When you are shipping to or from a residence you have to keep in mind the differences you face versus a standard dock to dock shipment. Understanding those differences and being prepared will ensure you have a good shipping experience.
Obviously you can rate and ship a residential shipment on ShipTMS.com. But how do you ensure there are no issues? Most people think a truck will arrive and pickup whatever they have even if it is unpackaged. Wrong. Your shipments have to be packaged as well as a business shipment is. Palletized, boxed (or crated) is the way to ensure your shipment will be picked up without issue.
If you are shipping a motorized vehicle or engine part that could have residual fluids such as fuel or oil will need to be drained. We will cover this in more detail on another blog post.
When you are packaging your shipment you need to keep in mind that when it goes across country, it will be transferred from truck to truck at freight terminals. That is the time where damage will most likely occur due to lack of care by the carrier.
How do you combat that?
When palletizing or crating your shipment keep this in mind “if it drops 12 inches or is moved 12 times, will it get damaged?”. If you are not sure, then you need to do a better job. Below are some tips but if you need more help, please give us a call.
When packing boxes, always ensure the heavy items are on the bottom (and heaviest boxes on the bottom of the stack). Glassware should be bubble wrapped. Paintings should be edge protected and wrapped in paper. Furniture should be edge protected and wrapped. Moving blankets are perfect but can be expensive. Think about how protected a piece of furniture is when wrapped in one of those padded blankets. Tey to emulate that with foam edges and bubble wrap. Heavy items must be strapped to a pallet or crated. You do not want these to break loose during transport and damage the item or other shipments do you?