Moving can be such a daunting task, especially when you have a lot of belongings. You pack them up, the movers come get them, the movers move those items to your new home, and then you have to unpack the very things you had just packed. If there was only a better way, right? Well, until the technology for "packing robots" is developed, this is the only way in which packing is going to be done. But how about those things that the movers won't move? What do you do with those things? Most of all, what items will they not move? These are great questions because some individuals are not prepared for the answers.
What they won't move
Movers are pretty good about moving your belongings to your new home. However, there are some things you need to know before you start scrambling for the boxes and tape. Those things are what they won't move. Those things are:
- Pets - If you have pets, you need to make arrangements to move them. Hopefully you're not taping them up in boxes for the movers to move them. However, it is a federal regulation that prohibits them from being able to transport animals in their vans. That is why you must place your pet in a cage or carrier in your car and move your pet yourself.
- Plants - Not moving live plants is another thing that is federally regulated. There is an exception, though. That exception is if your destination is within 150 miles. If so, they can move them. Then again, you have to check with the movers and their individual policies.
- Flammable items - Moving companies cannot move anything flammable or combustible. That means you have to ensure that oil and gasoline are removed from lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other power equipment. They also cannot transport any type of fuel such as propane tanks, tiki torch oil, or gas cans.
- Hazardous chemicals - If you have pesticides or other items that can be considered hazardous, they are not able to move that either. Fertilizers and the such must not be placed within a moving van. This includes anything that is toxic. You must find another way to transport these items.
Not transporting these items are both for the safety of the moving company and to protect your belongings when their inside of the moving van. It is quite understandable why you do not want flammable items in the van with your clothing and your furniture. It is also understandable why you do not want your pet in the back of the van either. The environment is unsafe for your furry friend.
Things to note
Also make a note that transporting personal items should be done by you. This is in references to essentials such as a change of clothes, medications, and toiletries if your move is a long one. You also want to keep your valuables such as jewelry and family heirlooms with you. That way you know that they are safe by being able to keep track of them at all times.
You also need to read the small print in the agreement that is given to you by the moving company. Make sure you read everything that is given to you so that you know the restrictions and can accommodate those restrictions before moving day. That way you are prepared and you're not running around looking for a solution that is probably packed away in an unknown box in the back of the moving truck.
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