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What not to pack for a move

Preparing for a move can get stressful. One way to make things easier is to keep in mind those things that shouldn’t be placed on the moving truck.

Some items create a risk during travel. Many moving companies, whether you’re using Chicago or Cincinnati moving services, or long-distance moving, will not ship these items—they should be prepared separately and brought along in the family vehicle.

Perishable items
Refrigerated or frozen food, or open packages of food, should not be placed on a moving truck. Moving companies will also not ship pets or house plants—while this may seem obvious, some people don’t consider it.

Hazardous materials
Anything that is combustible, flammable, or corrosive will not be taken on a moving truck. This includes alcohol, compressed gases, and radioactive material, among others.

A few specific items in this category are:

  • Paints, varnishes, and paint thinners
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Propane tanks
  • Chemicals and cleaning solvents
  • Car and household batteries

Weapons, ammunition, and explosives

Moving companies will not ship items like:

  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Matches and lighters
  • Anything that is potentially explosive

It’s highly recommended that you don’t pack valuable items along with the rest of your household, as they can get easily lost in the move. You will also want to pack and bring along items of personal or sentimental value separately. These can include:

  • Cash and credit cards
  • Jewelry
  • Photo albums
  • Keys
  • Collectibles
  • Personal and financial documents
  • Anything that is irreplaceable.

EZ Movers, a full-service moving company in Chicago, is pleased to offer helpful tips that help you ease the stress of moving. Contact our moving specialists today for more valuable articles and resources!

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