You’ve stocked up on your moving essentials: “Boxes? check; Tape? check; Packing paper? check.” Now you are ready to get to work and pack up the entire house at warp speed! But wait a second! Hold it! Before you pack up every inch of your home, you should be familiar with what not to pack when moving. Certain valuables should always be kept close during a move and other items can be extremely dangerous Follow our list below on what not to pack when moving to avoid headaches and make your move stress free!
- Money, valuable documents, and jewelry: Anything you’d rush in to save from a burning building should stick by your side. If you don’t already have a safety deposit box, you should consider getting one to store all your valuables in. That way you can be sure they’re save not only during your move, but after.
- Flammable items like aerosol cans, paints, and gasoline: If you’re moving locally, you could probably get away with moving some paint or aerosol cans in your car. But if you have items being moved by a professional moving company or going into storage, you cannot move these items. Ask your local hazardous waste organization how to dispose of these items properly.
- Plants and flowers: Some states don’t allow plants to cross state lines so a moving company won’t be able to transport them for you. If you’re moving locally as the moving company (in advance) if they can move plants, and how long it will take. If it will take over a day, you’re better of transporting the plants yourself or gifting them to a neighbor. You don’t want your plants to be without sunlight and water for too long!
- Medications: Make sure you don’t accidentally pack your medications! Get your prescriptions transferred to your new home and find out how to transport them safely. Don’t forget your pet’s medications as well. Talk to your vet and get records and prescriptions transferred too!
- Firearms, fireworks, explosives, and toxic substances: Don’t, under any circumstances, leave these items unattended and DO NOT pack any of them during a move. Fireworks, explosives, and toxic substances need to be disposed of properly (check with your local fire department, they can point you in the right direction). As for firearms, check with your local police department on the best way to transport your firearms, especially if you will be moving across state lines.