Is it worth shipping my mattress/frame?
I’m planning my relocation to my favorite place on earth and my biggest debate so far is whether or not we should ship our king size mattress and frame that we invested in the past year, therefore still brand new. If you think we should, what method of shipping do you recommend? If you don’t think it’s worth it please advise where we will be able to purchase another bed on island?
Could anyone also explain how they used shipping containers to send some of their household goods? We wouldn’t bring enough to fill a whole container- just our bed, and a few boxes and suitcases.
thanks in advance!
Sounds like you need to crate up what you have, get the crates picked up and trucked to the port, and have one of the shipping companies transport to STX. They will put your crates in one of their containers. Blue Ocean that advertises here or Paradise Freight or VI Cargo etc. Perhaps one crate for the bed and another for everything else. Contact a mover for assistance with crates. They are usually custom built anyway. They would likely take your stuff to the warehouse and crate it up there where they have a forklift to move and load into a truck. You could go cheap and just put all your boxes on pallets and band down and shrink wrap but they are more susceptible to shipping damage that way.
Once you have size and weight estimates you can get estimates for the trucking and ocean freight. A couple of crates should not break the bank.
I just bought a queen mattress for 1600 here, so if shipping is less than that, yes I would have it shipped down. You could get a small POD possibly, load it up and work with VI Cargo to unload it and have it picked up the next day. They palletized my goods for me at their warehouse and loaded it on a container for here. Just a thought.
@Scubadoo awesome! Thank you very much for your advice. I’m moving from Boston. Is there any particular moving company that you know of and recommend that would move my items to the port?!
No ideas on trucking to port however whoever you use for ocean freight can also arrange for trucking to port. If you work with a local moving company to crate your stuff they can probably also arrange for land transport to port. You can have it quoted both ways and see which is cheaper.
@meljohnson88 Blue ocean can contract to have a container come to your home, have the driver wait while you load it, you have 4 hours free, after that there is a fee then drive it to the port and ship to the island. It was pretty pricey though, I was moving from the buffalo area and it was I think 9600 a year ago, so with gas prices, it's probably 10k. The other issue with that is you have to get your stuff up into a container that's at least 4' high. I was thinking of renting a moving van that had a lift gate and back up as close as possible to do this.