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Shipping Furniture

March 30th, 2013 - 2:53 PM

How to ship furniture

Are you planning a long-distance move soon? Then it’s probably crossed your mind that you need a way to ship your furniture cross country. Furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, and can be extremely heavy, too. Since you can’t shrink your furniture and mail it to your new home, you’ll have to choose another option for shipping furniture. Let’s take a look at some options you have for getting your furniture from point A to point B.

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Shipping your furniture: Weight vs. Space

You’ll find that most companies will charge you based on the weight of your furniture. This can leave you uncertain of the final price (unless you can weigh every piece of furniture you own). But with U-Pack, you are only charged by the amount of space you use. This gives you price control. You can choose between a 28 ft. trailer or a weather-proof metal moving container (called a ReloCube). With U-Pack, the less space you use, the less you pay. It makes shipping your furniture easy and hassle-free. To determine how much space you will need, use U-Pack space estimator tool.

U-Pack vs. Full-Service Movers

If you go with a full-service furniture shipping company, they will come to your home, give you an estimate of the weight of your belongings, then do all the work for you. The packing, loading, unloading…everything. The down side is that 1) it’s expensive 2) you could end up waiting 4-6 weeks for your furniture and 3) your furniture could be transferred to another truck (better chance for damages) or be co-mingled with other people’s belongings (better chance of being lost).

I think your best bet for shipping furniture would be with an affordable “you pack, they drive” moving service like U-Pack. Just like full-service, U-Pack does the driving for you. The main difference, however, is that you do the loading and unloading instead of letting someone else do it for you. Here’s how U-Pack differs from traditional furniture shipping options:

  • U-Pack is convenient. They deliver the moving equipment direct to your door for loading, then pick it up when you’re done unloading. Plus, U-Pack does the driving for you.
  • U-Pack is affordable. In fact, U-Pack has rates competitive with truck rental! Get a free moving quote to start comparing.
  • U-Pack averages long-distance transit times of 2 to 5 business days, so you get your furniture sooner rather than later.
  • And of course, U-Pack doesn’t transfer or co-mingle your belongings. Once your stuff is loaded, it stays that way until you unload.

Shipping your furniture with U-Pack

It won’t take long to see that U-Pack is typically the best way to get your furniture to your new home. With affordable rates competitive with truck rental, fast transit times, and peace of mind knowing your furniture will be secure while in transit, why ship your furniture with anyone else?

Get a free moving quote now to see how much shipping furniture with U-Pack will cost. Leave a comment below with your questions or call 800-413-4799 and a U-Pack moving specialist will be happy to talk about your furniture shipping needs.