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When shipping household goods, you have a variety of service options to choose from. It is important to know exactly what kind of service your shipping company provides, so you are able to properly prepare your item for shipment. The two major types of services you will encounter when shipping a household good are moving services and freight services.

Moving Services

Moving services are generally provided by household moving companies. While these companies typically only offer full household or office moves, they may do smaller shipments such as individual pieces of furniture or appliances.

When shipping your household goods using a traditional moving service, you will not be required to palletize or crate your shipment. However, you should make sure to double check with your shipping company for advice on preparing your shipment. Moving services (sometimes called “white glove” service) will typically include inside pickup and delivery, and can sometimes include extra services such as packaging or assembly.

Freight Services

Freight service is another way to ship large household goods. While most freight shipments are for commercial goods, freight services are available to anyone looking to ship a large item. Click here for the uShip Guides on Freight Shipping.

The most important thing to remember when shipping your household good by freight is that you will need to properly package your item for shipment. This usually means that you will have to crate or palletize your shipment. Your freight company may offer you this service or can refer you to a packaging company. If you are feeling ambitious, you can palletize freight yourself.

Freight services usually do not include loading, unloading, inside pickup or delivery, but you can usually request these services from your freight company.

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Dean Xeros

VP of Sales, GM – Motors & Relocation at uShip.com
Dean Xeros has nearly 30 years of motor transport experience and logistics sales leadership. He is currently the VP of Sales, GM – Motors & Relocation, where he applies his expertise to some of uShip's highest volume categories including vehicles, boats, motorcycles, and household moves. Prior to joining uShip, Dean spent five years (2005-2010) as Vice President of Dependable Auto Shippers (DAS).

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