What to Pack and what Not to Pack when moving

When packing belongings for that final moving day, sometimes it may be best to leave it to the professionals, or leave some things behind entirely. Some moving and packing tips will help separate what not to pack.

Some Items that Require Disassembly or Special Packaging
Items requiring professional disassembly or crating (such as slate pool tables, chandeliers, or large glass table tops) are best left to the professionals.

Valuable Heat-Sensitive Items
Be careful packing heat-sensitive items like candles, CDs, computer peripherals, etc. If you must take these items to your new home, bring them with you in your climate-controlled car or truck.

Important Papers and Objects
Don’t pack any irreplaceable items. Whether these items have significant monetary value, are financial/personal in nature, or have sentimental value, you’ll probably want to keep these items on your person or have them shipped a safer means.

 Address books

  • Financial papers
  • Cameras
  • Car keys
  • Cash
  • Computer software and disks
  • Jewelry
  • Letters, personal papers and diaries
  • Medical records
  • Photos and photo albums

Hazardous, Flammable and Liquid Items
There is no reason to put the family in danger. Leave hazardous items behind when you move. Ask your neighbors if they can use these items; otherwise, dispose of them properly with assistance from your recycling company or the EPA. Plan to purchase new items once you arrive at your new home.

 Flammable, corrosive or explosive items

  • Lamp oil
  • Aerosols
  • Motor oil
  • Ammonia
  • Paint thinner
  • Nail polish remover
  • Car batteries
  • Paints
  • Charcoal
  • Pesticides
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • Poisons
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Gasoline
  • Sterno

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