burner stainless steel 90cm gas hob East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 6NB Leeds, LS8 1RX 39
Clutch and flywheel kit West Berkshire, RG14 2LA Blackpool, FY4 2RT 225
Harrods bar set - comes with 2 stools Greater London, HA7 4JH Staffordshire, ST18 9SY 134