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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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Item Collection Delivery Mileage
Records Islington, Greater London, N1 Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6RP 70
Large metal wine rack holds 52 bottles Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3AQ Forfar, Angus, DD8 3BG 500
Milk bottle Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 6AZ London, Greater London, N3 1AX 210
7 boxes of clothes cca 1m3 as shown on the pic. Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 8DB Kromeriz, Zlin Region, Czech Republic 986
Zanussi fridge freezer Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7NP Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 6PQ 14
2 loudspeakers Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS7 8NT Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2DF 228
Laser-schneid- und graviermaschine vl200 Neuhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Leeds, Leeds, LS2 770
Suit carrier Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5DU London, Greater London, NW1 5PH 138
Beko cga9956ff refrigerator Widnes, Lancashire, WA8 7PQ London, Greater London, SE11 6BS 214
Dog show trolly Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 8LA Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 4JD 59