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Items Not To Pack

If you are planning to do your own packing, you need to know about what items not to pack. Important papers and valuable items, including those that have a lot of sentimental value, should not be packed. Some items like exercise equipment need to be packed by professional packing services.

Contact your moving company to find out about what not to pack. This includes flammable, corrosive, poisonous, or explosive items. Some of these items are car batteries, poison, acid, charcoal, fertilizer, paint, thinner, matches, nail polish and remover, ammunition, aerosols, kerosene, fireworks, gasoline, pesticides, loaded weapons, propane tanks, and cleaning fluid. 

Normally, perishable food items and plants that may rot or die on the way are not permitted. You can consume perishable food items before you move and give away your plants to family or friends. Defrost your fridge and freezers at least 24 hours before the move and leave the doors open to allow them to dry out. This will help to prevent mold and odors.

The moving company may accept perishable items if you are moving to a place that is less than 150 miles away, which can be reached within 24 hours. In this case, perishable items that are packed properly and do not require any care on the way may be accepted by the carrier.  

Do not pack important papers and valuable items like airline tickets, address books, financial statements, keys, check books, files, photos, personal video tapes, furs, medicine, bonds, deeds, tax records, school records, jewelry, letters, stocks, computer backup disks, computer software, and collections of stamps, art, and coins. 

These items are not accepted by moving services and they assume no responsibility for them if they are packed without their knowledge. Such items may not be hazardous, but they can create a big problem for you if the shipment is delayed or lost on the way. It is much safer to carry such items with you when your relocate.

Please fill out the form provided here to get free quotes from pre-screened packing and shipping companies in your area. You will only receive quotes from licensed and insured moving and packing services that are known to provide excellent service. Your contact details will not be provided to anyone without your consent and there are no charges or commitments involved at all. 


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