What You Need to Know About Crating

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Moving basic furniture or packing up suitcases is simple enough and doesn’t require any special attention at all. However, what happens when you have something extremely large, extremely valuable, or both? There are even those instances when you might have something like a heavy garden statue that is both heavy and delicate, or an old antique book shelf or table that is carved with intricate designs. This is where crating and shipping comes in – and there are a few things you should know before going down this route.

Crating plans need to be made well in advance of the move. The earlier, the better. Generally speaking you want to prepare six or more weeks ahead of the actual moving date if you can. Look at the following tips to

1) Make sure you leave plenty of time

This point can’t be emphasized enough. Crating requires having expert carpenters and movers come to your home to look at the objects that need careful shipping. They will come out and measure the item or items that need to be carefully crated to get exact measurements. These are the custom measurements used in order to make sure the crate is the perfect size and to pack carefully.

2) Be aware of pricing

Crating and shipping involves a lot of time, a lot of work/hours, and very specific tools. This is part of the reason that crating and shipping tends to be expensive. You are talking about careful packing and shipping of massive yet delicate items that need to be transported in a very specific way. Prices are going to vary based on number of crates, the companies you use for the shipping process, and the distance items are being shipped.

3) When is crating a solution?

Crating is a solution for a wide variety of different items. They key is having something valuable that needs to be packed very carefully to make sure there is no shifting or movement, while also protecting from anything that might move and bump the crate from the outside.

Just a few basic examples of items that might require crating include:

  • Glass top tables
  • Large intricate wood carvings
  • Marble statues
  • Antique framed mirrors
  • Chandeliers
  • Taxidermy trophies
  • HDTVs
  • Delicate antiques like vases or glass

This isn’t something most college students or even early college graduates just starting out need to worry about it, but when you have those special items you want to hold onto, no matter how far away you move, that’s the time to look at possible crating solutions.

Shane

Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.
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Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.