How to Ship Special Care Items

Categories: Special Care Items
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This includes fragile items such as pianos, antiques and art (paintings, sculptures, etc…)

TIPS ON SHIPPING SPECIAL CARE ITEMS
Whether it is a piano, a piece of antique furniture or a large piece of art, shipping special care items is tricky business. Here are some steps to take before you embark on your journey.
  1. First you want to measure your item to get a general idea of what size item you’re dealing with. No matter who bids and accepts your shipment, they will want to know this with as much detail as possible. They will also prefer to know the weight of the item you are shipping.

  2. Next, wrap it carefully. It’s an easy precaution to take to ensure that your item will arrive at its destination in one piece. Use bubble wrap, blankets, whatever it takes. Most drivers will have blankets available, but as always, better safe than sorry.

  3. Whether you live in a house, or 6 stories up, you need to get this fragile item outside. Some drivers specialize in large, fragile items, and therefore have all the necessary material to bring items such as pianos, antiques and art downstairs. If you are dealing with a heavy item such as a piano, make sure you take your time and have lots of people there to assist you. (Remember to lift your with your legs not your back, and wear a back-brace if you can get one.) Here is some specific info on How to Move a Piano.

  4. On the days approaching the scheduled pick-up date, it’s a good idea to double check with your driver and confirm any special shipping arrangements you have made, such as a time-frame.

  5. At the time of pickup, ensure your item has not been damaged in any way after it has been loaded. Note the vehicle’s license plate number, vehicle description and if applicable, DOT #, just as a precaution.

  6. Most drivers will check in with you to let you know where they are along their route and to reassure you that your item is as you left it. Otherwise, make sure to have your driver’s contact information and give them a call to make sure they are still on time and that nothing is wrong.

  7. Depending if you are meeting the mover at the final destination or if you have someone waiting there for you, the same applies now as for pick-up day. Either lend a hand in the delivery process, or just make sure your item is being unloaded without a scratch.

  8. If something does go wrong, such as damage, now is a good time to get in touch with either your insurance or deal with the driver you hired.