This is somewhat related to buying/selling, though I'm not doing either of those things. I only need to setup shipping of a machine. If this belongs in another sub-forum, please let me know! I did some preliminary searching on the forum before posting and wasn't able to find anything relevant and recent.
Here's the story:
Back in the late 90s my parents bought an X-Files pinball machine. It's been in their house (in the basement) ever since. I finally bought a house 9 months ago or so, and today my mom said I could have the pinball machine. I just need to get it. The problem is the machine is in Connecticut, and I bought a house in California.
How do I get the machine from Connecticut to California? I haven't ever done cross-country LTL freight shipping, and I'm actually not even sure that's what I need. To make matters worse, I'm old, but my parents are even older (go figure)! They won't be able to deconstruct the machine, get it on a palette, etc. However it's shipped, the people at the shipping company will have to deal with all the packing, moving, and loading.
Surely, someone here must know how the process works. Any pointers are appreciated. I figure it's worth the hassle for the free machine after my GF gave me the go-ahead to get one for the garage. I figure getting this one for free means that I can use the money I was going to spend to get a second one.