1. Difficulty of Part Load Removals
Organising house moves can be a stressful enough process, but at least it’s fairly straightforward if you are moving an entire house or flat. In that case, you can generally get a local company around to assess how much furniture you have, estimate how many packing boxes will be needed to hold all your other belongings, and provide you with a quote for the job.
Things get slightly trickier when you’re either moving a single room on its own or perhaps need to get a small amount of furniture into or out of storage. These sorts of removals are actually far more common than full house moves, as students move in and out of halls several times a year, house-sharing becomes ever more popular and people are getting more and more used to using storage facilities between moves.
Even though demand for these so-called part load removals is high, it can be surprisingly difficult to find a company willing to carry out part load transport at a reasonable rate. This is because it often involves driving a half-empty van up and down the country to carry out the job if you don’t have enough items to fill up their vehicle completely. This constitutes an opportunity-cost for the transport provider, and they will often pass that cost on to you, charging you the full rate even if you only have a part-load.
The chances are, even if you find a transport company offering part load delivery, you will have to wait a rather long time before they can either pick up or deliver your items, because they will be waiting to group your part-load with other consignments in order to undertake the journey with a full van.
Especially if you’re planning a delivery or move to somewhere a little out of the way, it could take quite a while for the company you’ve chosen to find another consignment along the same route.
Luckily, there is an alternative to phoning several companies and hope you strike lucky in finding one that already has your specific route planned with just enough space left for your stuff.
Shiply allows you to list your part load delivery online in order to get several quotes back from transport companies who already have a similar route planned. Thousands of transport providers are registered on Shiply, so your chances of finding a match at a great price are high. Not only that, but it also saves you the hassle of phoning around lots of companies to get several quotes.
2. How do I Pick the Right Courier?
When using Shiply and communicating with transport providers in general, the most important thing to bear in mind is to describe the dimensions of your shipment accurately and in as much detail as possible.
This is especially relevant when organising part load removals, as the transport providers will be looking to fill up their vehicles as close to capacity as possible. Letting them know the exact dimensions of your load will help them to provide you with the best value quotes possible.
Being flexible on your pickup and delivery dates will also help you find the best-value part load transport service. Even if you have a certain date in mind, you may well be surprised how much you could save by being willing to put it back or forward by just a couple of days – the money you could save might outweigh the inconvenience of having to change other plans.
You might be surprised to learn that you can even call on a part load delivery service to get items delivered to you that you buy online. Items that are listed on eBay as for local collection only, for example, can be a pain to go and collect, especially if the seller lives quite far away from where you would like the item to end up. Even one item of furniture can qualify for part load transport, so it’s well worth checking out how much you could save on Shiply compared to conventional courier costs for these sorts of items.
Once you’ve started to receive quotes from transport providers for getting your part load from A to B, you’ll be able to check the profiles of the competing providers to compare how they measure up in terms of insurance offered and feedback rating. All transport providers on Shiply are rated by other users, so you can see how satisfied others have been with the service they provide.
3. Finalising Your Delivery
Once you’ve consulted the profiles of all the transport providers offering to carry out your part load removal and feel ready to make a decision, you can accept a quote and get on with organising your part load transport.
The first thing to determine is whether the transport provider you’ve chosen is happy to assist with the packing and loading of your items. If this has not been included in the price, then you might want to rope in a few friends to help you with this, depending on the size of your part load.
Taking the time to package your items properly will pay off, as this helps to prevent any damage or scratches during transit. Taking photos of the items to be shipped is always a good idea, as they will provide a point of comparison at the other end.
In the unlikely event that any of your objects do sustain some damage, then be sure to report this to the driver immediately on delivery. If you have pictures proving that any scuffs or scratches were sustained during transit, this will assist with any insurance claims.
Once your part load removal has been completed, don’t forget to leave feedback for your transport provider. This helps other users to evaluate the level of service they provide, and your transport provider will be grateful for it as it is an important factor in establishing their reputation in the marketplace.
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