No matter who is doing the packing and transporting of your household goods, you should be aware that not everything at your current residence should be moving along with you in boxes.
Some things you will have to bring along with you in separate bags, and some other you will have to leave behind. For further details on what items not to pack, read on.
Flammable, corrosive, and explosive materials
According to governmental regulations, some items transport in the hands of moving companies is prohibited according due to the dangerous nature of those materials. Even if you thought transporting the items by yourself, you may like to reconsider what items not to pack and simply leave behind according to what is on the following list:
- Gasoline, kerosene, lamp oil, lighter fluid
- Fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers
- Ammonia, cleaning fluids, liquid bleach
- Propane tanks
- Chemistry sets
- Loaded weapons, ammunitions
- Pool chemicals
- Paints, nail polish, nail polish remover, paint thinner
Every moving relocation company will include perishables in their list of items not to pack unless the moving is within a radius of 120 miles, and the goods have been properly packed and in within 24 hours from their final destination. Even though perishable goods refers mostly to food, house plants are also included under this category, and it is widely recommended to leave them behind unless your new destination is within state limits and within a 100 miles radius.
Items like exercise equipment, glass selves, heavy and big electronic domestic items (fridges, washing machines, etc) are best left to the expert packing hands of professional movers. Add this sort of items to the “what not to pack list” to be sure they will be packed properly.
Under this category of items not to pack, you should be adding all your dear belongings. Instead of packing these in boxes and sending them away in a moving transport, you should keep them at your reach and take them with you when you leave your current residence to your new home. No matter what their actual appraisal cost, these are items that due to their personal value are somewhat difficult to replace or even irreplaceable. Among them:
- Personal documents like passports, birth certificates, marriage license, etc.
- Financial Statements, tax records, bonds, check books, insurance documentation, stocks and the like.
- Personal records like school records, diplomas, vaccination booklet, medical records, etc.
- Personal mementos like photograph, photo albums, personal videos, paintings, children favorite dolls, letters, etc.
- Valuable objects like jewelry, artwork, furs, decor accents, family heirlooms, etc.
- Computer software, backups, disks.
- Car keys, agendas, cell phones, address books, etc.