How To Ship Large Items
Shipping items that are too large for standard post or courier delivery can often be tricky. Whether you are buying, selling, or just need to move something from A to B, comparing all the options available to ship a large item and working out what service is best for you can seem daunting.
There are hundreds of shipping companies on Shiply who are ready to send custom quotes for your job, often up to 75% less than standard rates, but first, you need to gather some basic information about your shipment.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship Large Items?
Whilst there are a number of factors that can affect the cost of shipping a large item, on average you can expect to pay roughly $1.81 per mile for shorter trips and $0.59 per mile for longer distance shipments.
Along with distance, these are the most important factors that will affect the price of your large item delivery:
Item Size - Just how large your item is will affect the pricing as it will determine how much space it takes up in the shipping company’s vehicle. The more shipments they can fit in a single journey the cheaper it is for everybody, so you can expect to pay more if your item will take up a significant amount of space.
Timings - If your large item needs to be shipped within a strict time frame then you can expect to pay extra for this. This is because shipping companies who are trying to fill their vehicles will usually wait until they can do so before making a delivery, whereas if it needs to be rushed they will have to make up this cost by charging you more.
Locations Of Pickup And Delivery - If the item needs to be picked up from a remote area. You can expect to be charged for the extra mileage to get to it. Pickups in urban areas will generally be cheaper as the large item shipping company is much more likely to be close by.
Time Of Year - Unfortunately seasonality can also affect the price of shipping large items as ice, wind, and snow can shut off certain routes and slow the roads down.
How Can Shiply Help Find Large Item Shipping Companies?
Given the numerous factors that can affect pricing and a large number of options available, finding the right large item shipper for you can often feel like quite a difficult task. This is where using Shiply can be a big help.
All we require from you is some basic information about the shipment such as the size of the item and the pickup and delivery locations. Once you submit this information, large item shipping companies will send you personalized quotes to complete your delivery based on the information you supplied. This gives you one simple space where you can compare services and choose the best one for you.
Shiply utilizes a feedback and rating system based on previous users, meaning you can feel confident in the company you choose. You can also message them directly with any questions you may need answering.
As shipping companies on our platform are generally trying to fill their vehicles on journeys they are already making their quotes can be up to 75% cheaper than usual. Not only this but by using a service that is traveling anyway you are helping to reduce unnecessary pollution on the roads.
Preparing For Your Large Items To Be Shipped
If you have assessed your available options and have selected a large item shipping service that you are happy with then it is time to prepare your item for pick up using the following steps:
Documents - If the item is being sold or is traveling abroad then you may need to provide some documentation to your shipping company. Make sure to have this at hand.
Cleaning - It can be very helpful to clean your item before pickup as this gives you a good opportunity to look over it and assess the condition prior to pick up.
Photographic Evidence - Following on from cleaning, taking photographs of the item’s condition will give you proof should any disputes about damages occurring during transit arrive.
Packing - You should discuss what packaging your chosen shipping service will provide or not, but either way you should make sure that your item/s is wrapped in protective material to minimize the risk of damage during delivery.
What To Do After Delivery
The number one priority when checking your item/s after delivery is to assess their condition. You can use the high-quality photographs you took beforehand to compare the condition and raise any concerns with your chosen large item shipping company immediately.
The only other thing we ask is that you leave your shipping service some feedback on our platform. This not only allows them to improve their service in the future but also maintains the sense of security our customers feel when browsing and selecting their quotes.
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