Is it time to start preparing and packing for your long-distance move? Well, before you begin boxing your belongings, let's make sure you understand what items are allowed or restricted. Many of these prohibited items are likely to be found all over your household, like cleaning supplies. Other objects could be around your property, like in garages or storage rooms. Items such as loaded weapons and gasoline may seem obvious, but others are not self-evident, such as nail polish remover and indoor plants.
Many people will be surprised to find out that the smartest move experience should begin before the packing phase — and often, that's with you — the customer. We've put together this summary list of restricted items combined with some helpful tips to ensure your packing process is efficient and hassle-free for your convenience.
Movega Removals will not transport hazardous items, including explosives, flammable gases and toxic substances. Keep in mind that these dangerous items must be disposed of properly to comply with federal, state and local laws and protect the environment. Contact your city or county for where to dispose of these items:
Aerosol cans, Ammonia, Ammunition, Car batteries, Charcoal/lighter fluid, Charged scuba tanks, Chemistry sets, Cleaning solvents, Darkroom chemicals, Fertilizer, Fire extinguishers, Fireworks, Fuels/oils, Household batteries, Kerosene, Liquid bleach, Loaded guns, Matches, Nail polish/remover, Paint thinners, Paints/varnishes, Pesticides, Poisons, Pool chemicals, Propane tanks, Rubbing alcohol, Solvents, Sterno fuel, Weed killer.
Guns & Ammunition
You are probably aware of that already, but we must say it: We cannot transport loaded guns or loose ammunition. You may also want to be sure you know the rules about transporting these types of items across state lines yourself.
Perishable Items | Restricted Items
These are the items that may 'go off' or decompose during transit. Perishable food shouldn't be packed onto the removal van, and any fridge or freezer will need to be cleaned and defrosted before being packed.
That is because of the potential for mess and the difficult clean-up it requires after decomposing. We might take well-sealed non-perishable foods, however, so it's important to ask questions before moving. But generally, open, frozen, perishable or refrigerated food cannot be taken onto our removal vans.
As you plan to defrost and clean your fridge and freezer ahead of moving day, we have a fresh proposition for you - why not invite your neighbours over for a final farewell meal? You never know what delicious foods may pop up from the deepest depths of your freezer. Any foods that can't be used can be given to neighbours, friends, family, donated to charity or transported by you as a moving-in snack. This way, you won't unexpectedly find more stuff to move and make it easier for us.
Pets and Plants
We strongly believe you are not packing your dog in a box, right? For sure, it would be a fun experience for your furry friend but let's not get carried away. Anyways, removal vans aren't the most hospitable places and can get very hot, so they aren't suitable for transporting pets.
Remember that moving your beloved pet will be your responsibility, and so you need to plan accordingly. Better contact your vet for expert tips on how best to transport your animal friends. It might be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to pet-sit over the moving period so that you're ultimately settled in and fully unpacked before your inquisitive pet arrives.
The same applies to household plants as they are living and ultimately fragile things, no matter how careful you are. Plant pots are also heavy and can take up a lot of room. The dark, cramped environment of the back of a removal van is far from optimum for plant life, so make sure you safely transport your favourite green friend during long journeys.
Valuable Items | Restricted Items
Many possessions are irreplaceable, even with extra precautions. Sentimental and priceless items such as photo albums, birth certificates and family jewellery should be packed separately and moved by you. The same goes for all electronics, such as tablets, laptops and computers. It’s well worth keeping valuable items at hand because of the slight chance of any possible damage, and some things are too important to risk.
Ensure you have a separate box containing all your essential paperwork and documents so that you know where they are at all times. Irreplaceable items need to be safe and with you at all times. You can check with your home insurance provider to see if these valuable items will be covered during the move.
Well, now, with this helpful information you have, we believe your training is completed, and you are ready to deal with moving delicate items. If you have any questions regarding specific belongings and if they are also a part of the restricted list, do not hesitate to contact us and just ask.