How To Ship Household Goods
Whether you are moving house, selling items online, or even looking to buy, getting household goods shipped can often seem more confusing than it needs to be. There are a number of options available in terms of transport methods and a whole range of companies offering their services.
If you are just moving a few boxes then shipping with a parcel service may be possible, but for appliances (e.g. lawn mower shipping), furniture, and larger items you will need to use a more robust shipping service.
This is where Shiply can help. Quotes for household good shipping are often up to 75% cheaper than usual on our platform and finding the right company for you is made easy.
Moving Appliances On Shiply
One of the most common household goods shipping requests we get on Shiply is for an appliance pick up and delivery service. You may be wondering how to move a refrigerator, or how to ship a tv, and the answer is that an appliance mover on Shiply can help you with this. Moving a refrigerator may seem like something you can do yourself, especially if it is just moving a fridge a short distance, but there is a reason that refrigerator movers exist - it is not as easy as it looks! For this reason, we always recommend hiring an appliance mover to assist you with shipping larger appliances.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship Household Goods?
We have answered the question of how to ship a TV or how to transport a refrigerator (get a professional to help), but you may still be wondering how much does it cost to ship a TV? Well, how much to ship a TV will depend on a number of things.
The cost of shipping household goods will vary based on a number of factors but on average you can expect to spend around $1.81 per mile for shorter journeys and $0.59 per mile for more long-distance shipments.
Along with distance, a number of other factors that can affect the cost of your quotes are:
Item Size - How large or heavy your household goods are will have a significant impact on pricing. A few boxes of household goods or a single appliance may well fit onto a vehicle already filled with items, whereas if you need multiple items moved which would require a whole vehicle this may cost you more.
Timings - If timings are a concern and you need your household goods delivered by a certain time or date then this may cost you more. This is because a vehicle may have to be dispatched just for you, meaning you bear the full cost of the shipment as opposed to paying for a part-load.
Locations Of Pickup And Delivery - Pickup from remote locations may cost more as they require a further journey and more fuel to even get the item. You can often expect to pay more for your household goods shipping service if this is the case.
Time Of Year - Seasonality can also get in the way of some shipments with ice and snow closing off certain routes. If your delivery is happening in Winter then this is definitely something to bear in mind.
How Can Shiply Help With Household Goods Shipping?
As stated before, the many options, variables, and the wide range of household goods shipping companies to choose from mean that often this process can become confusing and overwhelming when it feels like it should be simple. This is where Shiply can help.
All you need to do is submit a few pieces of information about your shipments such as a description of the items, their size, the pickup, and delivery locations. Once submitted you should begin to receive custom quotes from shipping companies within minutes. This allows you to compare all of your options in one simple place.
Our feedback and rating system allows you to browse with trust in the companies as you can read precious Shiply user experiences with them. You also have the ability to message each household goods shipping service individually to ask any questions you might have.
Rates on Shiply are typically up to 75% cheaper than usual rates because our drivers are usually making a similar journey anyway and are looking to pick up extra items to fill the space in their vehicles. This also means using Shiply is great for the environment as there are fewer vehicles on the roads.
Preparing For Your Household Goods To Be Shipped
Once you have selected a shipping company to deliver your household goods, you need to prepare the items for pick up:
Documents - If the shipment is going overseas or you are selling something then this may require documentation. We highly recommend sorting these documents first as without them the shipment cannot go ahead.
Cleaning And Photographing - It is a good idea to clean your item and photograph it before it is picked up to keep a record of its condition and to help ascertain again if damage has occurred during transit. High-quality timestamped images work great as evidence should any disputes arise.
Working Condition - If the household goods being shipped are akin to TVs or appliances then you should ensure that they are working exactly as expected prior to delivery. This will allow you to determine if any damages have occurred in transit.
Packing - You want to make sure that your household goods are secured and protected whilst they are being transported. You can do this using packing materials such as bubble wrap and shrink wrap, however, if extra security is required such as a pallet then we suggest you discuss the packing details with your chosen shipping company.
What To Do After Delivery
Once the item has been delivered you should absolutely check its condition first thing. Use the images taken before pick up to compare, check the running condition is as expected, and raise any issues with your shipping company immediately.
We also ask that leave the shipping company a review and feedback to let them know how they are doing, as well as to help other Shiply users in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available only on email, at
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
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