Here’s a recent review from a customer, Mr Hale Curtis of Phoenix:

I wanted some items moved from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, Arizona after my parents died. The weight was about 175 pounds and included a high back chair that belonged to my grandfather. Pak Mail provided an estimate using photographs. After we agreed on their estimate to pack and ship to Phoenix they came to the house, picked up items and took them to their location, packed and then entrusted them to FedEx who called a few days later about delivery to my curb. The care with which the items were packed was impressive. I am a happy camper.


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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.

See what clients have to say about Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship’s service.

At Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship, we crate and ship single household items and entire estates with white glove care. Since 1984, we’ve specialized in global estate, household packing and furniture shipping, as well as assistance with local and national moves.

  • We and our local estate organizational partners (see list below) can help sort, pack, coordinate, and ship all the estate items to family and friends around the corner or around the country and world, estate agents, and local charities
  • One call to us allows you the peace of mind that precious items, artwork, antiques and heirlooms will be professionally handled in a cost-effective and safe way
  • We offer free short-term storage for estate distributions
  • We offer a choice of transport modes to meet your budget and delivery needs. We offer the lowest shipping rates in Pittsburgh for parcel (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS), blanket-wrap, and overland, air, & ocean freight based on our franchise network’s buying power.
  • We over full-value shipping insurance

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

See what clients have to say about Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship’s service.

9887295_mlPak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is the Greater Pittsburgh’s small move specialist. If you have less than 1500 lbs of household items going across the state, country, or world, we have you covered. Our “crate & freight” business model offers a fast, safe & economical alternative to traditional movers that have weight minimums that are probably higher than what you may need or lead-times that don’t meet your needs. We offer special discounts for students and seniors. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote.