Whether you´re moving to a new house or simply selling a single appliance, the rules for packaging up white goods are the same. And it´s certainly not simply a case of finding a box big enough, putting the unit inside and stuffing some rolled up newspaper around it. Which is why we´ve come up with this guide for posting white goods.
We´ll tell you how to prepare and package everything from a freezer to a microwave, ready for sending them off on their travels with the courier. It´s important to get this right, because, if you don´t, your item could be returned to you. Or, worse yet, stuck at a depot because the courier company refuses to move it.
It´s worth noting that most appliances will come with guidelines on how to package them for shipping, hidden somewhere in the instruction manual. So, if you have still got yours crumpled up in the back of a kitchen drawer, now´s the time to blow off the dust and give it a read. Or just read our tips on how to package and post those largest of kitchen appliances…
White goods are electrical goods used domestically such as refrigerators and washing machines and can be large and heavy. Generally, they are white in colour, hence the term 'white goods' and with the growth of online marketplaces such as Gumtree and Facebook marketplace we have seen a steady rise in them being sent via courier.
First of all, you need to take measurements of the item you want to get delivered. This means the dimensions and the weight – and that´s including the box and all the packaging, remember. It doesn´t have to be precise, but you can´t be wildly out, either. It isn't always easy to measure such big and bulky items but you will often find this information on a retailer website who are selling the same item as yours.
For the best service, choose a courier company that specializes in white goods delivery. They´ll be best prepared for handling the awkward items and will be happy to deliver it door to door.
If you use the Parcel Monkey courier comparison service, dependent on the size and weight of your white goods you will be able to book a large and heavy specialist courier such as;
City Sprint offers a same white goods delivery service if you need your items in a hurry and you can choose a large van that will be enough to carry your items. This is also the ideal service for those items being sold in your local area through sites such as Gumtree, eBay or Facebook Marketplace that might be too big to fit in the car.
Book a Parcel Monkey local courier service to collect your item if you don't have access to a car or any way of transporting big and heavy white goods.
For each specific type of goods, there are some more packaging tips below.
One of the most popular white goods purchased online, fridges, freezers and fridge freezers can be picked up cheaply on sites such as Gumtree.
Ovens with glass will be carried at the sender's risk - we can't offer any extended liability on items with glass components such as glass fronted ovens.
So there you have it, some top tips for packaging and shipping white goods. Large items aren't easy to move but by using our discounted large and heavy courier rates you can make a great cost saving on moving your white goods. As we send so many bulky items with the likes of DX and Tuffnells, they provide us with low-cost rates which we make readily available for you to book.
It's not just white goods we help our customers in the UK have delivered, we have provided quotes for furniture, garden equipment, car parts and much, much more, so enter your details into our courier quote engine and see how we can help!