Crating may very well be the unsung hero of interstate moves. While some moves, which do not contain breakable items, may be made without crates, crates are essential are when moving a large or easily damaged item. Crating allows movers to insure that even easily breakable goods, including marble, fine art and antiques will be protected from the rigors of the move process, and can, at the same time, be shipped along with the other household items.
There is a large list of items, which frequently require crating during a move. This list includes: machinery equipment, electronics, trade show displays, furniture, pianos, motorcycles, plasma TVs and any other large and or fragile item. Once crated, an item is essentially protected from the dangers of the move environment.
Moving crates are not limited to preformed standard sizes. Some moving and crating companies can also manufacture crates and especially custom design them for a particular item. Crates come in many different materials. Crates can be made of wood, or plywood, or Oriented Standard Board, or other materials including, corrugated triple wall. Corrugated triple wall has the advantage of cost. It is advertised as being as hard as plywood, at the cost of corrugated material. (Visit our site to see example Pictures of custom Crating work)
Among the items frequently crated in a house move are valuable works of art, including marble, fine art and antiques It is important when arranging for custom crating, that the company that will loading and or transporting the item knows its exact dimension ahead of time. This is one reason why it is dangerous to plan moves involving a moving cost estimate from an online moving broker. (we suggest a Flat Fee Guaranteed Estimate)
An online broker will encourage the home owner to make the moving estimate sight unseen, over the telephone. He will usually read through an inventory list of common items transported in a move, such as beds, cabinets, table, chairs, etc. The list includes specialty items, but frequently a valuable household object cannot be categorized in any of the specialty item categories. As a result, the moving company will not get an accurate description of the piece, and will not have a crate specially prepared to transport it.
One man, for example, had a large stuffed goose that needed moved. The telephone representative of the moving company described it as a special item, and had to list it as a statue. But the estimate of a statue, in cubic feet, was much less than the cubic footage of the goose.
When the company came on moving day, they had no crate prepared for the goose. They had to subsequently take everything to storage and come back for them. They will also stuff all your items. An additional charge for that one item was $600.00.(sound like a moving scam just accorded) Other times, sadly, moving companies will take the item without proper packing material, and the result can be the tragic loss of a precious art object.
This article was sponsored by Packing Service, Inc. which is a national packing company chain dedicated to protecting consumers from moving scams and always get flat rate quotes. Call now for a Flat Fee Guaranteed Estimate 888-722-5774