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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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4 boxes (measurements below), 1 large suitcase and 1 shelving unit ... London, Greater London, SW6 7BW London, Greater London, W6 8QX 1
Beer cooler Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG20 0ST London, Greater London, SW7 2BX 156
Wood burning stove King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6NZ Essex, CM24 8FE 82
Lifetime ace flyer airplane see saw garden toy red yellow blue scho... Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8DX Coventry, Warwickshire, CV2 4QA 35
Amateur radio antenna Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK7 8PX Delivery Postcode, Ireland 346
About 16 medium size boxes, a couple of suitcases and one double be... London, Greater London, E17 5JR London, Greater London, SE26 4NY 19
Peel-off carousel display stand retail shop fitting Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1NR Sunderland, County Durham, SR5 1DY 186
Xstage lite pole Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1QU Preston, PR5 108
X pole stage lite will deliver **currently out of stock on x pole w... Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 8AS London, Greater London, E9 6AU 409
Stainless steel cascade water feature with lights Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8GG Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 7NR 167