3 Kinds of Items Not to Pack During Your Move

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When you pack for a move, you might overlook some smaller items in your home – the ones sitting in the garage or hiding at the back of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Thus, once you’ve picked a moving company and date, you can decide what to pack, dispose of, or donate.

If you’re planning to move this year, reach out to Able Moving & Storage for efficient, affordable, and secure service. For over 33 years, we’ve provided trusted local moving services to residents of Arlington, VA. We’ve built a strong reputation as a company that treats clients like our family and their possessions as our own.

Below, we discuss three categories of items that you should avoid packing onto the moving truck:

Hazardous Materials

At Able Moving, we believe that a safe move is the only move for your family. We train our team of professionals to identify which household items could be hazardous and/or illegal to ship. Such planning can eliminate potential problems and save time throughout the process. View our Moving Checklist to help make your transition more organized and worry-free.

The rules seem simple: don’t pack anything flammable, combustible, or explosive. However, these rules cover many common items that you may not see as a risk.

All of the following items pose potential risks to your move:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition and guns
  • Auto batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Cleansers containing bleach or ammonia
  • Fertilizers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Nail polish/polish remover
  • Oil or gas of any kind
  • Paints, varnishes, solvents, and thinners

Perishable Items & Pets

Another category of items that the movers cannot handle includes perishable food products, plants, or pets. If you have refrigerated or frozen food as you near your move date, consider donating it to your local food bank.

Alongside Move for Hunger, Able Moving helps to reduce food waste and hunger in our community by providing clients with the opportunity to donate extra food when they move.

Personal or High-Value Items

While our local moving team takes pride in safely transporting the most delicate items, you should consider taking care of a few personally. These include prescription medications and important documents such as insurance policies, stocks, bonds, and securities.

Additionally, we recommend that you individually transport items on which you place an extremely high value, including priceless collectibles, jewelry, furs, precious metals, or heirlooms.

Able Moving & Storage: Trusted Local Moving in Arlington, VA

While a local move may not involve as many logistics as one across the country, it still requires packing up possessions and transporting them safely – a difficult task on its own. But with Able Moving & Storage, you’ll find the moving process an efficient and enjoyable experience for you and your family, from the first phone call till the last item is brought in. We’ve provided local moving services for numerous residents throughout Arlington, VA, and we would love to help you with your upcoming transition. Contact us today to get started! For additional information, feel free to read our FAQ page.

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