Whether planning a commercial or a residential move, it is always important to ask your moving company for a list of items they won’t be able to move for you. Often, these are either dangerous materials they aren’t legally allowed to transport, or items beyond their moving capacity. The following is a list of items that moving companies frequently have on their “Do Not Pack” list.
1. Hazardous Items
Moving companies will not be able to transport hazardous or dangerous items for you, and while that may seem obvious, there are some items in this category that many people forget to consider. While kerosene, muriatic acid, gasoline, and ammunition are easy to tag as hazardous, many moving companies will also not transport bleach, alcoholic beverages, aerosol cans, or car batteries. A little rule that can help you determine what is and isn’t hazardous, is to remember that if you wouldn’t be able to ship your item in the mail or dispose of it in the general garbage, then your moving company probably won’t be able to handle it either.
2. Sensitive Information
While you may trust your moving company to safely transport your important documents or legal papers, they are probably less willing to assume responsibility for your sensitive information. Items like birth certificates, car titles, checkbooks, and tax records are better left in your care, and many moving companies will recommend that you transport these kinds of documents yourself. Other items that should be transported in your own car are insurance papers, medical information, school records, and even medication.
3. Perishables and Food
No one wants to worry about food spoiling on moving day, and opening a truck door to the smell of soured milk is never a delight. This is why most moving companies recommend that you dispose of vulnerable food items before your move, especially when it comes to dangerous perishables like meat and dairy products. If you must transport these kinds of food, it is safest if you pack them in an ice chest and drive them yourself. This way you don’t have to worry about the temperature inside the moving truck and can monitor the ice level during the commute.
It is important to have a plan in place for your furry or feathered friend when moving day rolls around – the last thing you want is to find out that your moving company won’t be able to transport your pet. Make sure to check your company’s “Do Not Pack” list for pets, and if you don’t see it, double check with them to ensure your companion has a way of making it to their new home.
Many movers do not want to take on the responsibility of transporting plants as they are very fragile and are likely to incur some damage during the move. Make sure you verify with your moving company that they will be able to transport your plants. Another thing to consider is that states often have laws about which plants are allowed to enter. Therefore, it is important, should you be transporting house plants, that you contact customs (if you are moving to or from Canada) or the state government to determine if your plants are allowed to make the move with you. States that rely on agriculture, like Idaho and California, have strict rules to protect their crops from possible pest invasions via your plants.
6. Extremely Heavy Items
While it is understandable to assume that your moving company would be able to handle any piece of furniture, you may be surprised to hear that many companies have limits on the size and weight of items that they can move. When planning your move, make sure you ask your company if they can handle your grand piano or that large piece of heirloom furniture. It may be that they don’t have the equipment to handle your heavy item and you might have to find a specialized mover to transport it. You don’t want to find this out on the day of the move, so ensure that you verify with your moving company in advance.
7. Stuff You Don’t Use Anymore
Lastly, this isn’t a category you’ll find on the “Do Not Pack” list, but it is something that can help make the packing stage much easier and the moving process way faster. One of the silver linings of moving is that it gives you an excellent opportunity to declutter. If you have decorations, appliances, or clothes that you haven’t used in forever, why not consider donating or selling them? This will give you a little extra cash for the move and a lot more room in the moving truck!
There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning and executing your move, and asking your moving company for their “Do Not Pack” list is one thing that will help that planning go a lot smoother. Rather than guessing at what you should or shouldn’t pack, this list will let you fill your boxes with confidence, knowing exactly what can be put on the truck and what will be packed in your own car.
If you are still deciding on a moving company, we here at On The Go Moving and Storage are more than happy to work with you during your move. Contact us today for a full list of exactly what you shouldn’t pack in the truck when moving. We want to help make your moving experience as smooth and as pleasant as possible.