Congratulations, you’ve just purchased that great new sailboat from Auckland, or that grand piano you’ve always wanted from the next town over! No matter what your oversized item is, you’re probably pretty excited to receive it. The only problem is, how do you actually transport it across the country? Or even worse, how do you simply transport an oversized item from one short distance to another without breaking or ruining it?
When dealing with oversized items, it can get extremely tricky to move them. You might be a little bit lost in where to start looking for someone to move it for you. Whether you’re purchasing an oversized item or needing to sell and deliver one, we’ve got you covered with five ways to get your item safely and effectively across the country.
- Use a transport group
If you haven’t dealt with freight or couriers that much, this option might be new to you. Official transport groups can do container transport, loading, delivering, and different types of removal. This is one of the best options out there, especially for large amounts of oversized items, because this type of company is the expert in the field and has the capacity for high quantity jobs.
One other perk of using a transport group is that they are well trained in moving oversized items, so any safety concerns you may have about your items can be mitigated by using an experienced crew. A transport group will also be able to cater to your specific need, so pretty much no matter what the item is, they’ll most likely be able to transport it for you because of their wide range of equipment.
Depending on the type of your business, a transport group to move the location of your business may be the best bet for you. While moving companies can handle smaller businesses and move offices easily, a transport group will be able to relocate businesses that have heavy equipment and machinery.
- Hire a forklift service or do it yourself
Having a forklift service come in is another way to relocate oversized items. This option would be if you already have secured a truck or freight option to send your item, but still need it loaded. Depending on if you have someone available with the license and training to drive a forklift, you may be able to simply hire a forklift that fits your needs and do the loading yourself.
If you don’t have the luxury of a forklift driver, you can hire a forklift service to do it for you. They can also help you decide if you need a heavy duty one, such as a 20 ton forklift, a rough terrain option, or one of the many other types of forklifts available.
- Try a moving company
When you think about transporting oversized items, choosing a moving service probably doesn’t come to mind to be the best option. However, moving services are often completely equipped for assisting with these types of moves. Just like a transport group, moving companies often specialise in transport. One of the main differences with a moving company or service is that they are used to dealing with possessions rather than freight.
They will be able to move your bulky, oversized things, like a grand piano, or that pool table from the basement, without any risk of damaging it. A moving service is a good option if you’re looking to move expensive, fragile, or meaningful items that you need handled with care. The downside of using a moving company is if you only have one or two oversized items to move, you may need to be prepared for higher pricing, as moving companies are typically priced for moving an entire home or office rather than a few goods. Make some calls to several companies and look for a deal. They may be able to cut you a deal specific to your item.
When choosing your moving company, make sure you’ve got a contract in hand as well as insurance on the item that you can refer to should anything unexpected happen. It is also highly recommended to check any references on the movers as well.
- Find a specialist
When in doubt, find a specialist to move your type of item. If you have specific items, for example car parts located in Christchurch that need to be moved elsewhere in the country, use a removal service who specialises specifically in auto parts to do the job. They have the experience and know how to transport your items effectively. You will get the best service for your specific needs.
- Get covered with insurance
Okay, so this isn’t actually a way to transport goods, but it is a really important tip when doing so. Things can easily go wrong when transporting goods, no matter what the item is. The larger and bulkier the item, the more difficult it is to transport, therefore the more that can potentially go wrong. Unexpected events, such as weather, can delay or damage your goods. When dealing with valuable equipment or goods, you’ll want to make sure that you are covered if something does go wrong.
Some companies, like moving companies, may offer insurance automatically for a set price. If they don’t, or you don’t want to pay their fees, look into outside cargo or freight insurance. The peace of mind that you’ll have for protecting your item or items is worth the price of the third party insurance. Outside insurance also means that you have more control over the type and amount of insurance you want, and have a third party negotiating any payout if needed.
Hopefully this gets you started in finding a safe, effective, and reasonable way to transport your oversized item to wherever it needs to go. No matter which option you choose, get it covered with insurance and you’ll receive or send that sailboat, grand piano, or any oversized item, quickly and safely.