Household goods are all the things you keep in your home. This includes your furniture, as well as the items you keep in or on your furniture. Household goods can sometimes be divided into three categories – consumer electronics: your TV, computer, phone, gaming console, etc – appliances, tools & houseware – and furniture.
People ship household goods for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s to save money as part of a household move. Sending books and printed materials media mail makes sense when you’re trying to reduce the weight of your household move yet want to maintain your library as its current levels. Sometimes you may ship household goods to help a friend or family member who’s setting up house. It may be that you need to ship household goods to your college student or family member who is in the military. Here are some secrets of shipping household goods in Massachusetts to make your life easier:
Know What You Can’t Ship Legally: Even if you have ammunition and explosives inside your home, they don’t count as household goods, and Federal regulations prevent you from shipping them as household goods. Also prohibited? Gasoline and other volatile liquids, air bags, and other things likely to either catch on fire or go kaboom! If you have a question about whether or not you can ship an item, call us – we keep up to date on all the relevant shipping regulations so you don’t have to.
Get Good Strong Shipping Boxes Even if the items you’re shipping aren’t particularly valuable, you want them to arrive in good condition. Gently used shipping boxes may be acceptable; new cardboard shipping boxes from a pack and ship store in Boston will be better. Remember, no one is going to be particularly careful with your boxes as they’re loaded onto and off of multiple trucks. Your box may be dropped on the floor, tossed on a shelf, or land on a conveyor belt with force. Strong, robust boxes make all the difference !