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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
Single garage door Northwich, Cheshire West and Chester, CW9 Warrington, Lancashire, WA1 4HG 16
Fridge freezer coffee table and dresser Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan, CF34 0EA Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, CF38 2PQ 22
10 kva petrol honda / stephill generator Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 3QG South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5NE 248
Honda generator Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 6NR South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5NE 262
Smith machine Salford, Lancashire, M50 1RE London, Greater London, SE9 5LT 224
900 x 500mm modern white bathroom vanity unit & stone countertop ba... Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8NQ Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G78 3HJ 244
Food Sheffield, Yorkshire, S2 4TE 2022, Denmark 904
Boxes of books - heavy King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 3RX King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0LE 9
Cast iron fire back Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4NT Bury, M25 2QB 160
Set of golf clubs and bag Andover, Hampshire, SP10 Hartlepool, Hartlepool, TS25 286