- If you are shipping your belongings to another state, there are many important things you need to be aware of
Shipping is a term which refers to the transportation of one or many items from one place to the other. It can be very useful when you are planning your relocation to a new home. But there are also things you’ll need to know before deciding whether you should be shipping your belongings to another state. The top three things you should know about shipping include preparation of your belongings for safe transport, learning what not to pack, and introducing the types of shipping that exist. So, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
HOW TO PROPERLY PACK WHEN SHIPPING YOUR BELONGINGS TO ANOTHER STATE?
If you know you will be shipping your belongings, then you should definitely know how to pack them. There are a few differences when you pack your stuff for shipping by sea or through the air, but everything else is the same as packing your regular moving boxes. You can just follow regular moving tips and hacks and there will be no mistakes.
First of all, get packing materials. You will need boxes in all shapes and sizes. Be sure they aren’t damaged since shipping your belongings can be a little rough. Next, don’t forget to buy scissors and a lot of tape. You will need packing tape and not adhesive or masking tape, and it needs to be at least two-inch-wide. Furthermore, if you have a lot of fragile items, you will need to get protective packaging materials, loose fill and a lot of paper. If you have heavy furniture and you want it in your new home, you will need to know how to properly pack bulky items.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
Before you start to pack your belongings, you need to decide what you will need in your new home. We advise that you do not pack everything you own. This will make your relocation easier, as well as cheaper. Thus, gather your family and make this decision together. Those items you find unnecessary, you can sell, donate, recycle. You have a lot of options, just don’t throw them away.
When you are packing your belongings for shipping, know that you will need a bigger box from the one you would initially choose. The reason for this is that shipping can be rough and you will need to protect your items as much as you can. Put at the bottom of a box some protective material, that will cushion your items. The golden rule is that heavy items go at the bottom of the box, and lighter ones go on top of them.
If you don’t need your items right away, or you still don’t have a place where you can put them, there is a solution for that, too. Private storage! You can find a safe place for your shipment where all of your belongings will be secure, intact and waiting for you.
KNOW WHAT NOT TO SHIP
You probably already know this, but it doesn’t hurt if we go through this list together. There are things you can’t ship, so you should not waste your time on them. Here are only some of them:
Hazardous Materials. Hazardous items typically contain a lot of chemicals that can be potentially explosive. So, there is a reason why these materials are labeled “hazardous”. Many of them you can easily replace when you get to your new home. Hazardous items are charcoal, gasoline, aerosol, acids, batteries etc.
Perishable food. Packing these items is definitely not a good idea. You can attract unwelcomed guests (bugs and rats) or ruin the rest of your belongings. Perishable items are butter, milk, ice-cream, yogurts, refrigerated food etc. You should definitely avoid these items when you are shipping your belongings to another state. On the other hand, you can safely ship non-perishable items such as canned food, noodles, soups, rice etc.
Plants and everything else that is alive. Many states have a law which forbids you to import certain kinds of plants. This had to be done in order to prevent the spreading of many diseases, pests, and harmful insects.
WHICH TYPE OF SHIPPING WILL WORK BEST FOR YOU?
As you already know, shipping can be done through air, land, and by sea. But, which one should you choose for your upcoming relocation? You will need to make your decision based on your budget, the number of belongings, location and time. And no matter what your criteria are, there are a lot of experts that can help you transfer your belongings all over the USA. Let’s try to make the decision about the best type of shipping a little bit easier for you. Here are some facts you should know about all three types.
Ground shipping is very useful when you are moving to destinations that are not very far away. It is usually done by big moving trucks that can transport all of your belongings and your bulky furniture. It can also be done by train, and this is a faster option. An advantage of land shipping is that it is cheaper than the other two types, but it also takes longer to transport all of your stuff.
Shipping by sea
You can transport almost anything by sea but it won’t be as fast as you’d like. Items that are being transported by sea can be in boxes, pallets, cases, etc.. Also, you can “rent” an inside of a container, which is designed to withstand any damage. Shipping by sea is very popular. Almost 90% of international trade in the world is done through merchant shipping.
Air cargo shippingThis is probably the most expensive way of shipping your belongings to another state, but it is also the fastest one. This type of shipment is done by a specially designed aircraft that can transport almost anything. Know that if you pick air cargo, you will probably have problems transporting your bulky furniture since it may not fit in the plane.
As you were able to see, you have many options when it comes to shipping your belongings to another state. It is up to you to choose the option you feel is the right one for you! Good luck, and have a successful relocation!