How to Ship Household Goods

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You have many choices for services to ship your household goods. You can pay a service to do it for you door-to-door. It will not come cheaply. Or, you can save money and pack the items yourself and ship them via UPS. Because UPS is ubiquitous and caters to people shipping packages of all sizes, the shipping service is an easy, reliable and cost-effective option. Pack your household goods carefully and well in advance of when they need to arrive at their destination.

Things You'll Need

  • Boxes in various sizes
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspapers
  • Packing tape
  • Black marker
  • Gather rigid boxes of various sizes. Arrange your goods neatly; do not fill any box to the very top or force objects in. The heavier the item, the smaller the box you should place it in. Do not toss everything into one large box.

  • Place packing peanuts around any items that can be damaged in transit. Wrap fragile items, such as glasses and plates, individually in newspaper. As an extra measure, add a layer of bubble wrap around a few of the items and secure with packing tape. Pack dishtowels and any other soft household goods around fragile items.

  • If you have to struggle to lift any box, remove some items and put them in a separate box. Secure all flaps of the box with packing tape. Write the general contents of each box on the outside with a black marker.

  • Go to UPS.com. Move your mouse over "Shipping" and select "Create a Shipment." In the right column near the bottom, click "Register." Enter your information, a username and password and click "Next." Follow the steps to complete your UPS account registration.

  • Enter the information under "Where is this shipment going?" Fill in all required fields, indicated by a yellow diamond-shaped icon, including how you would like to pay.

  • Click the appropriate box to select UPS On-Call Scheduled Pickup - UPS will come to your house and pick up your packages, but this may require an additional fee. Alternatively, search for a UPS drop-off site closest to you using the UPS Locator website. Drop your packages off and pay the appropriate fees.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also ship the boxes from your local post office; however, your packing materials must meet stringent requirements - also, United States Postal Service guidelines dictate that no piece of mail can weigh more than 70 pounds. Review USPS's Mailability webpage to ensure your materials meet the guidelines before shipping.

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