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Question DetailsAsked on 3/9/2018

Is there someone who will deliver large items?

Is there someone who will will deliver a large item from Rockford, IL to Madison, WI?

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You don't say HOW big or heavy. Assuming you mean more than the 150# and dimension limits for UPS or FedEx Ground or USPS (at several to $5/lb or so) - see their websites for that.

Next up for ease of use - FedExFreight and UPS Freight, which can handle items about 20,000# and 21 feet in length - but generally pricey - commonly 25-100% more than normal LTL freight companies, but also generally quite a bit quicker.

Cheapest and slowest (and be sure it is insured in all cases - homeowners/renters/and some business insurance generally does not cover damage diuring commercial shipment, and basic insurance coverage from the shipper is VERY minimal) - normal moving and transfer companies, and commercial LTL (Less Than Truckload) trucking companies - detailed below. For normal household goods, using a normal Mover (your Angies List Search the List category) - a moving and storage company like Bekins, Allied, Atlas, Mayflower etc is commonly going to be cheapest because household goods classified shipments get lower than normal shipping rates in most states (depends on tariffs). Also less likely (in my opinion) to get damaged in moving - they tend to be more damage-sensitive than normal trucking companies. They just pack it up or palletize (or you can do that and make it a PBO or packed-by-owner shipment) as needed for protection and ship it on a truck heading that way which has room and weight capacity. Some of the long-haul 50-60' moving van trailers may handle as many as 10-20 different shipments on a cross-country trip, stopping and picking up/dropping off partial loads along the way, as opposed to a dedicated trailer which has only your stuff on it. (Even on partial load you can go dedicated trailer if you want for greater security or for faster delivery, at added cost of course if you are not providing a full load, because you are paying the truck/driver charges and much the same fuel costs regardless of whether it is a full ooad or not). If NOT a household goods item, or if a hazardous item which cannot go that way, then a normal LTL shipper like Yellow (YRC), Old Dominion etc (though some household goodsmovers also handle some classes of LTL shipments) - here is a list of 25 of the biggest in that field - you can also google a search phrase like this for local ones that serve your specific area - "LTL shipping Rockford IL to Madison WI" - These companies handle less-than-truckload shipments - all but a very few will handle shipments going anywhere in the US - some anywhere in the world. For that distance I would guess maybe $0.25-0.50/lb or so, VERY rough ballpark. One important thing - household movers, unless they specifically specify otherwise when they bid, includes moving the item from where it sits to the truck and loading it, and reverse at the destination - assuming of course it fits through doors and halls and such. LTL, unless you specify otherwise, is FOB - Freight On Board, meaning YOU are responsible for loading/unloading at your standard height loading dock or with forklift. They charge extra (and requires prenotification at time of shipping that you want that) for rehandling at their receiving end warehouse (or a public one if they do not have facilities near your town) to unload and reload onto a truck you won (like a pickup or such). Also additional charges (commonly about $10-25 and around $25-50, respectively, at each end) for FOG or Pallet tram service - meaning they pick it up off the ground and put it on the ground using a lift gate (though has to be within dimensional and weight limitations for that), or if they use a pallet mover to pick it up from nearby ground-level storage (like in a garage), put on liftgate, put in truck - and get off truck and on ground and then wheel it (meaning good quality asphalt or concrete and easy rolling for the pallet mover) to move it into a ground-level garage or such. Weight limit for liftgagtes on delivery size trucks commonly around 1500-2500 pounds (more in rare cases) so you need to think through and prearrange with the mover if they are loading and unloading and moving it a couple dozen feet maybe. If item needs disassembly for moving, then reassembly, if a household or garage type item normal Storage and Transfer companies will do that as part of a move - at an additional charge if more than just like typical breaking down a bedframe or lifting apart a two-piece highboy or such. Commercial items some LTL trucking companies will arrange for that as an additional service, but generally they are probably going to tell you to break it down and reassemble it yourself, especially if a precision item. major nationwide and large city moving companies have special high-value move crews and truck that handle that - for precision machine tools, mainframe computers or large electronic control boards, massive glass display cases like museums and jewelry stores use, statuary and artwork, etc - which can get into the $5-10/lb range in some cases, plus as much as thousands of $ of supplemental insurance coverage. More in the Home > Moving link, under Browse Projects, at lower left on the general moving and storage (if mid-move storage needed until ready to accept the item) insurance issue and the difference in per-pound and per-shipment insurance coverage.

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