6 Things You Should Never Ever Pack When Moving

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In this post we will say a word about the no-no’s concerning packing for a move. There are certain items that movers will refuse to take in the moving truck. Read and learn.

  1. Hazardous materials

    Household goods carriers do not transport flammable, corrosive or explosive items, because they present major risks to the people involved and to the environment as well. Federal law requires from freight companies to have a special “hazardous materials permit”, so they qualify for moving hazardous materials. Such hazardous materials include, but are not limited to: weapons and ammunition, acids, ammonia, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, pesticides and weed killers, propane tanks, pool chemicals, bleach, cleaning detergents, fire extinguishers, fireworks, liquor, paint, aerosol cans such as deodorants and hair sprays, nail polish and nail polish removers.You can transport them in your car, provided that they are adequately packed and not exposed to extreme heat, you can give them to a neighbor, or just throw away (consult EPA). Ask for a complete list of “non-allowable items” and comply with the rules.

  2. Perishables

    Movers won’t move perishables along with your household belongings to prevent items from developing mold and attracting insects. You should not pack any frozen or fresh foods in the boxes that will go to the moving truck. You can donate your food to a local food bank with the help of a Move for Hunger’s partner.

  3. Pets

    Do not expect that your relocation company will take your pet in the cabin. And, the conditions in the back of the truck are not suitable for living beings. You need to arrange the move of your pet additionally.

  4. Plants

    Movers are not supposed to know how to take care of your plants, not to mention the fact that the conditions in the moving truck are not feasible for your flowers. Plus, some states like Florida have really strict regulations regarding bringing plants.

  5. Items of sentimental value

    Items of sentimental value are priceless, so you should take good care of your heirlooms, pieces of art, photo albums or souvenirs. Take your collection of postcards or seashells with you. If you are moving a high-value work of art, a sculpture or a painting, consult an appraiser first.

  6. Documents and financial statements

    Keep passports, driver’s licenses, medical records, birth certificates, insurance policies, car registrations with you. Relocation is a very tricky period, as you are more susceptible to becoming a victim of identity theft. You should be very cautious when it comes to papers that are disclosing personal information.Make sure that your documents are with you and nothing important has been left behind in your old property or has been loaded on the moving truck by mistake.

A special thanks to  Manuela Irwin of MyMovingReviews.com for the great tips!

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