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College Student Moving & Shipping: DOs & DONT’S

March 31st, 2017 by

Pitt Mover, University of Pittsburgh Mover, Pitt Moving

If Spring Break is over, can end of term be far behind? Here’s a quick list of our choice “DOs and DON’Ts” when it comes to shipping your stuff.   


  1. Do your homework – Yup, just like mom always says. Check out the shipping company you are planning on using. Look on the internet for reviews. There are a lot of “actors” out there that may improperly package your stuff and/or lose it in transit. Look for a company that is locally-based.
  2. Do look for a shipping company that has the option of either sending your items via ground (UPS or FedEx) or via motor freight. General rule is that if you have more than seven-eight boxes, your most economical mode will be shipping via freight on a pallet.
  3. If you are flying home to an international destination and have only a few things, do consider packing and checking them as extra luggage. If you have more than 7-8 boxes and you are not in a particular hurry, shipping via ocean is an economical mode.
  4. Do select your boxes well! “Moving boxes” sold by big box retailers and rental agencies are not great for shipping via FedEx or UPS Ground due to their thin-wall construction.  They are okay if shipping via freight.  Do use new boxes – old boxes are significantly less strong because of moisture absorption as well as wear & tear. Do use as many same-sized boxes as possible for easy stacking if shipping via freight and storage.
  5. Do let professionals pack your fragile items and electronics, and remember that the retail packaging (if you still have) your TV or computer came in is not suitable for shipping via FedEx or UPS Ground.


  1. Don’t over-pack or stuff you boxes.
  2. Don’t ship hazardous and/or flammable materials like alcohol, perfume, nail polish, or bleach. Check with your shipping company if you have any questions. If shipping liquids, make sure they are in break-resistant packaging and sealed in a thick plastic bag (Ziploc Freezer Bags).
  3. If planning on shipping via FedEx or UPS Ground, don’t use plastic totes as they tend to crack and shatter during transit and don’t seal very well. Totes are okay if shipping via freight.
  4. Don’t ask about student discounts until you already have a quoted cost. Some companies (not us) will inflate the cost if you mention student discounts at the beginning and then apply a bogus discount.

     5.  Don’t  wait to the last minute (again as mom always says) to plan your shipping.

Contact us for a free in-person or phone consultation, or get a quote now via the web. Make sure to ask about our student discounts.

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Recommended Pack And Ship Partner For Concept Art Gallery

March 24th, 2017 by


Check it out! Concept Art Gallery has an auction of fine art, antiques, and modern design tomorrow, Saturday, March 25th  beginning at 9:30am. Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is an approved shipper for Concept Art Gallery. We offer the following services for Concept clients:

  • Free no obligation pre-auction pack and ship cost estimates to help bidders determine their landed cost for items of interest
  • Free pick-up
  • We utilize sophisticated packaging and crating software based on the size, nature and fragility of the item being shipped. To help reduce shipping costs, we will disassemble, do frame removal, and sort items as directed.
  • Unlike UPS stores, we offer the most complete choice of transport modes to meet all budget and delivery needs including discounted shipping rates for UPS, FedEx, DHL, and US Postal Service (for international), blanket-wrap, motor carrier, and air and ocean freight
  • We offer a Concept Frequent Buyer Discount program where your third shipment with us earns a full 20% discount on all our services
  • We ship internationally by expertly preparing all paperwork needed and using packaging and crating materials that meet export standards
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance from $100 to $10 million

Contact us for a free no obligation phone consultation (English and Spanish spoken), or get a quote nowvia the web.

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Pittsburgh’s Crating Experts

March 20th, 2017 by

Custom Crating Services

Custom Crating Greater Pittsburgh, Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is the area’s leading crater and specialty crating company. We offer custom crating and container options for all high value, heavy, fragile and unique items, regardless of size or weight.

  • We use sophisticated software to determine the best packing and crating design options based on fragility, item composition, value, and destination.
  • We design and build corrugate and solid wood crates.
  • We offer on-site packing and crating services.

Our crating solutions include:

Commercial Crates, Industrial Crates, Product Specific Crates, ISPM-15 Export Certified Crates, Re-usable Crates, Knock-down Crates, Mass Produced Crates, Tradeshow Crates, Display Crates, Military Crates, Computer Crates, Electronics Crates, IT Equipment Crates, Moving Crates, Furniture Crates, Museum Quality Crates, Art Crates, and Antique Crates.

Contact us for a free in-person or phone consultation, or get a quote now via the web.

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Pack and Ship Services For Senior Moves From The Pittsburgh Area

March 13th, 2017 by

Senior Moves & Downsizing Shipping



Senior Moves & Downsizing Pittsburgh

Relocating to a retirement community can be stressful. We make transitions to nursing homes, retirement villages, and assisted living apartments simple, easy, and affordable. We are a certified industry partner with the National Association of Senior Move Managers. For over 25 years, Pak Mail has been delivering packing, shipping, and move-coordination services with compassion and integrity.

Here’s a list of our services:

  • We and local senior transition specialists (see list below) can help you organize, pack, and label your household goods and precious items
  • If you won’t have room to take all your possessions, we’ll coordinate to have them shipped to family, friends, estate agents, or a favorite charity
  • Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship will pick-up all your things – from large items like furniture and artwork to delicate pieces like antiques and heirlooms
  • We’ll professionally pack them with care and ship them to arrive safely…around the country or the world
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance

Contact us for a free in-person or phone consultation, or get a quote now via the web.

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Crate & Freight Services For Lease Returns In the Pittsburgh Area

March 3rd, 2017 by

Lease Returns Shipping


Lease Returns PittsburghPak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship can take the hassle and the cost out of lease returns for copy and IT equipment. Our packing and shipping experience combined with our great customer service will ensure that your equipment is returned correctly, on time, and on budget.

  • We provide pick-up and on-site packing services for business and home offices throughout the Greater Pittsburgh, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio areas
  • We offer our onsite services during normal business hours as well evenings and weekends. Whatever works best for our clients.
  • We can perform work on very short notice
  •  We use a wide variety of anti-static packaging materials, including wraps, cushioning  and barriers to prevent electro static discharges from damaging your sensitive items
  • Our crews can disconnect equipment in different areas of the building or work within a designated area for onsite packing
  • We provide free, short-term storage
  • We offer a variety of shipping modes (parcel, motor, air, and ocean freight) and discounted rates to fit your budget and delivery time needs. We have the lowest shipping rates based on our franchise network’s buying power
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance

Contact us for a free in-person or phone consultation, or get a quote now via the web.

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