Shipping the appliances, more especially the large ones, need extra bit of attention because bad way of handling can affect their performance. There are a lot of parts and equipment in the appliances that cannot be handled in the way normal shipping works.
The general guidelines for shipping appliances
- Watch inside the appliances to check if there is anything kept in it. Dishwashers, washing machines, fridge and ovens should be cleaned well before you start packing them.
- Disconnect any kind of connection with the appliances, i.e. water, gas and electricity. If it is not as easy as twisting the screws anticlockwise, call a professional to do the job. Remember, trying to initiate the process of disconnecting any appliance you don’t know about may end up damaging the appliance.
- If possible, clean every bit of the appliances. The cleaning should be absolute and a thorough one.
- After you have the appliances standing disconnected, you will have to make sure that stainless steel surface of the appliances wouldn’t get in contact with anything that causes friction. For that purpose, covering the surface of appliances is extremely important. For this purpose, use appropriate packaging supplies that would offer cushioning. For instance, putting a layer of Flexible propylene foam with thickness of half an inch is an excellent way to secure the big appliances. Tapes with stronger adhesives should be used to secure this cover on the surface.
- Even if your LTL carrier is the professional one that handles products pretty well, they may still ask you to box the appliance or put it in the crate. Remember, packing the big and heavy appliances may be a little time consuming task but this time consuming is worth the safety of your expensive appliances.
- After packing the appliance, ensure to attach a shipping label with complete addresses of sender and receiver on the package. Make sure there is no misprint because it can affect the process of identifying receiver at the carrier’s end. Label protection tape should be applied to avoid any mishap that could cause label to be torn during the transit.
It’s worth noticing that every shipper is specialized in shipping only the particular type(s) of items. The appropriate option to ship your appliances is to look for a company that deals with the shipping of appliances and furniture. Furthermore, shipping experience is another prospect that you will need to ask for if you want your appliances to be shipped safely. If your shipper knows about the route and has vast experience in shipping, you will likely get your item delivered safely and efficiently, helping you to even cut down the costs.