Packing, at first, appears like a straightforward process. You are to place every item that you desire to move from one place to the next in containers that a moving company can, well, move.
The problem is that, despite being yours, there are more than just a few things that you should not personally pack. Some of these items may require special packing techniques or materials, while others are simply too dangerous to take with you.
Let’s take a look at some of the items that you would be better leaving to the professionals or, better yet, leaving behind.
1. Dangerous Chemicals and Other Items
There are certain items that need to be transported using special packing techniques or not at all. These include items that are flammable, toxic or otherwise dangerous to you, other people or property.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Decaying Organic Matter
- Chemical Cleaners
The common theme in the items listed above is that they are flammable, explosive, toxic, a combination or the aforementioned, or all three. Moving trailers are typically closed spaces, which allows for these chemicals to mix in gaseous form, which in turn makes them concentrated and significantly dangerous.
Other items include:
- Paint Thinner
- Car Parts Cleaners
These items could pose a health hazard if improperly packaged. This is why moving companies are not allowed to move these items unless they are packed properly, which in turn costs more money to move them.
Perishable goods, such as the kind in your refrigerator, are often outside what a moving company will move. This is because few moving companies have the proper equipment to move these items with the right conditions.
Moving companies will typically refrain from moving plants or animals as an extension of this. This means that you will have to arrange for Mr. Ed or Spot’s transportation from your old home to your new one.
3. Heat-Sensitive Items
Moving trailers and vans tend to act as miniature ovens. Heat will collect, concentrate and bake any items that may reside within boxes, plastic containers and anything else.
This problem is negligible for items that can withstand 200 degrees Fahrenheit or so.
It’s the more sensitive electronics, plastics and antiques that will suffer from this heat. This is why you should always have heat-sensitive items packed and moved by a company that specializes in dealing with them.
Items that are heat-sensitive include:
- Some Cookware
- Hard Drives
- Video Tapes
- Clay Statues
- Artwork such as Paintings
When it doubt of an item’s ability to withstand heat, always consult your moving company before packing those items.
4. Important Items
The last category of items that you want to avoid packing yourself are items that have a high value attached to them. This could be a monetary value or a sentimental value; the point is that these items are more costly to replace, if they can even be replaced.
Typically these items will intersect with some of the previous categories, but not always. Your grandmother’s antique furniture is an example of something with a high value that could be more costly to replace or replace than to simply pack it properly the first time.
When you have important items that can’t withstand being nicked or marred, then you want to ensure that they are packaged right the first time. Our moving company specializes in packaging items in ways that ensure they will make it to their destination unscathed.
Don’t Make Costly Moving Mistakes
Packing the wrong items or packing them the wrong way could spell disaster for you, your moving company and the items you are trying to take with you.
The easiest and most reliable way to ensure that your goods get from your old home to your new home is to have Movin’ on Movers pack and transport your items. We specialize in offering comprehensive moving services, which means that we can provide for every one of your moving needs.
To learn more about our services, or to inquire about getting an estimate for our services, contact us by calling (919) 362-8355 or 888-880-8775.