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The one thing that most Furniture Flippers have in common is a fear of shipping furniture. So much so, we feel overwhelmed with the thought of it. Where do I ship it at? How will I get it there? I have no idea how to pack a dresser to ship! How could I possibly weigh this thing?! How much will it cost? What if it breaks before delivery??
I’ve been there. And let me just insert my current favorite phrase “It ain’t no big thang!” At least it wasn’t with Uship, which is the only shipping service I’ve used for furniture so I have nothing to compare it to! I loved my experience though, thus the post about it!
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The reason shipping freaked me out is because I knew so little about it, it seemed like there were so many differing views and shipping always sounded so complicated!
I checked out the main shipping names like FedEx and UPS and although they provide a great service I’m sure, being a stay-at-home mom with 3 little kids and my husband gone a lot I had no way(or desire) of packaging a dresser or a buffet(or anything bigger than an end table!) and deliver the piece to the shipping location by myself! Insert current favorite phrase #2 – “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” It’s hard enough to sneak in time to paint the furniture!
When I checked out Uship I was still really nervous about the whole thing. Someone had purchased my Antique Tea Cart and needed it shipped to them, I actually considered driving it there myself! Thankfully I took a deep breath and decided I would just give it a shot and if it ended up it pieces and I lost every penny from it, at least I had TRIED shipping!
OK, so here’s what I loved about Uship that other carriers don’t offer. Their website is super easy to use (www.uship.com) as soon as you get to their main page you can simply push “ship” or you can get a “free estimate” both options are very easy to find. The “free estimate” is great for giving your customers an estimated cost for shipping from your location to their location, and also it’s nice for you to get an idea of cost based on how big your item is and how far it’s going.
You’ll need to know a few things before you’re ready to ship, such as the dimensions and the weight of your piece. Don’t worry, I found this handy-dandy list of approximate weights for literally ANYTHING (woohoo,you’re welcome!) you can check it out here –approximate weight of household items. You want to provide as many details as possible so your quote is accurate!
Once you’ve entered in all that info you can choose the level of service you would like. The following is copied directly from Uship:
Highest level of care. The service provider will pack/wrap, load/unload, place anywhere on premises, setup items and remove packing materials.
The service provider will carefully blanket wrap and load/unload items. Inside pickup and delivery to a first floor is typically included.
Mover, Loading Service
Service Provider provides the moving truck, loads, unloads, and drives the moving truck to its destination. The customer is responsible for packing.
Service provider provides the moving truck and drives it to its destination. The customer is responsible for packing, loading, and unloading.
LTL Freight and Packaging
The service provider will pick up and pack items to freight standards and load/unload items. Extra fees may apply for inside pickup or delivery.
Easy Peezy! Pick whichever option makes you feel the most comfortable! Obviously if your piece is very delicate or if it’s an antique, has glass on it..etc, you’ll want to pick higher service than “blanket wrap”!
Once you provide the pick-up (they come right to your door! Yay!) and delivery locations, they provide this awesome little thing that let’s you know the lowest price a carrier has shipped an item like that for, an average price for it, or the highest price that has been paid. You can choose to send your item to auction where the carriers will bid on your piece and you can choose the lowest price that way, or you can name the price you are willing to pay (using their average pricing chart is best for that).
One of my favorite parts of my experience with Uship was being able to stay in communication with my delivery man!(Plus he was super nice!) Once you have determined who you will be working with you can then plan the time and day that they’ll come and pick-up your piece. You can set the date you need the piece picked up and the latest date you need it delivered to your customer, which is a great feature!
If you are planning on using their service, I recommend getting the Uship Mobile App, it makes it really easy to keep track of whats going on with your shipments. Best of all, they have a constant tracker so you can always see where your guy (or girl) is at.
Although you will prepay for the shipping, Uship does not release the funds to the carrier until the item is confirmed to have been delivered, and if you’re wondering about insurance, most of their carriers have their own insurance but Uship offers insurance, you can check out all the information on that right here.
If you’re looking to step up your game in the furniture flipping world you should definitely consider offering shipping, it’s truly not stressful and complicated like I had anticipated, it’s very doable and a great service to have available to your customers! You can check out Uship for yourself right here!
Virginia’s tip of the day #1: If you don’t really want to ship to far away states, consider marketing your page to big cities within your state, shipping will be considerably less the closer you go and it may ease you into shipping and get you comfortable with it!
Virginia’s tip of the day #2: You may want to consider Etsy for your business if you want to ship but are too nervous about dealing with the details. I’ve used Etsy in the past, and I really enjoyed my experience. I prefer to not pay fee’s on my sales though so I stick with my Facebook Business Page.
For help with starting a Facebook Business page check out my simple tutorial right here. If you need tips for growing your existing Facebook Business page you can check out my post on How To Easily Grow Your Facebook Business Page.
I’d love to hear from you! Have you ever shipped or considered shipping furniture?